Get out and play
A trip to the artic tundra—also known as the Northerly Island Visitor Center, 1400 S. Lynn White Drive, Chicago—is a good way to meet strange and wild creatures—also known as Polar Huskies and other live animals at Polar Adventure Days. You and your family can explore nature by not only getting nose to nose with some live animals, but also by snowshoeing and cross-country skiing (weather permitting). After playing outside, warm up with a nice cup of hot cocoa while you create winter crafts. There will also be ice carving demonstrations and winter storytelling. Polar Adventure Days kicks off Saturday, but occurs through the winter on Jan. 19 and Feb. 23. All of the events are free and last from noon-4 p.m. The snowshoe rental is free and the first 500 visitors on each of the three days will receive a complimentary Polar Adventure Day mug filled with hot chocolate.Remember to dress warmly. It is a good idea to call to confirm that all events are occurring since some activities depend on weather. For more information, call (312) 742-7529 or visit the Web site, www.chicagoparkdistrict.com.
Piece of the prize
This week, five lucky Chicago Parent readers will win“Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” on DVD courtesy of Warner Home Video, which was released Dec. 11. To win, tell us what house—Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw or Slytherin—your child would live in if they attended the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and the reason why. Post your answer to our discussion board. Then e-mail your answer, name, phone number and your Chicago Parent ID to email@example.com. You must post and e-mail us for your answer to be counted. We will not release your information–it is purely for contact purposes. Winners will be chosen at random and may have no affiliation with Wednesday Journal Inc. or its employees.