Glad you clicked on our new Grab & Go Kids Planner!
We've assembled a weekly calendar of kid-friendly activities and new places to try out with children.
Each week, we'll give you the info on the five best family activities or events for the week.
You're time-pressed enough, so we're happy to do the research and find the best things to do and places to go, both locally and within reasonable striking distance.
Look for the kids’ planner each Wednesday, and help us build the planner with your own suggestions and tips — just add them to the comment box. Even if you disagree with our picks, let us know. We want to hear from you!
Where/When: Morton Arboretum, 4100 Lincoln Ave, Lisle, on Feb. 12 (girls ages 4 to 6), or Feb. 19 (girls ages 7 to 11), from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 a.m.
Why Go: Hike in snowshoes, check out icy wonders under a microscope and warm up by a campfire with cocoa and s’mores.
Pricing: $45 per person member or $50 per non-member
Where/When:, 2035 S. Naper Blvd. from noon to 12:45 p.m. Feb. 10.
Why Go: Join in the tasty fun as leaders stir up a sampler of gingerbread stories! Kids can cheer for puppets, Hansel and Gretel, as they outwit the witch, and help nab the fleet-footed Gingerbread Man. Sweet tunes, piping hot dance moves, a tantalizing craft will be featured for children of all ages. Registration is required to attend.
Pricing: Free, 'nuff said.
Where/When: The , 301 N. Washington St., will encourage kids to make art discoveries Feb. 11 at 1 p.m. They will use white pastels to create snow storms as artistic memories of their winter play.
Why Go: All sessions allow your children to explore and experiment with a variety of materials. Pre-registration is not required.
Pricing: Studio drop-in activities at the museum are free to members or free with admission.
Where/When:'s Merner Field House, 450 S. Brainard St., beginning at 11:45 a.m Feb. 13.
Why Go: The 15th Annual International Festival offers the community an opportunity to become immersed in a variety of cultures from across the globe. Visitors can sample authentic international cuisine, enjoy ethnic dancing and live music, experience a language immersion room and play games from around the world.
Pricing: Admission is $5 at the door; children 3 and under are free.
Where/When: Nichol's Library, 4:30-5 p.m. Feb. 15.
Why Go: Your whole family is invited to share books, sing and dance with storytellers during this half-hour program. A sign language interpreter will be available.
Pricing: Free. No registration is required.