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A clean slate I love flipping a new page on my calendar. Although my January is surprisingly filled up already, it doesn’t stop me from getting excited about a new year and its lure of a clean slate. I always have a long list of things I’d like to change in my life and the new year gives me that little extra push I TAMARA L. need to at least get started on them. O’SHAUGHNESSY Change also is the 2019 focus for the Chicago Parent team. We’re excited to tell you that we are examining the magazine from cover to back page to make sure it is the very best magazine around. The results, along with the new content on ChicagoParent. com and our social media channels every day, are going to give you even more reasons to make Chicago Parent your go-to when it comes to parenting. I’d love to hear your suggestions on changes you’d like us to consider for a new and improved Chicago Parent. I promise we’ll take your suggestions to heart. Feel free to email me at tamara@chicagoparent.com. Change also is a good focus for anyone who has ever felt that every day looks the same. This month we take a dive into life ruts and how to dig our way out of them, with lots of good ideas to help you get started. I am pretty excited about this new year. I can’t wait to see what 2019 brings us all. Happy January.

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hat went through your head when you found out you were going to be a dad? Mostly excitement and joy with a healthy dose of nervousness. Lauren was diagnosed with breast cancer about a month after finding out she was pregnant, so my emotions quickly turned to worrying for both her and Nico. That worrying was constant until the day she died. While I still experience a lot of sadness and anger from losing Lauren, I mostly feel blessed day to day with the beautiful, amazing gift she left behind in Nico. Talk to us about how Mommy & Me Warrior Supply Pack came to be. It was Lauren’s idea—the name, the concept…everything. She

came up with it when she was in remission. After Lauren passed away [in 2017], some of her good friends and I got together and decided it was important to move this forward even though she was gone. She really laid the groundwork for us. Does it surprise you that just after Lauren finished up treatment, her first instinct was to help others? Not at all—that is who Lauren was. It never really surprised me, I was more in awe of it. And it wasn’t just this organization—it was beyond that. She developed a social media presence and took the time to reach out to women who were going through a cancer diagnosis. She’d seek them out and offer her support. I was always amazed by that.

“I mostly feel blessed day to day with the beautiful, amazing gift she left behind in Nico.” What do you want people to remember about Lauren? She was something different to everyone. Whether it was through the Bubbles community, family, friends or other women dealing with cancer, you can’t pinpoint just one thing. I don’t want her to be remembered for anything cancer related. There was so much more to her than that.

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How is Nico like his mom? Physically, his eyes. Every time I look at them, I see her. Nico also loves music. He runs around the house singing songs. When he wakes up, I hear him singing through the baby monitor. Like her, he loves to start his day with music. What does your new normal as an only parent look like? I’ve tried to keep a routine as much as possible, but I work

full time. Sometimes I put in early mornings or late nights, so it’s a struggle to maintain that routine. I’ve come to accept the help from family and friends. Sleepovers on weeknights may not be normal for other 3-year-olds, but it’s normal for us. Each day is a little easier. I’m so grateful for the village of people who have helped us. Lori Orlinsky

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It’s a new year and, with it, a new calendar of events to open the kids’ minds to new possibilities! Whether it’s creating their own “happily ever KEELY FLYNN afters” (through the medium of opera, no less), honoring Dr. King and his legacy of brotherhood, love and equality, or dreaming of traversing the world with a National Geographic explorer, 2019 is definitely off to a great start. Let’s go!

MLK Tribute Concert There are few ways to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, g Jr.’s message of love and equality more powerfully than with the Chicago o Sinfonietta (one of the country’s most diverse orchestras) and its beloved MLK Tribute Concert. Besides gorgeous music and a program featuring spiritu-als, this season’s performance willl feature former Project Inclusion nclusion Freeman Conducting Fellows Kellen Gray and Kendrick Armstrong and a powerful spoken word performance of Dr. King’s speeches. Looking for a meaningful—and moving—experience to share with your children? This is it. Jan. 20, Wentz Concert Hall, Naperville, Jan. 21, Symphony Center, Chicago; chicagosinfonietta.org

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Cendrillon This is definitely one that the princess-lovers know (Cendrillon translates to Cinderella, after all), but this is definitely also one that’ll surprise you. Jules Massenet’s take on this classic tale is a dreamy, touching and surprisingly witty opera featuring some of the industry’s brightest stars from around the globe. So what makes this one so very special? Well, besides a pictureperfect princess with romance to spare (Australian soprano Siobhan Stagg, gg making g her U.S. debut),

there’s the Fairy Godmother’s stratospheric notes as well as a hilariously wicked Stepmother. Running two hours and 45 minutes with one intermission, this beautiful production—sung in French with projected English translations—is a terrific entry point into the world of opera for the younger set, but it’s also a gorgeously refreshing change of pace from the overload of All Things Holiday. Dreams do come true! Jan. 10-31, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, 20 N. Upper Wacker Drive, Chicago; lyricopera.org

Pin Boots Pink an and a Machete M Ready to add a new, real-life hero to the top h of your kids’ o lists? Explorer li Mireya Mayor M has a really cool Chicago job—and an unusual job— Sinfonietta path to how she got there! The daughter of immigrants, Mayor perCuban immigra formed as a Miami Dolphins cheerleader during college, and ended up taking an anthropology course that, to say the very least, inspired her. Since then, she’s braved elements and creatures, and even discovered the world’s smallest primate. Called the “female Indiana Jones” (although she suggests Harrison Ford should be referred to as “the male

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Mireya Mayor”), this Emmy-nominated wildlife correspondent for the National Geographic Channel and mom of six has stories galore. Get ready to be inspired—and don’t be surprised if you’ll also be ready to pack your own boots for an adventure. Jan. 24, the Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Congress Parkway, Chicago; auditoriumtheatre.org

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When picking up the kids from their various activities, I usually encourage them to walk outside and look for me in the parking lot. It just makes all of my after-school shuttling easier.

Yet the other day, I decided to park the car and walk into Dan’s hockey workout facility for a peek. Behind the glass, my giant 14-year-old stopped, smiled and delivered a spot-on Forrest Gump wave. The other parents marveled. They shared how their stereotypical teenagers refused to acknowledge their very existence, and their kids’ only reaction to having parents was unadulterated embarrassment. I had to tell them. Yeah. I got one of those, too. My middle son, Jack, has recently regressed to verbal infancy and only uses monosyllabic words to answer questions. His poker-faced history of being difficult to read has only gotten worse with age. It’s been worrying me a lot lately. In response, I started peppering him with more questions than usual about his daily life, incorporating inquiries like: How did you FEEL when your friend threw up in gym class? Did it BOTHER you when you lost that hockey game? What made you laugh the HARDEST today?

Yeah. Jack grunts and I still get nothing. I was forced to incorporate a time honored tactic of parental espionage: “I’ll let you stay up a little longer if you sit next to me and talk.” This last time, I had to know. Was Jack happy? Was he enjoying his childhood? Was he ready to move out and pretend he didn’t have a mother anymore? So I asked: “What is the BEST thing that’s happened to you during your childhood?” I was expecting Jack to go on about a tournament win or one of our many family vacations. Instead, he responded: “Remember that one playoff game where you wore my hockey jersey?” I did. All the other hockey moms had big kids, but I had to squeeze my chubby self into my smallest child’s jersey. Breathing was restricted. I felt like I was wearing a half-shirt. But I did it anyway. “Yeah. That was the best.” Suddenly, despite the grunts and eye rolls, I realized I was still the center of my child’s universe. And it made having to walk 50 yards behind him at all times just that much easier. Marianne Walsh is a Chicago mom of

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When all the glitz and glamour of the holiday season has passed, I like to get back to basics. The simplicity of a plain white T-shirt that fits perfectly, a sweater that holds up year after year, leggings that don’t bag and sag—these things are comforting in a way that fast fashion can never be. There are a few items I have scoured stores for the best of the best, and I am sharing my research with you to kick off the new year.

