What Should We Do This Weekend? Chicago, IL February 14th – 16th, 2020


Looking for things to do in Chicagoland for Valentine’s Day and Presidents’ Day Weekend?

Choose from over 40 family-friendly events happening in Chicago, and the suburbs this weekend!

Don’t miss our guide What To Do With Kids for Valentine’s Day for some extra suggestions!

 

 

Major Ongoing Events this Week:

 

 

Chicago Auto Show

  • McCormick Place, Museum Campus
  • Feb 8th – Feb 17th; 10 am – 10 pm
  • “This year marks the 112th edition of the Chicago Auto Show.”
  • “All Chicago Auto Show exhibits are held in the McCormick Place complex. Exhibitions include: multiple world and North American introductions; a complete range of domestic and imported passenger cars and trucks; sport utility vehicles; and experimental or concept cars. In total, nearly 1,000 different vehicles will be on display. Additionally, attendees will also have the opportunity to see numerous accessories and auto-related exhibits, competition vehicles and project, antique and collector cars.”

Chicago NBA Crossover 2020 at Navy Pier

  • “NBA Crossover will be the most immersive and engaging pop culture event during NBA All-Star.  Featuring exclusive product drops from top brands, NBA player appearances, Celebrities & Influencers, Music Performances and much more! Tickets start at $20.”

Hot Wheels Monster Trucks Live

  • Saturday & Sunday
  • Sears Centre, Hoffman Estates
  • “This event is filled with non-stop thrills and action that will entertain the whole family. You’ll remember your favorite moments and the legendary monster trucks that defied gravity long after the show is over.”

Chicago Black Restaurant Week

  • Feb 9th – 16th
  • “In 1926, Dr Carter G. Woodson founded “Negro History Week“, which fell on the second week of February. In 1976, February became Black History Month. While our Designer was busy creating Chicago Black Restaurant Week, she decided to honor Dr. Woodson’s initial legacy by placing CBRW during the second week of Black History Month…and it will be during the second week of Black History Month for years to come!”
  • 37 participating restaurants

The Orchid Show

  • Chicago Botanic Garden
  • Feb 8th – March 22nd
  • “We play with color in artistic installations and feature 10,000 brilliant blooms in unexpected ways: via a towering kaleidoscope, a floating carpet, and a dramatic chandelier, designed to be lit and transformed by the winter sun.”

NOTORIOUS RBG: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF RUTH BADER GINSBURG

  • Feb 9th – Aug 16th
  • Illinois Holocaust Museum
  • “Based on the book and Tumblr page of the same name, Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg is the first-ever museum exhibition focused solely on this judicial icon, whose image graces mugs, t-shirts, posters, and bobbleheads. The exhibit is a vibrant exploration of Justice Ginsburg’s life and her numerous, often simultaneous roles as a student, wife, mother, lawyer, judge, women’s rights pioneer, and Internet phenomenon. Whether you’re a fangirl or a legal scholar, don’t miss this blockbuster exhibit!”

Explore Ice Castles

  • Lake Geneva, WI
  • Multiple dates and times
  • “Ice Castles is bringing fairy tales to life this season at Geneva National Resort in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. Let your imagination run wild as you explore caverns and tunnels made entirely from ice. Race down an ice-carved slide and squeeze through crawl spaces and slot canyons to discover new experiences around every corner. With fountains, thrones, wishing wells, and more, you’ll be mesmerized by this unique, and family-friendly attraction. Don’t miss your chance to experience the magic!”

Marcus Theatre Presents: The Enchanted Tales Film Series

  • “Have you ever wished (upon a star) that you could relive the magic of Disney movies on the big screen? This January and February, we’re giving you the chance! Marcus Theatres and Movie Tavern is proud to present Disney’s The Enchanted Tales Film Series. The perfect outing for families and friends of all ages, see these timeless classics in select theatres on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays for only $6.”
  • Illinois-Addison, Bloomington, Chicago Heights, Elgin, Gurnee, OFallon, Orland Park
  • The $6 film lineup:
    • Pocahontas (1995) – February 14 – 17 (extended through Monday for President’s Day!)

WNDR Museum

  • “Home to Chicago’s first ever Infinity Mirror Room by iconic Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama, wndr places works from Richard Prince, Barbara Kruger, and Alex Israel in conversation with thought-provoking, innovative technologies and stunning interactive installations. Around every corner comes an opportunity to be creative, discover something unexpected, ask questions, and, most importantly, play.”
  • 1130 W. Monroe, Chicago
  • “Wake up with wndr! On the second and last Sunday of each month, wndr hosts Sunday Morning Cartoons from 10AM-12PM. Included with your ticket are classic cartoons projected in our Atrium, all-you-can-eat cereal from our cereal bar, and a tour of the museum to finish your morning. You won’t want to miss it! All ages welcome! Kids 10 and under get free admission.”

Jack Frost Winter Village

  • Goose Island
  • Monday-Friday — 4pm-10pm
  • Saturdays & Sundays — 11am-10pm
  • Runs through March!
  • “Pile on your favorite stylish parka, bundle up tight and grab your favorite cohorts and head off for some winter days full of cheer. Snack on festive treats from a rotating roster of food trucks and sip a warm hot chocolate or down your favorite boozy cocktail from any of Jack’s three full-service bars. Wander through the 2-acre outdoor site and test your aim at outdoor lumberjack Axe throwing or snap your Holiday Christmas card at one of Jack’s infamous Instagramable photo opps, then stop at one of three Holiday gypsy caravan to meet with a mystical fortune teller and discover your ghost of Christmas Past, Present & Yet to Come Future just like Ebenezer Scrooge!”
  • All ages.

Goldilocks and the Three Bears

  • Chicago Kids Company
  • Stahl Family Theatre, Chicago: Jan 16th – Feb 21st
  • “Goldilocks and the Three Bears is a one-hour musical based on the original fairy tale. It features a hilarious script adapted by Jesus Perez, wit original songs composed by Paige Coffman. This show is one of the most popular Chicago Kids Company productions!”

FORTS! Build Your Own Adventure

  • Filament Theatre
  • November 30, 2019 – March 15, 2020: Saturday / Sunday @ 1pm & 3pm
  • “Enter a world of play and creation as Filament Theatre transforms into a play-space for children and parents to build new worlds. Using cardboard boxes, sheets, clotheslines, and more, build adventures of your own devising. With theatrical design elements working together to support creative play, your family is sure to be swept away in the adventure! Snacks and drinks will be available.”

Winterland at Gallagher Way

  • Wrigleyville’s Winterland event series has a host of family friendly activities for your family. Ice rink, curling & skating lessons, Santa Claus visits, and movie screenings.
  • “Skate all winter long underneath the twinkling lights of Winterland at Gallagher Way! The 8,000 square foot ice rink is open to skaters of all ages, every day of the week. Stop by for a couple of laps, check the schedule for a chance to skate with Clark the Cub, rent a skate aid, or arrive in time for select Wednesday figure skating performances.”

Ice Skate in Millennium Park

  • November 15th – March 8th, 2020
  • Millenium Park, McCormick Tribune Ice Rink
  • “Skating is FREE and open to the public. Those skating with their own skates will need to pick up a FREE admission wristband.”
  • The Winter Workouts Program will offer free ice skating lessons for all ages and skill levels on select days.
  • “DJs spin the music while skaters spin on the ice on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays, 6-8pm (December 6 & 20, January 3 & 17, February 7 & 21, March 6). Admission is free. Skate rental rates apply.”

Ice Skate at Maggie Daley Park

  • The skating ribbon at Maggie Daley park is now open!
  • “In the heart of downtown Chicago, with the City’s skyline as a backdrop, a ribbon of ice winds through a rolling landscape providing an ice skating experience unlike any other. The skating ribbon is dramatically different from typical civic ice rinks, creating a multi-sensory activity that is integrated into the landscape. Skaters can experience “alpine in the city” as they lace up their ice skates and follow a path twice the length of a lap around a traditional skating rink. Complementing the ribbon are places to enjoy a cup of hot chocolate and rent skates.”
  • Admission is free unless renting skates.

Ice Skate at The Peninsula Sky Rink:

  • “Surrounded by Chicago’s skyscrapers and twinkling lights, the rink is tucked into a pine tree winter wonderland and bathed in festive music and snowflake lighting.”

Parkway Bank Ice Skating

  • Rosemont
  • Bring your skates and skate for FREE! Rentals for $8!

Morton Arboretum Gnome Hunt

  • Daily November 2019 through March 2020
  • “The animals may be hibernating, but we still have gnomes. Can you find all of the gnomes hiding in the Children’s Garden?“

Morton Arboretum Winter Play

  • Daily from 11 am – 3 pm through March 2020
  • “Join us in the Children’s Garden for winter time fun! We’ll set out activities to complement the day. Activity may include painting snow or building a fort. Whatever it may be, you’ll find all the tools you need to have some frosty fun.” 

Enchanted Railroad at the Morton Arboretum

  • Friday, January 17 through Sunday, February 23, 2020
  • “Marvel at a world of tiny enchantment! Watch an intricate miniature model railroad wind through magnificent scenery that the whole family can enjoy.  Watch as more than 10 model trains wind through a two-level display of tree collections from around the world. The trains run at a child-friendly height to thrill even the littlest fan.”
  • Included with admission
  • “On the day of your visit, you will need to acquire free, timed tickets, which are available on a first-come, first-served basis at the Visitor Center Information Desk.”

Wake Up, Brother Bear

  • Chicago Children’s Theatre
  • January 21st – February 16th
  • Saturdays & Sundays at 9:30 & 11:30 am
  • “Wake Up, Brother Bear! is a highly interactive show that will take you and your cubs on a fun-filled journey through the four seasons with a playful pair of bears. Full of music and physical activity, this intimate theatrical experience is the perfect way to see out the waning months of your family’s winter hibernation.”

Dragons Alive! The Science and Culture of Reptiles

  • Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
  • “The exhibit features 10 species of reptiles from around the world for you to see up close. Stare into the deep eyes of the bearded dragon, measure yourself against the mighty black-throated monitor, and wonder at the beauty of the colorful jeweled lacerta. The frilled dragon, blue-tongued skink, and the majestic uromastyx are ready to show you how these fierce creatures have inspired people throughout the ages. Through encounters with live collections and kid-friendly activities, the limited-time exhibit offers something for everyone. Let your imagination soar to new heights as you explore the exciting connections between dragons, people, and cultures!”

 

 

FRIDAY

 

 

9:00 AM: Valentine’s Day Event at Rockin’ Tots

  • Rockin’ Jump: Buffalo Grove & Carol Stream
  • 9 AM – Noon
  • “Come join us for a Valentine’s Day celebration! Valentine Arts & Crafts! Coffee & Sweet Treats! Tattoo Station! Jumping, Bouncing, playing all over the trampolines! If you haven’t been to one of our Rockin’ Tots Parties yet, please DO come join us!”

9:30 AM: Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Musical

  • Northbrook Park District
  • “In this musical adaptation of the Mo Willems book by the same name, a trip to the laundromat takes a turn when a favorite stuffed bunny “somebunny” is left behind. This family-friendly musical is full of songs, adventure and dancing laundry.”

10:00 AM: WonderPlay & Cafe Arts & Crafts

  • Algonquin
  • 10 AM – Noon
  • “Kids can design and dedicate a heart to someone that will then be a part of our Valentine’s Day wall decor!”

10:00 AM: Storytime in the Park with Tinkerbell

  • Fox Valley Mall, Aurora
  • “Join this magical fairy for storytime! The event is free and welcome to all ages. Light snack will be provided.”
  • Location: Level 1 in Center Park

10:30 AM: Broadway Storytime

  • HelloBaby
  • “Created by a professional performer turned an early childhood development specialist. Broadway & Me’s unique curriculum is both entertaining and developmentally appropriate.”
  • Feb 14th theme: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

10:30 AM: Goldilocks & The Three Bears

  • Stahl Family Theatre
  • “Goldilocks and the Three Bears is a one-hour musical based on the original fairy tale. It features a hilarious script adapted by Jesus Perez, wit original songs composed by Paige Coffman. This show is one of the most popular Chicago Kids Company productions!”

 

 

 

SATURDAY

 

 

10:00 AM: Sonic The Hedgehog Family Party

  • Marcus Addison Cinema
  • “Race to our Theatres for our FREE Sonic the Hedgehog Family Party! Enjoy fun activities, crafts, and snacks! Movie Tickets sold separately.”

10:00 AM: Spiderman Classic – Saturday Cartoon Brunch

  • Carbon Arc Bar
  • “Every weekend morning Carbon Arc Bar & Board takes over Theater 1 of the Davis Theater and shows cartoons! We serve brunch at the bar/restaurant. Using our direct-connect to the theater your children can hang and watch cartoons while you enjoy some delicious grub & drinks! The shows start by 10:00AM and end at 1:00PM on Saturdays and 12:00PM on Sundays. For anyone caught between end of cartoon and end of brunch they will continue to play in the Dining Room of the restaurant. Brunch is served every Saturday and Sunday from 10AM to 2PM.”

10:00 AM: Oswego Chocolate Walk

  • Downtown Oswego
  • 10 am – 3 pm
  • “Tickets are $20 a person and include a  Heart shaped basket, a small ceramic mug, Hot Chocolate Tasting at every store, a chocolate treat to eat there or take home.”

10:00 & 10:45 AM: Center Stage Players

  • Dupage Children’s Museum, Naperville
  • “Introduce children to the arts in a family-friendly setting with a Tiny Great Performance™ at the Museum! Center Stage Players will perform Best of Broadway. Center Stage Players is a well-rounded theater education program that gives students a solid foundation of experience to help them perfect their craft as they prepare themselves for future professional acting careers. Center Stage Players is also committed to bringing the theater out into the community. They provide some of the most unique theater performances available in the Chicagoland area.”

11:00 AM: Free Family Fun Fair

  • Vaughan Athletic Center, Aurora
  • 11 am – 2 pm
  • “Join us for some family fun! We will have entertainment, games, program demos, inflatables, food and raffles!”

11:00 AM: Valentine for the Birds

  • The Morton Arboretum
  • “Celebrate your love for nature on Valentine’s Weekend  in the Children’s Garden!  We will make some tasty treats to hang on the trees for our favorite feathery friends!”

12:00 PM: Winterfest

  • Bartlett Nature Center
  • Noon – 4 PM
  • “Watch as teams of Siberian Huskies run our trail. Crafting, outdoor activities, and more. This event is free.”

12:00 PM: Spring Valley Winter Fest

  • Spring Valley Nature Center & Heritage Farm, Schaumburg
  • “Bundle up and join in on some winter fun. Enjoy snowshoe walks through the prairie, horse-drawn wagon rides, winter themed crafts and games, marshmallow roasting over a bonfire and dog sledding demonstrations! Warm winter beverages and food will be available for purchase. Activities will take place both inside and outside the Nature Center.”

12:00 PM: Sweet Saturday 2020

  • Garfield Park Conservatory
  • Noon – 3 PM
  • “From chocolate and vanilla, to banana and papaya, your family will love this Valentine’s weekend event! Featured plants include: Coffee, Vanilla, Chocolate, Lemon, Papaya, Banana, Prickly Pear, Cinnamon, Ginger and more! There will be crafts and activities for children of all ages. Play games, make origami with the Chicago Area Origami Society, and create art with our nature education teachers. Member families will have access to the Member Lounge, where everyone can sit, have some coffee, and make a tasty treat!”

2:00 PM: We Love Reptiles!

  • Lemont Public Library
  • 2-3 PM
  • Pre-register
  • “Join us for a wild adventure with Coal Black Exotics! Get up close and personal with tortoises, snakes, lizards, and other fascinating creatures in this hands-on presentation.”

2:00 PM: Wintertime Stroll and Story

  • St. James Farm Forest Preserve, Warrenville
  • 2 PM – 3:30 PM
  • “Join a guided treasure hunt to look for signs of wildlife, including the tracks they leave behind. Warm up after the walk with a wintertime story and hot chocolate. Ages 5 and up; under 18 with an adult. $5 per person. Register at 630-580-7025 or online.”

 

 

SUNDAY

 

 

10:00 AM: Spider-Woman Sunday Cartoon Brunch

  • Carbon Arc Bar
  • “Every weekend morning Carbon Arc Bar & Board takes over Theater 1 of the Davis Theater and shows cartoons! We serve brunch at the bar/restaurant. Using our direct-connect to the theater your children can hang and watch cartoons while you enjoy some delicious grub & drinks! The shows start by 10:00AM and end at 1:00PM on Saturdays and 12:00PM on Sundays. For anyone caught between end of cartoon and end of brunch they will continue to play in the Dining Room of the restaurant. Brunch is served every Saturday and Sunday from 10AM to 2PM.”

11:00 AM: Paint The Ice

  • Gallagher Way Chicago
  • To celebrate the end of another fun-filled winter and holiday season in Gallagher Way, we’re bringing back Paint the Ice again this year! Neighbors, families and guests of all ages are invited to paint the ice! Benjamin Moore will provide the paint – you bring the creativity!
  • SCHEDULE:
    • Open Skate from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    • Paint the Ice from 2 to 5 p.m.

11:00 AM: Valentine for the Birds

  • The Morton Arboretum
  • “Celebrate your love for nature on Valentine’s Weekend  in the Children’s Garden!  We will make some tasty treats to hang on the trees for our favorite feathery friends!”

11:30 AM: The Boogers at Beat Kitchen

  • Beat Kitchen: Belmont Ave, Chicago’
  • “Get ready to ROCK!! The Boogers are back at the Beat Kitchen, bringing their award-winning punk rock for kids of all ages. Often compared to the Ramones, this power trio bashes out punk rock versions of classic kids songs as well as originals like Pandas are Dangerous, Gimme Some Pancakes, and The Self-Esteem Movement Let Me Down from their award-winning albums. But don’t worry, there’s a method to their madness…their leader Crusty Booger has a PhD in Developmental Psychology!”
  • Doors open at 11:30. Music starts at noon! Drinks and brunch are available at the bar.

12:00 PM: Spring Valley Winter Fest

  • Spring Valley Nature Center & Heritage Farm, Schaumburg
  • “Bundle up and join in on some winter fun. Enjoy snowshoe walks through the prairie, horse-drawn wagon rides, winter themed crafts and games, marshmallow roasting over a bonfire and dog sledding demonstrations! Warm winter beverages and food will be available for purchase. Activities will take place both inside and outside the Nature Center.”

1:00 PM: Family Snowshoeing

  • Lincoln Marsh Natural Area, Wheaton
  • “Have you always wanted to try snowshoeing but didn’t know where to start? Bring the family and learn this new skill together as we explore the snowy trails of Lincoln Marsh. Snowshoes provided. Registration required.”

