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President's Day Weekend at the Farm

Susanna Farms | Lake Villa, Ill.

Kids can play in the straw maze, take a 30-minute hayride through the snowy fields, visit with the horses and check out the new Scottish Highland bull calves who were born in early January.

When: 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Cost: $2; $5 hayride

Kid's Cooking Class: Learn to Make a French Log Cake

The Morton Arboretum | Lisle, Ill.

Kids create a decadent chocolate log cake, made of yellow sponge cake filled with chocolate cream and topped with chocolate butter cream. Meringue mushrooms and edible decorations will complete the delicious creation. Participants earn a Chocoholic Certificate and take home a chef hat and recipe.

When: 11 a.m., 12:45 and 2:30 p.m.
Cost: $30, $22 member

Owl Family Adventure

The Morton Arboretum | Lisle, Ill.

Experts from SOAR (Save Our American Raptors) talk about their owls. After the presentation, dissect owl pellets and make a craft to take home.

When: 1-2:30 p.m.
Cost: $17, $10 members

Nature Fun at Trailside Museum

Trailside Museum of Natural History | River Forest, Ill.


Families drop in for nature-related crafts and educational activities.

When: 1-2:30 p.m.
Cost: Free

Monkeys, Apes and Me

Lincoln Park Zoo | Chicago, Ill.

From gibbons to gorillas, tails to thumbs, find out what makes you similar and different from our closest primate relatives. Put your tool-use skills to the test while fishing for termites. Feb. 18 and March 23.

When: 1-3 p.m. Feb. 18, 9-11 a.m. and 1-3 p.m. March 23
Cost: $24, $20 members

Disney’s Beauty & The Beast

Rialto Square Theatre | Joliet, Ill.

This classic musical love story is performed at 7 p.m. Feb. 18.

When: 7 p.m.
Cost: Call for cost

Parenting Your Twice-Exceptional Child: Developing Talent and Accommodating Needs

Northwestern University | Evanston, Ill.


Dr. Megan Foley-Nicpon leads a discussion on twice-exceptional students, or gifted students with co-existing disabilities. Dr. Foley-Nicpon discusses best practices for accommodating twice-exceptional students' needs, which includes identifying and developing talent domains.

When: 6:30-8 p.m.
Cost: Free

Gym Jam

Recreation Center of Highland Park | Highland Park, Ill.

Jam your day with basketball, dodgeball, kickball, scooter races and more. Pizza provided for lunch.

When: Noon-2:15 p.m.
Cost: $20, $12 resident

The Fabulous Fable Factory

Palatine Park District | Palatine, Ill.

Stage production includes recreations of famous fables including The Ant and the Grasshopper, The Tortoise and the Hare, and The Lion and the Mouse.

When: 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Cost: $6

Hal Tyrell Trailside Museum presents a Raptor Program

River Forest Public Library | River Forest, Ill.


Learn about local hawks, falcons, eagles, and owls. The program includes bird artifacts that visitors can see and touch.

When: 11 a.m.
Cost: Free

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