Snowball fight! Who wants in? Sure, a wintery blast won’t happen for a few more weeks (we hope), but you can get a head start on the fun this weekend. Chicago Children’s Museum has opened its Snow Much Fun exhibit, where you can launch faux snowballs. At other events around town you can go on a prowl for owls, meet Rudolph, walk into a storybook and more.
Snow Much Fun
Have a (snow)ball at Snow Much Fun, a hands-on exhibit that celebrates winter fun. The frosty fun takes place indoors — no mittens required. Have a blast “skating” in your socks, building with oversized ice blocks, playing dress-up with snowmen and throwing faux snowballs. Through Jan. 5. Chicago Children’s Museum. Included in museum admission of $14/person. All ages. Event details.
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical
The one with the shiny nose dashes in a holiday performance based on the classic stop-motion TV special. As Rudolph goes on a quest to save Christmas — encountering the Abominable Snowman, Hermey the Elf and others — kids learn the valuable lesson that what makes them different is actually what makes them special. Thru Dec. 29. Emerald City Theatre at Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place. Tickets start at $28. All ages. Event details.
Mother Goose & More
See classic children’s stories spring to life as members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra play enchanting music related to tales by Mother Goose and the Brothers Grimm. They’re paired with video projections designed by Chicago Children’s Theatre. Sat., 11 a.m. Symphony Center. $6-$57. Ages 5-9. Event details.
Randi Zuckerberg Book Debut & Signing
The Founder and CEO of Zuckerberg Media comes to town to introduce her book Dot Complicated and her children’s book, Dot. Randi is a savvy businesswoman who has been on the frontline of social media movement since the early days of Facebook. You’ll hear her read excerpts from her new books and have the opportunity to buy an autographed copy. Fri., 12:30 p.m. Barbara’s Bookstore. Free. All ages. Event details.
Bernard Zell Anshe Emet Day School Holiday Shopping Festival
Get your gift list checked off at the market with something for everyone. You’ll shop jewelry, clothes for kids and adults, makeup, toys, accessories, food and more. Twenty percent of profits go to the school. Sun., 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Admission is free. All ages. Event details.
This event is a total hoot. Take a guided after-dark walk through Wheaton’s Lincoln Marsh and try to spot wise old nocturnal predators. You’ll learn owling techniques and wind down with hot chocolate around a campfire. Sat., 6-7:30 p.m. Lincoln Marsh. $9-$12. Ages 6 & up. Event details.
Outer Space-Themed Family Swim
Naperville’s newest swim school is hosting an outer space-themed evening of fun for the whole family. Enjoy swimming, a cosmic craft and sweet treats that taste way better than astronaut food. Fri., 7:30-9 p.m. Goldfish Swim School Naperville. Free. All ages. Event details.
Get swept into seven loved children’s book at the interactive exhibit, “Storyland.” Immersive environments (imagine the gardens in “The Tale of Peter Rabbit” and the urban snowscape of “The Snowy Day”) have elements to touch, feel and learn from. Through Jan. 6. Kohl Children’s Museum. Included in museum admission of $9.50/person; children under age 1 are free. All ages. Event details.
What are you up to this weekend? Let us know in the Comments section below.
— Kelly Aiglon
Photo: Courtesy of Chicago Children’s Museum