1:30 PM: Elgin Hot Chocolate Ride

  • Arabica Cafe, Douglas Ave in Elgin
  • “Let’s go for a chocolate rewarded slow roll. We’ll start and end at Arabica Cafe. We’ll have a slow roll pace for 4 to 5 miles through the core Elgin neighborhoods, quiet street routes. Bring a dollar for your special hot chocolate when we return to Arabica Cafe.”

2:00 PM: Fun With The Lincolns

  • Wilmette Historical Museum
  • “Bring your kids to the Museum to celebrate Presidents’ Day with Mr. and Mrs. Lincoln on Sunday, February 16th at 2 p.m. President Lincoln will talk about growing up in a log cabin, how he got his beard, and the importance of never giving up on oneself.  Stay after to enjoy some birthday fun!  You can take your photo with the Lincolns and enjoy some birthday cake as well as presidential-themed activities.”

 

 

 

MONDAY

 

 

9:00 AM: President’s Day Adventure Quest

  • Emily Oaks Nature Center, Skokie
  • “On school holiday, this fun day for kids includes snow play, geocaching, log climbing, and/or animal tracking, depending on weather conditions. We will warm up indoors with games, map skills and trivia. Register for A.M. and/or P.M. sections; bring a packed lunch to the P.M. section. For kids ages 6-10.”
  • Fee per Section: $20 Res / $25 Non-res.
  • Pre-registration required. Call the Emily Oaks office at (847) 674-1500, ext. 2500

10:00 AM: Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Musical

  • Northbrook Park District
  • “In this musical adaptation of the Mo Willems book by the same name, a trip to the laundromat takes a turn when a favorite stuffed bunny “somebunny” is left behind. This family-friendly musical is full of songs, adventure and dancing laundry.”

10:00 AM: Presidents’ Day at the Chicago History Museum

  • Chicago History Museum
  • 10 am – 3 pm
  • “Discover the lives behind the legends of the American presidency through live music, family crafts, and storytelling for kids. Special events include a performance by the Chicago Brass Band as we honor the accomplishments of America’s presidents. Museum admission is FREE for Illinois residents on commemorative days! Special family-friendly activities and performances are designed to honor and celebrate significant moments and figures in history. No RSVP needed.”

 

Head to Springfield and visit the Lincoln Home National Historic Site! 

  • Lincoln Home Visitor Center is open, daily, 8:30 am-5:00 pm. To tour the Lincoln Home, a visitor must obtain a free tour ticket at the Visitor Center. The first tour is at 9:00 am and the last tour begins at 4:30 pm.

 

Marcus Theatre Presents: The Enchanted Tales Film Series

  • “Have you ever wished (upon a star) that you could relive the magic of Disney movies on the big screen? This January and February, we’re giving you the chance! Marcus Theatres and Movie Tavern is proud to present Disney’s The Enchanted Tales Film Series. The perfect outing for families and friends of all ages, see these timeless classics in select theatres on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays for only $6.”
  • Illinois-Addison, Bloomington, Chicago Heights, Elgin, Gurnee, OFallon, Orland Park
  • The $6 film lineup:
    • Pocahontas (1995) – February 14 – 17 (extended through Monday for President’s Day!)

 

The Adler Planetarium is free Feb 17th – 20th

The Museum of Science & Industry is free Feb 18th – 20th

The Field Museum is free all month long!

The Shedd Aquarium is free the 17th – 21st

The Chicago History Museum is free on President’s Day (the 17th)

 

 

 


What Should We Do This Weekend? Chicago, IL February 7th – 9th, 2019


Looking for things to do in Chicagoland this Weekend?

Choose from over 40 family-friendly events happening in Chicago, and the suburbs this weekend!

 

Don’t miss What To Do With Kids for Valentine’s Day to start planning a family friendly Valentine Day adventure!

 

Major Ongoing Events this Week:

 

 

Chicago Auto Show

  • McCormick Place, Museum Campus
  • Feb 8th – Feb 17th; 10 am – 10 pm
  • “This year marks the 112th edition of the Chicago Auto Show.”
  • “All Chicago Auto Show exhibits are held in the McCormick Place complex. Exhibitions include: multiple world and North American introductions; a complete range of domestic and imported passenger cars and trucks; sport utility vehicles; and experimental or concept cars. In total, nearly 1,000 different vehicles will be on display. Additionally, attendees will also have the opportunity to see numerous accessories and auto-related exhibits, competition vehicles and project, antique and collector cars.”

Chicago Restaurant Week

  • January 24th – February 9th
  • “Chicago Restaurant Week is a 17-day celebration of the city’s award-winning culinary scene. The 13th annual event brings together hundreds of the city’s top restaurants, representing a near-endless array of cuisines and making it the largest restaurant week in the nation.”

Chicago Black Restaurant Week

  • Feb 9th – 16th
  • “In 1926, Dr Carter G. Woodson founded “Negro History Week“, which fell on the second week of February. In 1976, February became Black History Month. While our Designer was busy creating Chicago Black Restaurant Week, she decided to honor Dr. Woodson’s initial legacy by placing CBRW during the second week of Black History Month…and it will be during the second week of Black History Month for years to come!”
  • 37 participating restaurants

The Orchid Show

  • Chicago Botanic Garden
  • Feb 8th – March 22nd
  • “We play with color in artistic installations and feature 10,000 brilliant blooms in unexpected ways: via a towering kaleidoscope, a floating carpet, and a dramatic chandelier, designed to be lit and transformed by the winter sun.”

NOTORIOUS RBG: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF RUTH BADER GINSBURG

  • Feb 9th – Aug 16th
  • Illinois Holocaust Museum
  • “Based on the book and Tumblr page of the same name, Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg is the first-ever museum exhibition focused solely on this judicial icon, whose image graces mugs, t-shirts, posters, and bobbleheads. The exhibit is a vibrant exploration of Justice Ginsburg’s life and her numerous, often simultaneous roles as a student, wife, mother, lawyer, judge, women’s rights pioneer, and Internet phenomenon. Whether you’re a fangirl or a legal scholar, don’t miss this blockbuster exhibit!”

Explore Ice Castles

  • Lake Geneva, WI
  • Multiple dates and times
  • “Ice Castles is bringing fairy tales to life this season at Geneva National Resort in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. Let your imagination run wild as you explore caverns and tunnels made entirely from ice. Race down an ice-carved slide and squeeze through crawl spaces and slot canyons to discover new experiences around every corner. With fountains, thrones, wishing wells, and more, you’ll be mesmerized by this unique, and family-friendly attraction. Don’t miss your chance to experience the magic!”

Disney On Ice: Road Trip Adventures

  • Rosemont: Feb 6th – Feb 9th
  • “Exciting twists and turns await as Mickey, Minnie — and you — embark on a wild ride to your favorite Disney destinations. See the world from the rooftops of London, travel to the sun-soaked Motunui, set off on a safari to the Pride Lands and play at a larger-than-life carnival with Woody and Forky. A fun-filled getaway jam-packed with unexpected hijinks and up-close character interactions! See stars from Mary Poppins Returns, Moana, Frozen, The Lion King, Incredibles 2, Aladdin, Toy Story 4, your favorite Disney Princesses, and Mickey, Minnie, Donald, and Goofy.”

Marcus Theatre Presents: The Enchanted Tales Film Series

  • “Have you ever wished (upon a star) that you could relive the magic of Disney movies on the big screen? This January and February, we’re giving you the chance! Marcus Theatres and Movie Tavern is proud to present Disney’s The Enchanted Tales Film Series. The perfect outing for families and friends of all ages, see these timeless classics in select theatres on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays for only $6.”
  • Illinois-Addison, Bloomington, Chicago Heights, Elgin, Gurnee, OFallon, Orland Park
  • The $6 film lineup:
    • Sleeping Beauty (1959) – February 7 – 9
    • Pocahontas (1995) – February 14 – 17 (extended through Monday for President’s Day!)

WNDR Museum

  • “Home to Chicago’s first ever Infinity Mirror Room by iconic Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama, wndr places works from Richard Prince, Barbara Kruger, and Alex Israel in conversation with thought-provoking, innovative technologies and stunning interactive installations. Around every corner comes an opportunity to be creative, discover something unexpected, ask questions, and, most importantly, play.”
  • 1130 W. Monroe, Chicago
  • “Wake up with wndr! On the second and last Sunday of each month, wndr hosts Sunday Morning Cartoons from 10AM-12PM. Included with your ticket are classic cartoons projected in our Atrium, all-you-can-eat cereal from our cereal bar, and a tour of the museum to finish your morning. You won’t want to miss it! All ages welcome! Kids 10 and under get free admission.”

Jack Frost Winter Village

  • Goose Island
  • Monday-Friday — 4pm-10pm
  • Saturdays & Sundays — 11am-10pm
  • Runs through March!
  • “Pile on your favorite stylish parka, bundle up tight and grab your favorite cohorts and head off for some winter days full of cheer. Snack on festive treats from a rotating roster of food trucks and sip a warm hot chocolate or down your favorite boozy cocktail from any of Jack’s three full-service bars. Wander through the 2-acre outdoor site and test your aim at outdoor lumberjack Axe throwing or snap your Holiday Christmas card at one of Jack’s infamous Instagramable photo opps, then stop at one of three Holiday gypsy caravan to meet with a mystical fortune teller and discover your ghost of Christmas Past, Present & Yet to Come Future just like Ebenezer Scrooge!”
  • All ages.

Goldilocks and the Three Bears

  • Chicago Kids Company
  • Stahl Family Theatre, Chicago: Jan 16th – Feb 21st
  • “Goldilocks and the Three Bears is a one-hour musical based on the original fairy tale. It features a hilarious script adapted by Jesus Perez, wit original songs composed by Paige Coffman. This show is one of the most popular Chicago Kids Company productions!”

FORTS! Build Your Own Adventure

  • Filament Theatre
  • November 30, 2019 – March 15, 2020: Saturday / Sunday @ 1pm & 3pm
  • “Enter a world of play and creation as Filament Theatre transforms into a play-space for children and parents to build new worlds. Using cardboard boxes, sheets, clotheslines, and more, build adventures of your own devising. With theatrical design elements working together to support creative play, your family is sure to be swept away in the adventure! Snacks and drinks will be available.”

Winterland at Gallagher Way

  • Wrigleyville’s Winterland event series has a host of family friendly activities for your family. Ice rink, curling & skating lessons, Santa Claus visits, and movie screenings.
  • “Skate all winter long underneath the twinkling lights of Winterland at Gallagher Way! The 8,000 square foot ice rink is open to skaters of all ages, every day of the week. Stop by for a couple of laps, check the schedule for a chance to skate with Clark the Cub, rent a skate aid, or arrive in time for select Wednesday figure skating performances.”

Ice Skate in Millennium Park

  • November 15th – March 8th, 2020
  • Millenium Park, McCormick Tribune Ice Rink
  • “Skating is FREE and open to the public. Those skating with their own skates will need to pick up a FREE admission wristband.”
  • The Winter Workouts Program will offer free ice skating lessons for all ages and skill levels on select days.
  • “DJs spin the music while skaters spin on the ice on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays, 6-8pm (December 6 & 20, January 3 & 17, February 7 & 21, March 6). Admission is free. Skate rental rates apply.”

Ice Skate at Maggie Daley Park

  • The skating ribbon at Maggie Daley park is now open!
  • “In the heart of downtown Chicago, with the City’s skyline as a backdrop, a ribbon of ice winds through a rolling landscape providing an ice skating experience unlike any other. The skating ribbon is dramatically different from typical civic ice rinks, creating a multi-sensory activity that is integrated into the landscape. Skaters can experience “alpine in the city” as they lace up their ice skates and follow a path twice the length of a lap around a traditional skating rink. Complementing the ribbon are places to enjoy a cup of hot chocolate and rent skates.”
  • Admission is free unless renting skates.

Ice Skate at The Peninsula Sky Rink:

  • “Surrounded by Chicago’s skyscrapers and twinkling lights, the rink is tucked into a pine tree winter wonderland and bathed in festive music and snowflake lighting.”

Parkway Bank Ice Skating

  • Rosemont
  • Bring your skates and skate for FREE! Rentals for $8!

Morton Arboretum Gnome Hunt

  • Daily November 2019 through March 2020
  • “The animals may be hibernating, but we still have gnomes. Can you find all of the gnomes hiding in the Children’s Garden?“

Morton Arboretum Winter Play

  • Daily from 11 am – 3 pm through March 2020
  • “Join us in the Children’s Garden for winter time fun! We’ll set out activities to complement the day. Activity may include painting snow or building a fort. Whatever it may be, you’ll find all the tools you need to have some frosty fun.” 

Enchanted Railroad at the Morton Arboretum

  • Friday, January 17 through Sunday, February 23, 2020
  • “Marvel at a world of tiny enchantment! Watch an intricate miniature model railroad wind through magnificent scenery that the whole family can enjoy.  Watch as more than 10 model trains wind through a two-level display of tree collections from around the world. The trains run at a child-friendly height to thrill even the littlest fan.”
  • Included with admission
  • “On the day of your visit, you will need to acquire free, timed tickets, which are available on a first-come, first-served basis at the Visitor Center Information Desk.”

Wake Up, Brother Bear

  • Chicago Children’s Theatre
  • January 21st – February 16th
  • Saturdays & Sundays at 9:30 & 11:30 am
  • “Wake Up, Brother Bear! is a highly interactive show that will take you and your cubs on a fun-filled journey through the four seasons with a playful pair of bears. Full of music and physical activity, this intimate theatrical experience is the perfect way to see out the waning months of your family’s winter hibernation.”

Dragons Alive! The Science and Culture of Reptiles

  • Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
  • “The exhibit features 10 species of reptiles from around the world for you to see up close. Stare into the deep eyes of the bearded dragon, measure yourself against the mighty black-throated monitor, and wonder at the beauty of the colorful jeweled lacerta. The frilled dragon, blue-tongued skink, and the majestic uromastyx are ready to show you how these fierce creatures have inspired people throughout the ages. Through encounters with live collections and kid-friendly activities, the limited-time exhibit offers something for everyone. Let your imagination soar to new heights as you explore the exciting connections between dragons, people, and cultures!”

FRIDAY

 

 

10:00 AM: Arts & Crafts at Wonderplay & Cafe

  • Algonquin
  • “Kids can design and dedicate a heart to someone that will then be a part of our Valentine’s Day wall decor!”

10:30 AM: Broadway Storytime

  • HelloBaby
  • “Created by a professional performer turned an early childhood development specialist. Broadway & Me’s unique curriculum is both entertaining and developmentally appropriate.”
  • Feb 7th: Newsies

11:00 AM: Juicebox Children’s Series: Funkadesi

  • Chicago Cultural Center
  • “Chicago-based Funkadesi blends Indian music (bhangra, Bollywood, folk) with reggae, funk and Afro-Caribbean sounds for a “one-family” vibe. The festive, virtuoso experience brings communities together while wowing crowds with danceable grooves. With engaging music and dance in a kid-friendly setting, the FREE admission Juicebox programs are geared toward the stroller set and enjoyable for the whole family.”

11:00 AM: Superhero Party with Captain America & Supergirl

  • The Arboretum of South Barrington
  • “Join us on February 7th in the Live 360 Community Room for some fun with Captain America and Supergirl! There will be a dance party, free treat, and pictures. Activities available for open-play during event. Event is free. Registration encouraged but not required.”

11:00 AM: Weekly Tot Time at The Arb

  • Live 360° | Escape/Play
  • The Arboretum of South Barrington
  • “These are indoor event, The Live 360 Studio is located between Georgio’s Pizzeria & Pub and Cooper’s Hawk.
    **FRIDAY 2/7- Superhero Party (rescheduled date)
    Come join Captain America and Supergirl in the Live 360 Studio for a dance party, treat, and pictures.”

5:30 PM: Ice Festival Downtown Downers Grove (Preview Night)

  • Main and Curtiss Street, Downers Grove
  • “The first live carving demonstration will be Friday, February 7th, under the lights at 5:30pm on the southeast corner of Main and Curtiss. The fun will continue on Saturday, February 8th, with live ice carving demonstrations from 11am-3pm at the Main Street Train Station as well as directly south of 5150 Main Street.”

6:00 PM: Slime Time with Easypieces

  • The Museum of Contemporary Art
  • The Commons, 2nd Floor East Side
  • “Inspired by the visceral and gooey works in Mika Rottenberg: Easypieces, the MCA is making slime! Come join us in the Commons to create your own slime and experience a tour of this second floor exhibition, led by two of our expert guides.”

SATURDAY

 

 

 

9:00 AM: Family Days at the Adler Planetarium

  • “Join us during regular museum open hours for family-friendly pop-ups, the opportunity to connect with community partners, and more. Plus, check out our new Community PlayLab for children 6 and under! Family Days are included with Museum Entry and free for members! Families get $2 off Museum Entry on Family Day—just mention this promotion at the Box Office when you purchase your tickets. Or purchase your tickets online on February 8 using code FAMILYDAY for $2 off Museum Entry

9:00 AM: Play For All: Adaptive Sports Day

  • Chicago Children’s Museum
  • “Chicago Children’s Museum is committed to providing exhibits, programs, and public spaces that are inclusive and interactive for all families. During Play For All, we invite children and families with disabilities to come and experience CCM’s playful, multisensory exhibits and activities for a special private hour, beginning at 9AM inside the museum, along with our members. CCM opens up to the public at 10AM. Play For All families are welcome to stay and continue exploring the museum all day.”

10:00 AM: Hearts & Hops

  • The Lantern Haus, Forest Park
  • “Join us in the Haus as we celebrate Valentine’s Day with the whole family! WE Events crafts, drinks (kid and adult), snacks and more available for purchase. Free to come, pre-registration required!”

10:00 AM: Rescue Rangers: Saturday Morning Cartoon Brunch

  • Carbon Arc Bar
  • “Every weekend morning Carbon Arc Bar & Board takes over Theater 1 of the Davis Theater and shows cartoons! We serve brunch at the bar/restaurant. Using our direct-connect to the theater your children can hang and watch cartoons while you enjoy some delicious grub & drinks! The shows start by 10:00AM and end at 1:00PM on Saturdays and 12:00PM on Sundays. For anyone caught between end of cartoon and end of brunch they will continue to play in the Dining Room of the restaurant. Brunch is served every Saturday and Sunday from 10AM to 2PM.”

10:00 AM: Winterfest

  • Bolingbrook Park District
  • “A free day of fun for everyone! Enjoy family-friendly activities like snow painting, snowball slingshot, a family photo station, food vendors, and MUCH more!”

10:00 AM: Jump Fest

  • Village of Shorewood
  • “Don’t let Winter bring you down, jump around at Jump Fest!
    This great event will feature various inflatables all located
    inside the warm Walnut Trails School Gym! Each Jumper will
    pay $10 for a wristband that gets you unlimited jumping
    fun until 4:00 pm! Yes, that means the only charge is to the
    jumpers, so, all of you non-jumping parents get in free!
    Savarinos pizza will be available for purchase.”

