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Mr. Singer’s Sing Along Fun

Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum | Chicago, Ill.

FREE  

Little ones sing, clap and dance with their caregiver to up-tempo songs that focus on the natural world around them. Jan. 3, Feb. 7, March 7, April 4.

When: 1:45 p.m.
Cost: Free

Multicultural Fitness for Families

Fine Arts Building | Chicago, Ill.

Kids learn self-expression and confidence in performance skills through an Indian Dance for Kids class while parents relax with the de-stressing light cardio of Chinese Tai Chi.

When: 1-2 p.m.
Cost: $15 class for Tai Chi, $20 class for Indian dance

It's a Wrap: BIRD MUMMIES

Oriental Institute Museum | Chicago, Ill.

Take a tour of the new Heaven and Earth exhibit, learn about the importance of birds in Ancient Egypt, and look at the bird mummies on display. Then wrap "bird" mummies exactly like the Ancient Egyptians did.

When: 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Cost: $7, $5 members

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

Welcome to the Universe

Adler Planetarium | Chicago, Ill.

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.

Cost: $28 pass (includes admission); $22 kids 3-11

Charlie Brown and the Great Exhibit

Museum of Science and Industry | Chicago, Ill.

Exhibit explores Schulz's personal history and his role as the sole inspiration and artistic talent behind Peanuts and its unique cast of characters. Through original cartoons, reproductions and related Peanuts ephemera, guests see how characters were developed and evolved. Schulz's Santa Rosa, Calif. studio, recreated for the first time, allows for a deeper look into his work and life. Kids and families have a chance to exercise their own Schultz-like creativity with activities like making a zoetrope.

Cost: $5, $3 kids 3-11, plus admission

Sweet Home Chicago: The History of America’s Candy Capital

Harold Washington Library Center | Chicago, Ill.

FREE  

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.

Cost: Free

Skating in the Sky

360 CHICAGO Observation Deck | Chicago, Ill.

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 dollar.

 

When: 9 a.m.-11 p.m.
Cost: $6 per 25 minutes, $1 skate rental, plus regular Observatory admission

Blue Man Group

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

Blue Man Group performances are a celebration of human connection. Mixing art, music, comedy and state-of-the-art technology, the show encourages audiences to reconnect with their inner (and outer) child and see the world through a new perspective. Backed by a live rock band, the Blue Men unify the audience for the show’s celebratory climax - an unforgettable, euphoric dance party.

When: Performance dates and times vary. A full schedule can be found at: www.blueman.com/chicago/buy-tickets
Cost: $49-$99

Peter Pan

Cadillac Palace Theatre | Chicago, Ill.

Cathy Rigby takes flight in an all new production that runs from Jan. 30-Feb. 10, 2013.

Cost: $18-$85
 
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