Winter break: It's every parent's best friend and
worst enemy. Sure, those first few days are fun, wrapped as they
are in holiday cheer, but they quickly transform into long hours
spent eagerly anticipating the return to school.
If you're looking to escape your house for some seasonal
fun, here are three exhibits that are high on the holiday spirit
and low on complaints of "I'm bored." Plus, each museum is packed
with other exhibits that are full of family
For many people, it just wouldn't be the holiday season
without at least one showing of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas
Carol" (and yes, the Muppets version counts). This year, Lake
County Discovery Museum is celebrating Dickens' 200th birthday, and
it is adding a special holiday expansion that includes a
re-creation of an 1800s street that shows how Dickens influenced
the look and feel of the holiday season. Kids will enjoy a carriage
ride and a peek at Dickens' personal Facebook page. Think he's
friends with Tiny Tim?
The last couple of winters in Chicago have been light on
flakes, so head to Adler for a taste of life in a world of snow.
The Grainger Sky Theater morphs into the "World's Largest Snow
Globe," with flakes falling and scenes of places far and near. The
best part? No need to bundle up to enjoy the snowy beauty. While
you're there, check out the "Season of Wonder" show, an exploration
of the winter night sky that includes the winter solstice and
Before you take down your own tree and leave it by the
curb, be sure to see how they decorate around the world. More than
50 trees decorated by members of Chicago's many ethnic communities
show off the unique aspects of each culture, while the Grand Tree
pulls out all the stops with 30,000 lights and 1,000 ornaments.
From Armenia to Wales, it's a global celebration you'll return to
again and again. Vesele Vianoce,
Maligayang Pasko and Vyaselykh
Elizabeth Diffin is the associate editor at Chicago Parent. She lives in Wheaton.
See more of Elizabeth's stories here.
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