10:00 AM: CAC Family Day

  • Chicago Architecture Center
  • “The CAC’s monthly Family Day is a new opportunity for families with children ages 3+ to enhance their Center experience. Explore the galleries with us to learn fun facts, find hidden gems and participate in hands-on demonstrations. Use your imagination to build and make a take-home craft project too. Themes and activities change each month.”
  • February Theme: How Buildings Work

10:00 AM: UMOJA Black History Month Celebration

  • Horman Square Community Center Park
  • 10 – 4
  • “Come out and enjoy the annual UMOJA Black History Celebration at Homan Square Park. The free event features performances by children an adults in park programs, vendors of African American products and attire and food vendors featuring soul food menus. Enjoy music and informational vendors as well. Be a part of the village! Performances begin at 12 noon.”

10:00 AM: The Boy and the Violin: A Brazilian Folktale

  • Chicago Symphony Orchestra
  • Buntrock Hall
  • “All alone in the world, a young boy sells his family’s meager belongings to buy a violin. The boy and the violin set out on a journey bringing joy and laughter to creatures big and small who hear the beautiful strains of the instrument.”

10:30 AM: Start Your Rockin’ Collection!

  • The Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art
  • “Create your personalized rock collection! Bring your own egg carton to repurpose into a collection box! Decoration materials are provided. Each child can choose several rocks, minerals and fossils to start or fill in their collection carton. Rocks from home can also
    be brought in for identification. Adult supervision is required.”

11:00 AM: MCA – Family Day: Junk Monster

  • Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
  • “Where does the junk in our world come from and where does it go? Play with the absurdity of producing and consuming stuff with Chicago artists. Play a game about landfills with the WasteShed. Use recycled materials to make public art with Derric Clemmons. Explore the galleries through movement with Ione Sanders. Shake a box of stuff to make a beautiful painting with the Gharib family. And more.”

11:00 AM: Time Out Market Lunar New Year Celebration

  • Time Out Market Chicago: 916 W Fulton Market
  • 11 – 2
  • “Ring in the Lunar New Year and the Year of the Rat at Time Out Market Chicago! Join us for an afternoon of art, music and culture for the whole family. Kids and their parents will be able to paint handmade fans and have their names written by a Chinese calligrapher, and everyone will be able to watch vibrant lion dancers shimmy their way through the Market. Once you’ve worked up an appetite, head to the first floor for special bites from Bill Kim and Mini Mott or a curated cocktail at the bar.”

11:00 AM: Ice Festival Downtown Downers Grove

  • “Enjoy nearly 50 pre-carved ice sculptures that will line the streets of Downtown Downers Grove. New this year, stop and play one of the ice games. There will be bozo buckets, penny pitch, bean bag toss and a ring toss to enjoy. These games are in addition to a variety of other pre-carved sculptures, including a kangaroo, an astronaut, diamond ring, castle, and so many more beautiful ice sculptures. Make sure to stop by and for a picture in the Kissing Booth on Main and head to Curtiss Street for a picture in the I Love Downtown Downers Grove Picture Frame.”

11:00 AM: Ice-A-Palooza

  • Central Athletic Complex, Wheaton Park District
  • Break your winter blues and experience Ice-A-Palooza! This is a FREE event.Enjoy:
    • Meet and Greet with Elsa and Anna
    • Face Painting (11:30A-1:30P)
    • Open skating
    • Hockey
    • Kids games
    • Ice skate rental and purchase on-site by Play It Again Sports – sizes are limited, it is suggested you bring your own skates.
    • Performances by Center Ice of DuPage
    • Concessions available – additional fees vary

11:00 AM: Ice Art Walk & Cocoa Crawl

  • Downtown Wheaton
  • “Enjoy a family winter tradition in Downtown Wheaton! Stroll through Downtown Wheaton to view the many custom-carved ice sculptures. Also, enjoy a live ice carving demonstration at Martin Memorial Plaza at noon.”

11:00 AM: Juicebox Children’s Series

  • Garfield Park Conservatory
  • “Chicago-based Funkadesi blends Indian music (bhangra, Bollywood, folk) with reggae, funk and Afro-Caribbean sounds for a “one-family” vibe. The festive, virtuoso experience brings communities together while wowing crowds with danceable grooves. With engaging music and dance in a kid-friendly setting, the FREE admission Juicebox programs are geared toward the stroller set and enjoyable for the whole family.”

12:00 PM: Knuffle Bunny: Snack and a Show

  • Northbrook Theatre
  • “Double your Knuffle Bunny fun with our Snack and a Show! Join cooking instructor Jill Roter to make bunny cupcakes, watch the performance of Knuffle Bunny at 1pm, then return to decorate and eat cupcakes after the show. Registration includes two seats in our cooking class and two tickets to the show.”

1:00 PM: Lunar New Year Celebration

  • The Art Institute of Chicago
  • 1 – 4:30
  • “Celebrate the Lunar New Year with art-making activities, games, performances, an artist demonstration, and gallery talks in English, and also available in Mandarin. At 5:00 head to Millennium Park for a special lantern procession, and continue the celebration at Maggie Daley Park.”

1:00 PM: Victorian Valentines

  • Dupage County Historical Museum
  • “Valentines of the Victorian era were treasured keepsakes, incorporating feathers, beads, and bits of fabric. Create your own Victorian-style valentines in a fun, afternoon workshop.”

1:10 PM: Valentine Skate

  • Rocket Ice Skating Rink, Bolingbrook
  • “Public ice skating at Rocket Ice Skating Rink provides a great opportunity for the whole family to get out on the ice together. It is a fun setting for beginners to give skating a try in a relaxed environment. The music rocks and the mood is friendly, so come out and join the fun!”

2:00 PM: Cosley Zoo Presents: Illinois Wildlife

  • “Join us at the library to discover the animals that call Illinois home. We will get to meet some of our furry friends live and in person! No registration needed.”

5:00 PM: Chinese New Year Celebration

  • Fox Valley Mall, Aurora
  • “Together with the Xilin Association of Naperville and the Chicago Huaxing Arts Group, Fox Valley Mall will welcome the Year of the Rat with a fun-filled Chinese New Year celebration. Throughout the event, there will be a number of activity and exploration booths. The event, held in Center Park on the Lower Level, will also feature an array of cultural activities and brief 5- to 10-minute live performances that will both educate and entertain guests.”

5:30 PM: Lunar New Year Lantern Procession

  • From The Art Institute head across the street at 5:30pm to light up the night with a lion-dance led lantern procession from Millennium Park to Maggie Daley Park, followed by more New Year’s activities, including a lion dance finale, arts and crafts, and ice skating.

4:00 PM: Winterland Chinese New Year Celebration

  • Gallagher Way: 3635 N. Clark Street
  • 4 – 8:30 PM
  • “Scare away evil spirits and bring good luck into the New Year as you enjoy traditional Chinese Lion and Dragon dances, learn more about your Chinese Zodiac, and watch in awe as the Winterland Ice Rink is taken over by a magical light performance with live dancers. Children may participate in the Chinese lantern-making workshop and march in the procession during the Lantern Parade around Gallagher Way, showcasing the lantern they created. This event is free and open to the public.”

4:00 PM: Winter Chilly Fest

  • Emily Oaks Nature Center, Skokie
  • “Come to Emily Oaks Nature Center for winter fun under the stars and a cozy indoor chili dinner! Winter Chilly Fest is held on both Saturday and Sunday night from 4-8 p.m. Play snow and ice games outdoors, along with a hay ride through the woodland with lighted trees, campfire with hot chocolate and roasted marshmallows, snowshoeing, and ice skating on the pond (weather permitting).”

 

SUNDAY

 

 

10:00 AM: Dragons Alive!

  • Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
  • “Dragons await you at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum in Dragons Alive! the Science and Culture of Reptiles.
    The exhibit features 10 species of reptiles from around the world for you to see up close. Stare into the deep eyes of the bearded dragon, measure yourself against the mighty black-throated monitor, and wonder at the beauty of the colorful jeweled lacerta. The frilled dragon, blue-tongued skink, and the majestic uromastyx are ready to show you how these fierce creatures have inspired people throughout the ages.”

10:00 AM: Superfriends: Sunday Morning Cartoon Brunch

  • Carbon Arc Bar
  • “Every weekend morning Carbon Arc Bar & Board takes over Theater 1 of the Davis Theater and shows cartoons! We serve brunch at the bar/restaurant. Using our direct-connect to the theater your children can hang and watch cartoons while you enjoy some delicious grub & drinks! The shows start by 10:00AM and end at 1:00PM on Saturdays and 12:00PM on Sundays. For anyone caught between end of cartoon and end of brunch they will continue to play in the Dining Room of the restaurant. Brunch is served every Saturday and Sunday from 10AM to 2PM.”

11:00 AM: Miss Muffy’s Family Friendly Drag Brunch

  • Carbon Arc Bar
  • “Grab your kids (or your chosen family) and come to the Carbon Arc Bar for Family Friendly Drag Queen Brunch!
    Muffy Fishbasket and two of her best gal pals will be there to perform, read a story, lead a sing-along and help you enjoy your Sunday afternoon!
    A Sunday Brunch for the WHOLE FAMILY! Hosted by Chicago’s own Muffy Fishbasket and featuring special guest starring queens!”

11:00 AM: Cookies With Princess Beauty

  • D’s Treats & Ice Cream, Bloomingdale
  • “Come decorate a cookie or two to take home with the lovely Princess Beauty! Meet and greet time, and of course time for photos! 4 time slots, but only 10 kids per slot. Tickets only sold at the door if spaces are open so book online to reserve your spot!”

12:00 PM: wndr x Smitten Boutique: Valentine’s Day Card Workshop

  • wndr museum
  • “On Sunday, February 9, join us at wndr from 12-4PM for Valentine’s Day-themed arts & crafts! Following your museum experience, spend some time crafting Valentine’s Day cards in our Food & Bev space. All materials provided.”

1:00 PM: Valentine Skate

  • Oak Lawn Park District
  • “Enjoy a “sweet” afternoon of skating, a visit from everyone’s favorite snowman, a balloon character from our balloon artist (time permitting), raffles and music provided by our DJ. The fee for this event is $7.00 for admission and $3.00 for skate rental. For more information, please contact 708-857-5173.”

1:30 PM: Victorian Valentines

  • Dupage County Historical Museum
  • “Valentines of the Victorian era were treasured keepsakes, incorporating feathers, beads, and bits of fabric. Create your own Victorian-style valentines in a fun, afternoon workshop.”

2:00 PM: Chocolate Sundae Sunday

  • Discovery Center Museum
  • “Scoop up a scrumptious treat during this delicious event where you can select your own sundae toppings! Vote for your candy and rank your chocoholic tendencies while delighting in some toe-tapping music. Then come to the craft corner to design a dazzling Valentine! Museum admission is not required and not included.”

2:00 PM: Boystown Ice Follies

  • Gallagher Way
  • 2 – 5 PM
  • An outdoor skate party and drag show!
  • “It’s a Sunday Funday of skating hilarity, live DJ, hot drinks, cold beer/cocktails & drag entertainment. Featuring ice queen Denali Foxx, DJ CircuitMOM & host Alexis Bevels. Joined by the Chicago Gay Hockey Association. Presented by Boystown & CircuitMOM Productions.”

2:00 PM: Chinese New Year Celebration

  • Chinese American Museum of Chicago
  • “Please join the Chinese American Museum of Chicago in welcoming and celebrating the Year of the Rat at our Annual Chinese New Year Celebration. The festive event will feature Chinese music, Chinese food, arts and crafts, and more! And what would a Chinese New Year Celebration be without a traditional Chinese Lion Dance! It’s a perfect event for the entire family!”

2:00 PM: Yin He Dance – Lunar New Year

  • Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts
  • “Come celebrate the new year with us at this all-ages family program featuring dances from China’s different regions and ethnic enclaves! Learn and play through performances, cultural lessons, and hands-on activities that are sure to thrill those both young and young-at-heart. We’ll see you there!”

4:00 PM: Winter Chilly Fest

  • Emily Oaks Nature Center, Skokie
  • “Come to Emily Oaks Nature Center for winter fun under the stars and a cozy indoor chili dinner! Winter Chilly Fest is held on both Saturday and Sunday night from 4-8 p.m. Play snow and ice games outdoors, along with a hay ride through the woodland with lighted trees, campfire with hot chocolate and roasted marshmallows, snowshoeing, and ice skating on the pond (weather permitting).”

What Should We Do This Weekend? Chicago, IL January 31st – February 2nd, 2020


Looking for things to do in Chicagoland this Weekend?

Choose from over 40 family-friendly events happening in Chicago, and the suburbs this weekend!

 

Don’t miss What To Do With Kids for Valentine’s Day to start planning a family friendly Valentine Day adventure!



Major Ongoing Events this Week:



Chicago Restaurant Week

  • January 24th – February 9th
  • “Chicago Restaurant Week is a 17-day celebration of the city’s award-winning culinary scene. The 13th annual event brings together hundreds of the city’s top restaurants, representing a near-endless array of cuisines and making it the largest restaurant week in the nation.”

Explore Ice Castles

  • Lake Geneva, WI
  • Multiple dates and times
  • “Ice Castles is bringing fairy tales to life this season at Geneva National Resort in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. Let your imagination run wild as you explore caverns and tunnels made entirely from ice. Race down an ice-carved slide and squeeze through crawl spaces and slot canyons to discover new experiences around every corner. With fountains, thrones, wishing wells, and more, you’ll be mesmerized by this unique, and family-friendly attraction. Don’t miss your chance to experience the magic!”

Disney On Ice: Road Trip Adventures

  • Rosemont: Jan 23rd – 26th
  • United Center: January 29th – Feb 2nd
  • Rosemont: Feb 6th – Feb 9th
  • “Exciting twists and turns await as Mickey, Minnie — and you — embark on a wild ride to your favorite Disney destinations. See the world from the rooftops of London, travel to the sun-soaked Motunui, set off on a safari to the Pride Lands and play at a larger-than-life carnival with Woody and Forky. A fun-filled getaway jam-packed with unexpected hijinks and up-close character interactions! See stars from Mary Poppins Returns, Moana, Frozen, The Lion King, Incredibles 2, Aladdin, Toy Story 4, your favorite Disney Princesses, and Mickey, Minnie, Donald, and Goofy.”

Marcus Theatre Presents: The Enchanted Tales Film Series

  • “Have you ever wished (upon a star) that you could relive the magic of Disney movies on the big screen? This January and February, we’re giving you the chance! Marcus Theatres and Movie Tavern is proud to present Disney’s The Enchanted Tales Film Series. The perfect outing for families and friends of all ages, see these timeless classics in select theatres on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays for only $6.”
  • Illinois-Addison, Bloomington, Chicago Heights, Elgin, Gurnee, OFallon, Orland Park
  • The $6 film lineup:
    • The Lion King (1994) – January 31 – February 2
    • Sleeping Beauty (1959) – February 7 – 9
    • Pocahontas (1995) – February 14 – 17 (extended through Monday for President’s Day!)

WNDR Museum

  • “Home to Chicago’s first ever Infinity Mirror Room by iconic Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama, wndr places works from Richard Prince, Barbara Kruger, and Alex Israel in conversation with thought-provoking, innovative technologies and stunning interactive installations. Around every corner comes an opportunity to be creative, discover something unexpected, ask questions, and, most importantly, play.”
  • 1130 W. Monroe, Chicago
  • “Wake up with wndr! On the second and last Sunday of each month, wndr hosts Sunday Morning Cartoons from 10AM-12PM. Included with your ticket are classic cartoons projected in our Atrium, all-you-can-eat cereal from our cereal bar, and a tour of the museum to finish your morning. You won’t want to miss it! All ages welcome! Kids 10 and under get free admission.”

Jack Frost Winter Village

  • Goose Island
  • Monday-Friday — 4pm-10pm
  • Saturdays & Sundays — 11am-10pm
  • Runs through March!
  • “Pile on your favorite stylish parka, bundle up tight and grab your favorite cohorts and head off for some winter days full of cheer. Snack on festive treats from a rotating roster of food trucks and sip a warm hot chocolate or down your favorite boozy cocktail from any of Jack’s three full-service bars. Wander through the 2-acre outdoor site and test your aim at outdoor lumberjack Axe throwing or snap your Holiday Christmas card at one of Jack’s infamous Instagramable photo opps, then stop at one of three Holiday gypsy caravan to meet with a mystical fortune teller and discover your ghost of Christmas Past, Present & Yet to Come Future just like Ebenezer Scrooge!”
  • All ages.

Goldilocks and the Three Bears

  • Chicago Kids Company
  • Stahl Family Theatre, Chicago: Jan 16th – Feb 21st
  • “Goldilocks and the Three Bears is a one-hour musical based on the original fairy tale. It features a hilarious script adapted by Jesus Perez, wit original songs composed by Paige Coffman. This show is one of the most popular Chicago Kids Company productions!”

FORTS! Build Your Own Adventure

  • Filament Theatre
  • November 30, 2019 – March 15, 2020: Saturday / Sunday @ 1pm & 3pm
  • “Enter a world of play and creation as Filament Theatre transforms into a play-space for children and parents to build new worlds. Using cardboard boxes, sheets, clotheslines, and more, build adventures of your own devising. With theatrical design elements working together to support creative play, your family is sure to be swept away in the adventure! Snacks and drinks will be available.”

Winterland at Gallagher Way

  • Wrigleyville’s Winterland event series has a host of family friendly activities for your family. Ice rink, curling & skating lessons, Santa Claus visits, and movie screenings.
  • “Skate all winter long underneath the twinkling lights of Winterland at Gallagher Way! The 8,000 square foot ice rink is open to skaters of all ages, every day of the week. Stop by for a couple of laps, check the schedule for a chance to skate with Clark the Cub, rent a skate aid, or arrive in time for select Wednesday figure skating performances.”

Ice Skate in Millennium Park

  • November 15th – March 8th, 2020
  • Millenium Park, McCormick Tribune Ice Rink
  • “Skating is FREE and open to the public. Those skating with their own skates will need to pick up a FREE admission wristband.”
  • The Winter Workouts Program will offer free ice skating lessons for all ages and skill levels on select days.
  • “DJs spin the music while skaters spin on the ice on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays, 6-8pm (December 6 & 20, January 3 & 17, February 7 & 21, March 6). Admission is free. Skate rental rates apply.”

Ice Skate at Maggie Daley Park

  • The skating ribbon at Maggie Daley park is now open!
  • “In the heart of downtown Chicago, with the City’s skyline as a backdrop, a ribbon of ice winds through a rolling landscape providing an ice skating experience unlike any other. The skating ribbon is dramatically different from typical civic ice rinks, creating a multi-sensory activity that is integrated into the landscape. Skaters can experience “alpine in the city” as they lace up their ice skates and follow a path twice the length of a lap around a traditional skating rink. Complementing the ribbon are places to enjoy a cup of hot chocolate and rent skates.”
  • Admission is free unless renting skates.

