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Sleepover Snacks

DuPage Children's Museum | Naperville, Ill.

Make food that's yummy, cool and a blast to prepare. Create treats to wow your guests that will be fun for your group to cook up together.

When: 4-5:30 p.m.
Cost: $25, $20 member

Annual Norwood Park Historical Society Holiday House Tour

Noble-Seymour-Crippen House | Chicago, Ill.

Tour 6 private homes, plus the Noble-Seymour-Crippen House, decorated for the holidays. Allow 2-3 hours for the tour. Kids under 12 not allowed; infants may be carried. Visit the website for ticket information.

When: 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Cost: $25, $20 in advance

Majamas 13th Birthday Party!

Majamas Boutique | Oak Park, Ill.


Celebrate 13 years of business with a children's temporary tattoo station, or color your own birthday hat, pet Josie, the sweet golden retriever, and enjoy birthday cake and other goodies. At 11 a.m. Friday and noon Saturday, kids 18 months-5 can enjoy a live performance of a scene from the new DVD series "What's the Big Idea?" RSVP required; email [email protected] with number of children and adults attending.

When: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday
Cost: Free

Holiday Lights Display

Mooseheart Child City & School | Mooseheart, Ill.

One of the Chicago area's largest and most spectacular holiday light displays, encompassing a 1.8-mile drive-through course. Features larger-than-life holiday characters, children-oriented figures, and mythical creatures, plus architectural lighting. A special visit from Santa takes place on Dec. 7-9, 15-16 and 21-23.

When: 5-9 p.m.
Cost: $10 per car (plus an additional $1/pair for 3-D glasses); discounts on website

Magical Moments Celebration

Westfield Old Orchard | Skokie, Ill.


Adjacent to Macy's in the fountain will be giant ornamental display. The three holiday trees display light shows set to music. A walk-through tree will be located near the Koi Pond. As you approach, the lighting changes. There will also be a skating rink near Bloomingdales that launches Nov. 17 (weather permitting). The price to skate per person is $12 and $10 if you bring your own personal skates.

Cost: Free

Winter Flower and Train Show

Lincoln Park Conservatory | Chicago, Ill.


Model trains will wind their way through a miniature village set in a field of poinsettias. The village is made entirely of natural materials and features a variety of Chicago-style homes and famous buildings such as the neighborhood bungalow, Chicago Theatre and Chicago Water Tower Place. Nov. 26-Jan. 8.

When: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Cost: Free

Silo Exhibit

Historic Wagner Farm | 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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