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Includes hands-on elements that teach children about the role of transportation in their lives. The exhibit includes an auto repair shop, a train station with caboose, flight simulator and airplane cockpit, wind tunnel, and bicycles on stands. The exhibit will also help develop map-reading skills, teach the elements of flight, and help children recognize street signs. In addition, a G-scale model train will run above the children's department desk all year. The exhibit also includes information on energy efficient ways to travel.
The story tells of the night the Three Kings, following the star of Bethlehem, stop for shelter at the home of Amahl, a poor, crippled shepherd boy who lives with his widowed mother.
A free, fun drop-in program focused on giving back to our community. Activities include: Making greeting cards for veterans; creating a winter placemat for a senior; packing and decorating snack bags for children at homeless shelters; and designing a charity (tzedakah) box to take home. For more information, contact Northwest@juf.org
Katherine Applegate, winner of the 2013 Newbery Medal, will share her award-winning book The One and Only Ivan. It is a story loosely based on the real-life gorilla, Ivan, who was kept in an enclosure in a shopping mall in Tacoma for nearly 30 years before being moved to Zoo Atlanta following public outcry to provide him a more appropriate home. The One and Only Ivan explores themes of compassion, empathy and self-discovery. Applegate will share a presentation, answer questions and sign books.
Exhibit showcases the different cultural winter celebrations celebrated in Chicagoland including: Chinese New Year, Diwali, Filipino Simbang Gabi, German Silvester, Latvian Winter Solstice, Lithuanian Kučios, Polish Wigilia and Swedish Saint Lucia Day. The winter traditions are displayed in five separate locations. The CCA and its Core Members are also hosting exhibit related events, including tours of Core Member sites, cultural performances, holiday bazaars, cooking classes and family educational activities.
Guests can enjoy the Lego Train Show without lines and meet the creative builders from the Northern Illinois Lego Train Club. Snacks, desserts and hot chocolate will be served and a cash bar will be available. Ticket holders also receive a holiday keepsake and complimentary parking.
Every child gets a chance to dress up as a firefighter, slide down the pole, explore a fire truck and ambulance, interact with real firefighters plus meet Firefighting Santa.
An interactive, artistic light experience among the trees that provides a new way to think about lights, trees and nature. Guests explore a path about a mile long and see trees, washed in stunning light, plus are given a chance to manipulate and interact with the lighting elements. There also will be nightly, family-friendly entertainment including warm beverages, fire pits and s'mores.
This Chicago tradition began in 1942. The museum's 45-foot Grand Tree takes center stage in the Rotunda, surrounded by more than 50 smaller trees decorated by volunteers from Chicago's ethnic communities to represent their various cultures and holiday traditions. Stroll through the trees, enjoy falling "snow" and savor performances on the stage. School choral groups perform during the week, and ethnic song and dance performances take place on the weekends.
Executive Pastry Chef Fabrice Bouet show families how to create the some of the hotel's signature holiday treats in the pastry shop. Families will work together to bake Christmas cookies and decorate cupcakes, learning how to make excellent holiday treats to make through the season.
Families can explore the CITY SELF exhibition by celebrating the city of Chicago and constructing buildings of all sizes.