So, so, so close! We’re almost through January, folks! Celebrate this milestone by taking a virtual class as a family or get outside and take a hike or ice skate. Read on for our Editor’s best picks for wintry weekend adventuring.

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At-Home Activities

Ready Your Pipes for a Virtual Music Class 
Get movin’ & groovin’ with Bubbles Academy in a Virtual Family Music & Movement class! Fri. Event details

Have Wholesome Fun & Watch a Puppet Show
Let Chicago Children’s Theatre bring Leo Lionni’s award-winning picture book, Frederick, alive via a clever and colorful virtual puppet show. Fri.-Sun. Event details

Kick Off the Weekend with Mr. Dave
This 30-minute musical experience is designed to keep kids active and happy with engaging music and storytelling. Fri. Event details.

Intro Your Kids to Incredible Women 
What Will She Do Next? is a musical podcast for kids that celebrates key moments in the lives of history’s greatest, most inspiring women. Fri.-Sun. Event details

Mask Up & Step Outside

Warm Your Bellies with a Cup of Hot Cocoa
Support local restaurants and battle Jack Frost’s nose-nipping at the same time! Make it your family’s mission to find a new favorite hot chocolate hotspot. More details.

Hunt for Trolls Before They’re Gone!
Look for insanely special creatures hiding in the meadows and woods of Morton Arboretum. These 15- to 20-feet tall guardians of the forest are constructed from reclaimed wood and are a sight to behold. Fri.-Sun. Event details

Indulge in a Festive Shake at Jo Jo’s Shake Bar
Jo Jo’s tented Winter Wonderland will undoubtedly deliver smiles with their over-the-top treats and festive food. Fri.-Sun. Event details

Play Hide-and-Seek with Gnomes
Gnomes invaded Morton Arboretum for a game of hide-and-seek in the Children’s Garden. Can you find them all? Ready, set, go! Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Throw Shade at the Cold and Take a Hike
Get a good dose of fresh air, unforgettable scenery and a chance to spy on animals in their natural habitats with a wintry hike. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Bundle the Babes & Learn About Chicago
Chicago Children’s Theatre’s Walkie Talkie’s audio experience will send you on a self-guided tour through a Chicago neighborhood. Fri.-Sun. More details

Ice Skate & Take in the Views
The Maggie Daley Park ice skating ribbon is one of the best spots in the city to skate a figure eight. The railing that lines the loop is the perfect pick-me-up for wobbly skaters and the city views are spectacular. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

Show Off Your Ice Skating Skills at The Forge
Spin your way through the weekend with a classic winter activity! The Forge’s Ice Skating Shelf is the perfect backdrop for family memory-making. Fri.-Sun. Event details

Didn’t find what you’re looking for? Luck is on your side because we have loads more to-dos on our calendar—even lots of virtual activities to connect with people, museums and businesses all over the country. Check it out!

— Maria Chambers


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