Ice Skate at The Peninsula Sky Rink:

  • “Surrounded by Chicago’s skyscrapers and twinkling lights, the rink is tucked into a pine tree winter wonderland and bathed in festive music and snowflake lighting.”

Parkway Bank Ice Skating

  • Rosemont
  • Bring your skates and skate for FREE! Rentals for $8!

Morton Arboretum Gnome Hunt

  • Daily November 2019 through March 2020
  • “The animals may be hibernating, but we still have gnomes. Can you find all of the gnomes hiding in the Children’s Garden?“

Morton Arboretum Winter Play

  • Daily from 11 am – 3 pm through March 2020
  • “Join us in the Children’s Garden for winter time fun! We’ll set out activities to complement the day. Activity may include painting snow or building a fort. Whatever it may be, you’ll find all the tools you need to have some frosty fun.” 

Enchanted Railroad at the Morton Arboretum

  • Friday, January 17 through Sunday, February 23, 2020
  • “Marvel at a world of tiny enchantment! Watch an intricate miniature model railroad wind through magnificent scenery that the whole family can enjoy.  Watch as more than 10 model trains wind through a two-level display of tree collections from around the world. The trains run at a child-friendly height to thrill even the littlest fan.”
  • Included with admission
  • “On the day of your visit, you will need to acquire free, timed tickets, which are available on a first-come, first-served basis at the Visitor Center Information Desk.”

Wake Up, Brother Bear

  • Chicago Children’s Theatre
  • January 21st – February 16th
  • Saturdays & Sundays at 9:30 & 11:30 am
  • “Wake Up, Brother Bear! is a highly interactive show that will take you and your cubs on a fun-filled journey through the four seasons with a playful pair of bears. Full of music and physical activity, this intimate theatrical experience is the perfect way to see out the waning months of your family’s winter hibernation.”

 

FRIDAY

 

 

10:00 AM: Arts & Crafts at Wonderplay & Cafe

  • Algonquin
  • “Kids can design and dedicate a heart to someone that will then be a part of our Valentine’s Day wall decor!”

10:00 AM: Jumperoo Toddler Jump Time

  • Urban Air Adventure Park Bloomingdale
  • “We offer a special time for our guests who are 5 years old and younger. Every Friday from 10am-12pm, toddlers play for only $9.99. Parents jump for Free!
    Fridays 10am-12pm”

10:30 AM: Broadway Storytime

  • Hello Baby: 600 E. 61st St
  • “Created by a professional performer turned an early childhood development specialist. Broadway & Me’s unique curriculum is both entertaining and developmentally appropriate.”
  • Jan 31st : Trolls

11:00 AM: Arbor Reading Adventures

  • Sterling Morton Library at the Morton Arboretum
  • “Join us in the Sterling Morton Library for this popular and interactive story time! We’ll read stories, make a craft and then head out on the grounds for an adventure walk. Themes change weekly.”
  • Stop by the visitor center to register in person on the day of the program.
  • $4 member / $5 non member. Cost does not include Arboretum admission.

8:00 PM: Rockin Jump 5th Anniversary Celebration

  • Rockin Jump- Carol Stream
  • “Rockin’ Jump – “The Ultimate Trampoline Park” wants to celebrate our 5th Anniversary in Chicago with YOU! NEON JUMP NIGHT at Rockin’ Jump! 8 PM – 11 PM
    Admission for everyone is HALF PRICE: $10 per person. Come get your GLOW on!”

SATURDAY

 

 

7:00 AM: National Ice Cream for Breakfast Day

  • Sundae Stop: 931 W Belmont Ave
  • “February 1st is National Ice Cream for Breakfast Day and the Sundae Stop is opening their doors early to rise and shine in Chicago with some amazing breakfast flavors! All Saturday, February 1st we’ll be offering 1/2 PRICE scoops of our Coffee Oreo and Cinnamon Toast Crunch flavors inside deliciously fresh waffle cones. While you’re in, sign up for our Loyalty Club and check in on Facebook for a free cookie!”

8:00 AM: Jeni’s Ice Cream for Breakfast Day

  • Jeni’s Oakbrook Center, Wicker Park, & Southport locations
  • “Round up the kiddos, your best pals, grandparents, and cousins and join us on Saturday, Feb. 1 for our fourth annual Ice Cream for Breakfast Day event.
    We’ll be celebrating from 8 a.m. to noon, scooping our new Skillet Cinnamon Roll ice cream for the first time ever—sweet cream cheese ice cream with dark caramel sauce, pastry, so much cinnamon you’ll go weak in the knees. Plus, we’ll have a local roaster on hand serving Coffee Floats—hot coffee with a scoop of ice cream in a souvenir Jeni’s mug (while they last!). What’s more, 100% of profits from our shop sales during the event will benefit DoSomething.org, a digital platform that powers offline action for young people interested in creating social change.”

8:00 AM: George’s National Ice Cream for Breakfast 2020

  • George’s Ice Cream & Sweets: 5306 N Clark Street
  • “This annual Friends & Family event has become an event to look forward to in Andersonville. Treat yourself to breakfast sundaes only available at this event or indulge with our tasty chocolates. Warm up with a hot chocolate or wake up an afogato made with local Dark Matter Coffee. Or have some of our premium ice cream flavors like Loaded French Toast or Blue Moon for breakfast inspired flavors. Starts at 8am and ends at 2pm. Bedhead and pajamas, definitely welcome.”

9:00 AM: National Eat Ice Cream for Breakfast Day

  • Plush Horse – Tinley Park
  • “Come join us for exciting breakfast ice cream specials and treats!”

9:00 AM: Kimmer’s National Eat Ice Cream for Breakfast Celebration

  • St. Charles, Wheaton, Elmhurst
  • “Join us at ALL THREE shops for an ice cream for breakfast celebration! Our doors will open early, at 9am, with our amazing breakfast themed flavors on hand!!
    Bring a friend, bring a neighbor, bring the whole family!! This amazing day only comes around once a year! We cannot wait!”

9:00 AM: A Princess Tea Party

  • Blackberry Farm, Aurora
  • “Party guests will sing, dance, and craft with the special princess guests at this royal Valentine’s Day tea that features breakfast or lunch, tea and entertainment. All children must be accompanied by an adult, and everyone ages 1 and up attending must register.”

10:00 AM: Urban Air Adventure Park Fan Appreciation Day

  • Urban Air Adventure Park Bloomingdale
  • Urban Air Bloomingdale is celebrating 2 YEARS of Family Fun & Adventure!
  • Event Details Include:
    • Photo Booth
    • DJ
    • First 100 guests to enter the park at 10:00 a.m. will receive a FREE Basic Pass to our park!
    • Raffle Prizes and Giveaways Throughout the Day
    • Enter in a Drawing for a FREE classic birthday party!
    • Endless Play Members will receive a complimentary FREE basic attraction pass to share with a friend or family member!
    • Endless Play Members will receive a complimentary swag bag full of Urban Air surprises!

10:00 AM: Wonders of Winter

  • Mayslake Peabody Estate, Oak Brook
  • “Try ice fishing, geocaching, snowshoeing, and other winter fun, and then warm up inside Mayslake Hall with activities and info on plants, animals, and more from rangers, naturalists, and volunteers. All ages. Free admission; fees for some activities. No registration. Questions? Call 630-933-7248.”

10:00 AM: Timon & Pumbaa Animated Series Cartoon Brunch

  • Carbon Arc Bar
  • “Every weekend morning Carbon Arc Bar & Board takes over Theater 1 of the Davis Theater and shows cartoons! We serve brunch at the bar/restaurant. Using our direct-connect to the theater your children can hang and watch cartoons while you enjoy some delicious grub & drinks! The shows start by 10:00AM and end at 1:00PM on Saturdays and 12:00PM on Sundays. For anyone caught between end of cartoon and end of brunch they will continue to play in the Dining Room of the restaurant. Brunch is served every Saturday and Sunday from 10AM to 2PM.”

10:00 AM: Family First Saturdays: Celebrate Sea Lions

  • Shedd Aquarium
  • “On the first Saturday of February, join us for a deep dive into the world of aquatic life! At this Family First Saturday, you’ll learn about sea lions through hands-on activities, games, crafts and time behind the scenes with Shedd’s animal experts. This program includes aquarium admission, so afterward your family can continue to explore!”

11:00 AM: JuiceBox Concert

  • Garfield Park Conservatory
  • “With engaging music and dance in a kid-friendly setting, the FREE admission Juicebox programs are geared toward the stroller set and enjoyable for the whole family. Children will experience a diverse range of artistic and educational presentations, with hosts regularly inviting youngsters to move, dance and interact with performers.”

11:00 AM: Alligator Storytime

  • Elgin Public Museum
  • “Bring the young ones to Elgin Public Museum as Educator Marge Fox takes a chomp out of this month’s Story Hour topic: Alligators! Marge will talk about these amazing reptiles and read a storybook about them in the comfy setting of the Discovery Room. No registration required, just come on in! Free; donations accepted. It is also re-opening day after our January break, so if you come for Story Hour, you can stay on at noon without paying standard museum admission.”

11:00 AM: Celebrate Elmo’s Birthday!

  • Barnes & Noble Bolingbrook
  • “Step into Elmo’s world at your B&N with a special birthday celebration. Join us for Storytime followed by fun activity sheets, birthday crowns, and stickers to bring home.”

11:00 AM: Winter on the Lake

  • Lake Katherine Nature Center, Palos Heights
  • ” 11:00 am to 1:00 pm, FREE. (Donations accepted) Join us for this Family FUN Winter Event! We will have face painting, crafts, visits animals and so much more! Join us for an afternoon at Lake Katherine for Winter on the Lake!”

12:00 PM: Fiddleheads

  • Garfield Park Conservatory
  • “Join us most weekends for activities and projects that get kids and grown ups wondering about the plants and the natural world. Come visit on Saturday or Sunday in the colder months to get a dose of the tropics and keep kids connected to nature throughout winter. And in the summer, join us to explore the beautiful outdoors in our nature play space, Play & Grow. Each week we provide a different science-based activity, like tinkering with plants and blocks, playing games, participating in collaborative art projects, and exploring plants around the world.”

12:00 PM: Cocoa Crawl in Historic Downtown Long Grove

  • 308 Old McHenry Rd, Long Grove
  • “The Cocoa Crawl celebrates the winter season and the vibrant retail scene in Long Grove. Guests who attend the free event from 12 pm to 4 pm will start at the Visitor’s Center where they’ll pick up a map of participating stores and restaurants before crawling around town to as many spots as they like for complimentary sampling. All Cocoa Crawl stops will be serving cocoa or cocoa-inspired drinks and treats – from hot chocolate popcorn at Signature Popcorn to chocolate bacon stout at Buffalo Creek Brewing. Before calling it a day, Cocoa Crawlers are invited to come back to the Visitor’s Center to vote on their favorite cocoa treat and be entered into a raffle for prizes donated by participants.”

1:00 PM: Shoot For The Stars: Black History Month Kickoff

  • Bronzeville Children’s Museum
  • Crafts, balloons, music, storytelling
  • 1 – 3 PM

1:00 PM: Argyle Street Lunar New Year Parade

  • 1121 W. Argyle St.
  • “The annual Argyle Street Lunar New Year Parade is decades-old local tradition. Come for music, colorful lion dances, and more! Come along with a processional of local groups and floats starting at the Argyle EL stop – all to celebrate the start of the new Lunar Year, the year of the rooster! Join the Argyle Business Community, Uptown United, SSA #34, the Hip-Sing Association, and Alderman Harry Osterman for this special event!”

1:00 PM: A Visit From Svengoolie!

  • Pet Supplies Plus, Berwyn
  • “Saturday, February 1st from 1-3pm the “Plus” will include SVENGOOLIE for pictures and autographs!
    Get there early to get supplies for your furry friends AND meet America’s favorite Horror Host!”

1:00 PM: Lego City Build

  • River Forest Park District
  • “Celebrate National LEGO® Day with the River Forest Park District! We will be collaborating with Play-Well TEKnologies and families in the community to build River Forest out of 20,000 LEGO® Bricks. Families will have the opportunity to create River Forest while tackling these questions through play: If you had the chance to design River Forest, how would you do it? What else would you add to the village that you think is currently missing? How would you make River Forest even better than it is now? All Ages (plus an adult) can join at The Depot, 401 Thatcher, River Forest | Pre-registration required: R/$40 per family NR: $50/per family. Code: 4220.3110”

1:10 PM: Chocolate Skate

  • Rocket Ice Skating Rink, Bolingbrook
  • Every skater gets FREE chocolate!

1:30 PM: Winter Carnival

  • Lombard Park District: Sunset Knoll Rec Center
  • “Don’t let cabin fever give your family the winter blues! Enjoy some cheer with a FREE carnival. Be sure to bundle up because this is an indoor/outdoor event full of hot cocoa, games, crafts, sledding, and more! Enjoy a ride on the Gold Medal Express train (weather permitting) and an afternoon with friends and family.”

3:00 PM: Family Magic Theater

  • Newport Theater
  • “Edd Fairman’s interactive family friendly magic show will have you kids up on their feet volunteering for show or participating with the whole group. This hilarious 45 minute comedy magic show is aimed at children 5 to 10 years old. It features lots of silly comedy and amazing magic that will keep even the most jaded adult entertained.”

 

 

SUNDAY

 

 

7:00 AM: Morton Arboretum Dog Admission Day

  • The Morton Arboretum, Lisle
  • “Hit the trails at The Morton Arboretum with your four-legged friend. Dog admission is $5 per dog. Plus nonmembers must pay the regular admission fee.”

10:00 AM: Darkwing Duck Cartoon Brunch

  • Carbon Arc Bar
  • “Every weekend morning Carbon Arc Bar & Board takes over Theater 1 of the Davis Theater and shows cartoons! We serve brunch at the bar/restaurant. Using our direct-connect to the theater your children can hang and watch cartoons while you enjoy some delicious grub & drinks! The shows start by 10:00AM and end at 1:00PM on Saturdays and 12:00PM on Sundays. For anyone caught between end of cartoon and end of brunch they will continue to play in the Dining Room of the restaurant. Brunch is served every Saturday and Sunday from 10AM to 2PM.”

11:00 AM: Super Bowl Party!

  • Rockin’ Jump – Carol Stream
  • 11 AM – 5 PM
  • “Come have some fun with the kiddos before the Big Game at Rockin’ Jump! Bring a Can of Soup/Food to Donate and Get Your Second Hour of Jump Time Free!
    Just Purchase 1 Hour of Jump with a donated Food item and your 2nd Hour is FREE. Help us support our local Food Pantries on Superbowl Sunday!”

12:00 PM: Fiddleheads

  • Garfield Park Conservatory
  • “Join us most weekends for activities and projects that get kids and grown ups wondering about the plants and the natural world. Come visit on Saturday or Sunday in the colder months to get a dose of the tropics and keep kids connected to nature throughout winter. And in the summer, join us to explore the beautiful outdoors in our nature play space, Play & Grow. Each week we provide a different science-based activity, like tinkering with plants and blocks, playing games, participating in collaborative art projects, and exploring plants around the world.”

1:00 PM: Lunar New Year Parade

  • Chinatown: 24th Street & Wentworth Ave
  • “The procession will head north up Wentworth to Cermak Road, and feature marching bands, colorful floats, traditional lion dances.”

What To Do To With Your Kids on Valentine’s Day In Chicagoland?


Were you asking yourself, “What is there to do with the kids for Valentine’s Day?”

Well, we’ve got you covered with over 40 events spanning the city to the suburbs! Enjoy these fun events with your kiddos, or choose one of the drop off events

and have a date night!

Events In Chicago

Friday, Feb 7th

 

5:00 PM: Paper Hearts, Flowers and Garlands

  • Lillstreet Art Center
  • 5-7 pm
  • “Cut, paste, paint, print and decorate cards, garland, and gifts for Valentine’s Day. Make it a family event and co-create handmade tokens of love to keep close to your loved one’s hearts for a lifetime. Make memories and gifts together in this one-day family workshop. At least one child and one adult must register for family workshops.”

6:00 PM: Valentine Family Dinner at The Kids Table

  • The Kids Table: Wicker Park location
  • 6 – 7:30 PM
  • Menu: Pasta with Tomato Basil Sauce, Garlic Bread Soup & Chocolate Dipped Strawberries
  • “In our Family Dinners, adults and kids work side-by-side to make a meal, and then enjoy it together! It’s the perfect combination of a fun activity, hands-on cooking instruction, a delicious dinner, and recipes so you can recreate the dishes at home.”

 

Saturday, Feb 8th

 

6:30 PM: Valentine’s Night Out: Spa Chemistry

  • The Laboratory Collective
  • 6:30 – 8:15 PM
  • 5 – 12 yrs old
  • “While parents have a night out, kids can spend their Saturday night with The Laboratory.
    Our Science Nights out include a pizza dinner and unique hands-on science activities based on kids’ favorite themes or movies.”

6:30 PM: Parent & Child Create Night – Valentine’s Day Craft

  • Kidcreate Studio – Lakeview
  • “Celebrate Valentine’s Day with your child! Prepare for an evening filled with love! You and your child will enjoy getting messy with clay! Air-dry clay and paint will be used to create a lovely heart-themed trinket box. Each parent and child will create their own craft. What a great keepsake!”

 

Sunday, Feb 9th

 

 

9:00 AM: V-Moji Workshop at Little Goat Diner

  • 2nd floor of Little Goat Diner, 820 Randolph Street
  • “Join Kidcreate Studio at Little Goat Diner for a fun Valentines Day Project! What’s a V-Moji? It’s a Valentine’s Day Emoji, of course! Nothing says “I love you” better than a hand-made gift and what could be better than a personalized V-Moji!?! Register early for this class, it will fill up fast! Come ready to get messy while you play right along with your child. Children must be accompanied by a caregiver. Please register each child, no need to register the caregiver.”
  • If you plan to stay for brunch, we ask you make a 10:15 reservation

1:00 PM: DIY Valentine’s Day For Kids

  • Foxtrot Market (Southport)
  • 1 – 4 PM
  • “Decorate Valentine’s Day cards, enjoy a complimentary hot chocolate bar, and build your own festive candy bags. See you there!”

 

Tuesday, Feb 11th

 

 

6:00 PM: Family Valentine Dinner & Movie at Indian Boundary Park

  • Indian Boundary Park
  • “What says I love you better than a Dinner & a Movie in the park? Join us for a classic Disney animated flick “Sleeping Beauty”, which is celebrating it’s 50th anniversary. We will be serving a buffet meal along with the film presentation. space is limited.”

