The weekend is finally here. With chilly temperatures ahead, it's time to plan how to spend the days. Lucky for us, Chicago knows how to have lots of good, educational, active and warm family-friendly fun.
Here is the Raising World Citizens list of the top five events for families in Chicago this weekend - Friday, January 24, Saturday, January 25, and Sunday, January 26.
1. Savion Glover's STePz
Harris Theater for Music and Dance
205 E. Randolph Drive, Chicago
Sat., Jan. 25 at 2 pm
Family Series performance tickets are $10 - 15
Dance marvel Savion Glover (of Bring in 'da Noise, Bring in 'da Fun and Happy Feet fame) brings the Chicago debut of Savion Glober's STePz to the Harris Theater for Music and Dance this weekend. The special program, which is part of the Harris Theater Family Series, will feature a selection of dances exclusively chosen by Glover for an engaging, lively hour-long performance perfect for families and kids ages 4 - 10 years old.
1521 S. Linn White Dr., Chicago (Museum Campus)
The Chicago Park District's ninth annual Polar Adventure Days happen over three Saturdays from 12 - 4 p.m. at Northerly Island - and the second one takes place this weekend. At the free events, you can explore Northerly Island and come face-to-face with live animals, participate in winter activities, see dog sledding demonstrations, hear live entertainment, and create nature-inspired crafts. You also can rent snowshoes to explore the island (if there is enough snow). The event includes indoor and outdoor activities, and is geared towards all ages.
3. Kuniko Yamamoto Japanese Storytelling
Dominican University Performing Arts Center's Lund Auditorium
7900 W. Division St., River Forest
Sat., Jan. 25 at 1 pm
Tickets are $23 (check Goldstar for discounted prices)
The Mitchell Museum of the American Indian invites children to come on the weekends to learn about Native American culture through hands-on activities. During the workshops, museum staff and volunteers lead informal sessions on how to construct simple versions of Native American objects using everyday craft materials. The drop-in workshops are recommended for children ages 4 and up.
The C.A.K.E. Village
611 E. Main St. (RT 72), East Dundee
Sat., Jan. 25 from 2 - 6 pm
Tickets are $12 for adults and $7.50 for children ages 2 - 12
On Saturday, the C.A.K.E Village brings a taste of Ethiopia to the Northwest suburbs of Chicago to help celebrate the Ethiopian New Year. Families can enjoy authentic Ethiopian cuisine, snacks, music, dance, games, and more. You can register for the event online. The C.A.K.E. Village immerses children in the culture of Africa through language, etiquette, customs, creative visual arts, and performing arts. Its 3,000-square-foot space includes a theater, dance and music room, art studio and lounge.