So, so close! We’re almost through January, folks! Celebrate this milestone by hanging with Husky Heroes at Morton Arboretum or taking in one of the many shows in Chicago this weekend, which includes everything from the energetic Disney on Ice to a lazy day with the sleepy sloth, Sparky! Read on for our Editor’s best picks for wintry weekend adventuring.
photo: Morton Arboretum
Chicago Kids Company Presents: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
Chicago Kids Company presents live professional children’s theater with its production of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, a musical adaptation of the classic fairy tale. All CKC performances feature audience participation and are fun for the whole family. Fri., 10:30 a.m. Beverly Arts Center. $12. Ages 2-8. Event details.
Transcending Boundaries: Experience the Art of Anthony Quinn
The National Hellenic Museum pays tribute to the legendary actor and artist Anthony Quinn, who brought to life one of the greatest and most life-affirming literary characters of our time – the irrepressible Zorba the Greek. Fri.-Sun., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. National Hellenic Museum. $10/Adults; $7/children; free for ages 3 & under. All ages. Event details.
From superheroes to undersea adventures, princesses to dinosaurs, Storytown takes you on an interactive, fully improvised adventure. The actors use audience suggestions and ideas to create a different story every week. Sat., 10:30 a.m. Stage 773. $10. Ages 3-10. Event details.
Skate Free in Lakeview
New! Skate the free community rink next to the popular Lakeview restaurant Barcocina, open daily when weather permits. Daily, 3 p.m.-10 p.m. Barcocina. Free. All ages. Event details.
Figure 8 with Goats at Lincoln Park Zoo
Whizz past the goats and cows at the rink in Farm-in-the-Zoo at Lincoln Park Zoo. Snacks and winter warming drinks are available for purchase and will keep the whole family smiling. Fri., 4 p.m.-8 p.m.; Sat. & Sun., noon-8 p.m. Lincoln Park Zoo. $5 admission, $5 skate rental. All ages. Event details.
Release the Butterflies!
Who doesn’t love butterflies? Experience their beauty as new butterflies are released daily at the Peggy Notebaert Museum’s Butterfly Haven exhibit. Daily, 2 p.m. Peggy Notebaert Museum. $9/adults; $6/ages 3-12; free for ages 2 & under. All ages. Event details.
Ice Skating with a View
Take a spin on the ice with a magnificent view at the McCormick Tribune Ice Rink in Millennium Park. Once again this year, the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events will present Winter Workouts with FREE skating lessons, Fri.-Sun., one hour before the rink opens. Fri., noon-10 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sun., 10 p.m.-9 p.m. Millennium Park. Free skating, $12/skate rental. All ages. Event details.
Have a Sleepover with the Dinos
The lights will dim as you explore the rituals of ancient Egyptian culture, guided by the light of your flashlight. Next, you prowl an African savannah with giraffes, hippos and man-eating lions. Take a break by playing games from around the world or looking at giant bugs from right in your backyard. Cap your night of exploration and adventure with cozy bedtime stories, before drifting off to dreamland in one of their amazing exhibits. Fri., 5:45 p.m.-Sat., 9 a.m. Field Museum. $65+/person. Ages 6-12, plus their family. Event details.
Near North Side
Embrace the Cold with Snowflake
Chicago Children’s Theatre is embracing the cold with their production of Snowflake, a tale of a kindhearted soul who, with little more than imagination and hope, breathes life into what others regard as useless, transforming the simplest of objects into comedic treasures. Without uttering a single word, this incredibly versatile actor amazes an all-ages audience. Fri., 10 a.m.; Sat., 2 p.m. & 6 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m. & 2 p.m. Ruth Page Center for the Arts. $10-$39. All ages. Event details.
Near West Side
One Big Party on Ice
Craving a trip to Disney, but no time for the real thing? Invite your little ones to be enchanted by their favorite characters right here at home at Disney on Ice. Mouse-ter of ceremonies Mickey Mouse will take you on an adventure featuring the entire gang. Over 30 popular Disney songs will get your little one excited and on their feet. Fri., 10:30 a.m.; Sat. & Sun., 11 a.m., 3 p.m. & 7 p.m. United Center. $25+/person. All ages. Event details.