 

Wednesday, Feb 12th

 

 

10:30 AM: Valentines “Chocolate Box”

  • Be Kids Cafe: 2800 W North Ave
  • “During this class we will be making salt dough valentine chocolates!
    Mommy and me art classes are great for 2-7 year olds! During mommy and me classes your child will explore a variety of art and recycled materials and experience new textures as well as work on fine motor skills and learn to be creative in a group setting. Your child will be introduced to sustainable arts and crafts. They will be inspired to look at nature and everyday raw materials in new interesting ways. We pride ourselves on using as many recyclable and sustainable materials as possible for all the activities we do.”

Thursday, Feb 13th

 

 

5:30 PM: Valentines Day Party w/ Stages Performing Arts

  • Purple Monkey Playroom
  • “Join us for our magic combination of pizza, playtime, and Stages-led singing-and-dancing in our Valentine’s clad Bucktown playroom.”

 

Friday, Feb 14th

 

 

Valentines Day Craft and Cookie Decorating – Little Beans Cafe & Playspace

  • Little Beans Cafe Chicago & Evanston
  • “Join us and celebrate love and valentines day with a cute craft and cookie decorating. This will be offered all day and is included in regular playspace admission.”

9:00 AM: Spring Flower Show at The Lincoln Park Conservatory

  • “Explore the Spring Flower Show: Renaissance features plants and flowers arranged in a way to replicate the still life paintings produced during the Renaissance period. The displays will feature a spring array of plants such as tulips, dragon lilies, Persian buttercups, roses, and peonies in a rich tapestry of colors such as lavender, chocolate, pink, and scarlet.The show will also feature a soundtrack of period music.”
  • February 14th to May 10th

9:00 AM: Spring Flower Show at The Garfield Park Conservatory

  • “Explore the Spring Flower Show: Understory: Layers of Light and get to know the plants that thrive below the forest canopy. See understory trees arching upwards toward the light, our historic azalea collection, and flowers blooming at the first light of spring. Observe fallen trees, hanging vines, and even mushrooms! What else will you discover?”
  • Show will run from Thursday, February 14 through Sunday, May 12.

11:00 AM: Valentine’s Day at Monica + Andy

  • Lincoln Park Guideshop: 2052 N Halsted St.
  • 11 am – 1 pm
  • “MONICA + ANDY INVITES YOU & YOUR MINI SWEETHEARTS TO COME CELEBRATE AT OUR ANNUAL VALENTINE’S DAY EVENT!
  • Join us for Instagrammable mini sessions by Photographer Tracy Dyer, custom backdrops and heart crafts by Sweet Jory’s, sweet treats and more! Complimentary Music by Tunes with Tim for all ages.”

3:00 PM: Valentines Crafting & Open Play Party

  • Be Kids Cafe: 2800 W North Ave
  • 3 – 5 PM
  • “Parents will have two options: for $10 your child can drop in from 3 – 5pm and make valentines from all sorts of fun supplies as well as paint their own clay hearts. We will also have a fun photo back drop for the kids to use. For an additional $12 your child will enjoy open ‘Play for the Day’ when you sign up in advance, here. It is going to be tons of FUN and we can’t wait to see you there!”

 

Saturday, Feb 15th

 

 

12:00 PM: Sweet Saturday at Garfield Park Conservatory

  • Noon to 3 pm
  • “This drop-in event will let your whole family try some sweet treats while learning about plants in our collection. From chocolate and vanilla, to banana and papaya, your family will love this Valentine’s weekend event.”

5:30 PM: Date Night – Valentine’s Candy Mosaic

  • KidCreate Studio – Lakeview
  • 5:30 – 8:30 PM
  • “Do you have plans that don’t include your little ones? Do you want to see a movie that isn’t animated or enjoy a dinner that doesn’t include french fries? Sign your kids up for their own night out. It’s Valentine’s Day, and romance is in the air. Sign your kids up for some fun of their own while you enjoy an evening out with your Valentine. The kids will create a heart-themed mosaic made out of frosting and Skittles®. Art doesn’t get any sweeter than that!”

6:00 PM: Valentine Family Dinner at The Kids Table

  • The Kids Table: Lakeview location
  • 6 – 7:30 PM
  • Menu: Heart Shaped Pizza, Balsamic Glazed Strawberry Salad & Strawberry Milkshakes
  • “In our Family Dinners, adults and kids work side-by-side to make a meal, and then enjoy it together! It’s the perfect combination of a fun activity, hands-on cooking instruction, a delicious dinner, and recipes so you can recreate the dishes at home.”

 

 

Events In The Suburbs

Saturday Feb 8th

 

 

10:00 AM: Kid’s Valentine’s Day Party

  • Compass Mortgage: 27755 Diehl Rd., Warrenville
  • 10 – 11:30 AM
  • “Join us for a fun morning filled with games, prizes, crafts, treats and a special Princess appearance from Princess Fairytale Parties!! Please RSVP with the eventbrite link above so we have enough goodies for all.”

1:00 PM: Victorian Valentines

  • Dupage County Historical Museum
  • Feb 8th 1 – 3:30 pm
  • Feb 9th: 1:30 – 3 pm
  • “Valentines of the Victorian era were treasured keepsakes, incorporating feathers, beads, and bits of fabric. Create your own Victorian-style valentines in a fun, afternoon workshop.”

5:00 PM: Valentine’s Day Parent’s Night Out

  • Naperville Yard Indoor Sports Complex
  • 5 – 9 PM
  • “Enjoy a night away from the kids with the Naperville Yard Valentine’s Day Parent’s Night Out. We will keep them busy with arts & crafts, sports, bouncy houses and our playtower while you enjoy a night out on the town. All children will be served dinner. All children must be potty trained.”

6:00 PM: Sweetheart Ball

  • White Pines Golf Club, Bensenville
  • 6 – 9 PM
  • “Have a sweet time at this year’s candy themed Sweetheart Ball. Enjoy a decadent evening which includes a delicious dinner (choice of chicken fingers, chicken breast, or vegetarian pasta), dancing, entertainment, and a magnificent sweets table. For boys and girls ages 4-12 with parent. Register at the Deer Grove Leisure Center by Feb 5, $22 | $27 per person.”

Sunday Feb 9th

 

 

10:00 AM: Be Our Minnie Valentine

  • Playroom Cafe Two – Naperville
  • 10 – 12 PM
  • “Minnie will arrive at 10am sharp for a meet and greet and to take pictures with all at our beautiful Valentines Day themed backdrop. Valentines arts and crafts to follow after Minnie’s departure!”

10:00 AM: Kids Cooking Class – Valentine’s Day Brownies

  • Maggiano’s Vernon Hills
  • “Come join us in the fun as one of our outstanding chef’s teach your little ones how to make brownies for Valentine’s Day!
    They will enjoy them so much more knowing they made them themselves 🙂
    Following this chef guided activity; a wonderful brunch will be served for the kids and the parents alike.
    Don’t forget, if your child participates in 7 classes, they will receive a complimentary chef jacket in their own size!”

10:30 AM: Valentines Party with Rapunzel

  • It’s A Girl Thing, Geneva
  • “One of our favorite princesses is coming back..Rapunzel will be joining us for a fun Valentines Day party! Come enjoy a fun time decorating a valentine craft to take home. We will have yummy valentine goodies for everyone to enjoy. Rapunzel will sing, dance and play games with all of her friends!
    There will be time for everyone to get their own picture with Rapunzel and she will have a special gift to give everyone!”
  • Call 630-234-2000 to reserve your spot

11:00 AM: Induo’s Mom & Mini Day Out

  • Abbington Banquet Hall, Glen Ellyn
  • 11 AM – 2 PM
  • “We admire moms for their hard work and we want to celebrate moms and their daughters at our Mom & Mini Day Out™ Event – VALENTINE’S DAY EDITION! This event is styled like an expo, but to make things easier for moms and their little ones, we’ve separated it into 5 different “corners”: CRAFT, GAME, SNACK, PAMPERING & SHOPPING!”

12:00 PM: Sweetie Sweets Valentine’s Day Event

  • Bock Neighborhood Center, Schaumburg
  • 12 PM – 2 PM
  • “Celebrate Valentine’s Day at Bock! We will make fun candy creations, do Valentine’s Day experiments, make a craft, and embark on a scavenger hunt to find the missing heart in the park!”

12:30 PM: Hearts & Crafts: A Princess Valentine’s Party

  • Fitz’s Spare Keys, Elmhurst
  • “Love is in the air and your favorite Princesses Belle & Ariel want to share it with you! Join us for a very special event full of arts, crafts, games, singing, dancing and much more with your family, friends and little ones!”

1:30 PM: Victorian Valentines

  • Dupage County Historical Museum
  • Feb 8th 1 – 3:30 pm
  • Feb 9th: 1:30 – 3 pm
  • “Valentines of the Victorian era were treasured keepsakes, incorporating feathers, beads, and bits of fabric. Create your own Victorian-style valentines in a fun, afternoon workshop.”

 

 

Wednesday, February 12th

 

 

10:00 AM: Love Bugs: A Valentine’s Day Celebration

  • Cantigny Park, Wheaton
  • “Celebrate Valentine’s Day! This celebration of family and friendships will include stories, songs and Valentine Day inspired crafts-plus a special Valentine’s sweet treat! Bring your little love bugs and join us!”

6:00 PM: Kid Rock’s Swingin’ Sweethearts

  • Cantigny Park, Wheaton
  • “Bring your special Valentine to our sweetheart music and dance Kid Rock Party! Enjoy musical activities about Valentine’s Day, hearts, friendship, chocolate candy, flowers and more! Our upbeat music, and child-friendly rhythm instruments and movement props will tickle your little Valentine’s heart and make this an event you will remember forever!”

7:00 PM: Water Color Painting on Sugar Cookies

  • Art & Events at Delish, Bloomingdale
  • “Create an edible assortment of edible water color paintings on sugar cookies by Delish Cakes. This class will be held in the Art Studio and is a BYOBorW class! We will show you how to make each one beautiful with a valentines color pallete and some edible gold leaf. Take home 12 edible pieces of art in an adorable valentines day cookie box.”
  • Perfect for a Galentines Day or Mommy and Me!

 

 

Thursday, Feb 13th

 

3:30 PM: Lezzas Valentines Heart Cake Decorating Workshop

  • Lezza Spumoni & Desserts Inc, Elmhurst
  • “Show your special loved one just how much they mean to you by decorating your very own Valentines Heart Cake here at Lezza!
    Each participant will receive one red velvet heart shaped cake, iced in your choice of white or pink buttercream, or chocolate ganache. Each cake includes multiple colors in piping bags, a wide variety of sprinkles, assorted valentines day candies, one red buttercream rose and a decorative box to gift your masterpiece!
    So think out side the box of chocolates this year and create something not only with your hands but your whole heart too.”
  • Ages 8 and up
  • *Please call ahead to book your reservation , before Wednesday, February 12th, at (630)530-0630

5:00 PM: Kids Club Valentines Day Party

  • Kids Club & Party LLC, Schaumburg
  • Join us for our special Valentine’ Day Party with Princess and Prince Charming!
  • Admission $15 per child (0-7 yeras old only). To make a reservation call us at 224-653-8623 or send us a message on Facebook. Please make sure one of our staff confirms your reservation.
  • Dancing, music, singing, and much more fun. Snacks, water, and jucie will be offered.

5:30 PM: Love Bug Dance at the Dupage Children’s Museum

  • Naperville
  • “You’re invited to celebrate an evening of love, friendship, and family with your little “Love Bugs” at the Museum’s Valentine’s Dance. Groove out with Bach to Rock’s family-friendly DJ, indulge in tasty treats from Fiammé, remember the evening with special photo ops, explore a variety of special activities, and play in the Museum’s exhibits.”

Friday, Feb 14th

 

 

9:00 AM: Valentine’s Day Event at Rockin Tots

  • Rockin Jump Buffalo Grove
  • “Come join us for a Valentine’s Day celebration! Valentine Arts & Crafts! Coffee & Sweet Treats! Tattoo Station! Jumping, Bouncing, playing all over the trampolines!”

9:00 AM: Valentine’s Day Event at Rockin Tots

  • Rockin Jump Carol Stream
  • “Come join us for a Valentine’s Day celebration! Valentine Arts & Crafts! Coffee & Sweet Treats! Tattoo Station! Jumping, Bouncing, playing all over the trampolines!”

9:30 AM: Valentine’s Day Free Mini Photo Session

  • Fit4Mom Oak Brook / Hinsdale
  • 4500 Belmont Rd, Downers Grove
  • “Celebrate Valentine’s Day with a free mini photo session, Stroller Strides Class and a quick discussion on pelvic floor health! MegCal.Photography will be offering 5-minute free photo sessions throughout the duration of class (9:30-10:30am). You will receive one FREE digital photo. All other photos from your mini session will be available in digital format for purchase. Megan is also a Licensed Physical Therapist Assistant and will give a brief discussion on pelvic floor health! This event is open to the public, and you don’t need to attend the Stroller Strides class to participate in the mini photo session. However, moms who attend the class will be first in line for photos and after that they will be offered to ANYONE on a first come, first serve basis (until 10:30am). So tell your friends and join the fun!”

5:00 PM: Valentine’s Day – Science & Movie Night

  • 5 – 8 PM
  • Funday: 4905 Old Orchard Center, Skokie
  • “We are planning a fun night with some science experiments – think Candy experiments :), and we will wrap with a movie night: we will be watching LADY AND THE TRAMP – a Valentine’s Day Classic. Science, Movie and Pizza! Isn’t it awesome?”

5:45 PM: Valentine’s Day Kids Night Out

  • River Forest Park District
  • 5:45 – 8 PM
  • It’s Valentine’s Day! Parents want a date night! Drop your kids off with us for an evening of Valentine’s Day art, movie, pizza, and more.
    Ages: 4-12
    $10 per child
    Code: 4220.3120
    Pre-registration required

Saturday, Feb 15th

 

 

10:00 AM: Oswego Chocolate Walk

  • Downtown Oswego
  • 10 AM – 3 PM
  • “Join us for the Chocolate Walk in downtown Oswego on Feb. 15th. Only 350 tickets will be sold. $20 a ticket includes treat box and Hot Chocolate Taster Ceramic Mug. Every participating location will have a chocolate treat and hot chocolate for you to taste. 50% of the net profit will be given to Fusion Project.”

11:00 AM: Valentine for the Birds

  • The Morton Arboretum
  • 11 am – 3 pm
  • The Children’s Garden
  • “Celebrate your love for nature on Valentine’s Weekend  in the Children’s Garden!  We will make some tasty treats to hang on the trees for our favorite feathery friends!”

5:00 PM & 8:00 PM: The Best of Second City

  • McAninch Arts Center at College of Dupage, Glen Ellyn
  • “Find out for yourself why The Second City has been the first name in laughter for nearly sixty years! From the stages that launched the careers of Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert, Steve Carell and more comes the next generation of comedy superstars. This laugh-out-loud, must-see production features some of the best sketch comedy and songs from The Second City’s comedy vaults updated for the modern era, plus trademark improvisation performed by The Second City’s best and brightest…and funniest! It’s the perfect date night out with your loved one or friends! Enjoy a Fannie May chocolate heart and drink specials from your Valentine – the MAC!”

5:30 PM: Parent Night Out!

  • Rockin Jump Buffalo Grove
  • 5:30 – 10 PM
  • “Let Rockin’ Jump take the kids and you take some time for yourself! Includes a Rockin’ Jump T-shirt for your kiddo! Plus food & drink to keep them energized and happy! The kids will have a fabulous time bouncing, flipping, battling it out on the X-Beam, climbing the Vertical Ops Challenge Wall and showing their skills! Includes 2 slices of pizza, drink, and Unlimited good times! We will return them to you exhausted & ready for bed!”

Sunday, Feb 16th

 

 

11:00 AM: Valentine for the Birds

  • The Morton Arboretum
  • 11 am – 3 pm
  • The Children’s Garden
  • “Celebrate your love for nature on Valentine’s Weekend  in the Children’s Garden!  We will make some tasty treats to hang on the trees for our favorite feathery friends!”

 


What Should We Do This Weekend? Chicago, IL January 24th – 26th, 2019


Looking for things to do in Chicagoland this Weekend?

Here are over 40 family-friendly events happening in Chicago and the suburbs this weekend!

Major Ongoing Events this Week:

 

 

Disney On Ice: Road Trip Adventures

  • Rosemont: Jan 23rd – 26th
  • United Center: January 29th – Feb 2nd
  • Rosemont: Feb 6th – Feb 9th
  • “Exciting twists and turns await as Mickey, Minnie — and you — embark on a wild ride to your favorite Disney destinations. See the world from the rooftops of London, travel to the sun-soaked Motunui, set off on a safari to the Pride Lands and play at a larger-than-life carnival with Woody and Forky. A fun-filled getaway jam-packed with unexpected hijinks and up-close character interactions! See stars from Mary Poppins Returns, Moana, Frozen, The Lion King, Incredibles 2, Aladdin, Toy Story 4, your favorite Disney Princesses, and Mickey, Minnie, Donald, and Goofy.”

SoxFest 2020

  • McCormick Place West
  • “The 28th annual fan event is the unofficial start for the 2020 Chicago White Sox season, providing more opportunities than ever before for autographs, photos and unique experiences with past, current and futures stars of the Chicago White Sox.”

Marcus Theatre Presents: The Enchanted Tales Film Series

  • “Have you ever wished (upon a star) that you could relive the magic of Disney movies on the big screen? This January and February, we’re giving you the chance! Marcus Theatres and Movie Tavern is proud to present Disney’s The Enchanted Tales Film Series. The perfect outing for families and friends of all ages, see these timeless classics in select theatres on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays for only $6.”
  • Illinois-Addison, Bloomington, Chicago Heights, Elgin, Gurnee, OFallon, Orland Park
  • The $6 film lineup:
    • Aladdin (1992) – January 24 – 26
    • The Lion King (1994) – January 31 – February 2
    • Sleeping Beauty (1959) – February 7 – 9
    • Pocahontas (1995) – February 14 – 17 (extended through Monday for President’s Day!)

The Andy Warhol Exhibit at the Art Institute of Chicago

  • “From A to B and Back Again”
  • “More than 400 works offer a new view of the beloved and iconic American Pop artist, not only illuminating the breadth, depth, and interconnectedness of Warhol’s production across the entirety of his career but also highlighting the ways that he anticipated the issues, effects, and pace of our current digital age.”
  • This exhibit ends January 26th.

