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Little Explorer's Listen to the Beat

Lake Katherine Nature Center and Botanic Gardens | Palos Heights, Ill.

Learn about the body's biggest muscle. Includes a heart healthy walk and a heart craft in time for Valentine's Day.

When: 9:30 a.m. Thursday-Friday ;10:30 a.m. Saturday
Cost: $5


Paramount Arts Centre and Theatre | Aurora, Ill.

An evening of authentic and progressive interpretations of contemporary and ancient African and African-American dance, music and folklore. Performances at 9:30 a.m, noon and 7 p.m. Feb. 7.
Cost: $8.50

Date Night

Palatine Park District | Palatine, Ill.

Dads and daughters, moms and sons come dressed for a night of dancing and dining. Wear red for the valentine theme. Includes food, photos, and dancing.

When: 6:30-8 p.m.
Cost: $20, $13 resident

Know Your Heritage

Austin Town Hall | Chicago, Ill.

Features performances by community members in celebration of Black History Month.

When: 6-7:30 p.m.
Cost: $2

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

Dickens: 200 Years of Celebrity

Lake County Discovery Museum | Wauconda, Ill.

Hundreds of objects and documents from the exclusive private collection, together with a rare collection of first editions of his most famous works, tell the story of how Charles Dickens and his characters became enduring cultural icons. Interactive and multi-media displays and personal effects take visitors through a chronological tour of the life, literature and legacy of Dickens. View his personal traveling inkwell, take a ride in an early century carriage, and learn about the memorable characters, stories and themes of his famous tales through games, time period puzzles and Dickens' own personal Facebook page.

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

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