Start With A Sketch Exhibition

Geneva History Center | Geneva, Ill.

Exhibition highlighting the culture of illustration through the talented cartoonists, illustrators and voice actors connected to the Geneva community. Features well-known artists such as Daws Butler, the voice of Yogi Bear and many Hanna Barbera characters, along with Chester Gould, creator of the Dick Tracy comic strip.

Cost: Donations accepted

Oink, Baa, Moo: Farm Fun

Waukegan Public Library | Waukegan, Ill.

FREE  

Interactive learning centers include a barn slide, apple orchard and chicken coop. Maggie, a life-sized fiberglass milking cow sponsored by Golden Oaks Farm in Wauconda, will be the focus of the new exhibit. Maggie is over five feet tall and features a working udder that recirculates the water that children "milk."

Cost: Free

Treasures from Trash

Morton Arboretum | Lisle, Ill.

Kids play fun games and make a recycled craft to take home.

When: 1-4 p.m.
Cost: Free with admission

Skating in the Sky

360 CHICAGO | Chicago, Ill.

If you're looking for an alternative to skating at Millennium Park this winter, look up. Way up-94 stories, to be exact. Touted as the World's Highest Ice Skating Rink, the 94th floor of the John Hancock Center gives ice skaters a bird's-eye view of the city and the lake.

At 20 feet by 45 feet, the rink is probably too small to be your solo destination of the day, but paired with a trip to see the view from the Hancock, it's a nice way for kids to burn off energy while parents enjoy the great view. And because it's synthetic ice, skaters stay warm and don't get wet.

The rink is scheduled to be open for skating from 9 a.m.-11 p.m. through April 18. A 25-minute skate session costs $6 (in addition to the cost to get into the Hancock Observatory). You can bring your own skates or rent some there for a dollar.

 

When: 9 a.m.-11 p.m.
Cost: $6 per 25 minutes, $1 skate rental, plus regular Observatory admission

Superheroes Unite!

Chicago Children's Museum | Chicago, Ill.

Make your own cape; pledge your real (or make believe) powers; design, build and test customized flying machines; create a super sidekick in the Kraft Artabounds Studio; and complete the museum's series of exhibit-based challenges to acquire and wield your many super powers.

Cost: Free with admission

The Three Little Pigs

Beverly Arts Center | Chicago, Ill.

Chicago Kids Company performs the classic tale from Feb. 6-April 12.

When: 10:30 a.m. weekdays; 1 p.m. Saturday March 23.
Cost: $12

Bully Goat Gruff meet the Ugly Duckling

AlphaBet Soup Productions | Lombard, Ill.

Professor McBumble's group of traveling actor's teach the lesson's of Anti-Bullying by using fairtales as their backdrop. Performances run from Jan. 23-May 3 at various locations. Check website for dates and location schedule.

When: 10:30 a.m.
Cost: Call for cost.

Blue Man Group

Blue Man Group at Briar Street Theatre | Chicago, Ill.

Blue Man Group is a multi-sensory experience that fuses innovative theatrical spectacle and powerful original music with hilarious comedy to create a performance experience unlike any other. One of the world's most popular theatrical productions, today's Blue Man Group is a blend of signature material that has been in the show since the opening, as well as newer passages that examine the influence of technology on today's world with a funny and perceptive look at contemporary communication vehicles.

When: Performance dates and times vary. A full schedule can be found at: www.blueman.com/chicago/buy-tickets
Cost: $49-$97

The Elephant & The Whale

Chicago Children’s Theatre | Chicago, Ill.

An all new family fable featuring sea shanties, wild mechanical objects, theatrical clowning, hand-painted imagery, shadow puppets and an innovative sound design. Performances are April 10-May 26, 2013 at Chicago Children's Theatre's new home, the Ruth Page Center for the Arts, 1016 N. Dearborn, Chicago. Family-friendly 6:30 p.m. Thursday shows are preceded with a free pizza party starting at 5:45 p.m. Thursday evenings are $25 for dinner and show. On Friday evenings, families are encouraged to kick off their weekend at the 6:30 p.m. show, and stay after for a post-show craft party. Friday evenings are $25 for show and party.

Cost: $25

Oliver

Drury Lane Oakbrook Terrace | Oakbrook Terrace, Ill.

Oliver follows the adventures of young orphan Oliver Twist. Forced into the scheming underworld of pick-pocketing, Oliver finds himself caught in a tug-of-war with his family and the sinister characters he has met in the streets of London. Performances run April 4-June 2, 2013.

Cost: Cost varies based on package.
 





 
 
 
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