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Fur, Feathers and Winter Coats

Lake Katherine Nature Center and Botanic Gardens | Palos Heights, Ill.

Compare the wonders of fur and feathers to an old winter coat to see how animals keep themselves warm in the winter.

When: 9:30 a.m. Jan. 19-20; 10:30 a.m. Jan. 21
Cost: $6

February Free Days

Brookfield Zoo | Brookfield, Ill.


Admission is free on Saturdays, Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursday through the month of February. Admission to Hamill Family Play Zoo is also free.

Cost: Free, parking fee applies

Sips & Smocks

Naperville Park District | Naperville, Ill.

Budding artists are gently guided to express themselves through paint and other media as they tap into their creative sides. Young painters leave with a finished canvas to take home or to give as a one-of-a-kind gift. Students learn the steps to make similar, yet personalized, paintings.

When: 5-6 p.m. Jan. 19, Feb. 9, March 16
Cost: $38, $25 resident

Popcorn Party

Chicago Women's Park and Gardens | Chicago, Ill.


Celebrate National Popcorn Day wth art projects, games and fun- and popcorn, of course!

When: 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m.
Cost: Free

Pizza Wars 7

Niles North High School | Skokie, Ill.

Each year around ten area pizza restaurants participate in Pizza Wars, bringing their signature pizza to the competition. This year’s contenders will include: Jet's Pizza, Lou Malnati's Pizzeria, OrganicLife, Pie 5, Piero’s Pizza, Village Inn Pizzeria, and Wa-Pa-Getti's, with more to be announced, plus Nothing Bundt Cakes will provide dessert. Proceeds benefit the District 219 Education Foundation.

When: 6-8:30 p.m.
Cost: $15, $12 in advance

Musical Petting Zoo

Music Institute of Chicago | Evanston, Ill.


Children can try a wide range of instruments at a musical petting zoo as well as enjoy music games and refreshments while parents learn about the Music Institute from faculty and staff. Jan. 8: Evanston East Campus, 1490 Chicago Ave.; Jan. 21: Highland Park Library, 494 Laurel Ave.; Jan 22: Winnetka Campus, 300 Green Bay Road.

When: 2-4 p.m. Jan. 8, 21 and 22
Cost: Free

DaVinci Machines Exhibition

Water Tower Place | Chicago, Ill.


Displays hand-crafted inventions built from Leonardo DaVinci's 500-year-old designs as well as digitally remastered Masterpieces for an up close and personal look at the greatest artistic genius of all time.

When: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. 6/7/2016-12/31/2016
Cost: Not for profit art exhibition. Suggested admittance $15.95 Adults; $13.95 Seniors; $11.95 Kids

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

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

Brick by Brick

Museum of Science and Industry | Chicago, Ill.

Features a spectacular collection of more than a dozen giant Lego-built structures of engineering marvels, including a 60-foot long Golden Gate Bridge. Guests will learn how architects and engineers push the limits of design, materials and location to make the seemingly impossible, possible; witness how form follows function; learn how building beautifully uplifts us all; and explore Chicago’s impact as the birthplace of the skyscraper.

Cost: Requires a separate, timed-entry ticket.
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