It’s been wintery around here lately. But that’s nothing a warm hat and mittens can’t fix. Get out and explore this weekend. You can see a LEGO train show, watch the Yo Gabba Gabba! characters come to life, build a gingerbread house and more. We promise you’ll be smiling through your hot chocolate mustache.
Yo Gabba Gabba! Live!
For the love of DJ Lance Rock, head to this music-filled blitz. You’ll see the show’s characters come to life (hi, Brobee!) and jive to dance numbers in the midst of awesome special effects that transform the stage into a glistening holiday wonderland. Held Sat., 2 & 5 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m. & 2 p.m. Tickets start at $15. All ages. Event details.
LEGO Train Show
Brick mania is taking over Cantigny Park. The show, which requires a full day of set up, transforms the entire Visitors Center into a wonderland for LEGO fans. Explore LEGO locomotives large and small — all put together by the Northern Illinois LEGO Train Club. Held Sat. & Sun., 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission is free. All ages. Event details.
Bump Club’s Holiday Hoopla Party
Whoop it up at this family bash. You’ll have a grand time playing, listening to live music, decorating cupcakes and getting festive. Bring a donation for Share or Spare and you’ll get to pick a prize from a giant grab bag filled with holiday gifts (toys, strollers, gift cards, more). TK Photography will be on hand taking family pictures, and everyone goes home with a gift bag. Held Sun., 4-6:30. $50 for two adults & one child; $30 for one adult & one child; $10 per additional sibling. Ages 0-4. Event details.
Little Beans Cafe’s Secret Santa Shop
Just like an elf, your kiddo can be Santa’s little helper. Head to the play space, where little ones are invited to go holiday shopping all on their own while you sip coffee in the cafe. The shop will have an array of small gifts (priced $2-$10) and offers free gift wrap and labeling. Held Fri., 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Shopping is included in play space admission of $12/child & $8/siblings. All ages. Event details.
Lillstreet Art Center Holiday Family Party
Drop by for art and merrymaking — we’re talking cookie decorating with First Slice Pie Café, clay ornaments to personalize and take home, and cold-weather treats. Throughout the studio, complimentary hands-on workshops will invite adult visitors to sample 2014 winter class offerings. Held Sat., noon-4 p.m. Free. All ages. Event details.
Chicago’s take on a traditional German holiday bazaar is back. Should you take the kids? Ja! Inspired by the real deal in Nuremburg, it has festive wooden cabins packed with handmade gifts, food and drinks from around the world, and many are run by native German speakers. Shop, eat, enjoy free entertainment, shop some more, and even say “guten tag” to Santa. Held thru Dec. 24. Daley Plaza. Free. Event details.
Gingerbread House Decorating Class
A graham cracker here. A candy cane there. Bring the family to Foodlife’s annual Gingerbread House Decorating Class led by the restaurant’s pastry chef, Yasmin Gutierrez. You’ll have everything you need to create your masterpiece, including the house, frosting, holiday candies and sprinkles. This year a portion of proceeds will benefit the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. Held Sun., 9-11 a.m. Foodlife. $15/house. All ages. Event details.
Morton Arboretum goes beyond the typical blinking and twinkling with a new winter lights event on its forested grounds. Walk on a mile-long, paved trail and see dazzling projects and tree lights that respond to your touch and voice. You’ll pass by the pretty Meadow Lake and wind down the Confier Walk. Held thru Jan. 4. $15/adults; $10/ages 17 and younger. All ages. Event details.
How are you celebrating the holidays this weekend? Let us know in the Comments section below.
— Kelly Aiglon
Photo: Courtesy of Yo Gabba Gabba! Live!