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

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 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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