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Cashmere sweater I have about two dozen cotton sweaters in my closet, all which have lost shape, pilled and shrunk. I finally decided to invest in a cashmere sweater, which cost about as much as six of the cheapie ones combined. Let me tell you, it is worth it. Cashmere is technically wool but it is softer, stronger and thinner than the traditional counterpart. When taken care of properly (I use The Laundress Wool & Cashmere Shampoo), cashmere will outlast many other materials. Everlane has a classic Cashmere Crew for $100—a total bargain since traditional retail for a sweater of this quality is more than double that. everlane.com

I live in leggings, and a solid pair to keep your legs covered and cozy during the freezing temps is like gold. Over the years I have purchased dozens of pairs of black leggings, and only one has held up to my roll-on-the-floor-with-the-kids test. UNIQLO is a Japanese brand known for its affordable, high-quality basics. Its leggings are incredible—super soft, retain their shape and you can’t beat the price tag. I like the Heattech line because it offers various levels of warmth at different price points. uniqlo.com

Plain white tee Is there anything more American than a plain white T-shirt and jeans? It will never go out of style, yet finding the perfect white tee is like a needle in a haystack. I went on a mission to find the unicorn of white tees, trying on more than 30 brands over a few days to get the perfect combo of comfort, style and affordability. Overall, the Madewell Whisper Cotton Crewneck Tee was the winner, with the Old Navy EveryWear Slub-Knit Tee coming in as a close—and budget-friendly—second. They are thin enough to move with your body but not so sheer that they are see-through (when worn with a nude undergarment). madewell madewell.com, oldnavy.com

Faux diam diamond earrings I sporte sported the shoulder-grazing eearring trend all last fall, but to give my lobes fal a rest, I want a more cclassic look. I will never buy diamond earrings since I have lost more earrings than I care to think about. Plus, if you get the right pair no one will be able to tell the difference. Nordstrom has a great set of 2 caret cubic zirconia earrings for less than $50 (these sparklers are sure to become a staple in your everyday look).

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ontana may not be the first place you think of when taking advantage of frosty fun, but that’s precisely what makes it a good destination for a family on a winter trip—it’s not too crowded, you can find off-season prices and the scenery is breathtaking. And even the most avowed winter opponent will warm up to it. Similarly, while you may associate all-inclusive resorts with sandier locations, destinations like the all-inclusive Ranch at Rock Creek (theranchatrock creek.com), nestled in a picturesque valley near Phillipsburg, illustrate why an all-inclusive is a particularly great option in the snow. One of the many reasons is that the multiple lists that come with arranging a vacation for an active family become significantly shorter. To start, your planning to-do list becomes very brief. Transportation is provided from the airport to the Ranch at Rock Creek, so no need to worry about that. Once you’re there, activities are included and planned, you just pick what appeals. Families can opt for a full day of downhill skiing at nearby Discovery Ski Area, or they can stay at the ranch and partake in two on-ranch adventures. Options include snowmobiling, snowshoe trekking, yoga, photography class, fat tire biking and UTV

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mountain tour, as well as cross-country skiing, skating and horseback riding. The Ranch’s staff accommodates all ages and offers instruction for all abilities (or inability, in my case). I was new to many of them and felt grateful for the help and patience. What surprised me most was how much I truly enjoyed the winter weather and how the outdoor activities made it easy to embrace the season in Montana, rather than fight it as I often do in Chicago. CONTINUED ON PAGE 16

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Making peace with Mother Nature is easier when the Ranch provides all the necessary gear. Your packing list becomes downright manageable. For example, don’t worry about skis—a ski concierge is on hand to make sure the whole family has what it needs. Both hockey and figure skates are available at the pond so you can skate however you like. From helmets to boots, the Ranch has everything. The only list that gets longer is the list of things to do on your own. The Little Grizzlies Kids Club helps make that possible. It recently won the Virtuoso “Best of the Best” Travel Award for Best Family Program for 2018 for how it introduces kids ages 4-12 to the ways of the West and teaches them about nature. Activities like ice fishing, snowman building and wildlife spotting mean you’re free to head off on an adventure with the other adults, enjoy the Granite Spa, take a yoga class, or just curl up with a great book and beverage next to the giant stone fireplace. Babysitting is also offered separately. While outdoor fun is abundant, there are indoor options included, too. The Silver Dollar Saloon offers family-friendly fun, including bowling lanes, pool, shuffleboard, karaoke, games and a movie

theater. I didn’t know that sitting on a bar stool that’s actually a saddle was on my bucket list until I had done so there. You don’t have to worry about food and keeping kids or yourself from getting hangry. Three meals each day are provided, and guests also enjoy social hour every night with drinks, including unlimited premium beer, wine and spirits. The menu changes nightly, featuring authentic Western cuisine and local ingredients and

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Brain builders I 9 places to get your kids jazzed about learning BY NATALIE DAL PRA

t’s no secret that children learn in a variety of ways. While some kids excel in math, others would rather spend time planting flowers in the garden or reading a sci-fi novel. Technology has also added a new and exciting layer to gaining knowledge. Kids now have the chance to discover subjects like coding, digital photography and video production on their own level.

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We’re fortunate that the Chicago area is packed with educational opportunities for kids of all ages. Learning is only limited by your imagination when families visit these spots.

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Museum of Science and Industry With dozens of exhibits, tours and experiences to explore, it’s truly impossible to find yourself bored at MSI. Kids can make their way

through a giant mirror maze, see a tornado up close and discover the inner workings of the body and brain all in one afternoon. Check out spaces little ones have only dreamt of exploring like a giant submarine, locomotive or even outer

space. Every age group can find something to build, create and discover. There’s no better way to fight the winter doldrums than by spending a day at the museum. msichicago.org

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Have a budding chef in your family? Children as young as 18 months can get a hands-on learning experience with food prep, exploring new flavors and practicing kitchen safety at this one-of-a-kind cooking school. Skills and recipes increase with each age group and so does the fun! By the time kids reach the teen class, they’ll be whipping up tasty gourmet cupcakes and mouth-watering homemade pasta. Yum! kids-table.com

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3 4 The outside world has so much to offer. Give kids an up-closeand-personal experience with nature at one of the museum’s many family events and nature camps. Whether they’re feeding a turtle, petting a salamander or participating in a butterfly release, kids are guaranteed to have a blast. Be sure to check out the interactive Dora and Diego Let’s Explore! exhibit before it closes at the end of January. naturemuseum.org

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The Field Museum isn’t just for tourists. From the world’s biggest dinosaur to plant species from across the globe, there’s always something new and exciting to check out. Children can put themselves in a real-life Honey, I Shrunk The Kids scenario and get a closeup view of the insect world in the Underground Adventure, learn the story of Sue in the Waking the T.rex 3D adventure

warmer climate, if only for a few minutes. Kids have the chance to view tropical and exotic plant varieties that they may have never seen before. The Botanic Garden also offers cooking, art and gardening classes for kids of all ages. chicagobotanic.org

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Seeing Adler through the eyes of a child is a special experience. Check out one of the thrilling shows (like a journey to the moon with Sesame Street characters) or explore the planetarium’s fun exhibits. Make sure to have kids get some energy out at the Planet Explorers play area before leaving. adlerplanetarium.org

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Kohl Children’s Museum Your little explorers will beg to visit Kohl again and again. Seventeen permanent exhibits along with rotating temporary exhibits give little ones an opportunity to engage in imaginative play, create art projects and learn the science behind renewable energy,

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Shed boots and snow pants to visit with Daniel and his neighbors this winter at the DuPage Children’s Museum. Part of a traveling exhibit created and curated by the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh in collaboration with The Fred Rogers Company, the exhibit lets children touch, learn and play with Daniel while he works to solve problems. “This exhibit provides as wonderful opportunity for adults to support and engage young children in developing social emotional skills and the critical coping strategies that will guide them throughout their lives,” says Thomas Sullivan, director of Education and Programs at the museum, in a release announcing the exhibit. Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: A Grr-iffic Exhibit lets kids and their parents use music and song to work together to learn about empathy, gratitude,

sharing and diversity. Kids can put on masks and costumes of their favorite Neighborhood characters, compose a song and play with instruments, visit the Post Office and sort packages, play in the Clock Factory with a variety of clocks, learn about their own neighborhoods and where to find objects in them, write thank you notes for the Thank You Tree, read in O the Owl’s Reading Nest and walk with an iconic Trolley.

