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Winter Break Fun: 10 Cures for Cabin Fever On the North Shore

Kohl Children's Museum

The holidays are over but there is still a week left of winter break. What to do to keep the kids entertained? If cabin fever is setting in at your house, try some of these fun activities for kids on the North Shore:

1. Wonderland Express

Daily through January 6 from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Rd., Glencoe
A 10,000-square-foot exhibition of miniature trains winds through more than 80 miniature Chicago-area landmarks, all made of twigs, bark and leaves. Tickets: Adults $10/$12 members/non-members; Kids $8/$10 members/non members. Go here for info.

2. 101 Dalmatians (movie)

Friday, December 28 from 2:00 to 3:30
Wilmette Library Auditorium, 1242 Wilmette Ave., Wilmette

3. Pump It Up New Years Eve Glow Bash

Monday, December 31 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm or 2:00 to 4:00 pm
Pump It Up, 1857 Elmdale Ave., Glenview
$8.00. Call 847-904-7867.

4. Lego Club (Grades K-4)

Wednesday, January 2 from 1:00 to 2:00
Wilmette Library (Youth Program Rm) , 1242 Wilmette Ave., Wilmette

5. Spy Camp (Ages 4 and up)

Friday, January 4 from 3:00 to 4:00
Winnetka Library Lloyd Room, 768 Oak St., Winnetka
Do you think you’ve got what it takes to do some serious library sleuthing? Test your skills at our spy challenges like the library laser field and the spy decoder hideout to discover your hidden spy talents. Registration required.  (847) 446-7220

6. Smarty Pants Big Balloon Circus Show

Saturday, January 5 from 11:00 to 12:00 or 1:30 to 2:30
Wilmette Library Auditorium, 1242 Wilmette Ave., Wilmette

7. Kohl Children’s Museum

Mondays, 9:30 to 12:00; Tuesday-Saturdays 9:30 to 5:00; Sundays 12:00 to 5:00
2100 Patriot Blvd., Glenview
Interactive learning and play for kids 0-10. Tickets: $9.50

8. Bowling

Monday-Thursday and Sunday: 11:00 am to 8:00 pm; Fri-Sat 11:00 am to 10:00 pm; Tuesdays 11:00 to 7:00 pm
Wilmette Bowling Center, 1903 Schiller Ave., Wilmette

9. Growth Spurts Play Space and Family Cafe

Mondays 9:00 to 2:00; Tues-Fri 9:00 to 5:30; Closed Sat. and Sun. for parties.
404 Linden Ave., Wilmette
Growth Spurts is an indoor play space and family cafe for children ages birth to 7. Created by early childhood teachers and moms, Growth Spurts encourages active bodies and growing minds to engage, explore and discover. $10.95/child  (847) 850-9059

10. Skokie Exploritorium

Mon., Tues. & Fri. 9:00 to 5:00; Wed. 12:00 to 5:00;  Sat. 9:00 to 1:00
4701 Oakton St., Skokie
Named Chicagoland’s “Best Rainy Day Activity Site” by Chicago Magazine, the Exploritorium is much more than an indoor playground. The Exploritorium is a place where children and adults can come and explore together through interactive play. Make-believe in our costumed dress-up area; run your fingers through our water play area; make music, climb a wall, play with trains, experience new heights in our two-and-a half-story tubes and tunnels, and much more.

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