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Things To Do With The Kids Over Thanksgiving Break

wonderland expressWhen I was a kid, we got Thanksgiving Day and the day after off school. Four days was a welcome break, but wasn’t so long that boredom and cabin fever set in. Nowadays it seems like most schools have the whole week off. What to do to keep the kids entertained just as the weather is turning seriously yucky? Not to worry. Here are some ideas for you if you live on Chicago’s North Shore:

Kohl Children’s Museum

2100 Patriot Blvd., Glenview
(847) 832-6600 Hours: 9:30 a.m.-noon Mondays; 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; noon-5 p.m. Sundays.

The museum offers 17 interactive, hands-on exhibits for children ages birth to 8. Through Dec. 31: “Science + You,” featuring a child-sized laboratory where children can explore how scientists affect health and wellness. Through hands-on, interactive machinery, processes and technology, the exhibit demonstrates the role science plays in keeping the body healthy.

“Alice in Computerland”

Northbrook Musical Theatre for Young Audiences, Northbrook Leisure Center, 3323 Walters Ave., Northbrook.
(847) 291-2367
Saturdays through Nov. 19, 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Instead of falling down a rabbit hole as in the original tale, a modern Alice is drawn into her computer while doing homework. There, she meets all sorts of zany characters, including the Mad Hacker, Mean and Nasty Virus, Mock Turtle Graphics and Bit and Bite, crazy twins. There’s even a Queen of Hearts drawn from a computerized card game. Alice embarks on a wild and entertaining adventure to escape the craziness and get back home.

Pump-It Up

1857 Elmdale Ave., Glenview

Nov. 21, 22,23 and 25 from 9:15 to 11:30 am.
Nov. 21 and 22 from 1:00-3:15 pm

Bring the kids (2-6 yrs.) to  Pop-In Playtime to play on the bounce houses, inflatable slides and other kids games. Kids $8.00. Adults free. Don’t forget your socks!

Skokie Theatre

7924 Lincoln Ave., Skokie.
(847) 677-7761

Nov. 12 and 19, 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.: Three Cat Education presents “The Frog Princess.” $15; free for children 12 and under.

Nov. 20, 3 p.m. and 6 p.m.: The Amazing Acro-Cats. Tickets in advance are $15, $10 for children; at the door $18, $12 for children.

Nov. 26, noon and 3 p.m.: The Singing Scientist Show starring Mr. Nicky. Tickets in advance are $15, $10 for children; at the door $18, $12 for children.

“The Wizard of Oz”

Presented by Kidstage Productions through Nov. 20 at Northbrook Theatre, 3323 Walters Ave., Northbrook. Performances are at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturdays and 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Sundays. $8. To reserve tickets, call (847) 814-2464 or e-mail

Wonderland Express at The Chicago Botanic Garden

1000 Lake Cook Rd., Glencoe
(847) 835-5440

Through January 1
Regular garden hours (Please note: Special events may affect hours)
For more information, please visit the Garden’s website

Wonderland Express returns to the Chicago Botanic Garden this holiday season and transforms the 385-acre oasis into a winter wonderland of twinkling lights, garden-scale trains, miniature Chicago landmarks, exquisite horticulture displays and indoor snowfall. This popular holiday exhibition runs from Nov. 26, 2010 through Jan. 2, 2011 and has proven to become a wonderful family tradition.

Wagner Farm

1510 Wagner Road, Glenview, IL 60025

Come in the late afternoon for the public milking demonstration ~ Monday – Saturday at 4:30 pm (but please call ahead to make sure!): Watch farm staff milk one of our dairy cows demonstrating modern milking equipment. Then try out our cow milking exhibit in the Heritage Center and see which one you prefer!

Wilmette Bowling Center

1903 Schiller Ave., Wilmette

There’s no better way to spend a rainy, sleety, slushy winter afternoon than going bowling. Wilmette Bowl is a neighborhood hidden gem tucked away on a quiet residential side street. It’s a kid friendly, cozy 10 lane center perfect for parties for all occasions and a great place to go with friends and family. And, it finally has a liquor license to serve beer and wine.

Mitchell Museum of the American Indian

3001 Central St., Evanston

Come on the weekend for guided kids’ craft activities:
Nov. 19 (11am-12pm) and Nov. 20 (12:30-1:30)- Woven Baskets.
Nov. 26 (11am-12pm)  and Nov. 27 (12:30-1:30) – Loom Beading

Also, don’t miss the Teaching Lodge and Wigwam exhibit to see how the native people of the Great Lakes area lived.

The Muppets Movie

Wilmette Theatre, 1122 Centrtal Ave, Wilmette

Opens November 23 – On vacation in Los Angeles, Walter, the world’s biggest Muppet fan, his brother Gary (Jason Segel) and Gary’s girlfriend Mary (Amy Adams) from Smalltown, USA, discover the nefarious plan of oilman Tex Richman (Chris Cooper) to raze the Muppet Theater and drill for the oil recently discovered beneath the Muppets’ former stomping grounds. To stage The Greatest Muppet Telethon Ever and raise the $10 million needed to save the theater, Walter, Mary and Gary help Kermit reunite the Muppets, who have all gone their separate ways: Fozzie now performs with a Reno casino tribute band called the Moopets, Miss Piggy is a plus-size fashion editor at Vogue Paris, Animal is in a Santa Barbera clinic for anger management, and Gonzo is a high-powered plumbing magnate. With secret, signature, celebrity cameos, Disney’s “The Muppets” hits the big screen this Thanksgiving season!

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