WNDR Museum

  • “Home to Chicago’s first ever Infinity Mirror Room by iconic Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama, wndr places works from Richard Prince, Barbara Kruger, and Alex Israel in conversation with thought-provoking, innovative technologies and stunning interactive installations. Around every corner comes an opportunity to be creative, discover something unexpected, ask questions, and, most importantly, play.”
  • 1130 W. Monroe, Chicago
  • “Wake up with wndr! On the second and last Sunday of each month, wndr hosts Sunday Morning Cartoons from 10AM-12PM. Included with your ticket are classic cartoons projected in our Atrium, all-you-can-eat cereal from our cereal bar, and a tour of the museum to finish your morning. You won’t want to miss it! All ages welcome! Kids 10 and under get free admission.”

Jack Frost Winter Village

  • Goose Island
  • Monday-Friday — 4pm-10pm
  • Saturdays & Sundays — 11am-10pm
  • Runs through March!
  • “Pile on your favorite stylish parka, bundle up tight and grab your favorite cohorts and head off for some winter days full of cheer. Snack on festive treats from a rotating roster of food trucks and sip a warm hot chocolate or down your favorite boozy cocktail from any of Jack’s three full-service bars. Wander through the 2-acre outdoor site and test your aim at outdoor lumberjack Axe throwing or snap your Holiday Christmas card at one of Jack’s infamous Instagramable photo opps, then stop at one of three Holiday gypsy caravan to meet with a mystical fortune teller and discover your ghost of Christmas Past, Present & Yet to Come Future just like Ebenezer Scrooge!”
  • All ages.

Goldilocks and the Three Bears

  • Chicago Kids Company
  • Stahl Family Theatre, Chicago: Jan 16th – Feb 21st
  • “Goldilocks and the Three Bears is a one-hour musical based on the original fairy tale. It features a hilarious script adapted by Jesus Perez, wit original songs composed by Paige Coffman. This show is one of the most popular Chicago Kids Company productions!”

FORTS! Build Your Own Adventure

  • Filament Theatre
  • November 30, 2019 – March 15, 2020: Saturday / Sunday @ 1pm & 3pm
  • “Enter a world of play and creation as Filament Theatre transforms into a play-space for children and parents to build new worlds. Using cardboard boxes, sheets, clotheslines, and more, build adventures of your own devising. With theatrical design elements working together to support creative play, your family is sure to be swept away in the adventure! Snacks and drinks will be available.”

Toys “R” Us Adventure Chicago

  • 830 N. Michigan Ave
  • October 24th – January 26th
  • “Toys“R”Us and Candytopia are excited to present an all-new, totally immersive, fill-up-your-photo-album super-experience! The Toys“R”Us Adventure is a vast indoor playland that celebrates all the whimsy, silly and FUN of toys. Explore over eight mind-blowing rooms and celebrate play with installations designed around brands you know and love.”

Winterland at Gallagher Way

  • Wrigleyville’s Winterland event series has a host of family friendly activities for your family. Ice rink, curling & skating lessons, Santa Claus visits, and movie screenings.
  • “Skate all winter long underneath the twinkling lights of Winterland at Gallagher Way! The 8,000 square foot ice rink is open to skaters of all ages, every day of the week. Stop by for a couple of laps, check the schedule for a chance to skate with Clark the Cub, rent a skate aid, or arrive in time for select Wednesday figure skating performances.”

Ice Skate in Millennium Park

  • November 15th – March 8th, 2020
  • Millenium Park, McCormick Tribune Ice Rink
  • “Skating is FREE and open to the public. Those skating with their own skates will need to pick up a FREE admission wristband.”
  • The Winter Workouts Program will offer free ice skating lessons for all ages and skill levels on select days.
  • “DJs spin the music while skaters spin on the ice on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays, 6-8pm (December 6 & 20, January 3 & 17, February 7 & 21, March 6). Admission is free. Skate rental rates apply.”

Ice Skate at Maggie Daley Park

  • The skating ribbon at Maggie Daley park is now open!
  • “In the heart of downtown Chicago, with the City’s skyline as a backdrop, a ribbon of ice winds through a rolling landscape providing an ice skating experience unlike any other. The skating ribbon is dramatically different from typical civic ice rinks, creating a multi-sensory activity that is integrated into the landscape. Skaters can experience “alpine in the city” as they lace up their ice skates and follow a path twice the length of a lap around a traditional skating rink. Complementing the ribbon are places to enjoy a cup of hot chocolate and rent skates.”
  • Admission is free unless renting skates.

Ice Skate at The Peninsula Sky Rink:

  • “Surrounded by Chicago’s skyscrapers and twinkling lights, the rink is tucked into a pine tree winter wonderland and bathed in festive music and snowflake lighting.”

Parkway Bank Ice Skating

  • Rosemont
  • Bring your skates and skate for FREE! Rentals for $8!

Morton Arboretum Gnome Hunt

  • Daily November 2019 through March 2020
  • “The animals may be hibernating, but we still have gnomes. Can you find all of the gnomes hiding in the Children’s Garden?“

Morton Arboretum Winter Play

  • Daily from 11 am – 3 pm through March 2020
  • “Join us in the Children’s Garden for winter time fun! We’ll set out activities to complement the day. Activity may include painting snow or building a fort. Whatever it may be, you’ll find all the tools you need to have some frosty fun.” 

Enchanted Railroad at the Morton Arboretum

  • Friday, January 17 through Sunday, February 23, 2020
  • “Marvel at a world of tiny enchantment! Watch an intricate miniature model railroad wind through magnificent scenery that the whole family can enjoy.  Watch as more than 10 model trains wind through a two-level display of tree collections from around the world. The trains run at a child-friendly height to thrill even the littlest fan.”
  • Included with admission
  • “On the day of your visit, you will need to acquire free, timed tickets, which are available on a first-come, first-served basis at the Visitor Center Information Desk.”

Wake Up, Brother Bear

  • Chicago Children’s Theatre
  • January 21st – February 16th
  • Saturdays & Sundays at 9:30 & 11:30 am
  • “Wake Up, Brother Bear! is a highly interactive show that will take you and your cubs on a fun-filled journey through the four seasons with a playful pair of bears. Full of music and physical activity, this intimate theatrical experience is the perfect way to see out the waning months of your family’s winter hibernation.”

 

 

FRIDAY

 

 

9:00 AM: Pajama Party at Rockin Jump

  • Carol Stream
  • “You are invited to a PAJAMA PARTY at Rockin’ Jump! Rockin’ Tots Party (Ages 6 & Under) Wear your favorite JAMMIES to Rockin’ Jump! Everyone in Pajamas! Play under the Neon Lights!”
    • Arts & Crafts!
    • Sweet Treats!
    • Tattoo Station
    • Selfie Station!

9:30 AM: Winter Wonderland ToddlerTime

  • Sky Zone Joliet
  • “Join your favorite characters for an awesome experience, memorable photos, and priceless memories! Toddler Time is a great shared experience for child and parent. A time for your little ones to discover the joy of being active, bouncing under the supervision of their parents, and without interference from the big kids.”
  • Jump with your favorite snowman, Olaf!

10:00 AM: Arts & Crafts at Wonderplay Cafe

  • WonderPlay & Cafe
  • Algonquin
  • “Kids can design and dedicate a heart to someone that will then be a part of our Valentine’s Day wall decor!”

12:00 PM: Chinese New Year Kickoff

  • Chicago Cultural Center, Preston Bradley Hall, 3rd Floor South
  • “Celebrate the start of Chinese New Year with the Chinese Fine Arts Society at the Citywide Chinese New Year Kickoff! Enjoy a free, multi-arts lunch hour performance featuring the Chicago Chinese Cultural Center lion dancers, martial arts, an award winning solo dance by Hao Dance’s Angela Wan, music by Chicago’s own Tuvergen Band performing on a trio of Mongolian and Chinese instruments and the Silk Road Ensemble pipa master Yang Wei.”

 

 

 

 

SATURDAY

 

 

9:00 AM: Winter Wonderland ToddlerTime

  • Sky Zone Joliet
  • “Join your favorite characters for an awesome experience, memorable photos, and priceless memories! Toddler Time is a great shared experience for child and parent. A time for your little ones to discover the joy of being active, bouncing under the supervision of their parents, and without interference from the big kids.”
  • Jump with your favorite snowman, Olaf!

9:00 AM: Husky Heroes

  • Morton Arboretum
  • “Watch lively dog sledding and skijoring demonstrations and meet the champion husky dogs between demonstrations.
    Outdoors near Visitor Center.”
  • Learn more about the breed and meet adoptable dogs!
  • Stop by the Sterling Morton Library to make a canine-related craft!

9:30 AM & 11:30 AM: Wake Up, Brother Bear

  • “Wake Up, Brother Bear! is a highly interactive show that will take you and your cubs on a fun-filled journey through the four seasons with a playful pair of bears. Full of music and physical activity, this intimate theatrical experience is the perfect way to see out the waning months of your family’s winter hibernation.”
  • Chicago Children’s Theatre
  • Starts Jan 25th, perfect for ages 0-6

10:00 AM & Noon: Brunch With Olaf

  • Tap House Grill Lemont
  • Calling all Frozen fans…come have Brunch with OLAF himself!!!
  • $13.99/child will include their meal, beverage, “Do you want to build a snowman” Olaf kit, Hot Chocolate, Olaf coloring sheets that he will sign, pictures with Olaf, and of course, WARM HUGS!!!
  • Reservations are required, as this event will sell out very quickly. Please call 630-257-5992 or email jeffb@taphousegrills.com to make a reservation or with any questions.

10:00 AM: Carbon Arc Bar Saturday Cartoon Brunch

  • X-Men Animated Series
  • “Every weekend morning Carbon Arc Bar & Board takes over Theater 1 of the Davis Theater and shows cartoons! We serve brunch at the bar/restaurant. Using our direct-connect to the theater your children can hang and watch cartoons while you enjoy some delicious grub & drinks! The shows start by 10:00AM and end at 1:00PM on Saturdays and 12:00PM on Sundays. For anyone caught between end of cartoon and end of brunch they will continue to play in the Dining Room of the restaurant.”

11:00 AM: Storytime and Activities Featuring How To Catch A Dragon

  • Barnes and Noble Bolingbrook
  • “Celebrate Lunar New Year with this fun Storytime! The wily dragon will have to avoid trap after trap as the kids run through paper lanterns, red envelopes, fireworks, and more! Join us and color your own paper lantern to take home.”

1:00 PM: Frozen Skate

  • Rocket Ice Skating Rink, Bolingbrook
  • “Public ice skating at Rocket Ice Skating Rink provides a great opportunity for the whole family to get out on the ice together. It is a fun setting for beginners to give skating a try in a relaxed environment. The music rocks and the mood is friendly, so come out and join the fun skating with fun characters!”

1:00 PM: Global Connections: Chinese New Year

  • Navy Pier, Aon Grand Ballroom
  • “Free public programming, presented by ComEd! Join us in the Aon Grand Ballroom for an afternoon celebration of Chinese New Year, featuring live dance, music, and other performances, plus traditional food, crafts and more! Usher in the “Year of the Rat” with a traditional Chinese New Year Celebration that’s More Than You Imagine. Presented in partnership with the Chinese Fine Arts Society, this vibrant display of cultural expression features festive décor, bold costumes, customary music and more. Authentic Chinese cuisine from New Furama Restaurant will be available for purchase.”

1:00 PM: Lunar New Year Kick-off Event

  • Fashion Outlets of Chicago, Rosemont
  • Food Court
  • Games and activities from 1 – 2 pm, performances begin at 2 pm. Games and activities continue until 3:30.

3:00 PM: Frosty Fest

  • Red Oak Nature Center, Batavia
  • “Just because the holidays are over doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate winter! Families are welcome to join us at Red Oak for our 1st Frosty Fest where you can go for a snowman scavenger hunt on our snowflake trail, build your own frosty friend and enjoy seasonal snacks while warming up by the fire. Everyone 3 years and up must purchase a ticket for entry.”

4:00 PM: Skate Night at North Park

  • North Park Sports Facility
  • Lincolnshire
  • “Skating, s’mores, fireworks, and ice sculptor.”

5:30 PM: Family Night Out for Families with Special Needs

  • Dupage Children’s Museum
  • “Family Night Out provides an evening of play and learning for children with special needs and their families, focusing on the autism spectrum and other sensory processing disorders as well as physical disabilities. Finding places for the whole family to play without stress can be difficult, but this after-hours event allows for a time to experience the Museum in a calmer, less crowded environment. Some lighting and sound will be muted, and additional sensory activities and cool down spaces will be provided. Admission is FREE, but registration is required. In an effort to provide a sensory-friendly environment, admission will be capped at 300 guests.”

 

 

SUNDAY

 

 

9:00 AM: Husky Heroes

  • Morton Arboretum
  • “Watch lively dog sledding and skijoring demonstrations and meet the champion husky dogs between demonstrations.
    Outdoors near Visitor Center.”
  • Learn more about the breed and meet adoptable dogs!
  • Stop by the Sterling Morton Library to make a canine-related craft!

9:30 AM & 11:30 AM: Wake Up, Brother Bear

  • “Wake Up, Brother Bear! is a highly interactive show that will take you and your cubs on a fun-filled journey through the four seasons with a playful pair of bears. Full of music and physical activity, this intimate theatrical experience is the perfect way to see out the waning months of your family’s winter hibernation.”
  • Chicago Children’s Theatre
  • Starts Jan 25th, perfect for ages 0-6

10:00 AM & Noon: Brunch With Olaf

  • Tap House Grill Lemont
  • Calling all Frozen fans…come have Brunch with OLAF himself!!!
  • $13.99/child will include their meal, beverage, “Do you want to build a snowman” Olaf kit, Hot Chocolate, Olaf coloring sheets that he will sign, pictures with Olaf, and of course, WARM HUGS!!!
  • Reservations are required, as this event will sell out very quickly. Please call 630-257-5992 or email jeffb@taphousegrills.com to make a reservation or with any questions.

10:00 AM: Wild Fest

  • Bolingbrook High School
  • “Experience Wildlife Like Never Before!
    Featuring Wolf, Alligator, Python, Lizard, Bats, Lynx,
    Opossum, Skunks, Sloth, Armadillo, Owls, Hawk, Falcon,
    Cavy, and More!”
  • Exhibitors: Incredible Bats; Crosstown Exotics; The Natural Naturalist; Wildlife Discovery Center; Chgo Herpetological Society; Friends of Scales; Hidden Oaks Nature Center;
    Pilcher Park Nature Center; Fox Valley Wildlife Center;
    and Aquarium Adventure
  • Hosted by Big Run Wolf Ranch

10:00 AM: Jack Frost Winter Farmers Market

  • Buffalo Grove Indoor Winter Farmers Market
  • “Come shop the farmers market this Sunday January 26th from 10am-2pm 2900 N Main St Vernon Township Community Center Buffalo Grove.
  • Vegetables, fruit, microgreens, meat, eggs, baked goods, sweets, dog treats and more! Hot food available too!”

10:00 AM: Carbon Arc Bar Sunday Cartoon Brunch

  • Gargoyles
  • “Every weekend morning Carbon Arc Bar & Board takes over Theater 1 of the Davis Theater and shows cartoons! We serve brunch at the bar/restaurant. Using our direct-connect to the theater your children can hang and watch cartoons while you enjoy some delicious grub & drinks! The shows start by 10:00AM and end at 1:00PM on Saturdays and 12:00PM on Sundays. For anyone caught between end of cartoon and end of brunch they will continue to play in the Dining Room of the restaurant.”

11:00 AM: Music of Grateful Dead for Kids

  • Cubby Bear Wrigleyville
  • “The Rock and Roll Playhouse, a family concert series hosted at historic music venues across the country, allows kids to “move, play and sing while listening to works from the classic-rock canon” (NY Times). Performing songs created by the most iconic musicians in rock history, The Rock and Roll Playhouse band offers its core audience of families with children age ten and under games, movement, stories and an opportunity to rock out in an effort to educate children and explore their creativity. The Rock and Roll Playhouse is an early and often first introduction to a child’s lifelong journey with live music and rock and roll. See you at the show!”

11:00 AM: Baby & Me Storytime and Activities Feat: Five Little Ducks

  • Barnes & Noble Bolingbrook
  • “Join us every week for our Baby & Me Storytime, as we read a book and participate in activities featuring sensory growth for your little ones. For caregivers and children ages 0-2.”

11:00 AM: Storytime with Drag Queens

  • Time Out Market Chicago
  • “Switch up your Sunday routine and introduce the whole family to Muffy Fishbasket ‘n Palz and the nationally recognized Chicago chapter of Drag Queen Story Hour, which promotes an early understanding of gender fluidity through glamorous, positive role queer models. Plus, storytime is undoubtedly better with a little glitz and glam.”

11:30 AM: Family Music Concert at SPACE

  • Evanston SPACE
  • “Bring your kids to this Family Music Concert at SPACE where they’ll surely get up and dance with the Little Miss Ann Band. This upbeat, down-to-earth, fun, interactive Family concert will have your kids clapping, singing, and jumping along! Ann Torralba, aka Little Miss Ann, is an award-winning Chicago Kids Musician, former Chicago Public School teacher, an instructor at the Old Town School of Folk Music, a mom and a First Generation Filipina American.”

12:00 PM: Polar Adventure Days

  • Northerly Island
  • “Explore Northerly Island and come face-to-face with live animals, engage in winter activities, and create nature-inspired crafts. See the full list of activities below.  Dress for the weather as events take place both outdoors and inside the visitor center.”

12:00 PM: Winter Sports: Winter On The Green

  • Breidert Green, Downtown Frankfort
  • “Come play on the Green—it’s Winter Sports! Test your skills at ice bowling. Take the snow sled run, if you dare. Play “Short Hockey”. Then warm up by a blazing fire with hot chocolate. Good family fun for everyone!”

12:30 PM: Glen Ellyn Restaurants’ Charity Chili Cook-Off

  • Reserve 22
  • “Don’t miss the 2nd Annual Glen Ellyn Restaurants’ Charity Chili Cook-Off on Sunday, January 26th at 12:30pm! Purchase your advance tickets discounted for just $15/Adults and $10 Children and receive early admission at Noon! $20 Adults/$15 Children at the door.”

1:00 PM: Galaxy Wars

  • Discovery Center Museum
  • Rockford
  • “Feel the power of the (magnetic) force as you aid an embattled princess and find a suitable planet for a new rebel base. Hone your knightly skills, create a glowing saber, and mingle with costumed characters! Evade Imperial peril, and help destroy a deadly space station. Galactic attire encouraged for this afternoon of imaginative fun!”

1:00 PM: Frozen Skate

  • Rocket Ice Skating Rink, Bolingbrook
  • “Public ice skating at Rocket Ice Skating Rink provides a great opportunity for the whole family to get out on the ice together. It is a fun setting for beginners to give skating a try in a relaxed environment. The music rocks and the mood is friendly, so come out and join the fun skating with fun characters!”

