Whew! The hubbub of the holidays has almost gone silent and you still have several days of winter break to savor with the kids. Yippee! On tap this weekend: a snow globe party and WonderFest at Navy Pier, light displays, dinos at The Field and so much more. Here are your best bets for keeping things merry and bright.

photo: Chicago Children’s Museum

Lincoln Park

Look on as ZooLights Illuminate the Night Sky
Take a family stroll through a twinkling winter wonderland with over 2 million lights. Snap pics with Santa, enjoy food and drinks, watch ice carving demos and get lost (& found!) in a maze created with 30,000 lightbulbs. Fri.-Sat. Event details.

Lincoln Park

Jump Into 2018 at Pump it Up
Let the kids jump, shake and party all their energy out to celebrate the end of the year. Pizza, drinks, a sparkling beverage toast, a countdown to a balloon drop and a party favor to take home make for an unforgettable evening. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

Giggle the Night Away at Potted Potter
This Harry Potter parody takes on the challenge of condensing all 7 books (and a real life game of Quidditch) into 70 hilarious minutes. Even if you don’t know the difference between a horcrux and a Hufflepuff, you’ll roar with laughter. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Museum Campus

Check Out Pop-Up Programs at Adler
The Adler Planetarium is making the most of winter break with their pop-up programs, featuring different organizations leading hands-on, family friendly workshops or activities that celebrate STEM. Fri. & Sat. Event details.

Almost Gone . . . Jurassic World: The Exhibition at Field
Your chances to check out Jurassic World: The Exhibition are slipping away quickly. See what it would’ve been like to walk among breathtaking dinos and get closer than ever before with interactive educational elements. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Navy Pier

Partake in a Snow Globe Party at Chicago Children’s Museum
Did you ever want to be inside a snow globe when the glittery storm descends? Here’s your chance! Dance until the flurries start to fall and wait for the blizzard to rain down!  Fri. & Sat. Event details.

Millennium Park

Go Ice Skating with a View
Take a spin on the ice with a magnificent view of the city’s skyline at the McCormick Tribune Ice Rink in Millennium Park. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Navy Pier

Get Your Winter Thrill Fill at Navy Pier
Chicago’s biggest and best indoor winter playground, Winter Wonderfest, features 170,000 square feet filled with rides for all ages, giant slides, an indoor ice rink and holiday decor that is sure to get you into the holiday spirit. Fri.-Sun. Event details.



Experience Holiday Magic at Brookfield Zoo
Chicagoland’s largest lights festival, Holiday Magic at Brookfield Zoo features over one million LED lights. Indoor exhibits remain open for viewing of animals and guests can take part in singing to animals and special Zoo Chats. Fri.-Sun. Event details.


Take Your Train Lovers to Chicago Botanic Garden
Step inside and let The Wonderland Express transport your family into a garden paradise filled with 750,000 lights. Watch as garden-scale trains wind past miniature replicas of Chicago landmarks and an English countryside. Fri.-Sun. Event details.


Light Up Your Weekend at Illumination: Tree Lights
Tree Lights at The Morton Arboretum returns with more lights, sights and sounds that will transform a Chicago-area wintertime walk in the woods into a colorful, inspiring experience like no other. Fri. & Sat. Event details.

For more ideas on how to spend this weekend, check out our Family Events Calendar

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— Maria Chambers