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ScreenBreak Family Activities

Chicago Botanic Garden | Glencoe, Ill.

FREE  

The Winnetka Alliance for Early Childhood began this event to encourage families to turn off the television and all devices with screens, including computer, video games and cellphones for a whole week and explore other options. On March 2, kids 2-5 have Story Time in the Lenhardt Library (10-11 a.m.). Then on March 4 and 6, free drop-in activities for kids with an adult will take place (9 to 11 a.m.). www.theallianceforec.org/screenbreak.php

When: 10-11 a.m.
Cost: Free; $20 parking

Made in Chicago

Chicago Children's Museum | Chicago, Ill.

FREE  

Feb. 5: Enjoy a mix of contemporary and unique dance presentations by local Chicago youth from Mayfair Academy. March 5: Join Hubbard Street Youth Ensemble & Hubbard Street Choreo Lab for an engaging dance experience all about getting you moving.

When: 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Cost: Free

Keep It Moving!

Chicago Children's Museum | Chicago, Ill.

FREE  

A variety of lively activities that are good for every "body."

When: 11:15 a.m.
Cost: Free with admission

The Addams Family

Mercury Theater | Chicago, Ill.

THE ADDAMS FAMILY-The Musical features an original story, and it’s every father’s nightmare. Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family. A man her parents have never met. And if that weren’t upsetting enough, she confides in her father and begs him not to tell her mother. Now, Gomez Addams must do something he’s never done before — keep a secret from his beloved wife, Morticia. Everything will change for the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday’s “normal” boyfriend and his parents.

When: See website for performance times.
Cost: $25-$45

Hike When the Moon Is Full

Marengo Ridge | Marengo, Ill.

Enjoy a hike under the full moon, sharing stories and lore of the season, the night and the moon along the way.

When: 6:30-8 p.m.
Cost: $2, free resident

Duck, Duck, Goose

Lake View Nature Center | Oakbrook Terrace, Ill.

FREE  

This special exhibit features water birds including the duck, goose, merganser, grebe, heron and cormorant. View taxidermy bird mounts, play in a pretend pond, see how youmeasure up to a heron wingspan, learn about bird beaks and feet and more.

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

Move It!

Chicago Children's Museum | Chicago, Ill.

Kids work out their bodies and their brains in this new exhibit that provides an active play opportunity for kids. Kids can climb, crawl, jump, balance and bend when they build an ultimate playspace out of large, movable components, and scamper across the wavy net climber.

Cost: Free with museum admission

Build It!

Kohl Children's Museum | Glenview, Ill.

Exhibit puts an innovative spin on classic building blocks by letting children explore and interact with ten different varieties of blocks in a single space. Stations in the exhibit include Shadow Boxing: kids can build structures and cast shadows using directional lights; It’s all Looking Up!: kids can examine building on vertical and horizontal planes;
Build It, Test It, Shake It: kids can build and test the strength of their structures by using weights to see if they can withstand a downward force; Free for All: Several zones will be set up with surfaces at varied heights and props such as toy animals, people, fabric, cars, balls, faux plants and trees, where children can use their creativity while focusing on STEAM concepts.

Cost: Free with admission

By All Accounts: The Story of Elmhurst

Elmhurst Historical Museum | Elmhurst, Ill.

FREE  

Exhibit takes visitors on a journey of discovery that shows how Elmhurst has changed and grown over the past 165 years. The second floor gallery will be transformed into an innovative exhibit that tells the story of Elmhurst from its earliest days to the present. Visitors will enjoy displays that combine artifacts with the latest in museum technology. Includes a large-scale photograph of York Street in the 1920s that comes to life, an interactive table-top map that allows time travel through the city, kinetic-type graphics and touch screen displays, and a mini-theatre experience showcasing Elmhurst’s people and places.

Cost: Free
 










 
 
 
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