Top 10 things to do this week
Our picks for family-friendly events and activities.
Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake-Cook Rd, Glencoe (847-835-5440, chicagobotanic.org). 9am-5pm.
Every tree tells a story, and the proof is in the pudding, or, in this case, the prints. Check out 31 handmade cross-sections of salvaged wood for a closer look at the lines, cracks and rings of age and beauty.
"The Wonderful Wizard of Oz."
Kohl Children's Museum, 2100 Patriot Blvd, Glenview (847-832-6600, kohlchildrensmuseum.org). 9:30am–5pm; $9.50, seniors $8.50, kids under 1 and members free.
The Kohl museum's exhibit takes kids over the rainbow with Dorothy and friends as it explores Oz author L. Frank Baum's books. Take the kids to walk among 3-D versions of illustrations by W.W. Denslow, who inspired the set of the classic 1939 Wizard of Oz film starring Judy Garland. Then explore hands-on interactives, including Dorothy’s House, where kids can relive traditional farm life with try-on period costumes; a mini tornado alley where kids can create their own stormy vortex; and the Land of Munchkins, complete with munchkins, a munchkin house and DIY puppet show. Exhibits here cover just about every character.
Skating in the Sky
John Hancock Observatory, 875 N Michigan Ave (312-751-3681, jhochicago.com). 9am–11pm; $5 25-minute skate session, skate rental $1.
The rink is open every day from January 1 through April 8, with 25-minute skating sessions only an additional $5 on top of JHO admission. Skates are available to rent for a mere $1, and Mondays from 3–5pm, Chicago Blackhawks Youth Hockey coaches are available for free skating lessons.