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Celebration of Winter

Flossmoor, Ill.


Enjoy cross country skiing, snow hayrides, making S’mores with the family, snowman building, and food and drink specials throughout the event. Some activities are weather dependent.

When: 3-6 p.m.
Cost: Free

International Kennel Club Cluster of Dog Shows

Chicago, Ill.


One of the largest all-breed benched dog shows in the country that draws the top dogs from across the United States and Canada to compete for prizes and the coveted title of "Best in Show." Plus dog fashion shows, meet the breeds, pet the dogs and Kid Zone.

When: 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Cost: $20, $15 seniors, free under 12; two-day: $25, $20 seniors, free under 12. Cash only.

Japan Fest

Oak Park, Ill.


Stage performances include Japanese drums by Tsukasa Taiko, traditional dance by Fujima Ryu Dance Studio and Aikido demonstrations and more. Activtiy stations are set up for guests to enjoy Japanese culture. Try putting on a kimono, face painting, sumo wrestling, origami, calligraphy, practice using chopsticks, making various crafts, play with Japanese toys and games, Dance Dance Revolution, mini language and culture lessons and learn proper table manners.

When: Noon-4 p.m.
Cost: Free

Chocolate Expo and Market

Morton Arboretum | Lisle, Ill.

Celebrate chocolate and its connection to the natural world. Visit, taste, and buy specialty chocolates and treats from a variety of vendors.

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

Weekend Family Class: Winter Explorers

Chicago Botanic Garden | Glencoe, Ill.

Plants and animals can survive outside, even in the cold winter. Explore how evergreens thrive in the cold, search for animal tracks and make a snow catcher to use at home. Dress for the weather.

When: 9:30-11 a.m. or 1-2:30 p.m.
Cost: $23

Family Day/Open House: Groundhog Day

Big Run Wolf Ranch | Lockport, Ill.

Come celebrate Groundhog Day with Hal. The Z Team will present dogsledding demonstrations. Plus, hot food, hot chocolate, bonfire, raffles and music.

When: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Cost: $5

The People Could Fly and Other Tales of Freedom

Beverly Arts Center | Chicago, Ill.

This musical journey explores the perils of bondage in the antebellum South and emotional themes of escape and freedom, yet unfolds in a way that makes the play compelling and accessible to even the youngest audiences.

When: 7 p.m. Jan. 31; 3 p.m. Feb. 1
Cost: $15, $14 members

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

Valentine's Day Clay Camp

Kids Clay Room | Chicago, Ill.

Children use clay and clay tools to make and glaze Valentines Day themed projects which will be ready for pick up before Valentines Day. Registration is required. Feb. 14 is a Parent-Child Workshop for kids 3 and up.

When: 4-5:30 p.m. Jan. 23; 1-2:30 p.m. Jan. 25; 9:30-10:30 a.m. Feb. 14; 1-2:30 p.m. Feb. 15
Cost: $35

The Greatest Story Never Told

iO Chicago Theater | Chicago, Ill.

Kids can get on the stage and perform in a weekly improvised show that begins with an empty storybook and ends with a real, purchasable illustrated book based on that day's improvised story. Professional improvisers take suggestions and volunteer performers of all ages from the audience and together they collaborate and create The Greatest Story Never Told.

When: 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Cost: $15

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