Fun winter activities for kids

It may be cold outside, but there are still lots of fun winter activities for kids, including sledding, ice skating and plenty of winter events

Sledding in the Cook County Forest Preserves is one of our favorite winter activities for kids.

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

Drop By Family Fun at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

Critics' pick

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.

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Lincoln Park

Disney on Ice Presents: Frozen

Critics' pick

The mega-hit Frozen is coming to the ice rink. Join Elsa, Anna and Olaf as they skate around in this Disney on Ice Performance. All of the favorite sing-along hits will be performed, from "Let It Go" to "Do You Want to Build a Snowman?"

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United Center Until Sunday February 8 2015

Snow Days Chicago

Critics' pick

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.

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Navy Pier Saturday February 7 2015 - Sunday February 8 2015 Free

Valentine's Day activities for kids in Chicago

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 ideas

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By: Samantha Lande

Family Saturdays Festival

Critics' pick

A day-long, family-focused series of themed activities like puppet–making, art workshops, and music performances. Nurture your child's artistic passions here.

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Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts Saturday April 18 2015 - Saturday August 22 2015

Indoor playgrounds

These indoor playgrounds allow kids to run wild when the weather isn't cooperating.

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Top sledding hills

We may not boast the same rolling mountains as, say, the Northeast, but Chicago isn’t letting that hinder its sledding fun. From big-kid sledding hills to moderate slopes, there are snowy thrills to be found in Chicago and the suburbs this winter.

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Treetop canopy at Lincoln Park Zoo

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.

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Lincoln Park Free