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PJs in the Forest

Heller Nature Center | Highland Park, Ill.

Put on your pjs and grab your pillow and sleeping bag for a nighttime adventure in the nature center. Enjoy nocturnal animal crafts and activities, watch a nature-themed movie, and take home a paper bag “campfire.” A pizza dinner and s’mores will be provided.

When: 6-8 p.m.
Cost: $20

Nature and Science at Wonder Works: What's Inside?

Wonder Works | Oak Park, Ill.

Use the senses of touch, hearing, and sight to discover what's inside a variety of natural and human-made objects. Reach inside a box and let your sense of touch tell you what it holds. Shake a container to see if you can tell what's inside just by listening. Plus, break open pods and cut into fruits to find the seeds inside and take apart toys to see if we can figure out how they work. We also will have some magic tricks that you can figure out once you look below the surface.

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

Shadow Puppet Story Time

Wonder Works | Oak Park, Ill.

An exciting adventure into story and legend with Bill, the museum's story time expert, and his trusty sidekick who puts on a amazingly shadowy performance.

When: 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Cost: Free with museum admission

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University | Chicago, Ill.

A wide array of premieres, new productions, and classics. Beloved as one of the world’s most popular dance companies, Alvin Ailey’s pioneering legacy of uplifting, uniting, and celebrating the human spirit lives on in the movement of Ailey’s extraordinary dancers.

When: 7:30 p.m. March 22-24; 2 and 8 p.m. March 25; 3 p.m. March 26
Cost: $25-$95

Family Night Out

Dvorak Park | Chicago, Ill.


Enjoy quality time together at the park playing games and having fun.

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


Navy Pier | Chicago, Ill.


An interactive work comprised of 15 largescale seesaws with special LED lighting and sound, activated through the motion of its users. When in use, the seesaws create a dynamic, ever-changing field of light and sound. Through repetition, rhythm and syncopation, the art work serves as a largescale urban instrument, intended to activate the surrounding public space and engage participants.

Cost: Free

Once Upon a Castle

Chicago Children's Museum | Chicago, Ill.

An original exhibit inviting young imaginations to create their own kingdom in a one-of-a-kind castle-themed play space. Kids hold the power to play in a castle complete with secret tunnels, a rope bridge, tower, dungeon, throne room, wizard's room, kitchen, feasting table, market and more, setting the stage for a fantastical experience where the only limit is one's imagination.

Cost: Free with museum admission

Dream with Da Vinci

DuPage Children's Museum | Naperville, Ill.

Visitors will learn the basics about Da Vinci and the Renaissance era; children will add their own ideas and voices to the exhibit. They can explore elements of flight and connect today’s technology to Da Vinci’s innovations; explore several machines and structures, from bridges to clock gears; try on the role of engineer; express themselves with different artistic mediums, from clay to crayons; and dress up in Renaissance clothing.

Cost: Free with museum admission

Children’s China: Celebrating Culture, Character and Confucius

Kohl Children's Museum | Glenview, Ill.

This interactive exhibit explores what life is like for children in China. Kids will celebrate the annual holiday, National Teachers’ Day, while learning to write “thank you teacher” in Chinese characters on a touchscreen notepad. Kids will shop in a traditional Chinese neighborhood market and then prepare a healthy meal while working in a restaurant. In the home, visitors will learn how families celebrate the Chinese New Year and participate in a daily dragon parade led by a traditional dragon headdress. Computer interactives invite children to experience the art of paper cutting, discover their lunar calendar animal and play traditional musical instruments. A key focus of the exhibit will be Confucius, the inspirational teacher and moral leader still considered to be a hero to children in China today.

Cost: Free with museum admission

Fun Unplugged: Little Adults

DuPage County Historical Museum | Wheaton, Ill.


Located in the room across from the Museum’s electric HO gauge model railroad, the exhibit displays popular and homemade toys that entertained children without electricity, from army figurines to tea sets, board games, dollhouses, erector sets, irons, stoves, cabins, and more.

Cost: Free

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