Although it seems early for holiday lights and festivals, there are only 40 shopping days until Christmas, so it never hurts to get your family into the holiday spirit. Celebrating its 75th year, the Museum of Science and Industry will unveil on Friday this year’s exhibition of Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light with more than 50 bedecked trees featuring cultures from across the globe.
Each week for the next three weeks, we will award two Chicago Parent readers a family five-pack of tickets to the Adler Planetarium. The tickets include general museum admission and admission to the sky show, “One World, One Sky: Big Bird’s Adventure.” The sky show, based on characters from “Sesame Street,” joins Big Bird, Elmo and their Chinese friend, Hu Hu Zhu, on a journey to discover the North Star, the Big Dipper, the sun and the moon. To read Chicago Parent’s coverage of “One World, One Sky,” visit ChicagoParent.com. For more information, visit adlerplanetarium.org. To win, visit our discussion board.
Your kids don’t have to be the next Einstein to enjoy all of the science- and math-themed activities available this weekend from Science Chicago, the world’s largest science celebration. Science Chicago is an ongoing event that ends in August 2009 and works with more than 100 local academic, scientific, corporate and nonprofit institutions to provide hands-on learning and science tours to build enthusiasm in the pursuit of science.
With Thanksgiving and Christmas just around the corner, now is the perfect time to start driving home the idea of giving to others. From 11 a.m.-3 p.m. this Friday, The Walter and Connie Payton Foundation of Chicago will team up with Warner Bros. Pictures to co-host a holiday toy drive in celebration of the motion picture release of “Four Christmases” Nov. 26. During the toy drop, the local improv and comedy theater group, pH Productions, will perform family-friendly carols and comedy.
This week, one lucky Chicago Parent reader will win a Sprig Toys Adventure Series. The battery-free toys are made from recycled material, called Sprigwood. But just because there aren’t batteries doesn’t mean there are no bells or whistles to thrill. The vehicles are powered by pushing and pumping, triggering an internal generator that turns on lights and sounds. The series retails for $140 and comes with the Discover Rig, Rally Racer and Baja Scout as well as five Adventure Guide characters, Cap Faraday, Rudi Tootin, Miki Flinders, Violet Rio and Edmund Peak. Each Adventure Guide comes with its own special audio sounds that are activated when the guide is seated in the driver’s seat of the Discovery Rig. For more information, visit sprigtoys.com. To win, visit our discussion board.