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’ve worked my entire life—and had a lot of luck on my side—to get everything I always wanted: a dream job, an amazing husband, two kids and a not-so-starter home. But a few years into my dream life, I began to feel not-so-dreamy. I realized that I had no more items on my to-do list. The only thing left to do was to work, to clean the house and to take my kids to their activities. Day after day after day. g life rut. I was in the midst of a big I know I’m not alone. “Working with parents who ho are feeling bored, stuck or stagnant at this stage of life is something I have ave seen time and time again,” says Joyce Marter, licensed clinical al professional counselor and founder of Urban Balance. “It’s as if many of us know what we want to do with ourselves until midlife and then somehow the path becomes less clear and defined.” Melissa LaHann, the 38-year-old founder of the business LatchPal by Happy Fig, went through the same experience. She celebrated 14 years off marriage, has a 1-year-old and a 5-yearold and even started her own n thriving business. She should be totally ally happy, sailing through life. “I was finding myself in a lowenergy place,” LaHann says. “I felt like life was starting to feel routine.” There’s no clear-cut psychological diagnosis for life rut, but dysthymia comes close: it’s similar to depression, and symptoms include low energy, low mood and loss of motivation. It often lasts years and goes undiagnosed because there’s nothing truly wrong. The key is to acknowledge that you’re in a rut, says Jane Scudder, a certified leadership, personal development and career transition coach. “It’s my opinion and observation that ruts are often caused by lack of a bigger vision and lack of awareness that we are slipping into monotony,” she says. “A key step to getting out of this is to acknowledge that we’re in

one, and also explore what is keeping us in this spot.” Is it lack of a vision? Is it uncertainty of what to do next? LaHann started thinking about what motivated and energized her. “I love my family, but a big part of my life is my business,” LaHann says, a sentiment that may go against the grain at a time when moms are often told that their number one focus should be on their family. “I started brainstorming with other friends in the industry who got me excited about fun ways I could further my product—it’s what I needed.” Work isn’t the solution for everyone’s life ruts, however. The difficult part is figuring out what part of your life needs to be

rebooted. “If you had a magic wand, what would you want?” she asks. Don’t set your own ceilings with self-limiting beliefs. Marter suggests thinking about going back to school, changing careers, starting a new hobby or picking up an old one or trying new things like kickboxing, aerial yoga or pottery. Goals like these are important, Scudder says. Big, long-term goals—as well as short-term goa goals—really help with ruts, she says. The long longer-term goals revive a vision to ensure you’re moving forward with your life in forwa meaningful direction. a me These can be really Th overwhelming in terms ov of progress, however, o which is why smaller, w short-term goals are key as well. “For instance, you might hold a vision m aand longer-term goal of recommitting yourself re to your relationship or marriage after having mar children,” she says, explainchildr ing that this won’t happen overnight. “But what can happen asking your partner overnight is as more questions tomorrow, having a conversation not n about your children or simply telling your partner you want to work on these things.” Doing service work can also help you see outside of yourself. One of Marter’s clients was dealing with multiple career and relationship issues, so she volunteered in Haiti for a week. When she returned, she said, ‘“I have no problems,’” Marter says. “Volunteer work can put things into perspective.” Refreshing your relationship can also help, she says. Even if you’ve been together for years, you can still discover new things about each other by sharing new experiences like a cooking class or a scuba class. “Make new friends, travel, CONTINUED ON PAGE 24

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redecorate the house even if it’s on a DIY budget,” Marter says. “Make a concerted effort to spice things up in the bedroom.” Starting a routine of talking for just 20 minutes daily about anything other than the kids or financial and household responsibilities will do wonders, she says. Rebuilding your selfesteem is also important, especially if you’ve been living your life for your spouse, your kids or your job. Get a haircut, work with a personal trainer or make over your home, Marter suggests. “If your home is feeling blah, consider a new coat of paint, some new throw pillows, planting a garden or creating a new space in your home for self-care like reading, yoga and meditation,” she says.

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Still stuck? Identify a mentor or a hero for your next life phase, Marter says. When Marter’s children were young, she had a friend who was an empty nester. “I admired how she is always engaged in life and forever learned and growing,” Marter says. Her friend went back to graduate school when her children were older. She painted at her art studio, showed her work in galleries, took movie classes with her husband, traveled with her friends and eventually enjoyed being a grandmother. “This helps me envision my path, knowing that exciting and new things are possible,” Marter says. You just have to look for them. Danielle Braff is a freelance writer and Chicago-turned-suburban mom.

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emember when there was time in your schedule for your own interests or hobbies? Yeah me neither. But it’s important for mama to spend time AWAY from the kidss and focus on ry and something other than dinner, laundry homework. Gather your mama friends for a MNO—Mom’s Night Out— or even just an activity for just yourself. Here are some ideas to get you started:

Let your creativity flow Instead of just a basic art class, Bottle & Bottega is the place for art parties and an ideal spot for mamas mas to gather for a night out. Based on n the Italian phrase, bottega, which means eans a studio in which students create under nder the direction of a master artist, it offers more than just paint and canvases. With locations in Lakeview, La Grange and Park Ridge, Bottle & Bottega expands its art options to include

painting on glass, wood signs, wood pallets and mosaics. It provides all the necessary art supplies, as well as glasses, bottle openers and ice buckets, plus the staff does all the clean-up. All you need to provide are your drinks of choice and then uncork your creativity! bottleandbottega.com

Breathe with the butterflies Get your downward dogs ready and start your weekends off right with Butterfly we Haven Have Yoga at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. Held 8:30-9:45 Nat a.m. every Saturday, this yoga class a. iis in the Judy Istock Butterfly Haven where the butterflies literally fly all around you. Advance online registration is required for the $15 class. Bring your own mat. You’ll connect with nature while getting a rejuvenating yoga w class like no other. Then head out cl for a delicious post-yoga brunch at a local spot like Cafe Vienna, Mortar & Toast or Nookies. Namaste. Pestle, T Peggy Note Notebaert Nature Museum, 2430 N. Cannon Drive, naturemuseum.org Drive Chicago; Chic

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Chop chop chop Whether you like it or not, part of being a mother involves cooking and getting dinner on the table. So you might as well make it fun and learn something new! The Chopping Block, with locations at the Merchandise Mart and Lincoln Square, intends to teach you to enjoy cooking at home. It offers tons of classes such as knife skills, family night meals, date nights and pasta boot camps. So pick your preference

and grab some mamas to come cook along. It also offers private cooking events if you want your group to select your own menu, cooking level and get hands-on instructions before enjoying the fruits of your labor together. Chopping Block Merchandise Mart, 222 W. Merchandise Mart Plaza #107, Chicago, Chopping Block Lincoln Square, 4747 N. Lincoln, Chicago; thechoppingblock.com

Stitch and sew away Sometimes the best therapy is a new skill or talent. Whether you want to take time for yourself to learn something new or gather with friends, try either a basic knitting or sewing class that has you walking out the door with something to show. Nina Chicago is an adorable knitting shop in Wicker Park. It offers beginner classes or private lessons start at $25 per session where you can learn to knit or crochet. If your interest is sewing, head to Sew Crafty Studio in Lincoln Park. While it offers classes for kids, it also has adult classes

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wine, cheese and chocolate tasting. If you already are a wine pro, ENO Chicago also offers blind tastings, where you are given a flight of three wines and you get points based on guessing the correct variety, region and year. ENO Chicago, 505 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago; enowinerooms.com

Take in the view Often it’s the change of scenery that rejuvenates moms and gives them a break from their day-to-day life. Make a reservation for lunch or dinner at Cindy’s Rooftop on the top level of the Chicago Athletic Association Hotel on Michigan Avenue. The views cannot be beat, overlooking Grant Park, Millennium Park and beautiful

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For the first time since 2015, we’ll be able to watch a lunar eclipse in its entirety on Jan. 20. This is an event right in the strike zone for the Adler Planetarium, which will hold Lunapalooza, an indoor-outdoor event perfect for observing the eclipse. For littles up past their bedtime, the planetarium is inviting them in for a pajama party. January is moon month for the museum, with a new installation, “Infinite Possibilities,” in the stairwells celebrating the moon and a sky show, “Imagine the Moon,” playing in the Grainger Sky Theater beginning Jan. 18. $8 kids 3-11, $12 adults. 8 p.m.-midnight Jan. 20. Adler Planetarium, 1300 Lake Shore Drive, Chicago. adlerplanetarium.com.

