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.
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.
Celebrate the season with carnival games, a snowshoe obstacle course, winter demonstrations, music and a sled decorating contest.
Enjoy a free night on the ice at Community Park with music, cocoa, games and skating. Check www.palatineparks.org for weather info.
Families can enjoy winter activities and meet live animals. Activities may include dog sledding demonsrations, live entertainment from the Old Town School of Folk Music, arts and crafts table, toddler zone with outdoor "ice fishing," REI winter activity station, and free snowshoe rental if weather conditions allow. First 500 visitors receive hot cocoa. Dress for the outdoors. Call to confirm scheduled activities.
Common materials and everyday objects - such as wires, tubes, boxes and fabric - spring to life as fantastical characters.
What was the Civil Rights Movement and what does it mean for kids today? Take a journey back in time and learn about freedom through interactive theater and songs.
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!
Teams of artists from around the country and the world gather starting Feb. 5 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. Plus, see the Shedd Aquarium's Magellanic Penguins up-close in the Family Pavilion.
Wear your loudest shirt as we head south of the border, turn up the heat, and prepare for a fiesta. Explore culture, food, and fun; hop into a volcano; enjoy live music by Frank Calvagna; and immerse yourself in the captivating rhythms of Mexico.
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.