Includes tea with finger sandwiches and sweets (dolls are welcome to attend) and a tour of doll and dollhouse exhibits.When: 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Follow Fancy Nancy's lead and wear your spiffiest, most frilly outfit for an afternoon filled with tea, punch, cookies and entertainment. Register at ahpd.org.When: 1:30-2:45 p.m.
Act out skits and play theater/improv games - all with a snow theme.When: Noon-2 p.m.
Join other elves in an interactive, creative drama event where elfin games are played as all the elves prepare for the "big day" with imagination, costumes and music. Registration required.When: 2:30-3:30 p.m.
Maggiano's Little Italy will be hosting Breakfast with Santa, 9-11 a.m. Dec. 8. Santa will read a holiday story and visit with kids. Breakfast will be a buffet of pastries, fruits, eggs, sausage and beverages. Reservations can be made with Maggiano's at (847) 933-9555.When: 9-11 a.m.
Exhibit examines the ancestry and evolution of numerous
species, ranging from huge to tiny, from speedy to sloth-like, and
displays animals with oversized claws, fangs, snouts, and
horns. Highlights include taxidermy specimens,
an entire skeleton of a giant hoofed plant-eater,
a life-size model of the largest land mammal that ever
lived, one of the oldest fossilized bats ever found,
and an impressive diorama featuring the swamps and forests of an
island in the Arctic. Runs May 26, 2012-Jan. 6, 2013.
See model trains loop around a holiday-themed track. Santa has his own car. Closed Christmas Eve and Christmas.When: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 26-Jan. 6
The mansion served as the Nickerson's winter residence during the late 19 th century, and the family spent every holiday season in Chicago lavishly entertaining acquaintances, friends, and family from near and far. During this tour, participants are transported back to the winter months of 1899, where they discover through a servant's eyes how the Nickersons celebrated the holidays. As applicants to a position in domestic service, participants learn the best methods for preparing plum pudding, how to prevent the new electrical lights on the Christmas tree from catching it on fire, and more.When: Tours begin every Friday and Saturday at 5:30 p.m. and Sundays at 10 a.m.
Join Cinderella, her Fairy Godmother, a handsome Prince, and two selfish stepsisters in Rodgers and Hammerstein's most beloved tale. Performances run Nov. 17-Dec. 31.Cost: $15
Performance is a celebration of the marvelous, merry madness of the holiday season. Includes lighting of the first candle of the menorah, music from The Madrigal Singers of Grace Episcopal and a visit from the Maiden Street School of Irish Dance. Following the performance, guests are invited to enjoy cider and homemade desserts in Unity House.When: 7 p.m.