Learn more about polar bears - and what can be done to help
them. The zoo offers twice-daily Arctic activities at 11:30 a.m.
and 1:00 p.m. Resident polar bear Anana will be in for some extra
treats, and staff and volunteers will be giving away free passes to
see To The Arctic 3Dat Navy Pier
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.
Visitors become space adventurers and set off on a journey to
discover the Universe in a way never done before. Travel a billion
light-years and back, fly through space, orbit the Moon, zoom into
a canyon on Mars, and soar through the cosmic web where a million
galaxies shower down. The experience was created utilizing real
telescopic data and the best scientific imagery.
Exhibit includes numerous artifacts, photographs and other
documentary items that tell the story of Chicago's iconic candy
makers, including Snickers, Lemonheads, Butterfingers
and Cracker Jack.
If you're looking for an alternative to skating at
Millennium Park this winter, look up. Way up-94 stories, to be
exact. Touted as the World's Highest Ice Skating Rink, the 94th
floor of the John Hancock Center gives ice skaters a bird's-eye
view of the city and the lake.
At 20 feet by 45 feet, the rink is probably too small to
be your solo destination of the day, but paired with a trip to see
the view from the Hancock, it's a nice way for kids to burn off
energy while parents enjoy the great view. And because it's
synthetic ice, skaters stay warm and don't get wet.
The rink is scheduled to be open for skating from 9
a.m.-11 p.m. through April 18. A 25-minute skate session costs $6
(in addition to the cost to get into the Hancock Observatory). You
can bring your own skates or rent some there for a
Chicago Kids Company performs the classic tale from Feb. 6-April
Blue Man Group is a multi-sensory experience that fuses
innovative theatrical spectacle and powerful original music with
hilarious comedy to create a performance experience unlike any
other. One of the world's most popular theatrical productions,
today's Blue Man Group is a blend of signature material that has
been in the show since the opening, as well as newer passages that
examine the influence of technology on today's world with a funny
and perceptive look at contemporary communication vehicles.
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
The Cat in the Hat is the perfect friend for a boring rainy
afternoon. From games and mischief to Thing One and Thing Two, The
Cat brings all sorts of trouble to this gray day--but will Sally
and her brother be able to explain the mess to Mother? Performances
run Jan. 26-June 9, 2013.
When happily ever after isn't what he expected, the Frog Prince
heads out for a new adventure. While searching for his true
amphibian self, he meets witches from Snow White, Sleeping Beauty,
Hansel and Gretel, and Cinderella's Fairy Godmother. Performances
run Jan. 26-June 9, 2013.