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Chicago Toy and Game Fair

Navy Pier | Chicago, Ill.

Play with toys and games from all around the world and meet their inventors, stage events, characters, Radio Disney, Top Trump Tournament, KenKen Tournament, Star Wars Breakfast, mascots and more. New in 2012, toy and game fashion show on Nov. 14.

When: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday
Cost: $10, $5 kids, free kids under 3 and Scouts in uniform

Tree of Lights Ceremony

Union Station | Chicago, Ill.

FREE  

Kick-off to the Christmas season and the annual Red Kettle campaign. Celebration includes musical performances by cast members of the Goodman Theatre's "A Christmas Carol" and the Salvation Army Brass Ensemble and culminates in the lighting of an 18-foot-tall Christmas tree.

When: 5 p.m.
Cost: Free

Share a Story

Rink Side Ice Arena & Family Entertainment Center | Gurnee, Ill.

FREE  

Play, eat a special lunch of a slice of pizza or hot dog and a small drink get 10 game credits, then listen to a story read by Claudia Freeman, Superintendent of Cultural Arts for the Waukegan Park District. After the story, paint a masterpiece with Claudia.

When: 11:30 a.m.-1:45 p.m.
Cost: Free

500 Clown Frankenstein

Viaduct Theatre | Chicago, Ill.

Just as Victor Frankenstein created his monster from parts of many different people, this new iteration of "500 Clown Frankenstein" is constructed by a cast of rotating performers. Five clowns reconfigure into three different casts, each charged with the same task: "make monster."

When: 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; 3 p.m. Sunday
Cost: $15-$25

Giving Thanks Campaign

Oak Park Public Library | Oak Park, Ill.

FREE  

Write and decorate letters to those in service to our community, and our country, during the holiday season.

When: 3:30 p.m.
Cost: Free

Diary of a Wimpy Kid Team Trivia

Des Plaines Public Library | Des Plaines, Ill.

FREE  

Gather a team of your favorite Diary of a Wimpy Kid fanatics and battle for a chance to win copies of The Third Wheel. Call (847) 376-2839 to register your team today.

When: 4-5 p.m.
Cost: Free

Silo Exhibit

Wagner Farm & Heritage Center | Glenview, Ill.

Visitors can walk inside the two-story silo and turn the crank of a silage machine, watching "corn plants" delivered to the top of the silo. Plus, learn about the history of silos and silage, build miniature silos with building blocks simulating wood, brick and metal and much more.

Cost: Free with admission

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

How People Make Things

DuPage Children's Museum | Naperville, Ill.

A new traveling exhibit created by Children's Museum of Pittsburgh that links familiar childhood objects to a process of manufacturing that combines people, ideas and technology. Inspired by the factory tour segments from Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, the exhibit offers hands-on activities using real factory tools and machines to create objects including crayons, a baseball bat and a matchbox car, just to name a few.

Cost: Free with admission

TRAINS – All Aboard Art!

DuPage Children's Museum | Naperville, Ill.

Kids enter artist Gino Severini's interpretation of trains by role-playing engineer, passenger or conductor in a child-size train and look for objects in an eight-foot wide "hidden pictures" mural of artist Don Stewart's "Steam Train."  Plus, enjoy specially designed wooden train tables and a huge new interactive crane.

 

Cost: Free with admission
 







 
 
 
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