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Buccaneer Blast at the Brig

Brookfield Zoo | Brookfield, Ill.

FREE  

Event in the Discovery Center features a live swordplay demonstration by the Chicago Swordplay Guild, the comedic magician Frankie Ace, games, other fun activities, and snacks for everyone. Families are encouraged to make a $5 donation to The LeaderShop.

When: 3-6 p.m.
Cost: Free; donations requested

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

Nature and Science at Wonder Works

Wonder Works | Oak Park, Ill.

March 6: Legos and Duplos - We'll bring out a big bin of Legos and a lot more Duplos than usual; March 13: Building Forts - We'll see what kinds of forts we can build with folding tables and bed sheets; March 20: Cardboard Boxes - We'll use cardboard boxes and tubes to make some structures big enough to sit inside and other structures to use with toy cars and wooden trains; March 27: Wooden Blocks and Lincoln Logs - See what kinds of structures we can build with wood, including unit blocks, Kapla blocks, and Lincoln Logs.

When: 10 a.m.-noon
Cost: Free with museum admission

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University | Chicago, Ill.

Bringing new Chicago premieres, as well as classic favorites, Ailey’s 10 performance run will be another highlight of the 125 anniversary season. http://www.auditoriumtheatre.org/shows/alvin-ailey-american-dance-theater/

When: 7:30 p.m. March 6, 11-13; 2 and 8 p.m. March 7 and 14; 3 p.m. March 8 and 15
Cost: $25-$95

Circuscope

The Actors Gymnasium | Evanston, Ill.

Enthralled by the extraordinary shapes and sizes of life, the creators of the Actors Gymnasium Winter Circus will explore a fascinating world on the other side of the microscopic lens. Directed by spectacle-theatre veteran Vanessa Stalling and featuring acclaimed Chicago clown Dean Evans, Circuscope will transport audiences through surprising acrobatics, mime, live music and other-worldly design.

When: Fridays at 7:30 p.m.; Saturdays 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Sundays at 3:00 p.m.
Cost: $15 for children/students/seniors, $20 for adults

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

Junior Archaeologists

Oriental Institute Museum | Chicago, Ill.

Learn how archaeologists work in the field and discover artifacts, then
take part in excavating a simulated dig in the Oriental Institute's Kipper Family Archaeology Discovery Center.
Dec. 6, Jan. 17, Feb. 21, March 28.

When: 2-4 p.m. Dec. 6; 1-3 p.m. Jan. 17, Feb. 21, March 28
Cost: $14, $10 member; $7, $5 additional

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
 










 
 
 
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