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My First Cool Colors Mess

DuPage Children's Museum | Naperville, Ill.

Use paint, collage and other art processes to introduce children to color mixing and new ways to understand the seasons.

When: 9:30-10 a.m.
Cost: $18 pair, $12 member pair

Make, Shake and Take

DuPage Children's Museum | Naperville, Ill.

Mix common things in an uncommon way to make scientific discoveries and a shaker bottle to take home.

When: 4-5 p.m.
Cost: $21 pair, $15 member pair

Laura Ingalls Wilder

Paramount Arts Centre and Theatre | Aurora, Ill.

Growing Up on the Prairie: The adventures of Laura and her family as they push Westward is brought to life in this family-friendly musical production. For grades 2-6. Performances at 9:30 a.m. and noon Feb. 5, 2013.
When: 9:30 a.m. and noon
Cost: $8.50

Walk On: The Story of Rosa Parks

Raue Center for the Arts | Crystal Lake, Ill.

The story of Rosa Parks, who refused to give up her seat on a city bus and created an uproar that launched the Civil Rights moment changing out country forever.

When: 12:15 p.m.
Cost: $20, $10 kids

Black Bear Exhibit

Lake View Nature Center | Oakbrook Terrace, Ill.


Feature the black bear and its adaptations for survival in the forest. Crawl into the bear's den, compare your senses to that of the black bear, feel his fur, come face to face with a black bear mount and more.

Cost: Free

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

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

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