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Family Fun - Mother and young daughter shopping at a Christmas Market

With school out for Christmas Break and the actual holiday being just 24 hours long, what’s a parent to do?  Check out a few of these local venues for engaging, family fun activities that will help create a lifetime of memories and maybe even spark a few new holiday traditions:


Take a step back in time and enjoy the tastes, smells and beauty of a Bavarian Christmas Market right in the middle of historic Naper Settlement. While sampling brats, pretzels and of course beer and hot chocolate, you can mingle with friends and pick up last-minute gifts, delicate ornaments and even a Steiff Teddy Bear to place underneath the Christmas Tree. Or, if you’re in the city- stop by Daley Plaza to enjoy this German tradition.

Historic Family Fun

Just because the kids are on Christmas Break doesn’t mean they can’t learn something- and have fun doing so! Visit any one of Chicago’s world-class museums or science centers to learn about everything from ancient civilizations, to our solar system to marine life and of course visit the most-famous dinosaur of them all – Sue the T. rex.

Family Fun on the Trolley

Check out Naperville’s beautiful neighborhood holiday light displays or cruise around the beautifully decorated downtown on an informative, fun and warm trolley ride with Naperville Trolley & Tours Ltd. Whether you sign-up for an evening tour or the trolley express, your family will enjoy a magical treat. Reserve your seats now.

Family Fun = Beautifully lit brick upscale home with Christmas lights

Let Them Eat Cake

Instead of hitting the fast food drive-through or ordering a pizza for your hungry youngsters, enroll your kids, ages 8-12, in Sur la table®’s five-day Holiday Camp. During these interactive cooking classes they’ll learn the fine art of making delectable cuisine from several continents, including Pozole Con Pollo, Barbequed Pork with Bok Choy and hand-rolled truffles, just to name a few. Each class lasts about 2 1/2 hours and is held at your local Sur la table location. The culinary retailer also offers classes for teens and adults, that instruct on everything from icing sugar cookies, to creating holiday tamales and the quintessential Bûche De Noël.

Howling Good Family Fun

Festive lights, a bit of magic and of course animals from around the world are just a few of the highlights of a trip to the Brookfield Zoo during the holiday season. While strolling through the beautifully lit zoo join others in singing Christmas Carols to reindeer, big cats and bears, sit in on a Zoo Chat, enjoy holiday treats and lots more family fun.

Family Fun - Christmas Lights lighting up lagoon at a Chicago Zoo.

Lighting Up the Night

Enjoy fresh, crisp air as you wander through the Morton Arboretum checking out the magnificent light displays to Tchaikovsky’s melodic The Nutcracker during Illumination: Tree Lights at the Morton Arboretum. Limited tickets are available for each evening and advanced purchase is recommended.

While you are out having fun, why not treat yourself by earning points for all your purchases that can be used for cash back, event tickets and even gift cards? Earn Choice Rewards Points for every dollar charged during your holiday adventures with a DuPage Credit Union Visa® Platinum Rewards Credit Card.

Do you have any suggestions for other fun holiday activities for kids of all ages?  If so, please share below:


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