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Tiptoe through the trains at the Morton Arboretum as the Enchanted Railroad makes its return trip. With more than 10 trains on intricate trackss all placed at child-friendly heights, the trains ains are a popular winter attraction at the arboretum. m. Tickets are timed and slots fill fast. If the snows hold out, the h trolls ll are still hiding among the trees at the arboretum outside, ready for a hunt. Free with museum admission. Jan. 18-Feb. 24. Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Rte. 53, Lisle. (630) 968-0074, mortonarb.org.

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Disney’s newest characters have joined the ice show with an old villain—Captain Hook—part of the tale. Coco’s Miguel is making his ice show debut in Mickey’s k h Search Party, hitting Allstate Arena and the United Center for weekend fun in late January and early February. Since the cast is at sea, Moana hits the ice with the snow queen and princess, Peter Pan, Tinker Bell and, of course, Mickey and Minnie. The three-weekend schedule starts at Allstate Arena Jan. 24-27 and returns to the Rosemont ice surface Feb. 7-10; it heads downtown to the United Center Jan. 30-Feb. 3. disneyonice.com/mickeys-search-party.

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CALENDAR 1 | TUESDAY HOLIDAY TEA. The French-inspired

Holiday Tea experience includes Vanille’s signature pastries, scones, finger sandwiches and the finest of Benjamin’s Tea. Children’s menus are available at each location. $49 Lincoln Park location. Noon, 2 and 4 p.m. seatings. Vanille, 2108 N. Clark St., Chicago. vanillepatisserie.com.

2 | WEDNESDAY PLAY IN A DAY. Through acting

games and exercises, students will create unique characters based on the theme of the day. These characters will then be used to create a short play. Campers should feel free to dress up according to day camp themes. Pack a lunch, a water bottle and two small snacks. $80 and up. 8 a.m.-4 p.m. (presentation for parents from 3:30-4 p.m.) Today’s camp: Folk Tales Camp. Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago. (773) 327-5252, stage773.com. LEGO ROBOT CAMP. Spend a day

dabbling in Robotic Engineering. Design and build a cutting-edge robot and teach it to spin, slither, walk or drive in a Brickworld of your own creation. Participants will use Lego WeDo and WeDo2.0 motor and sensor system. Recommended for ages 7-12. $90, $81 members. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. The Laboratory Chicago, 2349 W. North Ave., Chicago. (630) 880-6458, thelaboratorychi.org.

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outside. The camp is designed to enhance campers’ critical thinking and problem-solving skills as they engage in inquiry, develop science process skills, and cultivate a love for nature and learning. Register for individual days or all four. $70 per day. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, 2430 N. Cannon Drive, Chicago. (773) 755-5100, naturemuseum.org.

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theme: Wizard Camp. WINTER CAMP. Kids ages 4-11

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About the calendar The deadline for submitting listings for the February issue is Dec. 31. All events are subject to change. Please call the event sponsor at the number listed to confirm before you go. Events taking place on four or more dates during the month are listed in Ongoing Events, beginning on page 34.

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4 | FRIDAY PLAY IN A DAY. See Jan. 2. Today’s

theme: Heroes & Villains. LEGO ROBOT CAMP. See Jan. 2.

5 | SATURDAY CHICAGO HERSHEL AND THE HANUKKAH GOBLINS. This new stage adapta-

tion of the classic children’s holiday book. Live music will help tell the fantastical story of Hershel of Ostropol defeating a series of goblins over the eight days of Hanukkah. $20-$25. 10 a.m. & 1 p.m. Strawdog Theatre Company, 3829 N. Broadway St., Chicago. (773) 5289696, strawdog.org.

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Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana and the Chicago Wolves for the 10th anniversary of the Girl Scout Cookie Rally. A ticket includes entrance to the cookie rally, commemorative T-shirt, Chicago Wolves game

ticket, free parking and a rally patch for Girl Scouts. $21. 7 p.m. Allstate Arena, 6920 N. Mannheim Road, Rosemont. (847) 635-6601, chicagowolves.com.

10 | THURSDAY OPEN PLAY FOR CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS. Wonder

Works opens early the second Thursday of every month for kids up to 8 with special needs. Museum opens to the public at 10 a.m. $5 per person. 9-10 a.m. Wonder Works Children’s Museum, 6445 W. North Ave., Oak Park. wonder-works.org.

11 | FRIDAY COZY CAMPFIRE. Spend time inside the Heller Nature Center learning the different ways animals survive winter through games, artifacts and interactive activities. Afterwards, head outside to the campfire to make tasty s’mores. Each event will have different activities and games. Children must be accompanied by a paid, registered adult. $10. 6:30-8 p.m. Heller Nature Center, 2821 Ridge Road, Highland Park. (847) 433-6901, hellernaturecenter.org.

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CALENDAR 12 | SATURDAY CHICAGO ONCE UPON A SYMPHONY: THE UGLY DUCKLING. The Chicago

Symphony Orchestra tells the tale of a young swan who is cast out of the pond because the other animals believe such an “ugly duckling” doesn’t belong with them. In this adaptation of the classic tale by Hans Christian Andersen, the cygnet goes on an amazing journey of self-discovery, from the pond to the farm and through a snowy winter. After seeing his reflection in the water, he comes to understand his true self: he is not an “ugly duckling” but a beautiful swan. Recommended for ages 3-5. $17. 10 a.m. & 11:45 a.m. Jan. 12. Chicago Symphony Orchestra, 220 S. Michigan Ave. (312) 294-3000, cso.org. RAGAMALA DANCE COMPANY.

Combining classical Indian dance, a contemporary aesthetic, and stunning sets and projections, the

performance is inspired by the Indian board game Paramapadam—a precursor to Snakes and Ladders. This presentation will be a sensory-friendly performance, designed to offer a safe, welcoming and judgment-free environment for audience members on the autism spectrum or with other sensory sensitivities. Support services and accommodations include moderate sound levels, a quiet play area and social narratives. $10-$15. 2-3 p.m. Harris Theater for Music and Dance, 205 E. Randolph Drive in Millennium Park. (312) 334-7777, harristheaterchicago.org.

13 | SUNDAY SUBURBS KIDS’ PARTY FOR PEDIATRIC BLOOD CANCER PATIENTS. Kids’ Party is an oppor-

tunity for children 3-16 diagnosed with leukemia or lymphoma to put aside treatments, hospital stays and side effects and feel like a kid. Includes a brunch, great music,

fun activities and entertainment. Registration required. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Westin Chicago North Shore, 601 N. Milwaukee Ave., Wheeling. allbloodcancers.org.

16 | WEDNESDAY BLACKHAWKS HOCKEY CLINICS. The Chicago Blackhawks

a zoo, a city? Use your imagination and go green with recycled goods, bring them from home or use some provided. Recommended for ages 6-10. $15. 2:30-4 p.m. Heller Nature Center, 2821 Ridge Road, Highland Park. (847) 433-6901, hellernaturecenter.org. THE BLIND BOYS OF ALABAMA.

offer kids ages 5-12 the opportunity to participate in learn-to-play ice hockey clinics. Use of skates and professional equipment will be provided at no cost. Participants will also receive a free Chicago Blackhawks jersey. Some prior skating experience is required, and participants should plan to arrive 20 to 30 minutes prior to the scheduled lesson. Registration required. Today’s location: Warren Park. (312) 742-PLAY, chicagoparkdistrict.com.

