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Family Science Night

River Trail Nature Center | Northbrook, Ill.

Get spring started early with colorful science experiments. Every color of the rainbow can teach you about chemistry, physics and more.

When: 6-8 p.m.
Cost: $2

Lil' Kickers 2nd Anniversary Extravaganza!

Athletico Center | Northbrook, Ill.


Includes free soccer and stroller strides classes, raffle prizes, bounce house, and more. The first 30 to RSVP will get a goodie bag.

When: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Cost: Free

Monster Jam

Allstate Arena | Rosemont, Ill.

Experience the energy and excitement with this showcase of endurance featuring the best lineup of Monster Jam trucks highlighted by more racing, more freestyle, more donuts, more wheelies and more action. Fans will watch competition vehicles such as the Monster Jam Speedsters and Monster Jam ATVs as they rip through the arenas during combative head-to-head racing action. Pit Passes are available for $10 at the Allstate Arena box office.

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday; 1 and 6 p.m. Sunday; 1 p.m. Monday
Cost: $22, $12 kids 12 and under

Chicago Children’s Choir Black History Month Concerts

Chicago Children’s Choir | Chicago, Ill.


Features singers from nearly 80 Chicago schools. The annual concert series is designed to provide students with an in-depth educational experience as well as a special public performance opportunity. Black History Month 2016 is themed “Hallowed Grounds,” prompting a reflection on the spaces that have played a part in the history of African Americans.

When: 11 a.m.
Cost: Free

Parent/Child Goodies to Share, Valentine’s Day

Naperville Park District | Naperville, Ill.

Parents and kids work together to create delicious dishes. Each parent/child pair will bring home a few creations to share with the family. Recipes provided.

When: 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Cost: $39, $26 resident

Family Drive-in Movie Night

Wheaton Park District Community Center | Wheaton, Ill.

Enjoy a movie night out with the family. Kids will make their own special cars to take to the “drive-in” and watch a family friendly movie.

When: 6:30-9 p.m.
Cost: $7, $5 resident

Family Friday: Sensational Science

Helen M. Plum Memorial Library | Lombard, Ill.


Steve Belliveau uses props and experiments to explore the fabulous world of science. Through dramatic and surprising demonstrations, Belliveau explains principles of chemistry, simple machines, magnetism, and electricity.

When: 7 p.m.
Cost: Free; tickets required

Be Our Valentine!

Forevermore Dance & Theatre Arts | Chicago, Ill.


A free event for kids at Forevermore Dance & Theatre Arts in the northwest side of Chicago. Kids will enjoy dancing, games and crafts.

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

Flavors 2016 Youth Dance Festival

Nicholas Senn High School | Chicago, Ill.

Performances by nine of Chicago's best youth dance companies. New works including Broadway jazz, ballet, hip hop, tap, Afro-jazz and more.

When: 7-8:30 p.m.
Cost: $20, $15 online

Pets Unleashed

Chicago Children's Museum | Chicago, Ill.

Kids can play with dozens of life-sized, stuffed animal pets, care for them, and even dress up and act like them. Filled with climbable dwellings, caretaking props, wearable accessories, movable structures, and "pets" of all types and sizes, this exhibit provides a platform for boundless self-expression and imaginative play. In addition, there will be live pets on Saturdays at noon. The Anti-Cruelty Society will bring specially-trained dogs and guinea pigs for the little ones to interact with each week. Pets Unleashed offers a pathway for kids to develop compassion, empathy and respect, toward themselves and others.

Cost: Free with museum admission

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