If this winter is anything like last year's polar vortex insanity, hours-long trips to the playground may not be in the forecast. But there are plenty of other fun activities for kids going on across the city that are worth bundling up for. We've rounded up everything from drop-in classes to exhibits at the city's best museums, and from ice skating to snowshoeing to help you (and your kids) make it through the dreaded winter months.
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Winter activities for kids
Each month, the nature museum picks a different theme for family fun. In December, learn about nature observation and participate in experiments, crafts and activities during drop-in hours on Saturday and Sundays. Free with museum admission.Read more
Fourteen pro snow sculptors create their works from ten-foot blocks of man-made snow just west of the entrance to Navy Pier, in Gateway Park. One exhibition team and 12 Chicago-area high school teams will also participate. Sculptures will be shown at night with a colorful light display that begins at dusk.Read more
Cooties may be on your kids' minds more than cupid these days, but that doesn't mean they won't adore Valentine's Day. Use it as a great excuse to show your love for one another and do something as a family. Many of the indoor playgrounds and Chicago museums around town are going all out with music, crafts and sweet treats for this holiday of love. RECOMMENDED: More Valentine's Day ideasRead more
Not only does Lincoln Park Zoo have more than 1,000 animals, but it also has a children's zoo catered to the little ones in your life. The highlight? An uber-modern 21st-century jungle gym, dubbed the Treetop Canopy Climbing Adventure, with 36 curvy wooden platforms for curious explorers.Read more