Does anything taste better on a cold winter night than a steaming mug of hot chocolate (topped with piles of marshmallows, of course)? The flavor of the season takes center stage at Loco for Cocoa, an educational—and tasty—look at chocolate in all of its forms. Kids 4-10 will examine the humble cacao bean, taste a few different chocolate varieties and then dip snacks in a kid-friendly fondue. Good news, parents: An adult companion is required, so now you just have to decide who gets the sweet honors.
$24, $19.20 members. 9:30-11 a.m. or 1-2:30 p.m. Jan. 20 and 28. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. (847) 835-5440.
You won’t find any snow at this Winterfest! Chicago’s kindie music scene heats up with four fun bands your little rockers will love. Enjoy performances from Cielito Lindo, Ice Cream Vendors, Poochamungas and Mary Macaroni, then head upstairs for some crafts, face painting and other awesome activities. The fest kicks off the next session of Concerts for Kids, the rare kids’ music series that even parents will love. Really. Pinkie swear.
$10. 11 a.m. Jan. 7. Beat Kitchen, 2100 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago. (773) 281-4444.
Martin Luther King, Jr. fought for equality and justice for all Americans, so we can think of no better way to honor his legacy than to visit Hull-House Museum, our local spot that’s dedicated to those same values. Martin Luther King Jr. Day at Hull-House: Resistance and Liberation pays its respects to Dr. King with arts workshops, tours and games around the topic of collective community action and a discussion with Harriet Tubman’s great-great-grandniece, who wrote a book about her ancestor’s work on the Underground Railroad. Hopefully it will encourage kids and parents alike to keep dreaming of—and working for—a better, more equal world.
Free. Noon-4 p.m. Jan. 14. Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, 800 S. Halsted, Chicago. (312) 413-5353.