Whoosh! There’s totally tubular sledding happening these days, so make a date with Rosemont’s cool slope. Also on tap this weekend: “Hansel & Gretel” on stage, Winter WonderFest at Navy Pier, the close of holiday light shows and more. Here are your best bets.
Polar Peak at FROZEMONT
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. Held thru Jan. 19. $20/hour for tubing; ice skating is free and skate rentals are $8. All ages. Event details.
Hansel & Gretel: A Wickedly Delicious Musical Treat
A new twist on the fairy tale was dreamed up by kindie rock hero Justin Roberts and playwright Ernie Nolan. You’ll delight as the famous siblings trounce through the Forbidden Forest to find their mother, discover a candy cottage and scheming witch, and learn about the power of love. This is a production of Emerald City Theatre and Broadway in Chicago. Held thru Jan. 4 at Broadway Playhouse. $29/ticket. Ages 4-12. Event details.
Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella
The classic musical adventure of the little cinder girl is here to take Chicago by storm. Go on a journey filled with magic, mice, fluffy gowns and true love. Of course, all of this will be set to some of the most beloved tunes in Broadway history. Held Tues.-Jan. 4 at Cadillac Palace Theatre. Tickets starting at $19. All ages. Event details.
Get your thrill fill at Navy Pier’s Winter WonderFest, which has rides for all ages. New attractions this year include Wintertube, a 15-foot-tall dual-lane snow tubing hill; and Toboggan Tunnel, a dual-lane sled ride on rollers. There’s also an ice skating rink, a 50-foot-tall indoor Ferris wheel, a polar-themed mini golf course, and a holiday train that zig-zags through lighted houses and scenes. Held thru Jan. 11 at Festival Hall A. General admission is $3.75 online & $5 walk-up. Cost for activities varies. All ages. Event details.
NPN New Year Family Celebration
Groove to the music and wait for the balloons to drop with other Chicagoland families. The little ones can stay active with soccer classes and games, create masterpieces with arts and crafts and the littlest ones can chill in the baby zone. Held Sat., 4-6:30 p.m. at Lil’ Kickers. All ages. Event details.
One of the nation’s only free-admission zoos flips the holiday switch. Your fam can stroll through for holiday crafts, photos with Santa, food and drinks, ice carving demos, carousel rides and go-’rounds on the new Lionel Train Adventure, all while admiring the explosion of multi-colored lights. Held thru Jan. 4 (hours vary) at Lincoln Park Zoo. Free. All ages. Event details.
Morton Arboretum’s “Illumination”
This interactive LED light display covers over a mile of the Morton Arboretum with lights that will respond to giggles, hugs and conversations. You can also enjoy the tunes of Symphony Woods from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and a variety of live entertainment that will change throughout the season. Held thru Jan. 3. Admission fees vary. All ages. Event details.
LEGOLAND Holiday Bricktacular
The little ones can take a walk through Miniland, complete with snowmen and hundreds of minifigures. They can also create their very own LEGO Gingerbread House and even strike a pose with the life-sized LEGO Santa and Snowman. Held thru Jan. 4 at LEGOLAND Discovery Center. $16/person online; $18/person in-person; free for children under 2. All ages. Event details.
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— Kelly Aiglon & Natasha Davis