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President's Day Weekend at the Farm

Susanna Farms | Lake Villa, Ill.

Kids can play in the straw maze, take a 30-minute hayride through the snowy fields, visit with the horses and check out the new Scottish Highland bull calves who were born in early January.

When: 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Cost: $2; $5 hayride

Kid's Cooking Class: Learn to Make a French Log Cake

The Morton Arboretum | Lisle, Ill.

Kids create a decadent chocolate log cake, made of yellow sponge cake filled with chocolate cream and topped with chocolate butter cream. Meringue mushrooms and edible decorations will complete the delicious creation. Participants earn a Chocoholic Certificate and take home a chef hat and recipe.

When: 11 a.m., 12:45 and 2:30 p.m.
Cost: $30, $22 member

Owl Family Adventure

The Morton Arboretum | Lisle, Ill.

Experts from SOAR (Save Our American Raptors) talk about their owls. After the presentation, dissect owl pellets and make a craft to take home.

When: 1-2:30 p.m.
Cost: $17, $10 members

Nature Fun at Trailside Museum

Trailside Museum of Natural History | River Forest, Ill.


Families drop in for nature-related crafts and educational activities.

When: 1-2:30 p.m.
Cost: Free

Monkeys, Apes and Me

Lincoln Park Zoo | Chicago, Ill.

From gibbons to gorillas, tails to thumbs, find out what makes you similar and different from our closest primate relatives. Put your tool-use skills to the test while fishing for termites. Feb. 18 and March 23.

When: 1-3 p.m. Feb. 18, 9-11 a.m. and 1-3 p.m. March 23
Cost: $24, $20 members

School’s Day Out – Breaking the Code

Naper Settlement | Naperville, Ill.

Discover the hidden symbols on currency, go undercover to learn the secrets used by spies throughout history and write your own secret messages using codes and invisible ink. Take our spy challenge to test your espionage skills.

When: 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Cost: $45 (includes snack and supplies)

Super Heroes Weekend

Legoland Discovery Center | Schaumburg, Ill.

Activities include: an epic battle of good vs. evil as heroes join forces to save MINILAND from an invasion of criminal villains; a hero-themed costume contest; a super hero scavenger hunt for a chance to win four free annual passes; build your own crime-fighting super hero; creative building challenges for a chance to win prizes; and more.

When: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday-Monday.
Cost: $20

Disney’s Beauty & The Beast

Rialto Square Theatre | Joliet, Ill.

This classic musical love story is performed at 7 p.m. Feb. 18.

When: 7 p.m.
Cost: Call for cost

Parenting Your Twice-Exceptional Child: Developing Talent and Accommodating Needs

Northwestern University | Evanston, Ill.


Dr. Megan Foley-Nicpon leads a discussion on twice-exceptional students, or gifted students with co-existing disabilities. Dr. Foley-Nicpon discusses best practices for accommodating twice-exceptional students' needs, which includes identifying and developing talent domains.

When: 6:30-8 p.m.
Cost: Free

Gym Jam

Recreation Center of Highland Park | Highland Park, Ill.

Jam your day with basketball, dodgeball, kickball, scooter races and more. Pizza provided for lunch.

When: Noon-2:15 p.m.
Cost: $20, $12 resident
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