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Winter Astronomy

Heller Nature Center | Highland Park, Ill.

FREE  

Take a closer look at the moon, the stars and Jupiter through telescopes. In case of poor visibility the program will be cancelled. Dress for the weather.

When: 7-8 p.m.
Cost: Free

No School! Make Art Here

Elmhurst Art Museum | Elmhurst, Ill.

Spend the day off at Elmhurst Art Museum with fun and creative guided art activities based on current exhibitions.

When: 10:30 a.m.-noon
Cost: Free with museum admission

Made in Chicago

Chicago Children's Museum | Chicago, Ill.

FREE  

Feb. 5: Enjoy a mix of contemporary and unique dance presentations by local Chicago youth from Mayfair Academy. March 5: Join Hubbard Street Youth Ensemble & Hubbard Street Choreo Lab for an engaging dance experience all about getting you moving.

When: 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Cost: Free

Rivers and Currents

Wonder Works | Oak Park, Ill.

Feel the power of moving water! You might get a little wet as you make rivers and currents in the water tables in the Art Room. We will also play with pretend water using toy boats on the train table and plastic water creatures in blue play dough.

When: 10 a.m.-noon
Cost: Free with museum admission

Wanna Build a Snowman Contest

Cantigny Park | Wheaton, Ill.

FREE  

Families are invited to create and decorate a snowman anywhere in the park and then submit a photo. The park will upload all images to its Facebook page for public voting. The winning family will receive four tickets to Breakfast with the Easter Bunny at Cantigny on April 4.

When: 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Cost: Free to enter

School’s Out Day Camp: Slime and Grime

Naper Settlement | Naperville, Ill.

Kids mix and measure to make different types of slime; create homemade silly putty to bounce, stretch and copy; and explore chemical reactions while making film canisters into rockets.

When: 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Cost: $45

Circuscope

The Actors Gymnasium | Evanston, Ill.

Enthralled by the extraordinary shapes and sizes of life, the creators of the Actors Gymnasium Winter Circus will explore a fascinating world on the other side of the microscopic lens. Directed by spectacle-theatre veteran Vanessa Stalling and featuring acclaimed Chicago clown Dean Evans, Circuscope will transport audiences through surprising acrobatics, mime, live music and other-worldly design.

When: Fridays at 7:30 p.m.; Saturdays 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Sundays at 3:00 p.m.
Cost: $15 for children/students/seniors, $20 for adults

Duck, Duck, Goose

Lake View Nature Center | Oakbrook Terrace, Ill.

FREE  

This special exhibit features water birds including the duck, goose, merganser, grebe, heron and cormorant. View taxidermy bird mounts, play in a pretend pond, see how youmeasure up to a heron wingspan, learn about bird beaks and feet and more.

Cost: Free

Puppets! An Interactive Puppet Extravaganza

Art Institute of Chicago | Chicago, Ill.

An interactive installation for all ages celebrating the art of puppetry. Puppets! will include unique performances, puppet-making workshops, and the opportunity for visitors to visit the Ryan Education Center to interact and explore creativity through puppets. Inspiration for these fantastical and imaginative puppet creations are drawn from works in the Art Institute’s collection, including the drawing The Temptation of St. Anthony, the centerpiece of this winter’s special exhibition, Temptation: The Demons of James Ensor. Puppeteers of all ages can experiment with ways to develop stories and use sound effects and props in order to create playful, one-of-a-kind performances. In conjunction with Puppets!, the museum will present a series of film screenings including Jim Henson’s beloved movie The Dark Crystal in Fullerton Hall at 6 p.m. Jan. 15.

Cost: Free with museum admission

Move It!

Chicago Children's Museum | Chicago, Ill.

Kids work out their bodies and their brains in this new exhibit that provides an active play opportunity for kids. Kids can climb, crawl, jump, balance and bend when they build an ultimate playspace out of large, movable components, and scamper across the wavy net climber.

Cost: Free with museum admission
 










 
 
 
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