Interactive learning centers include a barn slide, apple
orchard and chicken coop. Maggie, a life-sized
fiberglass milking cow sponsored by Golden Oaks Farm in Wauconda,
will be the focus of the new exhibit. Maggie is over five feet tall
and features a working udder that recirculates the water that
Hold baby lambs, goats, chicks, piglet and calf, and watch
the sheep being sheared. Cameras are welcome.
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
Celebrate the return of the sunny days of spring with family
workshops, scavenger hunts and hands-on exhibition activities.
Plus, special solar observing in the Doane Observatory on
Professor McBumble's group of traveling actor's teach the
lesson's of Anti-Bullying by using fairtales as their backdrop.
Performances run from Jan. 23-May 3 at various locations. Check
website for dates and location schedule.
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.
The Cat in the Hat is the perfect friend for a boring rainy
afternoon. From games and mischief to Thing One and Thing Two, The
Cat brings all sorts of trouble to this gray day--but will Sally
and her brother be able to explain the mess to Mother? Performances
run Jan. 26-June 9, 2013.
When happily ever after isn't what he expected, the Frog Prince
heads out for a new adventure. While searching for his true
amphibian self, he meets witches from Snow White, Sleeping Beauty,
Hansel and Gretel, and Cinderella's Fairy Godmother. Performances
run Jan. 26-June 9, 2013.
The Emperor is beloved as a chic trendsetter, but his ridiculous
fashion tax is bankrupting the country. Determined to be a hero for
the ages, one young girl travels to the royal palace to confront
the superficial ruler and teach him a lesson about what really
matters. Runs 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays from March
23-April 28 (no performances Sunday, March 31). At noon each
performances day, kids can join in the Stories Come Alive! hour for
an additional $10.
Performances run March 6-24 on Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. and 7:30
p.m.; Thursday at 7:30 p.m.; Friday at 8 p.m.; Saturday at 4 and 8
p.m.; and Sunday at 1 and 5 p.m.