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International Polar Bear Day

Brookfield Zoo | Brookfield, Ill.

Guests can write a pledge to reduce their carbon footprint on life-size polar bear statues. Kids participate in polar bear-themed activities, including tracing and decorating their carbon footprint, and hands-on learning in an activity that features helping miniature polar bear figures navigate ice floes in a sensory bin filled with water. Zookeepers host a Zoo Chat at 11:30 a.m. and share interesting facts about Brookfield Zoo's polar bears. Guests are also encouraged to join the Thermostat Challenge, an effort to raise awareness about how daily actions impact polar bears and their sea ice habitat.

 

When: 11 a.m.-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

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

Hip-Hop Aesop III: Jazzed, Bopped and Beat-Boxed

eta Creative Arts Foundation | Chicago, Ill.

This third installment continues the marriage of classic literature to music. Students will be introduced to Blues concepts along with other contemporary music. Playwright J. e Franklin reconstructs timeless fables about morals and values that stimulate critical thinking in a setting filled with music, fun, and laughter. Showtimes are 10 a.m. and noon Monday-Friday from Oct. 29-June 14. Summer performances are June 24-Aug. 2.

 

Cost: $6

It Shoudda Been Me

eta Creative Arts Foundation | Chicago, Ill.

Teenage DeShawn goes from making exceptional to poor grades in a matter of months due to the violent death of his best friend and the break-up of his family. Presented in collaboration with the University of Chicago Urban Health Initiative, this performance examines the need to recognize signs of depression in youth due to family disintegration and violence. Performances run Oct. 29-June 14.

When: 10 a.m. and noon Monday-Friday
Cost: $6

Fun and Games

Vittum Park - Special Recreation Programming | Chicago, Ill.

After school programming for kids with special needs that includes a healthy snack, arts and crafts, physical activity, and socialization.

When: 4-6 p.m.
Cost: $10 for 10 weeks

Social Club

Vittum Park - Special Recreation Programming | Chicago, Ill.

Programming promotes appropriate behavior and interaction for tweens and teens with special need, utilizing the 5-point scale, social stories and other visual aides to increase socialization. Ideal for individuals with autism.

When: 5-7 p.m.
Cost: $10 for 10 weeks
 







 
 
 
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