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
Kids play fun games and make a recycled craft to take home.
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
Make your own cape; pledge your real (or make believe) powers;
design, build and test customized flying machines; create a super
sidekick in the Kraft Artabounds Studio; and complete the museum's
series of exhibit-based challenges to acquire and wield your many
Chicago Kids Company performs the classic tale from Feb. 6-April
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.
An all new family fable featuring sea shanties, wild mechanical
objects, theatrical clowning, hand-painted imagery, shadow puppets
and an innovative sound design. Performances are April 10-May
26, 2013 at Chicago Children's Theatre's new home, the Ruth
Page Center for the Arts, 1016 N. Dearborn, Chicago.
Family-friendly 6:30 p.m. Thursday shows are preceded with a free
pizza party starting at 5:45 p.m. Thursday evenings are $25 for
dinner and show. On Friday evenings, families are encouraged to
kick off their weekend at the 6:30 p.m. show, and stay after for a
post-show craft party. Friday evenings are $25 for show and
Oliver follows the adventures of young orphan Oliver Twist.
Forced into the scheming underworld of pick-pocketing, Oliver finds
himself caught in a tug-of-war with his family and the sinister
characters he has met in the streets of London. Performances run
April 4-June 2, 2013.
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.