In addition to singing original songs written by artists including Valerie June, Phil Cook and the North Mississippi Allstars, they breathe new life into gospel standards by adding jazz and blues influences. $30-$50. 8 p.m. Paramount Arts Centre and Theatre, 23 E. Galena Blvd., Aurora. (630) 896-6666, paramountaurora.com.

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CALENDAR clues in the search for Tinker Bell in immersive, fantastic worlds. $20$75. 7 p.m. Allstate Arena, 6920 N. Mannheim Road, Rosemont. (847) 635-6601, allstatearena.com.

supervised session of open play time, where kids may join private servers set up for the evening, or play on public servers of their choice. $25. 5:30-8 p.m. Power Up Tech Academy 2867 N. Clybourn Ave. (312) 6593082, powerupta.com

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This evening features Mireya Mayor, a former NFL cheerleader and daughter of Cuban immigrants who followed her unlikely dreams to become a respected primatologist. Mayor, a mother of six, tells her tales of traveling to some of the wildest and most remote places on earth, armed with little more than a backpack, notebook and hiking boots. $42+. 7 p.m. Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, 50 E. Congress Parkway, Chicago. (312) 922-2110, auditoriumtheatre.org.

TOO HOT TO HANDEL: THE JAZZ-GOSPEL MESSIAH.

Celebrated soloists Rodrick Dixon, Alfreda Burke, and Karen Marie Richardson—joined by famed Detroit pianist Alvin Waddles and more that 100 Chicago musicians and singers— put a blues, jazz, gospel and rock twist on Handel’s classic oratorio. $29 and up. 7:30 p.m. Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, 50 E. Congress Parkway. (312) 9222110, auditoriumtheatre.org. BLACKHAWKS HOCKEY CLINICS. See Jan. 16. Today’s loca-

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DISNEY ON ICE: MICKEY’S SEARCH PARTY. See Jan. 24.

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LUNAPALOOZA. The Moon takes

center stage as the community comes together to experience a total lunar eclipse—the first visible to us in its entirety since 2015. Outdoor observing and indoor activities will take your lunar experience to the next level. Free outdoor observing, fees for indoor event. 8 p.m.midnight. Adler Planetarium, 1300 S. Lake Shore Drive. (312) 922-STAR (7827), adlerplanetarium.org. TOO HOT TO HANDEL: THE JAZZ-GOSPEL MESSIAH. See Jan.

19. Today’s performance: 3 p.m.

21 | MONDAY PLAY IN A DAY. See Jan. 2. Today’s

theme: Pirates Camp. POWER4GIRLS MLK DAY OFF EVENT. The 3rd annual MLK Day

event features a community service project and sports with Game On! The Game On! Power4Girls series is dedicated to the positive development of young girls and offers a healthy mix of sports play, fitness, team building and creative

projects in health education and charitable giving lead by experts and role models on school holiday and vacation days throughout the year. Locations at Lil’ Kickers Lake Street and Joy of the Game in Deerfield. Recommended for kindergarten through fifth grade. $35-$70. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. gameonsports4girls.com. MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY KUMBAYA CHESS WORKSHOP.

The MLK Day workshop will provide children at all levels a chance to improve their chess skills through instruction, practice and one-on-one coaching. Led by Super Trainer Shiva Maharaj and staff from Chess-Ed, the workshop will feature opening theory, middle game planning and combinations and winning endgame technique. In addition, puzzling, analysis of famous games and tournament-like game playing will be included. Students will be grouped according to skill level. Beginners welcome. $70 full day, $40 half-day. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Edgebrook Lutheran Church,

5252 W. Devon, Chicago. (847) 775-9906, chess-ed.com. REPTILES & AMPHIBIANS.

Join the Frog Lady to learn the difference between reptiles and amphibians. Meet live animals up close and get a chance to touch some. Recommended for ages 6 and older. $9. 2-4 p.m. Heller Nature Center, 2821 Ridge Road, Highland Park. (847) 433-6901, hellernaturecenter.org.

23 | WEDNESDAY BLACKHAWKS HOCKEY CLINICS. See Jan. 16. Today’s loca-

tion: Warren Park.

24 | THURSDAY DISNEY ON ICE: MICKEY’S SEARCH PARTY. Join Mickey

Mouse and his friends in a brandnew adventure filled with highflying acrobatics and unexpected stunts. Help them follow Captain Hook’s treasure map and look for

Today’s schedule: 10:30 a.m. & 7 p.m.

26 | SATURDAY CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS HOCKEY CLINICS. See Jan. 16. Today’s loca-

tion: Mt. Greenwood Park.

SUBURBS HOT WHEELS MONSTER TRUCKS LIVE. Everyone’s favorite

Hot Wheels Monster Trucks come to life, combining Hot Wheels’ iconic jumps and stunts with epic crashing and smashing to deliver an exhilarating family entertainment experience for kids of all ages. Each show will feature specialty acts like the superstars of freestyle motocross, world record attempts and Megasaurus—the massive, careating, fire-breathing prehistoric robot who loves chomping on anything with four wheels—as it makes its Hot Wheels Monster Trucks Live debut. $29-$39 adults, $9 12 and under. 1:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. Sears Centre Arena, 5333 Prairie Stone Parkway, Hoffman Estates. (847) 649-2270, searscentre.com.

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CALENDAR EAGLE WATCH. Travel with the Heller Nature Center to Starved Rock State Park for the Illinois Audubon Society’s Eagle Watch Weekend. See a live bird show, view wild eagles fishing along the river, make crafts and participate in handson activities. The colder it is, the better the bird viewing. Children must be accompanied by a paid registered adult. Dress warmly and for walking. Meals not included. Recommended for ages 6-adult. $23 per person. 8 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Heller Nature Center, 2821 Ridge Road, Highland Park. (847) 433-6901, hellernaturecenter.org. PRESCHOOL AND ENRICHMENT FAIR. Meet pro-

gram representatives from St. Xavier Birth-3, Immanuel Community Preschool of Evergreen Park, St. Germaine Catholic School-Oak Lawn, Most Holy Redeemer School, St. John Fisher School, Playpen Sports Academy, Woori Taekwondo & Hapkido Academy-Evergreen Park, Christ the King School, Evergreen

(630) 469-1555, graceglenellyn.org. HOT WHEELS MONSTER TRUCKS LIVE. See Jan. 26. Today’s

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schedule: 11 a.m., 3 p.m., 7 p.m. HUSKY HEROES. See Jan. 26.

Park Girls Softball Little League, Bright Start College Savings and EPAA Little League Baseball and gather information about preschools and preschool activities in the area. 10 a.m.-noon. Evergreen Park Public Library, 9400 S. Troy Ave., Evergreen Park. evergreenparklibrary.org. DISNEY ON ICE: MICKEY’S SEARCH PARTY. See Jan. 24.

Today’s schedule: 11 a.m., 3 p.m., 7 p.m. HUSKY HEROES. See Siberian

husky sled pulling, skijoring and speed demonstrations. Visit with

the dogs and sled team, inspect the equipment, and have a photo taken with the rig. Free with admission. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. (630) 968-0074, mortonarb.org.

27 | SUNDAY SUBURBS ALL AGES BARN DANCE. All

ages and experiences are welcome to an afternoon of dancing to live fiddle music. 2-3:30 p.m. Grace Lutheran Church, 493 Forest Ave., Glen Ellyn.

30 | WEDNESDAY BLACKHAWKS HOCKEY CLINICS. See Jan. 16. Today’s loca-

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ONGOING EVENTS EXHIBITS AMPLIFIED CHICAGO BLUES.

Immerse yourself in the history of Chicago blues of the 1960s through pictures, and experience the blues by playing guitar, designing an album cover, writing lyrics, and singing karaoke. Free with admission, free 18 and under Illinois residents. Chicago History Museum, 1601 N. Clark St., Chicago. (312) 642-4600, chicagohistory.org. ART IS INSTRUMENTAL.

