Where to make DIY gifts with kids in Chicago this holiday season

Everybody loves a thoughtful holiday gift. However, often the best gifts aren’t the most expensive or biggest items under the tree.

Everybody loves a thoughtful holiday gift. However, often the best gifts aren’t the most expensive or biggest items under the tree.

“It’s important to teach kids and families that they don’t haveto buy `new’ for the holidays to give something special,” saysHeather Grance, manager of public programs at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. “They can reuse and renew
materials to make fun, one-of-a-kind gifts that recipients will

For those who don’t have the time or inclination to make theirown gifts, buying handmade items from local artisans is anotherthoughtful option. With a little time and creativity, families canfind gifts that are both economical and sentimental. Here are a fewlocal resources for families looking for handmade gifts thisholiday season.

Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum’s Green Family Holiday Fair

When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 2
Where: 2340 N. Cannon Drive, Chicago
Cost: Admission to the holiday fair is free
(museum admission not required
for entry)
Details: Local vendors will be selling their
eco-friendly holiday wares. Many of the items are handmade and

Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum’s Gifting Green Workshops

When: 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Nov. 24-25;
Dec. 22-23
Cost: per project, for two projects
Details: Participants can “upcycle” by diverting
unwanted materials from the landfills and turning them into
handmade gifts. For example, kids can use pieces of felt from
thrift shop sweaters to create tree ornaments.

Wishcraft Workshop

When: Classes/workshops are offered in the
morning, afterschool and on weekends
Where: 2312 W. Roscoe, Chicago
Cost: Varies
Details: Throughout the holiday season, Wishcraft
Workshop offers a DIY class for everyone (whether you are “crafty”
or not). This is an opportunity to create handmade gifts with the
help of creative craft experts by your side. Options include: “Kids
+ Grown-ups Making Stuff Together,” “(Little) Hand-Made Gift
Workshops” (minimum age is 4) and “(A Little Bigger) Hand-Made Gift
Workshops” (minimum age is 7). Projects range from homemade play
tents to pendants to picture frames.

7th Annual Renegade Craft FairHoliday Market

When: Dec. 1-2; 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Where: Pulaski Park Fieldhouse (1419 W. Blackhawk
St., Chicago)
Cost: Admission is free
Details: This family-friendly market offers a
variety of handmade creations from local indie artists. Get into
the holiday spirit while you shop thanks to festive tunes, a free
photo booth and a free trolley offering rides to other neighborhood
shopping destinations.

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