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Chicago Travel & Adventure Show

Rosemont, Ill.

Features more than 1,200 travel experts from the world’s top destinations, tours and suppliers to help travel enthusiasts find, plan and book their dream vacation. Stages include: the Destination Theater, where attendees can gain insight and in-depth information about specific destinations; the Savvy Traveler Stage, where visitors can gain the how-to tips on how to travel smarter; the Taste of Travel Stage where top chefs hold live cooking demonstrations and offer samples; and the Global Beats Stage, where performers invite visitors to feel the rhythm of exotic cultures. Travel & Adventure Theater Stage speakers include Rick Steves, host of PBS' "Rick Steves' Europe;" CBS Travel Editor Peter Greenberg, Frommer's Guide editor Pauline Fromer, and family travel expert Collen Kelly. Family entertainment includes a rock climbing wall, camel rides and Segway rides.

When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Jan. 21; 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Jan. 22
Cost: $15, $22 two-day; free kids 16 and under

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

Winter Luau Open Skate

Oak Lawn Ice Arena | Oak Lawn, Ill.

Enjoy treats, raffles, and treat bags for all children.

When: 1-2:30 p.m.
Cost: $7; $3 skate rental

Ramps & Rollers Party

DuPage Children's Museum | Naperville, Ill.

DuPage Children's Museum kicks off it 30th birthday year celebrating Mission in Motion. Ramps & Rollers was the Museum's very first exhibit 30 years ago and continues to be a favorite today. Enjoy activities throughout the Museum, a collaborative art project, mini coaster rides and performance by Chicago Hoop Dancers.

When: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday; noon-5 p.m. Sunday
Cost: Free with museum admission.

Jim Gill in Concert

Wonder Works | Oak Park, Ill.

Jim Gill returns to Wonder Works as part of our Sunday Concert Series. A trained child development specialist, Gill has been educating, entertaining and delighting children for over 20 years.

When: 4-5:30 p.m.
Cost: $11, $8 members

Miss Jamie from the Farm

Beat Kitchen | Chicago, Ill.

Perfect for preschoolers, Miss Jamie and her puppet friends from the farm take the kids on a magical barnyard adventure that teaches healthy eating and happy (sustainable) farming in a singalong dance along show that leaves children and parents alike stomping their boots and hollering for more.

When: Doors open at 11 a.m., show begins at 12 p.m.
Cost: $6-$7


Naperville Park District | Naperville, Ill.

Join the Cat in the Hat as he follows the adventures of Horton the Elephant, who despite all odds saves the Whos, protects the egg, and restores unity to the Jungle of Nool. A kaleidoscope of Dr. Seuss characters come to life to tell the story of loyalty, acceptance and friendship. Tickets are on sale at the Naperville Park District at and at the Administration Building, 320 W. Jackson Ave., and at the new 95th Street Center, located at 2244 W. 95th St.

Cost: Call for cost

Grand Opening of Mathnasium Chicago - West Loop

Mathnasium | Chicago,


Meet the instructors and enjoy math games, snacks, prizes and more.RSVP at

When: 3-5 p.m.
Cost: Free

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
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