New year, new adventures. 2014 is all about fun, starting the very first weekend. Get things off to a healthy start with open play at local gym, family yoga, kiddie cooking classes and more. You can even catch the end of the holiday festivals around town.



Parents Survival Night at The Little Gym
It’s date night for you and gym time for them. Drop the little ones off for Olympics-themed games and activities, and start the new year with much deserved free time. Held Fri., 5:45 p.m. Members, $35; non-members, $75. Ages 3-12. Event details.

Lincoln Square

Family Yoga With Live Music
Strike a pose and listen to live music by Justin Roberts. This fun, interactive workshop combines playful yoga and original music by the kindie rock hero, and is part class and part concert. Held Sat., 5:30-6:30 p.m. Bloom Yoga Studio. $30/pair; $10 for each additional adult or child. Ages 3 & up. Event details.

Gold Coast

French Baking Class for Families
Give your little chef a taste of France as you learn how to make a Galette des Rois (King’s Cake), a traditional buttery, flaky dessert that celebrates the Epiphany. Bring the recipe — and some yummy samples — home. Held Sat., 2-4 p.m. Alliançe Française of Chicago. $35 for 1 parent and 1 child; $50 family pass (maximum 4). Event details.

Lincoln Park

The Teddy Bears’ Picnic
The itty-bittiest of theatergoers will be enthralled with  Emerald City Theatre Company’s first production for ages 0-4. Billed as a “play with me play,” the show takes the classic nursery song and turns it into a hands-on performing arts experience. Held thru Mar. 30. Emerald City’s Little Theatre. $14/person; $7 for children under 1. Event details.

Museum Campus

Season of Wonder at Adler Planetarium
Delight in a sky show that explores the winter night sky, seasonal programming and a family snowflake-themed story time. That’s not to mention the awesome experience in The World’s Largest Snow Globe; you’ll be immersed inside a 70-foot-tall virtual snow globe and get swept past scenes of iconic Chicago locations. Held thru Sun. $10-$28 (includes museum admission). All ages. Event details.

Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives at MSI
Mouse around at the exhibit that whisks you through Disney’s 90-year history with an enchanting display of props, costumes, artworks and artifacts. You’ll discover Walt’s legacy and will even learn to draw your favorite characters under the guidance of Disney-trained animators. Held thru May 4. Entry is not included in the museum’s general admission and requires an additional timed-entry ticket, which is $9 for adults and seniors and $7 for children 3-11. All ages. Event details.

Navy Pier

Winter WonderFest
Get your thrill fill at this blowout, which has rides for all ages, including a 28-foot-tall zip line, a slippery snowflake slide and a brand new toddler obstacle course. There’s also an ice skating rink and holiday train that zig-zags through lighted houses and scenes. Held thru Jan. 12. Admission is free; must buy wristband to participate in rides and activities. All ages. Event details.


Illumination at Morton Arboretum
Go beyond the typical blinking and twinkling with a new winter lights event. Walk on a mile-long, paved trail and see dazzling projections and tree lights that respond to your touch and voice. Held thru Jan. 4. $15/adults; $10/ages 17 and younger. All ages. Event details.

How are you spending the first weekend of 2014? Let us know in the Comments section below.

— Kelly Aiglon

Photo: Courtesy of The Little Gym of Chicago