Special Thanksgiving Hours

Oak Park Conservatory | Oak Park, Ill.

FREE  

The Oak Park Conservatory will be open on Nov. 22 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and on Nov. 23 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. for Thanksgiving.

Cost: Free

Littlest Elves Workshop

Pilcher Park Nature Center | Joliet, Ill.

Drop in for music and painting fun. Pick an unfinished ceramic item, paint it, and it will be fired in time for the holidays.

When: 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
Cost: Free; fee for ceramic items

Opening Day

Skating in the Park at Rosemont | Rosemont, Ill.

Special festivities include live carolers, a festive holiday tree-lighting and a performance by the Chicago Jazz junior synchronized skating team.

When: 5 p.m.; tree lighting and performance 6 p.m.
Cost:

Weird Science

Discovery Center Museum | Rockford, Ill.

Come for amazing science demos and seasonal arts and crafts.

When: 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Cost: Free with admission

Drop 'n Shop science day camp

SciTech Hands-On Museum | Aurora, Ill.

Kids enjoy a day of crazy science camp while parents shop.

When: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Cost: $45, $35 members

Family Turkey Jump

Pump It Up Chicago | Chicago, Ill.

Work off those extra calories or let the kids play while you shop.

When: 10 a.m. or 12:15 p.m.
Cost: $20 kids 4-9 (drop off); $10 open play

Holiday Lights Display

Mooseheart Child City & School | Mooseheart, Ill.

One of the Chicago area's largest and most spectacular holiday light displays, encompassing a 1.8-mile drive-through course. Features larger-than-life holiday characters, children-oriented figures, and mythical creatures, plus architectural lighting. A special visit from Santa takes place on Dec. 7-9, 15-16 and 21-23.

When: 5-9 p.m.
Cost: $10 per car (plus an additional $1/pair for 3-D glasses); discounts on website

Magical Moments Celebration

Westfield Old Orchard | Skokie, Ill.

FREE  

Adjacent to Macy's in the fountain will be giant ornamental display. The three holiday trees display light shows set to music. A walk-through tree will be located near the Koi Pond. As you approach, the lighting changes. There will also be a skating rink near Bloomingdales that launches Nov. 17 (weather permitting). The price to skate per person is $12 and $10 if you bring your own personal skates.

Cost: Free

Silo Exhibit

Wagner Farm & Heritage Center | Glenview, Ill.

Visitors can walk inside the two-story silo and turn the crank of a silage machine, watching "corn plants" delivered to the top of the silo. Plus, learn about the history of silos and silage, build miniature silos with building blocks simulating wood, brick and metal and much more.

Cost: Free with admission

Unboxed: Adventures in Cardboard

Chicago Children's Museum | Chicago, Ill.

See a toy so amazing, so unbelievable, it has the power to transform into anything you want it to be. Enter a world where imagination rules, and ordinary becomes extraordinary.

Cost: Free with admission
 



 
 
 
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