Top 5 events for families in Chicago this weekend: 2/7, 2/8 and 2/9

After digging out from the snow we got earlier this week, I think everyone is ready for the weekend. It's time to get outside  - or stay warm inside - and have some family-friendly fun. With Chinese New Year still underway, and the Winter Olympics and Chicago Auto Show just getting started, there are lots of great events for families happening all weekend long.

Here is the Raising World Citizens list of the top five events for families in Chicago this weekend - Friday, February 7, Saturday, February 8, and Sunday, February 9.

1. Chicago Auto Show
McCormick Place, 2301 S. Lake Shore Dr. (North and South Exhibit Halls)
Sun., Feb. 8 - Mon., Feb. 17
Hours for Feb. 8 - 16: 10 am - 10 pm
Hours for Feb. 17: 10 am - 8 pm
Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for children 7 - 12 (children 6 and younger are free with a paying adult)

Do your kids love playing with toy cars? Then, they'll love climbing in behind the wheel of the hundreds of cars on display across more than 1 million square feet at the Chicago Auto Show. Started in 1901, the Chicago Auto Show has grown to be the largest auto show in North America. My sons love to "test drive" the new cars and check out the concept ones, which offer them a fun look at the future of driving - all within the huge, indoor confines of McCormick Place. Tickets can be purchased online or from ticket booths at the show.

2. Chinese New Year Lantern Festival Fun Fair
First Free Church, 5255 N. Ashland Ave., Chicago
Sat., Feb. 8 from 1 - 4 pm
$15 per family

Family fun abounds at Little Linguists Academy's Chinese New Year Lantern Festival Fun Fair. At the event, you can enjoy traditional Chinese New Year arts and crafts, storytelling, performances, lion dances and a lantern parade. Proceeds from the event benefit Room to Read, which works with communities and local governments across Asia and Africa to develop literacy skills among primary school children.

3. Downers Grove Ice Fest: Going for the Gold
Downtown Downers Grove
Fri., Feb. 7, 5:30 pm
Sat., Feb. 8 and 9, 11 am - 3 pm
Free event (admission fees for select activities)

Your budding olympians can catch the Olympic spirit this weekend in west suburban Downer Grove. On Friday evening, you can catch a live ice-sculpture carving at the southeast corner of Main and Curtiss. On Saturday, you can fuel up with a Pancake Breakfast at First Congregational Church and see the timely movie, Groundhog Day, at Tivoli Theatre. Throughout the weekend, you see more live ice carvings, enjoy music from Radio Disney Chicago, and be mesmerized by a Ronald McDonald Magic Show.

4. Japan and Nature Exhibit at Kohl Children's Museum
2100 Patriot Blvd., Glenview
Ongoing through July 14
Check daily hours online
Free with museum admission (tickets for adults and children are $9.50)

Last weekend marked the opening of the new Japan and Nature Exhibit at Kohl Children's Museum in north suburban Glenview. The new exhibit enables kids to explore traditional Japanese activities throughout the four seasons, offering families a new way to look at this never-ending winter - and look ahead to spring, too.

5. Snow Days Chicago
Gateway Park in front of Navy Pier (600 E. Grand Ave.)
Sat. Feb. 8, 11 am - 8 pm
Sun., Feb. 9, 11 am - 6 pm
Free admission

The cold and snow doesn't seem to be going anywhere - so we might as well have some fun with it! This weekend, you can go to Navy Pier to celebrate all things snow and ice during Snow Days Chicago. The went will feature snow sculptors from around the world who will create works of cold art out of 10-foot blocks of man-made snow. You also can enjoy a snow sculpting competition, snow painting, snowboarding and more.

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