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Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives

Museum of Science and Industry | Chicago, Ill.

The exhibit showcases the creative accomplishments and innovations of one of Chicago's native sons, Walt Disney, and the ongoing legacy of the company that bears his name. Features artifacts that have not been widely seen by the public, including drawings, props, costumes, artwork from classic Disney animation, theme park attractions, TV shows and live action films, plus items from contemporary Disney milestones. Hands-on, interactive stations bring Disney's technological breakthroughs in animation and motion pictures to life. Guests can try recording sound effects, explore Disney's revolutionary MultiPlane film camera and learn to draw some of their favorite Disney characters in the Animation Academy.

Cost: $9, $7 kids 3-11, plus admission

The Places You’ll Go

Waukegan Public Library | Waukegan, Ill.

FREE  

Includes hands-on elements that teach children about the role of transportation in their lives. The exhibit includes an auto repair shop, a train station with caboose, flight simulator and airplane cockpit, wind tunnel, and bicycles on stands. The exhibit will also help develop map-reading skills, teach the elements of flight, and help children recognize street signs. In addition, a G-scale model train will run above the children's department desk all year. The exhibit also includes information on energy efficient ways to travel.

Cost: Free

Cool Kids Winter Play

Morton Arboretum | Lisle, Ill.

A guided glimpse into the world of outdoor play will depend on the day. Possibilities include snowman and snow fort building with natural materials or garden scavenger hunt for natural objects. Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from Dec. 1-Feb. 28.

When: 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Cost: Free with admission

The Orchid Show

Chicago Botanic Garden | Glencoe, Ill.

A showcase of unusual and stunning orchids that gives visitors the opportunity to learn about one of the largest, most diverse and revered flowering plant families. Special activities include a Garden Shop kiosk offering orchid items for purchase, orchid vendors on the weekends, a free story time in the Lenhardt Library on Mondays, and family weekend classes that include making ice cream with the vanilla orchid seed and making a tropical terrarium.

When: Purchase timed tickets online
Cost: Check website

Solar Lit Trails

Lake County Forest Preserves | Libertyville, Ill.

FREE  

With small solar lights to guide their way, hikers, skiers and snowshoers traverse the Solar Lit Trails at Pleasant Valley, Woodstock (half mile beginner loop) or Hickory Grove Highlands, Cary (1 mile intermediate loop).

When: until 9 p.m. daily
Cost: Free

Westfield Old Orchard Ice Skating

Westfield Old Orchard | Skokie, Ill.

A skating rink near Bloomingdales opens Nov. 20 (weather permitting). There will be special performances on Sundays and Tuesdays, along with live DJs on Saturday evenings.

When: 4-8 p.m. Monday-Friday; noon-8 p.m. Saturday; noon-5 p.m. Sunday.
Cost: $1, $3 skate rental

The Bully Show

AlphaBet Soup Productions | Lombard, Ill.

Join Professor McBumble and his group of rag tag actors as they present three different fairy tales with an anti-bullying message. Updated adaptions of Little Red Ridinghood, The Ugly Duckling & Three Billy Goats Gruff are performed in this world premiere musical. "It's not cool to be cruel!" "It's so lame to call people names!" are just a few of the lesson taught in this important show. Performances are from Oct. 2-May 2 at locations throughout Chicago and the suburbs. Check website for venue dates and times.

When: 10:30 a.m.
Cost: $7-$10, depending on venue

Blue Man Group

Blue Man Group at Briar Street Theatre | Chicago, Ill.

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.

When: Performance dates and times vary. A full schedule can be found at: www.blueman.com/chicago/buy-tickets
Cost: $49-$97

Mr. Chickee's Funny Money

Chicago Children’s Theatre | Chicago, Ill.

The story follows 9-year-old Steven, a self-proclaimed spy and president of the "Flint Future Detectives Club." As Steven and his friends plot to save Flint from financial ruin, this all-new musicalgrooves to a diverse new set list of original songs, all played by a live band, and so high-energy and entertaining that kids won't even know they're being treated to a celebration of music through the decades, including Motown, disco, rap, rock, soul, jazz and hip hop. Runs from Jan. 18-March 2, 2014.

Cost: $25

Sleeping Beauty

Chicago Kids Company | Chicago, Ill.

Classic tale runs from Jan. 29-April 11.

Cost: $12
 







 
 
 
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