3:00 PM: Chinese New Year Celebration with the CSO

  • Orchestra Hall
  • “Celebrate the Chinese New Year at Symphony Center with a dynamic evening of traditional Chinese music and theater. The Shanghai Chinese Orchestra highlights the history, legacy and influence of Chinese culture with a program of works performed on traditional instruments. The Zhejiang Shaoju Opera Theatre brings the festive costumes, percussion and drama of Chinese opera to the stage.”
  • Preconcert performance: 1:30–2:30 PM, Buntrock Hall. The program will feature traditional vocal and instrumental works performed by soloists and ensembles from Dong Fang Performing Arts and Yellow River Performing Arts.The preconcert performance program is free to all ticketholders.

4:00 PM: Melting Snowman Slime

  • Learning Express – Glen Ellyn
  • Free event. Reservations required. Ages 6+. Call today to reserve your spot. 639-942-8574

4:30 PM: Family Snow Ball

  • Chicago Children’s Museum
  • “Visiting Chicago Children’s Museum is always fun… but coming to a private party after hours is even more fun! Family Snow Ball provides a rare opportunity for families to explore the museum after hours, while raising vital funds for the museum.”

 


What Should We Do This Weekend? Chicago, IL January 17th – 20th, 2020


Looking for things to do in Chicagoland this Weekend?

Here are over 40 family-friendly events happening in the city and suburbs this weekend, including Martin Luther King Jr. Day!

Major Ongoing Events this Week:

 

The Andy Warhol Exhibit at the Art Institute of Chicago

  • “From A to B and Back Again”
  • “More than 400 works offer a new view of the beloved and iconic American Pop artist, not only illuminating the breadth, depth, and interconnectedness of Warhol’s production across the entirety of his career but also highlighting the ways that he anticipated the issues, effects, and pace of our current digital age.”
  • This exhibit ends January 26th.

WNDR Museum

  • “Home to Chicago’s first ever Infinity Mirror Room by iconic Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama, wndr places works from Richard Prince, Barbara Kruger, and Alex Israel in conversation with thought-provoking, innovative technologies and stunning interactive installations. Around every corner comes an opportunity to be creative, discover something unexpected, ask questions, and, most importantly, play.”
  • 1130 W. Monroe, Chicago
  • “Wake up with wndr! On the second and last Sunday of each month, wndr hosts Sunday Morning Cartoons from 10AM-12PM. Included with your ticket are classic cartoons projected in our Atrium, all-you-can-eat cereal from our cereal bar, and a tour of the museum to finish your morning. You won’t want to miss it! All ages welcome! Kids 10 and under get free admission.”

Potted Potter

  • Broadway Playhouse
  • Runs through January 19th
  • “Playing to sold out houses all over the world, Potted Potter takes on the ultimate challenge of condensing all seven Harry Potter books (and a real life game of Quidditch) into seventy hilarious minutes. This fantastically funny show features all your favorite characters, a special appearance from a fire-breathing dragon, endless costumes, brilliant songs, ridiculous props and a generous helping of Hogwarts magic! Even if you don’t know the difference between a Horcrux and a Hufflepuff, Potted Potter will make you roar with laughter. This brilliant family entertainment is perfect for ages six to Dumbledore (who is very old indeed).”

Jack Frost Winter Village

  • Goose Island
  • Monday-Friday — 4pm-10pm
  • Saturdays & Sundays — 11am-10pm
  • Runs through March!
  • “Pile on your favorite stylish parka, bundle up tight and grab your favorite cohorts and head off for some winter days full of cheer. Snack on festive treats from a rotating roster of food trucks and sip a warm hot chocolate or down your favorite boozy cocktail from any of Jack’s three full-service bars. Wander through the 2-acre outdoor site and test your aim at outdoor lumberjack Axe throwing or snap your Holiday Christmas card at one of Jack’s infamous Instagramable photo opps, then stop at one of three Holiday gypsy caravan to meet with a mystical fortune teller and discover your ghost of Christmas Past, Present & Yet to Come Future just like Ebenezer Scrooge!”
  • All ages.

Toys “R” Us Adventure Chicago

  • 830 N. Michigan Ave
  • October 24th – January 26th
  • “Toys“R”Us and Candytopia are excited to present an all-new, totally immersive, fill-up-your-photo-album super-experience! The Toys“R”Us Adventure is a vast indoor playland that celebrates all the whimsy, silly and FUN of toys. Explore over eight mind-blowing rooms and celebrate play with installations designed around brands you know and love.”

Westfield Old Orchard’s Winter Ferris Wheel

  • “You’re invited to take a seat in our very own snowflake and float up above the mall for a unique view across Westfield Old Orchard.”
  • Experience through January 19th.

Winterland at Gallagher Way

  • Wrigleyville’s Winterland event series has a host of family friendly activities for your family. Ice rink, curling & skating lessons, Santa Claus visits, and movie screenings.
  • “Skate all winter long underneath the twinkling lights of Winterland at Gallagher Way! The 8,000 square foot ice rink is open to skaters of all ages, every day of the week. Stop by for a couple of laps, check the schedule for a chance to skate with Clark the Cub, rent a skate aid, or arrive in time for select Wednesday figure skating performances.”

Ice Skate in Millennium Park

  • November 15th – March 8th, 2020
  • Millenium Park, McCormick Tribune Ice Rink
  • “Skating is FREE and open to the public. Those skating with their own skates will need to pick up a FREE admission wristband.”
  • The Winter Workouts Program will offer free ice skating lessons for all ages and skill levels on select days.
  • “DJs spin the music while skaters spin on the ice on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays, 6-8pm (December 6 & 20, January 3 & 17, February 7 & 21, March 6). Admission is free. Skate rental rates apply.”

Ice Skate at Maggie Daley Park

  • The skating ribbon at Maggie Daley park is now open!
  • “In the heart of downtown Chicago, with the City’s skyline as a backdrop, a ribbon of ice winds through a rolling landscape providing an ice skating experience unlike any other. The skating ribbon is dramatically different from typical civic ice rinks, creating a multi-sensory activity that is integrated into the landscape. Skaters can experience “alpine in the city” as they lace up their ice skates and follow a path twice the length of a lap around a traditional skating rink. Complementing the ribbon are places to enjoy a cup of hot chocolate and rent skates.”
  • Admission is free unless renting skates.

Ice Skate at The Peninsula Sky Rink:

  • “Surrounded by Chicago’s skyscrapers and twinkling lights, the rink is tucked into a pine tree winter wonderland and bathed in festive music and snowflake lighting.”

Parkway Bank Ice Skating

  • Rosemont
  • Bring your skates and skate for FREE! Rentals for $8!

Morton Arboretum Gnome Hunt

  • Daily November 2019 through March 2020
  • “The animals may be hibernating, but we still have gnomes. Can you find all of the gnomes hiding in the Children’s Garden?“

Morton Arboretum Winter Play

  • Daily from 11 am – 3 pm through March 2020
  • “Join us in the Children’s Garden for winter time fun! We’ll set out activities to complement the day. Activity may include painting snow or building a fort. Whatever it may be, you’ll find all the tools you need to have some frosty fun.” 

Enchanted Railroad at the Morton Arboretum

  • Friday, January 17 through Sunday, February 23, 2020
  • “Marvel at a world of tiny enchantment! Watch an intricate miniature model railroad wind through magnificent scenery that the whole family can enjoy.  Watch as more than 10 model trains wind through a two-level display of tree collections from around the world. The trains run at a child-friendly height to thrill even the littlest fan.”
  • Included with admission
  • “On the day of your visit, you will need to acquire free, timed tickets, which are available on a first-come, first-served basis at the Visitor Center Information Desk.”

 

FRIDAY

 

9:30 AM: Jump With Your Favorite Dinosaur

  • Sky Zone Aurora
  • 9:30 – 11 am
  • “Character Toddler Time is a special jump time just for little ones; ages walking to 5 years old! The toddlers and parents can enjoy the entire park with other jumpers of the same size! Children can interact with the characters at this session. Parents are free to walk the pads and must be wearing sky socks to assist toddlers. Sky Socks are required for all jumpers but can reused for future visits!”

10:00 AM: Cinnaholic Grand Opening (Naperville)

  • 10 am – 2 pm
  • 41 W Jefferson Ave, Naperville
  • “IT’S OFFICIAL! We’re thrilled to announce the grand opening for Cinnaholic Naperville, IL on Friday, January 17th at 10AM! GET HERE EARLY—we’re serving our delicious cinnamon rolls for $1, from 10am-2pm ONLY! 😊 Open for business ALL day!”

10:00 AM: Free Bilingual Storytime

  • Lunges ‘n Lattes
  • Berwyn
  • “We are always thrilled to host our friends from the Berwyn Public Library for bilingual storytime. Kick off the long weekend with us. Perfect for pre-K to kindergarten aged kiddos! Babies welcome to hang on a parent or caregiver’s lap while big siblings get in on the action. While the event is free, registration is highly recommended. Space is limited. Need to get some playtime in? Stick around after for Family Open Gym time with Miss D. Always just $5 per child for 2 hours of play.”

5:30 PM: Winter Wonderland – Kohl Children’s Museum

  • Get tickets for this evening of winter activities, including:
    • Rides through the holiday lights in Habitat Park aboard our polar express kiddie train
    DJ and Dance Party
    • Amazing magic performances from Randy the Magician!
    • Special appearance by Elsa and Anna from Frozen
    • Hear the story of The Mitten, and meet some of the animals in the tale
    • Meet Nature Cat!
    • Make-and-take projects in our art studio
    • Breeze through our 16 indoor exhibits, all open for exploration
    • Free hot chocolate.

6:00 PM: Cabin Fever Family Fun

  • Woodridge Park District
  • “Bring the entire family out to cure your cabin fever! Free activities include: Movie with Popcorn Bar • Make-Your-Own Cardboard Car for Movie Viewing • Strolling Snowman • Magician • DJ • Games • Crafts • Hot Chocolate & Coffee • Program Demonstrations • Fire Pit for Roasting Marshmallows • Cookie Food Truck (for purchase)”

6: 30 PM: Family Yoga at Dupage Children’s Museum

  • Dupage Children’s Museum
  • “Family Yoga brings mindfulness to the Museum engaging children (and their adults) in joyful movement that supports social & emotional skills. Stretch body AND mind with a trip to DCM! This drop-in program is led by Tiffany King, certified yoga instructor. Included with Museum admission or membership.”

6:30 PM: DJ At The Ice Rink

  • The Arboretum of South Barrington
  • “Join us every Friday and Saturday evening starting in December and through January for a party on the rink! Enjoy rink-side DJ’s at The Wickstrom Lincoln Ice Rink.”

 

 

SATURDAY

 

 

9:00 AM: Jump With Your Favorite Dinosaur

  • Sky Zone Aurora
  • 9:00- 10 am
  • “Character Toddler Time is a special jump time just for little ones; ages walking to 5 years old! The toddlers and parents can enjoy the entire park with other jumpers of the same size! Children can interact with the characters at this session. Parents are free to walk the pads and must be wearing sky socks to assist toddlers. Sky Socks are required for all jumpers but can reused for future visits!”

10:00 AM & 10:45 AM: JiggleJam Concert

  • Dupage Children’s Museum
  • “Come & Jigglejam with me & have fun exploring the museum.
    2 shows 10 & 10:45!

10:00 AM: Free Musical Storytime with Merit School of Music

  • Time Out Market Chicago
  • “Join Merit School of Music at Time Out Market for a special Musical Storytime. Merit’s talented team of performing artists combine music, movement, and early literacy skills to captivate children of all ages. Bring your little ones for songs, snacks, and a memorable morning with your family.”

10:00 AM: Kim Possible Saturday Cartoon Brunch

  • Carbon Arc Bar
  • “Every weekend morning Carbon Arc Bar & Board takes over Theater 1 of the Davis Theater and shows cartoons! We serve brunch at the bar/restaurant. Using our direct-connect to the theater your children can hang and watch cartoons while you enjoy some delicious grub & drinks! The shows start by 10:00AM and end at 1:00PM on Saturdays and 12:00PM on Sundays. For anyone caught between end of cartoon and end of brunch they will continue to play in the Dining Room of the restaurant.”

11:00 AM: Coding 101: Open House

  • Code Ninja’s Bartlett
  • “Parents will have the opportunity to learn more about what coding is and its value for their children while their children get to explore the wonderful world of coding. Our Code Senseis will be on hand to guide the children through the journey of coding and answer any questions that they may have. This FREE event will give both parents and children the opportunity to see what Code Ninjas is all about in an interactive and fun way.”

11:00 AM: Juicebox Children’s Series

  • Garfield Park Conservatory
  • “Award-winning New York City singer/songwriter Suzi Shelton is no stranger to the independent family music scene, having performed for over 15 years at venues including Madison Square Kids, Symphony Space and the Lincoln Square Tree Lighting Ceremony. She will sing selections from her newest release Hand in Hand which features socially-conscious songs about spreading hope and love mixed with whimsical ladybugs, raindrops and colorful fish.”

11:00 AM: State of Play Kids Pop-Up at Shaker Siding

  • Shaker Siding, Glen Ellyn
  • 11 am – 3 pm
  • “Stop by Shaker Siding on January 18th from 11am-3pm to shop State of Play Kids! Founded by two moms, State of Play is a high-quality clothing brand focused on easy, stylish layers for your child! The brand will have a variety of styles to shop, including their best selling Chicago themed sweatshirts and zip-ups!”

12:00 PM: Winterfest

  • Twin Lakes Recreational Area, Palatine
  • “Snow or no snow, bring the family out to enjoy a day of winter fun at Twin Lakes. The Free Spirit Sled Demo Team will be performing sled demonstrations and have huskies to meet and greet. Three will be live owls from the Stillman Nature Center and Alpacas! Snow shoe demonstrations presented by L.L. Bean. Bring your own ice skates (weather dependent). Inside the clubhouse will be winter-themed food and drink available for purchase. Be sure to dress warm, as this is mainly an outdoor event. Pre-registration is required. Check-in is inside the building to receive your wristband.”

12:30 PM: Visit With Princess Aurora

  • It’s A Girl Thing, Geneva
  • “Come enjoy a tea party with Princess Aurora. We will serve shaped sandwiches, Princess cookies and snacks along with our special princess tea. The girls will dance and sing with the beautiful Princess Aurora! Everyone will go home with a special gift. Parents may take a picture of their daughter with our princess.”
  • $30 per child (prepay required) Call NOW to reserve your spot.. seats will be limited! 630-234-2000

1:00 PM: Meet and Greet Peppa

  • Learning Express Glen Ellyn
  • “Free event. No reservations required. Don’t forget your camera.”

1:30 PM: STEAM Family Workshop

  • Fountaindale Public Library, Bolingbrook
  • “Join us for a variety of STEAM activities for the whole family! Grades K–5, Kindergartners must be accompanied by an adult.”

2:00 PM: The Lion King

  • West Chicago Public Library
  • “Join us at the library for this thrilling coming of age story from Disney. Remade into a gloriously beautiful live-action version of the 90s classic movie. Popcorn and refreshments provided! No registration needed.”

5:00 PM: Aurora 88s Season 9 Fundraiser

  • Aurora Skate Center
  • “Experience Derby like never before at a unique fundraiser bout where YOU CALL THE SHOTS. Back by popular demand, this is the Aurora 88s 5th Annual Interleague FunD Bout at the Aurora Skate Center. This year our theme is Heroes vs Villains! Choose from a variety of options to help your favorite team or hinder the other. Do you want to send a hero or villain to the penalty box? Would you like to see everyone skate backwards for the whole jam? Donate to the bout and see all these things happen. Best part of the night, is the ADMISSION IS FREE for everyone!!!”
  • “Come dressed as your favorite hero or villain to show who you support on the track! Want everyone to know what’s on your mind? Make a poster at the “Sign Making Station”. Hungry? Visit the bake sale table filled with AMAZING treats. Feeling lucky?! Take your chances at the half time Chuck a Duck, and win a prize!”

5:30 PM: Parent’s Night Out

  • Rockin’ Jump Carol Stream
  • “Includes a Rockin’ Jump T-shirt for your kiddo! The kids will have a fabulous time bouncing, flipping, battling it out on the X-Beam, climbing the Vertical Ops Challenge Wall and showing their skills in the Foam Stunt Pit. We will return them to you exhausted & ready for bed! 🙂 Reservations are REQUIRED.”

6:30 PM: DJ At The Ice Rink

  • The Arboretum of South Barrington
  • “Join us every Friday and Saturday evening starting in December and through January for a party on the rink! Enjoy rink-side DJ’s at The Wickstrom Lincoln Ice Rink.”

7:00 PM: Winter Carnival 2020

  • Fountaindale Public Library, Bolingbrook
  • “Don’t miss our exciting after-hours celebration to kick off our 50th anniversary! Enjoy music, games, prizes, snacks, laser tag and take photos with Anna & Elsa! We’ll also unveil our new limited-edition anniversary library cards! All ages. Drop in; no registration required.”

 

SUNDAY

 

11:00 AM: BRUHnch: Family Friendly Drag King Brunch

  • Carbon Arc Bar
  • “Join us the third Sunday of every month for BRUHnch: an all ages drag brunch showcasing drag kings! Everyone knows and loves the queens, but what about the kings? Our goal is to showcase a different approach of drag that’s fit for all ages to admire and enjoy! This month we’re featuring the flower king Beau K and the artistically amazing Mx. Jackson! With guest DJ Rita Tarot and host/MC Dan McMahon! Show is free to all customers, but tipping of performers is appreciated and encouraged!”

2:00 PM: Free Kidding Around Yoga Family Class

  • Third Coast Birth and Baby
  • “Bring the whole family for a fun, creative, blissful yoga class! This FREE class will introduce classic yoga, meditation, breath work, and stress-management in a kid-friendly style with original music, games, and imaginative stories. We have some mats on hand to borrow, but bring your own if you have. All ages are welcome!”

2:30 PM: What Does It Mean, Dr. King?

  • Chicago Children’s Museum
  • Sneak Preview: Sunday, Jan. 19 at 2:30 pm
    Performances: Monday, Jan. 20 at 10:45 am, 11:45 am, 1:30 pm, 2:30 pm
  • “What was the Civil Rights Movement and what does it mean for kids today? Take a journey back in time and learn about freedom through our interactive musical drama. Children (and their adults) are encouraged to participate by singing songs of freedom and sharing how they would have reacted to situations that occurred during the Civil Rights Movement. The program touches on several key historical moments, including the Montgomery bus boycott and the integration of a New Orleans elementary school by 6-year-old Ruby Bridges. Dr. King’s historic “I Have a Dream” speech, delivered on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial during the 1963 March on Washington, provides a moving and thoughtful conclusion to the performance. Pick up a ticket (included in the cost of museum admission) 1 hour prior to the performance. No registration is required but space is limited.  This program is recommended for children 4 and older.”

