So, so, so close! We’re almost through January, folks! Celebrate this milestone by hanging with Husky Heroes at Morton Arboretum, hit up an ice sculpting event at Wrigley or Dare to Dream with Disney. Read on for our Editor’s best picks for wintry weekend adventuring.

photo: Storytown



Glow in the Dark Science
While parents have a night out, kids will spend their evening with a pizza dinner learning the science of luminescence and how things glow-in-the-dark. Sat. Event details.

Grant Park

Watson Adventures’ Wizard School Scavenger Hunt for Potter Fans
Follow in the footsteps of young wizards in search of art that echoes characters, places and enchanted objects in the Harry Potter series. Be prepared to track down flying owls, Hagrid-like giants and dragons that seem straight out of the Triwizard Tournament. Sat. Event details.


Show Your Creative Side with Storytown Improv
From superheroes to undersea adventures, princesses to dinosaurs, Storytown takes you on an interactive, fully improvised adventure. Actors use suggestions to bring a different story to life every week. When the possibilities are endless, no two stories are ever the same. Sat. Event details.

Ice Carving and Figure 8 Making Where the W Flies
The Park at Wrigley invites you to see some of the most talented and creative local professional sculptors turn 300-pound ice blocks into frigid masterpieces. While you’re there, skate with a view of the historic Wrigley Field. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Lincoln Park

Race: Are We So Different
Explore the first national exhibition to dive into race from the biological, cultural and historical points of view and offers a look at race and racism in the United States. While some parts may be difficult for young children because it requires the ability to read, there are opportunities within to learn more about our nation’s history side-by-side with your child. Fri.-Sun. Event details.


Nibble+squeak Lunch at Everest
Lunch in style with the entire family on the 40th floor of the Chicago Stock Exchange building. Dress up the family for a swanky canapé reception, followed by a 4-course meal. Sat. Event details.

Mag Mile

Last Chance to Giggle the Night Away at Potted Potter
This Harry Potter parody takes on 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.-SunEvent details.

South Loop

Rediscover Junie B. Jones
Remember Junie B. Jones? She’s back, and she’s on stage! Junie B.’s everyday life is packed with amazing discoveries, cool new kids, and life-long lessons about being a good person and a good friend! Sat. Event details.

West Loop

Learn Something New with My Wonderful Birthday Suit
This engaging production helps children, parents and teachers speak honestly about diversity and encourages all ages to move from simply tolerating differences, to understanding, accepting and celebrating uniqueness. Sat. & Sun. Event details.



Build It! At Kohl Children’s Museum
Don’t miss your chance to play in a larger than life collection of building blocks that encourages children to explore their creativity while learning about architecture, science and storytelling. Fri.-Sun. Event details.


Yell Mush and Hang Out with the Huskies
Bring your little mushers to learn all about Siberian huskies during Husky Heroes where kids can take a look at the equipment, strike a pose with a rig and watch the huskies work with sled pulling, skijoring and speed demonstrations. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

Be Enchanted by Trains at Morton Arboretum
Marvel at a world of tiny enchantment and watch on as an intricate mini railroad winds through a two-level interactive display of tree collections from around the world. Sat. & Sun. Event details.


Disney on Ice Presents Dare to Dream
Moana, Rapunzel and Flynn Rider, Belle and Cinderella, portrayed by world-class skaters, bring the romance, humor and adventure of our favorite Disney tales to life in this fab skating spectacular. Hosted by Mickey and Minnie, discover why no dream is too big when we find the strength to shape our own destiny. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

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

Share your weekend plans in the Comments below!

— Maria Chambers

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