What’s the perfect show to put on ice? “Frozen,” of course! Grab your little Olaf fan and imagine you’re “in summer” at Allstate Arena. Make your way to the other cool events around town, too, including puppet fable “The Selfish Giant,” the warehouse sale from The Red Balloon Co., outdoor escapades at Polar Adventure Days on Northerly Island, and more. It’s brrrr …. in a good way!
Disney on Ice presents “Frozen”
This famous tale of sisterly love and magic comes alive on the ice. Take the journey with Elsa, Anna, Sven, Olaf and the rest of the gang. Make sure to warm up those pipes because there will be sing-a-longs to faves like “Let it Go” and “Do You Want to Build a Snowman?” Held Wed.- Jan. 26 at Allstate Arena (continues Jan. 28 – Feb. 8 at United Center). TIckets starting at $25. All ages. Event details.
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 Mar. 1. $20/hour for tubing; ice skating is free and skate rentals are $8. All ages. Event details.
This world famous show brings together musical innovations, movement and comedy. They will use everything from tea chests, to radiator hoses, boots and hub caps to entertain your ears for the evening. The only things they don’t use are traditional percussion instruments. Held Tues.-Fri. & Sun., 7:30 p.m.; Sat. & Sun., 2 p.m.; Sat., 8 p.m. at Bank of America Theatre. Tickets start at $17. Ages 4 & up. Event details.
Polar Adventure Days
Embrace the polar vortex as your fam discovers the birds and coyotes that call Northerly Island home. Watch a dog sledding demonstration, enjoy entertainment from The Dreamtree Shakers and relax with winter-inspired crafts. Your gang will also get free snowshoe rentals. Held Sat., noon-4 p.m. Free. All ages. Event details.
The Red Balloon Co. Warehouse Sale
Join your fellow bargain hunters in the search for some new duds for your mini-fashionistas with discounts on everything from Little Traveler, La Miniatura, Stella, Egg, Charlie Rocket and so many more. Held Thurs. & Fri., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat. & Sun., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on the Southport Corridor. Admission is free. Event details.
“The Selfish Giant” on Stage
Get ready for a puppet show with imagination — and plenty of intrigue along the way. Here’s the jist: A grumpy giant forbids children from playing in his garden. After the children are locked out, the trees and flowers refuse to grow and the garden plunges into an eternal winter. Then one morning, the children sneak back into the garden, bringing with them the happy rebirth of spring. This is a production of Blair Thomas & Company and Chicago Children’s Theater. Held Thurs.-Feb. 22 at Ruth Page Center for the Arts. $38/adults; $28/kids. All ages. Event details.
“Move It!” Exhibit at Chicago Children’s Museum
Wee movers and shakers can get a kiddie-sized workout. Your little balls of energy can build their own play space where they can climb, crawl, jump, balance and bend. They can even try their skills on the net climber. Held thru Apr. 19. Included in museum general admission of $14/person. Ages 1-10. Event details.
Enchanted Railroad Mini Train Exhibit
Watch trains travel through all four seasons; there are bright orange pumpkins in the fall display, and fluffy little daffodils as the trains sweep through spring. This interactive display is specially designed for young ones because it’s meant to be viewed from just two feet off the ground. Held thru Feb. 22 at Morton Arboretum. Free with general admission ($9/adult; $6/child; free for children under 2). All ages. Event details.
Character Breakfast: Superhero Sunday
Munch on breakfast with superheroes. The kiddos can hangout and strike a pose with Batman, Spiderman and Rapunzel. Your little caped crusaders can also check out the activity stations at this JCC event. Held Sun., 9:30-11 a.m. at Mayer Kaplan JCC. $12/adult; $6/child. All ages. Event details.
How are you beating cabin fever this weekend? Tell us in the Comments!
— Kelly Aiglon & Natasha Davis