Our Picks: Top 10 January events

 
 

Who said January was one long, dark haul? We've got ice sculpting, dog-sledding and pigeon theater and a plenty of ways to celebrate snow. Without further ado, our 10 not-to-miss January events.

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Dozin' with the Dinos

It's your chance to spend a night at the museum. Spend your evening enjoying workshop activities like games from around the world or live insects from your own backyard.

 
 

Northbrook Winter Carnival

Celebrate the season with indoor and outdoor activities at this annual family event.

 
 

Frosty Family Fun

Enjoy a free night on the ice at Community Park with music, cocoa, games and skating. Check www.palatineparks.org for weather info.

 
 

Polar Adventure Days

Explore Northerly Island and come face-to-face with live animals, engage in winter activities, and create nature-inspired crafts. Events take place both outdoors and inside of the Visitor Center. Tour the Northerly Island Natural Area; see Siberian huskies, wolves and other live animals; encounter birds of prey from Flint Creek Wildlife Rehabilitation; explore the island on snowshoes (if there's snow); enjoy a treat and sip hot cocoa. Dec. 10; Jan. 21; Feb. 25.

 
 

Mummenschanz

Common materials and everyday objects - such as wires, tubes, boxes and fabric - spring to life as fantastical characters.

 
 

What Does It Mean, Dr. King?

The performance invites children and adults to participate in the program and say what they would have done if faced with some of the situations that took place during the Civil Rights Movement. The program touches upon several key historical moments. Following the play, children are encouraged to write letters to Dr. King.

 
 

Spotlight at Night

Enjoy a performance by Intonation Music Workshop then join the crew on stage to sing, dance or play an instrument. Stop by the popular "ice" rink in Snow Much Fun for an evening skate in your socks!

 
 

Snow Days Chicago

Teams of artists from around the country and the world gather starting Feb. 4 to create sculpting masterpieces out of 10 ft. blocks of man-made snow. Other winter-themed activities for kids and families, including The Snowboard Experience, snow games and snow painting. Sculptures will be available for viewing Feb. 6-7, during the day and night with special nighttime illumination. The colorful lighting display begins at dusk. From 11 a.m.-1 p.m. both days, enjoy a visit from Shedd Aquarium’s Magellanic Penguins. Guests can see the penguins from up close and can also ask the trainers questions about the penguins, their habitat and more.

 
 

Sizzling Sunday

Visit Costa Rica with Discovery Center as we explore volcanoes, tromp through the rain forest, swim through a tropical reef, and sample the local cuisine of this Central American gem.

 

 
 

Snowman Contest

Gather the most talented snowman builders in your family and enter this winter contest. All snowmen must be green-friendly-built out of biodegradable or natural materials.

 
 
 










 
 
 
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