Top 5 multicultural events for families in Chicago this weekend - December 5, 6 and 7, 2014

Here is the Raising World Citizens list of the top 5 multicultural events for families in Chicago this weekend - December 5, 6 and 7, 2014.

1. Juicebox: Sones de Mexico Ensemble
Chicago Culture Center's G.A.R. Hall
78 E. Washington St. (Loop)
Friday, December 5 at 11 am
Free admission

The Juicebox concert series is back this weekend with two performances by the Sones de Mexico Ensemble. The Grammy-nominated ensemble will perform Fiesta Mexicana: Mexican Songs & Stories for Niños & Niñas and their Papás & Mamás, an interactive show that will take you on a "musical journey through Mexico's rich and diverse folk music and dance."

The first performance takes place at the Chicago Cultural Center (78 E. Washington St.) on Friday, December 5 at 11 am. You can head west to the Garfield Park Conservatory (300 N. Central Park Ave.) for the ensemble's second performance of the weekend on Saturday, December 6 at 11 am.

2. Winter WonderFest
Navy Pier's Festival Hall
600 E. Grand Ave. (Streeterville)
Friday, December 5, 2014 - Sunday, January 11, 2015
(Check the website for hours)
Ticket information is available onlineThis weekend marks the start of the 13th annual Winter WonderFest, which runs through Sunday, January 11, 2015. During the festival, Navy Pier's Festival Hall is transformed into an indoor winter carnival loaded with rides, inflatable slides, train, ice rink, entertainment, and much more.

3. Family Day: Guardian Figurines
Smart Museum of Art
5550 S. Greenwood Ave. (Hyde Park)
Saturday, December 6, 1 - 4 pm
Free admission

This month, the Smart Museum's monthly family programming lets kids can make "fearsome" sculptures to protect them. For me, it reminded me of the legendary Golem in Prague - and the small clay sculpture that my kids now treasure. The afternoon program is geared towards kids ages 4 to 12 years old, who are accompanied by a parent.

4. It's a Greek Christmas!
National Hellenic Museum
333 S. Halsted St. (Greektown)
Saturday, December 6, 2:00 - 4:30 pm
Free admission

During the National Hellenic Museum's annual Christmas event, you can make holiday wreaths, karavaki (Christmas boat), and model Acropolis. Families also can take pictures with Santa Claus and enjoy cristopsomo (Christ bread). The festivities also include song and dance performances by members of the museum's Greek language and culture classes and Apoilo Dance Troupe.

Looking for other places to visit during your time in Greektown? Then be sure to check out my suggestions for how to spend the afternoon with your family in Chicago's vibrant, restaurant-filled Greek neighborhood.

5. Julmarknad
Swedish American Museum
5211 N. Clark St. (Andersonville)
Saturday, December 6, 10 am - 5 pm
Sunday, December 7, 10 am - 4 pm
$2 per person

This weekend, the Swedish American Museum hosts its annual Julmarknad. Throughout the crafts fair, you can shop for traditional Scandinavian and modern handicrafts. You also can enjoy a kaffestuga (coffeehouse), Lucia processions and folk dancers. Families should be sure to also stop by the Brunk Children's Museum on the third floor for crafts, games and the chance to visit with Santa.


There is a lot more multicultural fun to be had together.  Be sure to "like" Raising World Citizens on Facebook to join in on the conversation. And, join me on a visual journey of my efforts to raise two world citizens on Instagram.

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