Spend the Weekend with Beauty and the Beast
Come watch a Disney classic come to live and be reminded all over again the strength of true love. Belle, Beast, Gaston and all your favorite characters will delight your child with comedy, romance and audience participation whether they are new to the story or have watched it countless times. Fri., 10:30 a.m. Stahl Family Theater. $12. Ages 2-8. Event details.
Visit Sparky! at Lifeline Theatre
Lifeline Theatre’s KidSeries presents Sparky!, a world premiere musical adaptation of the novel by Jenny Ofill and illustrated by Chris Appelhans. Meet Libby, who desperately wants a pet, but her mother says she can only have one that doesn’t need to be walked, bathed, or fed. So she orders a sloth and names him Sparky. It’s love at first sight! Sat. & Sun., 11 a.m. & 1 p.m. Lifeline Theatre. $15. Ages 5 & up. Event details.
Lil’ Kickers Free Open House
Lil’ Kickers, a child development soccer program for ages 18 mos.-9 yrs, is celebrating the Grand Opening of their Carol Stream location. Be sure to RSVP at (708) 410-1302 to secure your spot for the fun! Sat., 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Lil’ Kickers Carol Stream. Free. 18 mos-9. Event details.
Run! Jump! Fly! Adventures in Action
Kohl Children’s Museum is out to show kids that exercise is fun with their newest exhibit, Run! Jump! Fly! Adventures in Action. Visitors will engage in five different exercise simulations that include surfing, snowboarding, kung fu and rock climbing – all in a fun and immersive environment. Fri. & Sat., 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun., noon-5 p.m. Kohl Children’s Museum. $11; free for children 1 & under. Ages 0-8. Event details.
Hunt for Gnomes and Build Them Sweet Homes
Gnomes are invading Morton Arboretum for a game of hide-and-seek in the Children’s Garden. Can you find them all? Search for them throughout the week and then come back on the weekend to continue the hunt and create a keepsake, light-up gnome home of your own. Sat. & Sun., 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Morton Arboretum. Hunt is free with general admission; home building is $7/member, $10/non-member. All ages. Event details.
Be Enchanted by Trains that Glide Through Every Season
The kiddos can watch trains travel through all four seasons with the Enchanted Railroad. They’ll see bright orange pumpkins in the fall display, and they’ll even spy fluffy little daffodils as the trains sweep through spring. This interactive display is specially designed for the kiddos because it’s meant to be viewed from just two feet off the ground. Fri., 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sat. & Sun., 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Morton Arboretum. Free with admission. All ages. Event details.
Yell Mush and Hangout with Huskies
Bring your little mushers to learn all about Siberian huskies during Husky Heroes. The kiddos can take a look at the sledding equipment, strike a pose with a rig and watch a movie starring their new fluffy freinds. Of course, they will also get to watch the huskies work with sled pulling, skijoring, and speed demonstrations. Demonstrations held near the dogsled course will begin at 11:30 a.m., 12:45 p.m., 2 p.m., and 3:15 p.m. Sat. & Sun., 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Morton Arboretum. Free with admission. All ages. Event details.
Northbrook Theatre for Young Audiences Presents: Junie B. Jones
Experience the real life dilemmas of first grade through this lovable and outspoken character from the New York Times best selling chapter book series from Barbara Park. Themes of friendship and trust will cause thoughtful reflection in between songs and laughter. Best suited for ages 4 and up. Sat., 10 a.m. & 1 p.m. Northbrook Theatre. $12. Ages 4 & up. Event details.
It’s Not Rosemont . . . It’s Frozemont!
Winter has had quite a magical effect on Rosemont. In fact, MB Financial Park has turned into a wonderland of fun, complete with tubing, ice skating, brilliant lights and more. At the center of “Frozemont” is the four-story Polar Peak tubing hill — the grade is steep and the ride is thrilling. (There is a kiddie slope for those that don’t need as much adrenaline.) Nearby, the NHL-sized ice rink is surrounded by glittering lights and has skate rentals available for $8. Thru Jan. 31., various hours. MB Financial Park. Skating is free, tubing is $3/run. All ages. Event details.
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