Activities include building a musical sculpture out of household items, creating a still-life out of musical instruments, playing a tune on a PVC pipe organ and conducting an “orchestra.” Free with museum admission. DuPage Children’s Museum, 301 N. Washington St., Naperville. (630) 637-8000, dupagechildrensmuseum.org.

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CHANGE: THE STORY OF COINS.

This interactive display teaches how coins are important financial, cultural and political tools. Free with admission. National Hellenic Museum, 333 S. Halsted, Chicago. (312) 655-1234. nationalhellenicmuseum.org. CHRISTMAS AROUND THE WORLD AND HOLIDAYS OF LIGHT. This Chicago tradition

began in 1942. The museum’s 45-foot Grand Tree takes center stage in the Rotunda, surrounded by more than 50 smaller trees decorated by volunteers from Chicago’s ethnic communities to represent their various cultures and holiday traditions. School choral groups perform during the week, and ethnic song and dance performances take place on the weekends. Free with museum admission. 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. daily through Jan. 6; extended hours on select days. Museum of Science and Industry, 5700 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago. (773) 684-1414, msichicago.org. DANIEL TIGER’S NEIGHBORHOOD: A GRR-IFIC EXHIBIT. Children enter the world

of Daniel Tiger and friends to explore the Neighborhood. Free with

museum admission. Begins Jan. 19. DuPage Children’s Museum, 301 N. Washington St., Naperville. (630) 6378000, dupagechildrensmuseum.org. DORA AND DIEGO – LET’S EXPLORE! In this interactive

exhibit, children learn how to solve problems, be a good friend and care for animals and the environment. Through the world of Dora the Explorer and her cousin, Diego, families can explore Isa’s Flowery Garden, help Tico gather nuts, join the Pirate Piggies’ crew to uncover pirate treasure and help baby animals in the Rainforest maze. Free with museum admission. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday through Jan. 27. Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, 2430 N. Cannon Drive, Chicago. (773) 755-5100, naturemuseum.org. ENCHANTED RAILROAD. Watch an intricate miniature model railroad wind through scenery that the whole family can enjoy. The trains run at a child-friendly height. More than 10 model trains wind through a two-level display of tree collections

from around the world. Free with arboretum admission. Begins Jan. 18. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. (630) 9680074, mortonarb.org. FREDERICK DOUGLASS AGITATOR. Highlights excerpts

from speeches and writings, some recorded by students from Young Chicago Authors. Other excerpts include Douglass’ speech on Haiti at the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition and “The Reason Why “ pamphlet he and Ida B. Wells distributed to protest AfricanAmerican exclusion from the fair. Free with museum admission. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Wednesdays and Fridays-Sundays; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursdays. American Writers Museum, 180 N. Michigan, 2nd Floor, Chicago. (312) 374-8790, americanwritersmuseum.org. HOLIDAY FLOWER SHOW.

See the “Tickled Pink” show. In addition to the traditional holiday evergreens, this year’s show features non-traditional varieties of poinsettias in pink and blush. Pink lights

and other pink plants cast a rosy glow for all holiday visitors. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. through Jan. 5. Garfield Park Conservatory, 300 N. Central Park Ave., Chicago. (773) 638-1766, garfieldconservatory.org. HOLIDAY FLOWER SHOW.

The Lincoln Park Conservatory’s Show House turns into a Winter Wonderland filled with poinsettias, trees, sparkling lights and a model trains that traverse through the plantings. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. through Jan. 6. Lincoln Park Conservatory, 2391 N. Stockton Drive, Chicago. (312) 742-7736, chicagoparkdistrict.com. HOMETOWN HOLIDAY: IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE IN ELMHURST. Experience the

nostalgia and sentiment of the classic holiday film though Richard Goodson’s private collection of rare memorabilia including vintage movie posters, photographs and more. 1-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays & Sundays; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays through Jan. 6. Elmhurst History Museum, 120 E. Park Ave., Elmhurst. (630) 833-1457, elmhursthistory.org.

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ONGOING EVENTS IMAGINE THE MOON SKY SHOW.

The planetarium is kicking off the new year with a brand new sky show, Imagine the Moon, which takes a closer look at humanity’s relationship with Earth’s nearest neighbor. Adler Planetarium, 1300 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago. (312) 922-STAR (7827), adlerplanetarium.org. INFINITE POSSIBILITIES.

Featuring “Moon” by UK artist Luke Jerram, this installation located in the north and south stairwells shines a light on humanity’s fascination with the Moon throughout history, the exploration it inspires and the mysteries it still holds. Free with museum admission. Adler Planetarium, 1300 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago. (312) 922-STAR (7827), adlerplanetarium.org. MUMMIES. The exhibit uses

modern technologies to take an unparalleled look at the remains of the ancient people within the wrappings. With the help of CT

scanners and 3D imaging, scientists can explore what these people’s lives may have been like and even what they looked like when they were alive. Visitors will be able to explore mummies and artifacts with digital interactives, like touch tables of 3D scans of mummies, and see full-sized dioramas of what burials looked like. Included with a Discovery or All-Access pass. The Field Museum, 1400 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago. (312) 922-9410, fieldmuseum.org.

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REMEMBERING DR. KING: 1929-1968. The exhibition invites

visitors to walk through a winding gallery that features more than 25 photographs depicting key moments in Dr. King’s work and the Civil Rights movement, with a special focus on his time in Chicago. A reflection space prompts visitors to reflect on King’s impact and how his work for equality remains relevant today. Free with museum admission. Chicago History Museum, 1601 N.

Clark St., Chicago. (312) 642-4600, chicagohistory.org. THE SCIENCE BEHIND PIXAR.

Get a unique look into the Pixar process and explore the science and

technology behind beloved animated characters. This exhibit, with more than 40 interactive elements, showcases how STEM concepts bring the films to the big screen. Through Jan. 6. Requires a timed-entry ticket.

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kids to immerse themselves in the life-sized worlds of award-winning children’s books through imaginative, interactive experiences and dramatic play. Free with museum admission through Jan. 13. Kohl Children’s Museum, 2100 Patriot Blvd., Glenview. (847) 832-6600, kcmgc.org. TROLL HUNT. Visitors journey to find the larger-than-life guardians of the forest. The 15- to 20-foottall trolls invite visitors to interact with them, while elements of the exhibition encourage visitors to consider their personal responsibility as stewards of our environment. Some trolls are in plain sight, while others are hidden among the trees. Free with arboretum admission. Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. (630) 968-0074, mortonarb.org. UNDERWATER BEAUTY. Get a

glimpse of the grandeur beneath the waves as 100 species from around the world come together. Watch sea jellies pulse, eels ribbon and a rainbow come alive with reef fishes. Free with admission. Shedd Aquarium, 1200 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago. (312) 939-2438, sheddaquarium.org.

WINTER PLAY. A self-guided

glimpse into the world of outdoor play will depend on the day. Possibilities include painting snow or building a fort. Free with admission. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. daily. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. (630) 968-0074. mortonarb.org. WINTER WONDERFEST AT NAVY PIER. 170,000 square feet

of holiday fun features indoor ice skating, entertainment, rides and inflatable slides. There are also thousands of glistening lights, plush holiday décor and holiday trees. $28, $13 guests 36-42 inches and seniors 65 and up, free infants Nov. 30-Jan. 6, check website for schedule. Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave., Chicago. (312) 595-PIER (7437), navypier.com. WONDERLAND EXPRESS.

Enjoy indoor and outdoor lighted displays, designer wreaths and trees, and garden-scale trains that wind their way over bridges and through tunnels, and past more than 80 miniature versions of Chicago landmarks, all handcrafted with natural materials. Jan. 4: See ice sculptors at work. $13, $10 kids. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. through Jan. 6. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. (847) 835-5440, chicagobotanic.org. ZOOLIGHTS. ZooLights celebrates wintertime fun with more than two million lights to illuminate

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ONGOING EVENTS the zoo. The event is complete with ice sculptors, holiday crafts and activities, and sweet treats of all kinds. 4:30-9 p.m. Jan. 1-6. Lincoln Park Zoo, 2200 N. Cannon Drive, Chicago. (312) 742-2000, lpzoo.org.

