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Toddler Takeover

Chicago Children's Museum | Chicago, Ill.

While the big kids are off at school, January's programming is focused on the youngest visitors. Mondays: It’s hammer time for tots in the building and construction exhibit;      Tuesdays and Thursdays: Story time; Wednesdays: Explore art materials;  Fridays: Shake, rattle and roll to create art.

Cost: Free with museum admission

Reptiles and Amphibians in WInter

Wonder Works | Oak Park, Ill.

Meet some live and preserved reptiles and amphibians at our museum table. Then help  plastic and plush turtles, snakes and frogs find safe places to sleep away the winter's chill.

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

Seussical Jr.

The Arts Center of Oak Park | Oak Park, Ill.

Journey back to your childhood with the whimsical world of Dr. Seuss. Follow Horton the Elephant, who finds himself faced with a double challenge - not only must he protect his tiny friend Jojo (and the invisible Whos) from a world of naysayers and dangers, but he must guard an abandoned egg, left to his care by the irresponsible Mayzie La Bird.

When: Check website for schedule
Cost: $9-$12

School Day Off Clay Camp

Kids Clay Room | Chicago, Ill.

Kids make and glaze clay projects and take a break for lunch. BYO nut-free lunch. Completed pieces will be ready for pick up in 3 weeks. Registration is required.

When: 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Cost: $40

CPS Day Off Play Times

Pump It Up Chicago | Chicago, Ill.


Come to play during these specially scheduled play hours, no reservations required.

Cost: $12

Wendy Morgan at Friendship Club

Glenview Public Library | Glenview, Ill.


Wendy Morgan loves to get kids singing, wiggling, jumping, dancing and having a great time. Her original songs encourage children to use their imaginations, teach musical basics like melody and rhythm, and show kids how to have fun with words. This performance is part of Friendship Club: Fun in the Dark! DIY Light Show and Live Music.

When: 7-8:15 p.m.
Cost: Free

Willy Wonka Kids

Wilmette Children's Theatre | Wilmette, Ill.

An delightfully condensed live version of Dahl’s book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, specifically designed for kids in grades 1-3 to take part in, with a running time of approximately 35 minutes. With a swift moving story and lots of songs and dances even the youngest of audience members will be engaged the entire time.

When: 7 p.m. Fridays; 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays
Cost: $8.50

Suessical Jr.

Oak Park Art League | Oak Park, Ill.

Journey back to your childhood with the whimsical world of Dr. Seuss! To order tickets, visit

When: Check website for showtimes
Cost: $9-$12 presale, $11-14 at the door

A GRIMM afternoon--With Author Adam Gidwitz

The Book Stall at Chestnut Court | Winnetka, Ill.


Meet best-selling author Adam Gidwitz as he tells tales from his Tale Dark and Grimm Trilogy. His live telling of Grimm tales is an event not to be missed. Recommended for ages 10 and up.

When: 4-5:30 p.m.
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

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