Chicago Winter Activities for Kids!

November 27, 2012
Windy City Live


We had the founder of on the show today to give us the latest on some great winter activities to do with your kids around the city.

Details on all the events she discussed are below and for more great advice and news from Sue, be sure to check out her website

:The Radio City Christmas Spectacular:
-Starring the Rockettes at Akoo Theatre
-This is dazzling show that's great for the whole family!
-This year's show features new costumes, new scenes, and 50-foot LED screen.
-They'll be performing classics and new numbers and Santa Claus will be center stage for two new scenes.
-At the Akoo Theatre in Rosemont, IL from December 14-30, 2012.
-Tickets $30-75

Botanic Garden Winterland Express:
-Already underway, now through January 6.
-Holiday lights illuminate the entrance and courtyards
-A Highlight is the elaborate miniature trains through a village of Chicago landmarks, all made from natural materials.
-Tour decorated trees and see the gingerbread village display.
-Local caroling groups perform some days.
-Special events include Hanukah Concert December 9 and Christmas Concert December 22.
-Non member $12 adults, $10 kids 3-12. Half prices on Tuesdays.

Brookfield Zoo Holiday Magic:
-Open Saturdays and Sundays and Dec. 26-31.
-Features over one million lights, animated light displays and laser light show.
-Indoor animal exhibits will be open, plus restaurants and food stands.
-There's music, ice carving, magic, local choirs and other holiday performances.
-Adults: $15, Kids: 3-11 $10.50, Parking: $10 per car.

Robert Joffrey's The Nutcracker:
-December 7 -27
-It's the 25th anniversary of Robert Joffrey's version that debuted in 1987. This version is "Americanized" with its setting in an American home.
-The Chicago Philharmonic provides live accompaniment of the classic Tchaikovsky score for every performance.
-Features 118 young dancers from Chicagoland area plus young vocalists from 5 local children's choirs.
-$31 - $132.

Ice Skating:
-City's rinks officially opened last Friday: McCormick Tribune Ice Rink at Millennium Park and The Rink at Wrigley.
-Great views of classic Chicago locations - the city's skyline or a view of Wrigley Field.
-Open daily through mid-March weather permitting.
-Most are free. Wrigley Fridays-Sundays is $10 per adult, $6 children 12 and under. Skate rentals Fridays-Sundays are $10. Admission and skate rentals are half price Mondays through Thursdays.

Winter Break Camps:
-Offered at the Brookfield Zoo, Botanic Garden, theaters, art studios and mores.
-Kids Science Labs' camp features science activities, experiments and enrichment programs:
-Lill Street Art Center's camp features clay, multimedia, screenprinting, sewing, and more: