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 ice carving demonstrations, live animals such as birds of prey, Siberian huskies, live entertainment from the Old Town School of Folk Music, arts and crafts table, and free snowshoe rental if weather conditions allow. First 500 visitors receive a Polar Adventure Day mug filled with hot chocolate. 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 to create sculpting masterpieces out of 10 ft. blocks of man-made snow. Other activites include dog sled racing demonstrations and a snowboard rail jam competition.
Escape winter for a day of hot activities with a Caribbean theme, including a volcanic eruption, chemical reactions, and arts and crafts activities.
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.