OTHER EVENTS ARBOR READING ADVENTURES.

Interactive story time and fun crafts indoors before heading out on the grounds for an adventure walk. Themes change each week. $5. 1111:45 a.m. Wednesdays & Fridays. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. (630) 968-0074, mortonarb.org. SHADOW PUPPET STORY TIME.

An exciting adventure into story and legend with Bill, the museum’s story time expert, and his trusty sidekick who puts on an amazingly shadowy performance. Free with museum admission 11:30 a.m. Mondays & Fridays. Wonder Works, 6445 W. North Ave., Oak Park. (708) 3834815, wonder-works.org. LITTLE PLAYTIMES. Legoland

Discovery Center Chicago opens early on the second floor exclusively for kids 5 and under and their parents. $7 in advance; $9 at door; free kids 2 and under. 10 a.m.-noon Tuesdays through Jan. 22. Legoland Discovery

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Center, 601 N. Martingale Road, Schaumburg. (847) 592-9700, legolanddiscoverycenter.com/ chicago. JUICEBOX. A music and performance series for the stroller set. Performances are on the first and third Friday at the Chicago Cultural Center and first and third Saturday at Garfield Park Conservatory. Parents and young children can enjoy Chicago’s best music, dance and theater in a kid-friendly setting. Parents are welcome to bring snacks and juiceboxes. 11-11:45 a.m. cityofchicago.org/ specialevents.

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celebrating classic literature for preschool-age kids. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Saturdays. American Writers Museum, 180 N. Michigan, 2nd Floor, Chicago. (312) 374-8790, americanwritersmuseum.org. S.T.E.A.M. SATURDAYS. Each

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PERFORMANCES CHICAGO INTERNATIONAL PUPPET THEATER FESTIVAL.

The Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival showcases puppet styles from around the world. Marionettes, shadow puppets, Bunraku, tiny toy puppets, animated objects and other emerging forms of puppetry will be on full display at Chicago’s top cultural institutions. Check website for schedule and tickets. Jan. 17-27. chicagopuppetfest.org. CHICAGO KIDS COMPANY PRESENTS SLEEPING BEAUTY.

Will the princess sleep for 100 years, or can her true love save her with a kiss? Recommended for ages 2-10. $14-$18. 10:30 a.m. most Tuesdays-Fridays beginning Jan. 16. Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St., Chicago. (773) 445-3838, beverlyartcenter.org. CHICAGO KIDS COMPANY PRESENTS THE THREE LITTLE PIGS. Meet Roxanne, Petunia and

Babe, three Sister Piggies who set out to build their own houses. Roxanne (the Rock’n Roll Pig) builds hers out of sticks, Petunia (The Pretty Pig) builds hers out of straw and Babe (the sensible, smart Pig) builds hers out of bricks. Which house will the Big Bad Wolf blow down? Recommended for ages 2-10. $14-$18. 10:30 a.m. most TuesdaysFridays beginning Jan. 15. Stahl Family Theater, 5900 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago. (773) 286-8470, stpatrick.org. CINDERELLA. The beloved tale

of Cinderella (Cendrillon) meets operatic delight in this bubbling Massenet premiere, in French with English subtitles. Running time is 2 hours, 45 minutes with an intermission. $69 and up. Check website for schedule; runs select days through Jan. 20. Lyric Opera of Chicago, 20 N. Wacker Drive, Chicago. (312) 827-5912, lyricopera.org. FIDDLER ON THE ROOF. The

Tony Award-winning story of Tevye, the father of five daughters, and his attempts to maintain his Jewish religious and cultural traditions as

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outside influences encroach upon the family’s lives. $25+. 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays & Sundays; 2 p.m. Saturdays, Sundays and select Wednesdays; 8 p.m. Saturdays, through Jan. 6. Cadillac Palace Theatre, 151 W. Randolph St., Chicago. (312) 977-1700, broadwayinchicago.com. THE LIGHTNING THIEF. The

musical adaption of the novel written by Rick Riordan will launch its national tour in Chicago. The story is a thrilling quest that sees Percy traverse the perils of Olympus, solve riddles of the gods, and come to terms with the father who abandoned him. $25+. Jan. 8-13, 2019. Oriental Theatre, 24 W. Randolph St. Chicago. (800) 775-2000, broadwayinchicago.com. SHEN YUN. A multi-dimensional,

inspiring journey through one of humanity’s greatest treasures—the five millennia of traditional Chinese culture—featuring classical Chinese dance along with all-original orchestral works. Kids 3 and younger not permitted. $80 and up. 7:30 p.m. Jan. 10 & 12, 2 p.m. Jan. 11-12, 1 p.m. Jan. 13. Paramount Arts Centre and Theatre, 23 E. Galena Blvd., Aurora. (630) 8966666, paramountaurora.com.

THE STEADFAST TIN SOLDIER.

Inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s story, the play is the unlikely adventure of a little tin soldier. Unsuspecting travelers make unexpected discoveries in this tale. Family Days include a meet and greet with actors and audience members after the show. $45-$85. Tuesdays-Sundays through Jan. 13. Lookingglass Theatre in the Water Tower Water Works, 821 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago. (312) 3370665, lookingglasstheatre.org STORYTOWN. The weekly shows encourage the audience to shape the story. As well as providing the plot and developing the characters, children help to design the backdrop, and can even become a part of the action themselves. Recommended for families with kids 3-10. $10. 10:30 a.m. Saturdays. Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago. (773) 327-5252, stage773.com. THAT’S WEIRD, GRANDMA: STAR-STUDDED STORIES.

Witness pop culture legends live onstage—or at least pop culture legends as third-fifth-graders imagine them. Barrel of Monkeys performers portray stars past, present and fictional through outrageous dialogues and choreographed

musical numbers. $5-$20. 3 p.m. Sundays beginning Jan. 20. NeoFuturist Theater, 5153 N. Ashland Ave., Chicago, barrelofmonkeys.org. THE WIZARD OF OZ. Dorothy

ventures to the land of Oz in the telling of the classic story. $36-$69. Through Jan. 6. Paramount Arts Centre and Theatre, 23 E. Galena Blvd., Aurora. (630) 896-6666, paramountaurora.com. X-MARKS THE SPOT: AN EXTRA SENSORY EXPERIENCE. A low-

light setting and a gentle invitation to use blindfolds encourages audience members not to rely on their sense of sight, but instead to tune in to their other four senses to experience EST, or “Extra Sensory Theatre.” This EST production aims to both create theater for the blind community and give children and families insight into what it is like to encounter the world as a person who is blind or has low vision. The play tells the clever and funny story of a family of young adventurers who discover a mischievous wishing fairy in the sand—only to learn the old adage, “be careful what you wish for.” Appropriate for ages 8 and older. $20-$45. 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays beginning Jan. 26. The Station, 100 S. Racine Ave., Chicago. chicagochildrenstheatre.org.

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Marionette magic Puppet festival includes free theater in neighborhoods

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ow in its third year, the Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival features three productions from France and a special First Nation tale created by the daughter of Muppets creator Jim Henson. “Ajijaak on Turtle Island,” created and co-directed by Heather Henson, connects sand hill cranes, the earth and its people as Ajijaak, a crane, migrates. As the festival’s opening show, the story features connections between the Ojibwe, Lakota and Cherokee nations. The three French productions, here as part of The Festivals Exchange, include an all-ages look at the transformation of a plastic shopping bag in “L’apres-midi d’un foehn Version 1;” a presentation for kids 10 and older about how the threads of life weave for a puppeteer and a musician in “Tria Fata;” and a story for those 16 and older about the woman who shot Andy Warhol, “Chambre Noire.” A Free Festival Neighborhood Tour brings international puppeteers to a

local stage. The performances will be at nearly every corner of the city from Marquette Park to Englewood/Washington Park, Woodlawn and Navy Pier. The puppet festival, which features artists from five states, Chicago and 11 countries, isn’t all for the kiddos. There are some satirical pieces and others with more adult flavor. Hillary Bird

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CRAFT

Snowman tea light

Brighten B righten u up p you your ur wi winter inteer d day ay w with ith this simple craft STORY AND PHOTOS BY MEGAN MURRAY ELSENER s Chicagoans, we all know January days can be dark, dreary and cold and therefore the ideal time for crafting. Whether there is sn now o snow outside or not, it’s always the perfect mon nth to create snowmen. month Bring some light and fun to your day by B makin m making tea light snowmen to hang or display aaroun around the house. Plus these won’t leave you freezi freezing!