4:30 PM: Enchanted Railroad Sensory Friendly Time

  • Every Tuesday and Sunday from January 21 – February 18, 2020, except for Feb 2nd.
  • “Please be mindful that this event is designed for individuals with disabilities and sensory processing needs; siblings and family members are welcome to attend.”
  • “Admission to The Morton Arboretum and the Enchanted Railroad Sensory Friendly Times is waived with advance registration.”
  • “The Morton Arboretum is hosting Enchanted Railroad Sensory Friendly Times, a sensory-friendly hour to experience the annual model railroad display every Tuesday and Sunday evening during the Enchanted Railroad Exhibit. Since some children may be overstimulated by the sights and sounds of the Enchanted Railroad, special times have been created to accommodate these families.”

 

MONDAY

 

9:00 AM: Free Days at Chicago Museums

  • So many major museums are free today!
    • Adler Planetarium
    • The Field Museum
    • Museum of Science and Industry
    • The Shedd Aquarium

9:30 AM: Adult / Tot Open Climb Drop – In

  • Ackerman Sports and Fitness Center, Glen Ellyn
  • “Keep your little ones (ages 2-5) from climbing the walls at home – bring them to climb the indoor rock climbing wall at Ackerman SFC instead! Drop-in on Mondays from 9:30AM-11AM for Adult/Tot Open Climb. Free for Ackerman SFC members, $5 for non-member children. Parents are welcome to climb, too! There will also be other age-appropriate activities to keep your tot engaged.”

10:00 AM: Free Storytime Yoga

  • Lunges ‘n Lattes
  • Berwyn
  • “A perfect activity for crawlers and pre-K kiddos! Join Miss Ashley for a fun journey through storytelling and yoga inspired movement. While the event is free, registration is required as space is limited. Save your child’s spot today! Family Open Play follows with Miss D. Stick around for just $5 of play time from 10:30a to 12:30p. Not yet mobile babies are welcome to hang out on a parent or guardians lap while the big siblings get into the groove and play.”

1:00 PM: West Chicago Winter Festival

  • West Chicago Public Library
  • “Join us at the library for a fun filled snowy day inside the library. There’ll be crafts, games, hot cocoa, and more! No registration needed.”

1:0 PM: Daniel Laib Presents: Magic and Art Show

  • Bloomingdale Public Library
  • “Enjoy the day off school with Daniel Laib as he combines magic, optical illusions, and live art in this entertaining family show. No registration required (drop-in).”

What Should We Do This Weekend? Chicago, IL January 10th – 12th, 2020


The holiday lights, trees, and festivities have mostly ended,

but there is still plenty of fun to be had! Don’t let cabin fever creep in and

use our weekend event guide to keep it at bay! Enjoy!

Major Ongoing Events this Week:

 

The Andy Warhol Exhibit at the Art Institute of Chicago

  • “From A to B and Back Again”
  • “More than 400 works offer a new view of the beloved and iconic American Pop artist, not only illuminating the breadth, depth, and interconnectedness of Warhol’s production across the entirety of his career but also highlighting the ways that he anticipated the issues, effects, and pace of our current digital age.”
  • This exhibit ends January 26th.

WNDR Museum

  • “Home to Chicago’s first ever Infinity Mirror Room by iconic Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama, wndr places works from Richard Prince, Barbara Kruger, and Alex Israel in conversation with thought-provoking, innovative technologies and stunning interactive installations. Around every corner comes an opportunity to be creative, discover something unexpected, ask questions, and, most importantly, play.”
  • 1130 W. Monroe, Chicago
  • “Wake up with wndr! On the second and last Sunday of each month, wndr hosts Sunday Morning Cartoons from 10AM-12PM. Included with your ticket are classic cartoons projected in our Atrium, all-you-can-eat cereal from our cereal bar, and a tour of the museum to finish your morning. You won’t want to miss it! All ages welcome! Kids 10 and under get free admission.”

Trolls Live

  • Saturday & Sunday, January 11th and 12th
  • Chicago Theatre
  • “Get ready for another hair-raising adventure when Poppy, Branch and their friends come to life on-stage in Trolls LIVE!, their first ever live tour! The journey begins when the Trolls’ Hug Time is unexpectedly put at risk. Knowing that the only way to save it is by doing what the Trolls do best, Poppy hosts a toe-tapping, Trolls-tastic show, jam-packed with all the epic music, glitter, humor and happiness only the Trolls can create.”

Navy Pier Winter Wonderfest

  • “Packed with indoor family fun, Fifth Third Bank Winter WonderFest is a delightful family tradition featuring 170,000 square feet of attractions, including rides, giant slides, indoor ice skating, and holiday decor that is sure to get you into the holiday spirit!”
  • Runs through January 12th!

Jack Frost Winter Village

  • Goose Island
  • Monday-Friday — 4pm-10pm
  • Saturdays & Sundays — 11am-10pm
  • Runs through March!
  • “Pile on your favorite stylish parka, bundle up tight and grab your favorite cohorts and head off for some winter days full of cheer. Snack on festive treats from a rotating roster of food trucks and sip a warm hot chocolate or down your favorite boozy cocktail from any of Jack’s three full-service bars. Wander through the 2-acre outdoor site and test your aim at outdoor lumberjack Axe throwing or snap your Holiday Christmas card at one of Jack’s infamous Instagramable photo opps, then stop at one of three Holiday gypsy caravan to meet with a mystical fortune teller and discover your ghost of Christmas Past, Present & Yet to Come Future just like Ebenezer Scrooge!”
  • All ages.

Toys “R” Us Adventure Chicago

  • 830 N. Michigan Ave
  • October 24th – January 26th
  • “Toys“R”Us and Candytopia are excited to present an all-new, totally immersive, fill-up-your-photo-album super-experience! The Toys“R”Us Adventure is a vast indoor playland that celebrates all the whimsy, silly and FUN of toys. Explore over eight mind-blowing rooms and celebrate play with installations designed around brands you know and love.”

Westfield Old Orchard’s Winter Ferris Wheel

  • “You’re invited to take a seat in our very own snowflake and float up above the mall for a unique view across Westfield Old Orchard.”
  • Experience through January 19th.

Winterland at Gallagher Way

  • Wrigleyville’s Winterland event series has a host of family friendly activities for your family. Ice rink, curling & skating lessons, Santa Claus visits, and movie screenings.
  • “Skate all winter long underneath the twinkling lights of Winterland at Gallagher Way! The 8,000 square foot ice rink is open to skaters of all ages, every day of the week. Stop by for a couple of laps, check the schedule for a chance to skate with Clark the Cub, rent a skate aid, or arrive in time for select Wednesday figure skating performances.”

Ice Skate in Millennium Park

  • November 15th – March 8th, 2020
  • Millenium Park, McCormick Tribune Ice Rink
  • “Skating is FREE and open to the public. Those skating with their own skates will need to pick up a FREE admission wristband.”
  • The Winter Workouts Program will offer free ice skating lessons for all ages and skill levels on select days.
  • “DJs spin the music while skaters spin on the ice on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays, 6-8pm (December 6 & 20, January 3 & 17, February 7 & 21, March 6). Admission is free. Skate rental rates apply.”

Ice Skate at Maggie Daley Park

  • The skating ribbon at Maggie Daley park is now open!
  • “In the heart of downtown Chicago, with the City’s skyline as a backdrop, a ribbon of ice winds through a rolling landscape providing an ice skating experience unlike any other. The skating ribbon is dramatically different from typical civic ice rinks, creating a multi-sensory activity that is integrated into the landscape. Skaters can experience “alpine in the city” as they lace up their ice skates and follow a path twice the length of a lap around a traditional skating rink. Complementing the ribbon are places to enjoy a cup of hot chocolate and rent skates.”
  • Admission is free unless renting skates.

Ice Skate at The Peninsula Sky Rink:

  • “Surrounded by Chicago’s skyscrapers and twinkling lights, the rink is tucked into a pine tree winter wonderland and bathed in festive music and snowflake lighting.”

Parkway Bank Ice Skating

  • Rosemont
  • Bring your skates and skate for FREE! Rentals for $8!

Morton Arboretum Gnome Hunt

  • Daily November 2019 through March 2020
  • “The animals may be hibernating, but we still have gnomes. Can you find all of the gnomes hiding in the Children’s Garden?“

Morton Arboretum Winter Play

  • Daily from 11 am – 3 pm through March 2020
  • “Join us in the Children’s Garden for winter time fun! We’ll set out activities to complement the day. Activity may include painting snow or building a fort. Whatever it may be, you’ll find all the tools you need to have some frosty fun.” 

 

FRIDAY

 

 

10:00 AM: Miss Jamie’s Farm

  • Mariano’s Arlington Heights
  • FREE 30 minute music show best suited for 3/4 year olds but 0-2 and 5-8 will have a great time, too! We meet in the cafe, usually, and snacks are occasionally provided.”

3:00 PM: Miss Jamie’s Farm

  • Mariano’s Ravenswood
  • “FREE 30 minute music show best suited for 3/4 year olds but 0-2 and 5-8 will have a great time, too! We meet in the cafe, usually, and snacks are occasionally provided. Space is limited, so please be mindful of carts and strollers.”

6:00 PM: StoryJam Workshop with Arranmore Arts

  • Dupage Children’s Museum
  • “Each 60-minute workshop is facilitated by professional artists from Arranmore Arts, includes content related to classical stories, and focuses on one or more of the following topics: oral tradition, world folklore, stories set in history, personal story-telling style, and storytelling through music.”
  • Aimed for children aged 3 -6 years old.

6:30 PM: DJ At The Ice Rink

  • The Arboretum of South Barrington
  • “Join us every Friday and Saturday evening starting in December and through January for a party on the rink! Enjoy rink-side DJ’s at The Wickstrom Lincoln Ice Rink.”

 

SATURDAY

 

 

10:00 AM: Merit’s Musical Storytime

  • Time Out Market Chicago
  • “Join Merit School of Music at Time Out Market Chicago for a special live musical storytime. Performing artists will combine music, movement and early literacy skills to explore the new year. We look forward to meeting your little ones and sparking the joy of books through music!”

10:00 AM: CAC’s Family Day

  • Chicago Architecture Center
  • Free with CAC admission
  • “The CAC’s monthly Family Day is a new opportunity for families with children ages 3+ to enhance their Center experience. Explore the galleries with us to learn fun facts, find hidden gems and participate in hands-on demonstrations. Use your imagination to build and make a take-home craft project too.”
  • The theme for January is Innovation

10:30 AM: Frosty Fest

  • Bittersweet Gold Course, Gurnee
  • “Don’t miss this unforgettable chance for wintertime family fun!  Join the Park District and the Village at Bittersweet Golf Course for this free event and take part in all of the fun activities.”
    • Ice-sculpting
    • Horse-drawn sleigh rides
    • Dog Sled Team Demonstrations
    • Hot Cocoa & S’mores
    • Festive Winter Games
    • Life sized snow globe photo op!
    • Anna & Elsa

10:00 AM & 10:45 AM: The Brothers Grimm – Arranmore Arts

  • Dupage Children’s Museum
  • “Arranmore Arts brings The Brothers Grimm to DCM! The founding fathers of fairy tales, The Brothers Grimm, appear out of the mist to delight and inspire the next generation of storytellers. Through the retelling of their most famous, favorite stories, audiences learn about the history of oral tradition, how to create your own style of story-telling and the hilarious ways in which improvisation can turn everything upside down in a flash. Stories include Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, Rumpelstiltskin, The Brave Little Tailor and The Bremen Town Musicians.”

10:00 AM: Zumbini and Storytime

  • be kids cafe
  • Join Cara Turner, Licensed Zumbini Instructor and local author, Tamara Barker for a FREE interactive event for children ages 0-4 and a caregiver. We’ll be singing, dancing, and reading Tamara’s new book, “Babies Around the World Dancing.” 💃📚

10:30 AM & 12:45 PM: iRead Kickoff & Kid Lit Fest

  • Highland Park Public Library
  • “Catch a storytelling performace by nationally-known family entertainer Chris Fascione at 10:30 am or 12:45 pm in the Adult Services department.”

11:00 AM: Winterfest

  • Century Park in Vernon Hills
  • “Spend an afternoon at Century Park and enjoy a day filled with winter activities for all ages. The Free Spirit Sled Dog Demo Team will show off their skills in the snow. Dress for the weather and enjoy s’mores by the fire, and a horse and carriage ride around Century Park. Ice skating and sledding will be available too (weather permitting)!”

11:00 AM: Museum of Contemporary Art Family Day

  • Chicago artists transform the museum for kids and their grown-ups. Enjoy free admission while taking part in workshops, open-studio sessions, gallery tours, and performances.”

12:00 PM: Fiddleheads

  • Garfield Park Conservatory
  • “Join us most weekends for activities and projects that get kids and grown ups wondering about the plants and the natural world. Come visit on Saturday or Sunday in the colder months to get a dose of the tropics and keep kids connected to nature throughout winter. And in the summer, join us to explore the beautiful outdoors in our nature play space, Play & Grow. Each week we provide a different science-based activity, like tinkering with plants and blocks, playing games, participating in collaborative art projects, and exploring plants around the world.”

2:00 PM: Meet & Greet with Evie & Mal from Descendants

  • The Arboretum of South Barrington
  • “Come join Joe & Tina from Star 105.5 at the Wickstrom Lincoln Ice Rink at The Arb on Saturday, January 11th from 2 – 4 PM! Win ice rink tickets, Arboretum gift cards and Star 105.5 swag! Meet & Greet with Mal & Evie from Descendants.”

2:00 PM: Rose Crafts with the Rose Queen

  • Roselle Public Library
  • “Do you like pink? Do you like crafts? If so, this is a perfect program for you! At this event, we will have rosy crafts and snacks with this year’s Rose Queen, Sarah Abraham. Come dressed in your favorite royal attire.”

2:00 PM: Highland Park Winter Fest

  • Free family event
  • Centennial Ice Arena, Highland Park
  • Indoor ice skating and open gymnastics time
  • Skating instructors will offer free group lessons
  • Food available for purchase

4:00 PM: Make Your Own Charm Bracelet

  • Learning Express Toys Glen Ellyn
  • Free event. Ages 6+. Reservations required. Call today to reserve your spot. 630-942-8574

4:30 PM: Family Fitness Event

  • The Menomonee Club Drucker Center: 535 N. Dayton St, Chicago
  • Please join Skip & Scoot and Baby Bootcamp Chicago for an evening of fitness for the WHOLE FAMILY! Small group, stroller friendly, personal training and skill-based obstacle course and movement games for children.
  • $40 / family
  • Register for only one child and then list the rest of the family members during checkout
  • Come in athletic clothing and bring water!

6:30 PM: DJ At The Ice Rink

  • The Arboretum of South Barrington
  • “Join us every Friday and Saturday evening starting in December and through January for a party on the rink! Enjoy rink-side DJ’s at The Wickstrom Lincoln Ice Rink.”

8:00 PM: The Mozart Effect: Live!

  • Harris Theater Millenium Park
  • “Based on the genius of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and featuring his most popular works, The Mozart Effect: Live!™  takes the presentation of the live symphony orchestra to an entirely new place.   Performed by the 40 piece Chicago Philharmonic symphony orchestra, conducted by Daniel Bartholomew-Poyser, accompanied by high definition large format immersive video and visual effects, The Mozart Effect: Live!™ is curated to stimulate the senses, inspire, and engage the deepest corners of the human psyche.”

 

SUNDAY

 

 

9:00 AM: The Little Red Donut Truck

  • Geneva Ace Hardware
  • “Back by popular demand! The Little Red Donut Truck and their delicious apple cider donuts will be back at Geneva Ace Hardware on January 12th from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Start the New Year with a bag of deliciousness!”

9:30 AM & 1:00 PM: Loco For Cocoa

  • Chicago Botanic Garden
  • “Discover the sweet story of chocolate from bitter bean to delicious dessert. Participants will investigate the raw ingredients, taste test different types of chocolate and practice dipping fruits and snacks into chocolate to make treats extra enjoyable. This program engages the adult and child together. Due to space limitations and safety concerns, unregistered children and children 3 years old or younger may not attend this program. Each registered child may bring up to two adults. Ages 4 – 10.”

9:30 AM: Everyone At Play

  • Kohl’s Children’s Museum
  • “The Museum works collaboratively with community organizations to invite families with children with special needs to the Museum to explore the exhibits while closed to the general public. These events, titled Everyone at Play, usually occur on specified Sunday mornings. This provides opportunities for calm, creative, and collaborative play.”

12:00 PM: Fiddleheads

  • Garfield Park Conservatory
  • “Join us most weekends for activities and projects that get kids and grown ups wondering about the plants and the natural world. Come visit on Saturday or Sunday in the colder months to get a dose of the tropics and keep kids connected to nature throughout winter. And in the summer, join us to explore the beautiful outdoors in our nature play space, Play & Grow. Each week we provide a different science-based activity, like tinkering with plants and blocks, playing games, participating in collaborative art projects, and exploring plants around the world.”

12:00 PM: Winter On The Green

  • Breidert Green Park, Frankfort
  • Experience the magic when an ice sculpture unfolds before your eyes during a demonstration by professional ice sculptors (12:30 PM). Ride the free heated trolley through downtown Frankfort and view ice sculptures on display. Trolley available until 2:00 PM! Bring your camera for great photo ops! What a “cool” way to spend your Sunday afternoon!”

12:00 PM: Julgransplundring

  • Swedish American Museum, Chicago
  • “Julgransplundring is a family event where Swedes celebrate the end of Christmas by “dancing the tree out” It is a party where you get to dance around the tree one last time before it is taken out and all the Christmas decorations come down. The Museum will celebrate this with an event for the whole family with games, dancing and hot dogs.”
  • 5$/person admission

12:30 PM: Scandinavian Jam

  • Swedish American Museum, Chicago
  • “It is music at the Museum – wake up your ears, exercise your fingers and play along with us! Musicians and instructors Mary Allsopp and Paul Tyler co-host a Scandinavian Jam at the Swedish American Museum the second Sunday of every month. Join us for an afternoon of traditional roots music starting with instruction from 1 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. New tunes are taught in the call and response “aural” tradition. The afternoon continues with a brief snack, and the jam session kicks off at 2 p.m”

1:00 PM: Blizzard Skate

  • Rocket Ice Skating Rink, Bolingbrook
  • “Public ice skating at Rocket Ice Skating Rink provides a great opportunity for the whole family to get out on the ice together. It is a fun setting for beginners to give skating a try in a relaxed environment. The music rocks and the mood is friendly, so come out and join the fun!”

3:40 PM: Skate with Anna and Elsa

  • Fox Valley Ice Arena, Geneva
  • “These sisters will be on the ice during public skate to skate with their friends and will be off the ice before and after for photos.”

 

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