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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

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

Spectacular Snowflakes

Prairieview Education Center | Crystal Lake, Ill.

What is a stellar dendrite? Why is snow white? Are there really no two snowflakes that are exactly alike? Learn the answers to all of these questions and more, while investigating the snow.

When: 1-2:30 p.m.
Cost: $5, free resident

Artists and Authors: Jim Holstein

The Field Museum | Chicago, Ill.

Meet scientist Jim Holstein as he shares meteorite specimens from the museum's collection, then stop by the art studio to make a piece of art that is out of this world.

When: 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Cost: Free with admission

Nature Strollers!

Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum | Chicago, Ill.

Bring the stroller along to explore the exhibits, then let the little ones get hands-on experience as they explore and discover nature during a 20-minute playgroup. Jan. 16, Feb. 20, March 20, April 17.

When: 9-9:45 a.m.
Cost: $10 pair, $5 member pair; $5 additional child

Dissection Workshop: Have a Heart

Midwest Museum of Natural History | Sycamore, Ill.

Pig hearts are very similar to the human heart in structure, size, and function. Kids under 12 must have adult present. July 15 and Aug. 10.

When: 1:30-3 p.m.
Cost: $16, $14 members; $5 adults

The Chicago Lighthouse presents: “A Light in the Dark" Dance Performance

North Shore Center for the Performing Arts | Skokie, Ill.

This inspirational dance theater piece tells the story of Helen Keller and Anne Sullivan, specifically revealing how Anne, Helen's teacher, led her from a state of almost feral wildness into education, activism and intellectual celebrity. Audio descriptions are available.

When: 8-10 p.m.
Cost: $46

Evanston Escola de Samba Carnaval Celebration

Nichols Concert Hall, Music Institute of Chicago | Evanston, Ill.

In honor of Carnaval this year the Evanston Escola de Samba is having a big celebration. In addition to music and dancing, there will be crafts, face painting, dance and drumming lessons.

When: 10 a.m.-noon
Cost: $10, $5 kids, family maximum $30

Air Raid

Pick-Staiger Concert Hall | Evanston, Ill.

Wind-generated sounds are the focus as Bienen School musicians demonstrate the sometimes unexpected possibilities of applying air to a blade of grass, kazoo, harmonica, slide whistle, trombone, garden hose, flute, seashell, oboe reed, pan pipe and other objects. The program will be held at Pick-Staiger.

When: 10:30 a.m.
Cost: $6, $4 kids

Chicago Jazz Phiharmonic Chamber Ensemble

The Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts | Chicago, Ill.

Composer and trumpeter Orbert Davis and his CJP Chamber Ensemble present a family-friendly concert of the Emmy-winning music from the television documentary "DuSable to Obama", complete with video highlights and audience participation.

When: 2-3 p.m.
Cost: $10, $5 kids under 17

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