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Toddler Takeover

Chicago Children's Museum | Chicago, Ill.

While the big kids are off at school, January's programming is focused on the youngest visitors. Mondays: It’s hammer time for tots in the building and construction exhibit;      Tuesdays and Thursdays: Story time; Wednesdays: Explore art materials;  Fridays: Shake, rattle and roll to create art.

Cost: Free with museum admission

King Artie and the Knights of the Rad Table

Mayer Kaplan JCC | Skokie, Ill.

A fun filled medieval musical theater performance for all ages. Gwen’s spending her Saturday reading a book and Artie’s riding around on a skateboard, just typical American teenagers… until Merlin wakes up from a 1500 year snooze to whisk them away to the days of chivalry. Purchase tickets online at www.gojcc.org/theater

When: 7 p.m. Jan. 22 and 29; noon and 2:30 p.m. Jan. 25 and Feb. 1
Cost: $16, $11 kids 7-12, $6 kids 6 and under

Bob Noone, P.h.D. : Birth Order and its Influence on Parenting and Marriage

Evanston Public Library | Evanston, Ill.

FREE  

One of the more interesting aspects of family life is the influence that birth order has on not only the personalities of children and adults, but on how they behave in relationships. This presentation will discuss how our birth order might influence our relationships with our children, our spouses, and our parents. Dr. Robert Noone has been a psychotherapist for more than 40 years and see clients with a wide range of difficulties. He was the executive director of the Family Service Center of Wilmette, Glenview, Northbrook, and Kenilworth for 27 years.

When: 7-8:30 p.m.
Cost: Free; RSVP to 847-864-2190

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

Toy Car City

Chicago Children's Museum | Chicago, Ill.

This cozy cityscape gives babies, toddlers and preschoolers the materials they need to design their own roadway schemes and then play in them. With wooden cars perfect for little hands, flexible, fabric roads and small, wooden street signs to place about,         there’s sure to be hours of imaginative play. Couches surround the play area for caregivers.

Cost: Free with museum admission

XOXO: An Exhibit About Love & Forgiveness

DuPage Children's Museum | Naperville, Ill.

An exhibit where families can come together in a place that fosters conversations and interactive experiences that bring love and forgiveness to the forefront of families’ minds. Visitors can illuminate a hidden message about love by Holding Hands; answer questions about love and forgiveness, and tie them to a wall for others to read at the Response Walls; write down loving thoughts and press them into Tokens of Love; work together to Balance on a seesaw or connect an infinite Story Puzzle; create Silhouettes using a unique set up of light boxes; build and explore a variety of facial expressions using Empathy Blocks; Release the Negative by drawing or writing down what makes them angry or sad and then cranking it through a paper shredder; speak into Tone Phones and watch how their voice affects shapes projected on a screen.Created by Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh with support from The Fetzer Institute.

Cost: Free with 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

Black Creativity Juried Art Exhibition

Museum of Science and Industry | Chicago, Ill.

The longest-running exhibition of African-American art in the U.S. features more than 100 dynamic works of art from amateur and professional African-American artists from around the nation, as well as a youth category which features work by a dozen area high school artists.

Cost: Free with museum admission

Numbers in Nature: A Mirror Maze

Museum of Science and Industry | Chicago, Ill.

An interactive and immersive new permanent exhibit that will expose and explain the mathematical patterns that abound in the natural world—from the delicate nested spirals of a sunflower’s seeds, to the ridges of a majestic mountain range, to the layout of the Universe. This fascinating space will envelop visitors within what appears to be an endless pattern—1,600 square feet of it. Dead ends are scattered throughout, and hidden within this approximately 10-minute experience is a small secret room.

Cost: Free with admission
 










 
 
 
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