A Directions:

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Select a white tea light. Using an orange Sharpie, carefully color the light portion of the tea light to resemble an orange carrot nose. Hold the tea light so the tip of the light that curls up is the nose. Then, with a black Sharpie, create two eyes above the nose and a charcoal smile below.

Materials: u Battery operated tea lights u Pipe cleaner u Pompoms u Ribbon m paper u Felt or foam ackk and d orange)) u Sharpie (black u Scissors n u Hot glue gun

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To create earmuffs, measure and cut a pipe cleaner to go from side to side on top of the tea light when held upright. Apply hot glue to attach. Then attach two pompoms as the ear muffs at the ends with hot glue.

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To create a top hat, use black felt or foam paper to cut a hat shape and then apply a dot of glue to attach above the eyes.

To make a scarf, cut a piece of ribbon about 4 inches long. Cross it over itself in the front to create a scarf look and connect with a dot of glue. Then apply glue on the inside back of the scarf to attach to the back of the tea light.

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If desired, attach a ribbon or twine loop glued to the top back of the tea light if you want to hang up your snowmen.

Megan Murray Elsener is a mother of three and Chicago Parent contributor.

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1713 W. Cullom Ave., Chicago 60613 ChicagoMontessori.org 773.525.4358 AMI Accredited since 2005. Serving ages 15 mos. – 15 yrs.

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Exceptional early childhood education in a warm, home-like atmosphere. Rolling admissions, eligible on 3rd birthday.

Est. 1970. Beautiful woodland setting. Serving children from birth to 12 yrs. We strive Serving children 2 - 6 yrs.; am & pm, full-day to cultivate in every MSLF child a life-long love Kindergarten. Spanish, Gym, Yoga & Summer school. NAEYC Accredited. of learning.

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Skokie Montessori School

5750 N. Rogers Ave., Chicago, IL 60646 13700 W. Laurel Dr., Lake Forest sauganashmontessori.com www.mslf.org 773.545.6295 847.918.1000

Montessori Academy of Illinois

114 S. Racine, Ste. 100, Chicago 60607 7429 N. Milwaukee Avenue Niles, IL 60714 InterculturalMontessori.org montessoriacademyofillinois.com 312.265.1514 Dual-language programs from Pre-K through 847.292.1229

Southwest Suburban Montessori 8800 W. 119th St., Palos Park www.swsmontessori.com 708.448.5332

Chicago Southwest

8401 N. Karlov Ave., Skokie, 60076 www.skokiemontessori.com 847.679.4614

Montessori Foundations of Chicago

VernonHillsAcademy.com 847.918.0342

Alcuin Montessori

3575 S. Archer, Chicago 60609 www.montessorifoundations.com

Serving 2 years through 12 years. Half and Full 773.254.5437 day options.  Summer Program. Providing a quality Montessori education to children ages 6 wks to 6 yrs. at an affordable Middle School in Spanish, Japanese, & Chinese Est 1993. Serving 3 mos.-6 yrs. Year-round; Full Vernon Hills Montessori price. Mandarin. Also in Oak Park. & Part-time. After school and Summer Camp 21 W. Hawthorn Parkway Suburban West to age 9. Offers inc. Spanish, Polish & robotics. Vernon Hills, IL 60061 Near North Montessori

1434 W. Division St., Chicago 60642 nnms.org 773.384.1434

Est. 1963 serving children 6 mos. – 8th grade. Early morning, Afterschool & summer programs. Fully Accredited.

University Village Montessori School

1304 S. Halsted St., Chicago 60607 www.UVMontessori.com 773.800.9780 Igniting a passion for learning in children 2 mos. to 6 yrs. Half, School and Full-day programs. AMS Full Member School.

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Suburban North

Alta Vista Montessori School 1850 West Winchester Road Libertyville, IL 60048 altavistamontessori.com 847.918.1621

AMI Accredited since 1998. 6 weeks to 6 years.  Half and Full day.  School year and Year round.

Chiaravalle Montessori

425 Dempster Street, Evanston, 60201 www.chiaravalle.org 847.864.2190

Est. 1965, Toddler - 8th grade, AMS & ISACS accredited, 2017 ED Green Ribbon School.

Ravenswood Montessori School 1945 W. Wilson, Chicago 60640 www.RavenswoodMontessori.com 773.293.6655

Caring for and educating children 2-6 yrs. old, offering full, half and flexible programs with enrichment classes. Fully licensed.

Rogers Park Montessori School

Suburban South Lupine Montessori School

936 North State St., Lockport, 60441 www.lupinemontessori.org 815.905.7030

Guiding children from preschool through 8th grade to make the world a more beautiful place.

Montessori Children's Deerfield, Glenview & Riverwoods Schoolhouse 5935 Hohman Ave., Hammond, IN Montessori Schools

3140 Riverwoods Rd., Riverwoods 8622 West Catalpa Ave., Chicago 60656 www.montessori-schools.com Brickton.org 847.945.8661 773.714.0646 Est. 1986. Serving children 3 mos.-8th grade.  Accredited by AMS and ISACS. Half & Full day.  Extracurriculars & summer program.

Est.2000, 15 mos - 6 yrs. Before and After school program and summer camp for 6 - 12 years. Daily music lessons. We are creators of your child's learning success!

Est. 1966, AMS Accredited & Living Legacy. 3 mos. - 12 yrs., Full & Half day, Elementary & Summer Camp.

Forest Bluff School

8 W Scranton Ave., Lake Bluff forestbluffschool.org 847.295.8338

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324 N. Oak Park Ave., Oak Park, 60302 www.Alcuin.org 708.366.1882

Est. 1961, serving ages 0-14.  Full-time/All-year options available.  Also, gym, swim, art, theater, Spanish and summer camp.

Mansio Montessori of Geneva 102 Howard St., Geneva 60134 www.genevamontessori.org 630.232.6750

Accredited by AMS. Nurturing children 15 months - Kindergarten, half day and full day. Est. 1981.

Seton Montessori School

5728 Virginia Ave., Clarendon Hills www.SetonMontessori.org 630.655.1066

Est. 1965. Lab School for 2 mos. - 12 yrs.; accredited by AMS and NAEYC; full & half day, summer & Parent-Child classes.

West Suburban Montessori School

AMS Accredited (22 mos. - 12 yrs.), before and 1039 S. East Ave. OakPark after care available. Est. 1968 708.848.2662

Montessori School of Lemont 16427 W. 135th St., Lemont lemontmontessori.com 815.834.0607

Est. 1972; Preschool – 8th grade. Spanish, Mandarin, Before/After School, Summer AMI accredited since 1982. Nurturing the School. 7 acres w/chicken coop, creek and Human Spirit, 18 mos to 14 years. Montessori nature trails. from the Start parenting classes. Paula Lillard Preschlack, Head of School.

AMI Accredited 1988; ages 3 - 12 yrs. Full and half day options available. Association Of Illinois Montessori Schools (AIMS) is a professional organization for Member Montessori Schools to encourage and promote standards of excellence and support best practices in authentic Montessori education. ILMONTESSORI.ORG.

Midwest Montessori

1800 W. Balmoral Ave., Chicago 60640 Demonstration School www.RPMS.org 926 Noyes St., Evanston 773.271.1700 midwestmontessori.com Located in Andersonville, RPMS places the 847.328.6630 highest value on preparing children to be thoughtful and engaged citizens of the world. Ages 2- 14.

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