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Weekend Family Class: Sweet Treats: Cold Eats

Chicago Botanic Garden | Glencoe, Ill.

Participants will put together (and taste!) some easy-to-make fruity treats like smoothies and flavored shaved ice and take home recipes to make at home.

When: 9:30-11 a.m. or 1-2:30 p.m. Feb. 12 and 25
Cost: $24 per child

Stuffed Animal Sleepover

Emily Oaks Nature Center | Skokie, Ill.

Bring a stuffed animal for a night of fun and adventure. Then return on Saturday for a winter hike, story and snack to see what the stuffed animal was up to while you were away.

When: 10-11:30 a.m.
Cost: $10, $8 resident

Spring Into Ceramics

Pilcher Park Nature Center | Joliet, Ill.


Choose the item(s) you wish to paint and we glaze and fire them to a high gloss. Easter and spring items available.

When: 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Cost: Free; cost for ceramic item

Sap's Rising

River Trail Nature Center | Northbrook, Ill.


Walk in the sugar maple forest as winter comes to an end to learn about the sweet history of maple syrup making.

When: 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Cost: Free

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

Family Workshop: Hide and Seek

Art Institute of Chicago | Chicago, Ill.

Discover artworks that have been through some major changes. From sculptures with missing noses to mysterious figures discovered under layers of paint, there is so much to learn from what we cannot see. Explore unseen details with a teaching artist in the galleries, then head to the studio to reimagine what these artworks would look like with their secrets exposed.

When: 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. or 2-3:30 p.m.
Cost: $8, $5 member

Da Vinci Inventor Fair

DuPage Children's Museum | Naperville, Ill.

Create your own invention or try to recreate one of Da Vinci’s famous works – then test your creations in “Invention Challenges.”

Cost: Free with museum admission

Trolls Night

Cantigny Park | Wheaton, Ill.

Come in costume and enjoy a number of family-friendly activities in the Visitors Center. The Trolls movie will be airing in the theater.

When: 6-8 p.m.
Cost: $20, $25 after Feb. 18, free kids 2 and under

Mars-Di Gras Celebration

Adler Planetarium | Chicago, Ill.

Be transported to the Red Planet and experience first-hand what it would be like to live, work, and play on Mars. Activities include the Mars-Di Gras parade with jazz band, Martian masquerade masks, a Martian obstacle course, bean bag toss, crater drop challenge, Mars Glider Mission, Rover robotics, scavenger hunt, selfie spot and Mars Encounter hands-on challenges.

Cost: Free with museum admission

Discover Engineering

Discovery Center Museum | Rockford, Ill.

Dozens of professional engineers from local firms set up shop in Discovery Center spaces to give kids and adults hands-on experiences. Engage your brain and conquer fun challenges, meet high school robotics teams, erect your own edifice, make-and-take some amazing stuff, and enjoy special science demonstrations.

When: 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Cost: Free with admission

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