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Maple Syrup Harvest

Irons Oaks | Olympia Fields, Ill.

Discuss the methods and tools of tree tapping, as well as collection and making of maple syrup. Pre-registration required. Please dress for the weather.

When: 9 a.m.-noon
Cost: $7.50, $5 resident

Nature Did it First

Prairieview Education Center | Crystal Lake, Ill.

Explore the ideas from nature that inspired some great scientific inventions. Participants watch a short presentation and visit stations to experiment with some of nature's inventions, then end with a hike outside to make discoveries.

When: 2-3:30 p.m.
Cost: $5, free resident

Visiting Artist Workshop: Cardboard Relief

Chicago Children's Museum | Chicago, Ill.

Megan Hovany, whose "A Windy Day" mural adorns the wall outside the Unboxed exhibit, helps guests create a mini-cardboard relief mural.

When: 1-3 p.m.
Cost: Free with admission

Unboxed: Adventures in Cardboard

Chicago Children's Museum | Chicago, Ill.

See a toy so amazing, so unbelievable, it has the power to transform into anything you want it to be. Enter a world where imagination rules, and ordinary becomes extraordinary.

Cost: Free with admission

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

Kohl Children's Museum | Glenview, Ill.

The exhibit features the illustrations of W. W. Denslow, a Chicago resident whose famous illustrations helped to inspire the design of the classic 1939 MGM film starring Judy Garland. The bright and colorful exhibit provides a variety of learning opportunities and hands-on activities within a three-dimensional representation of Denslow's distinctive illustrations.

Cost: $9.50, $8.50 seniors

Ravinia Festival Music Makers

Kohl Children's Museum | Glenview, Ill.

Discover how sounds make music, and how music makes you feel, with activities like making melodies on bolt- and wrench-a-phones, using soft sculpture pegs to make a music box, blowing air over a reed, moving musical notes on a staff, beating percussion instruments, and creating an artistic masterpiece that reflects how music makes you feel

Cost: Free with admission

Dickens: 200 Years of Celebrity

Lake County Discovery Museum | Wauconda, Ill.

Hundreds of objects and documents from the exclusive private collection, together with a rare collection of first editions of his most famous works, tell the story of how Charles Dickens and his characters became enduring cultural icons. Interactive and multi-media displays and personal effects take visitors through a chronological tour of the life, literature and legacy of Dickens. View his personal traveling inkwell, take a ride in an early century carriage, and learn about the memorable characters, stories and themes of his famous tales through games, time period puzzles and Dickens' own personal Facebook page.

Cost: Free with admission

Black Creativity

Museum of Science and Industry | Chicago, Ill.

The longest-running exhibition of African-American art in the U.S. features more than 100 dynamic works of art from amateur and professional African-American artists from around the nation.

Cost: Free with museum admission

Start With A Sketch Exhibition

Geneva History Center | Geneva, Ill.

Exhibition highlighting the culture of illustration through the talented cartoonists, illustrators and voice actors connected to the Geneva community. Features well-known artists such as Daws Butler, the voice of Yogi Bear and many Hanna Barbera characters, along with Chester Gould, creator of the Dick Tracy comic strip.

Cost: Donations accepted

Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy

Chicago Playworks at DePaul University | Chicago, Ill.

Based on the book by Gary D. Schmidt, performances are 10 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays and 2 p.m. Saturdays from Jan. 19-March 2 (no performances Jan. 26-Feb. 2). Recommended for children 9 and older.

Cost: $10
 







 
 
 
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