Visit with costumed living history demonstrators, representing American history from French fur trading days, pioneer times, and the Revolutionary and Civil War periods. Activities include joining an imaginary wagon train, guided history hikes, trying your hand at a two-person buck saw, and making a craft.
Examine real skulls to figure out which animal stole the missing lunch.
A visit with author Michelle Houts, reading from and discussing her new novel, Winterfrost. When 12 year old Bettina is unexpectedly placed in charge of the family farm (and her baby sister) she has to contend with the nisse, mischievous creatures upset when they don’t receive their expected Christmas treat.
See the key moments of the epic World War II battle recreated in LEGO bricks.
Features both teams’ historical development and details, statistical information, photographs, memorabilia, souvenirs and other materials. In addition, several video presentations—two of which are designed like the classic Cubs’ and White Sox’s scoreboards—offer compelling testimonials from some players, fans and local sports broadcasters. The exhibit also features a playful component which includes interactive “Color Your Mascot” and “Create a Cartoon” coloring sheets, as well as vintage cartoons following the “up and down” seasons of both teams.
Discover a traditional centuries-old holiday market in the heart of downtown Chicago. Christkindlmarket features German and international vendors who display hand-crafted ornaments, toys and unique gifts as well as traditional German foods, sweets and beverages. School groups, professional singers and dance groups perform. Special events include appearances by the Christkind and the annual Children’s Lantern Parade, which celebrates St. Martin’s Day. Nov. 21-Dec. 24.
Presenting the best holiday magic, including beloved attractions, world-class shopping and dining, and a variety of family-friendly activities
A day of activities culminates in the annual tree lighting ceremony and first Symphony In Lights show of 2014 at dusk. Activities during the day include carriage rides Santa tent, kids' holiday crafts, ice sculpture demonstration, costumed character appearances, a live Nativity scene and more
Try hands-on activities at the Exploration Station created by the Friends of the Oak Park Conservatory. There will be a new topic each month highlighting special aspects of the Conservatory for both adults and children. October: Bats; November: Urban Wildlife.
Free general admission to the original galleries and discounted rates on admission to Wild Reef, Polar Play Zone and Oceanarium. Sept. 29-30; Oct. 6-7, 13-14, 20-21, 27-28; Nov. 3-4, 10-11, 17-18, 24-25.