Kid Zone: Winterland at Gallagher Way, The Snow Queen at Marriott Theatre and The Great Train Story at the Museum of Science and Industry
Wintrust Winterland at Gallagher Way is back at Wrigley Field
Get ready for a whimsical winter wonderland, as Wintrust Winterland at Gallagher Way is back with family-friendly activities and new interactive experiences at both Gallagher Way and inside Wrigley Field.
Explore the 12,000-square-foot Gallagher ice rink, carnival games, ice bumper cars, rides, the Infield Express train, the Lodge and more. The Christkindlmarket Wrigleyville also is back at Gallagher Way, offering merchandise, international food and drinks, and a chance to purchase a collectible mug. New this year to the winter experience is a 40-foot Ferris wheel, along with plenty of new games and rides in the ballpark, like the Polar Puck Shot, Blizzard Bags, Fun Slide, swings, umbrella ride and more.
Those who visit the après-ski-style lodge within the ballpark can purchase s’mores kits and enjoy live music on select Thursday nights. Movie Nights presented by Alamo Drafthouse will also hit the big screens, with some of your favorites showing on select Thursdays.
You can enjoy a group experience with an on-field private Maker’s Mark Chalet nestled in the outfield near the world-famous Wrigley ivy. These cozy lounges will have indoor and outdoor seating, a warm fireplace and unparalleled views for up to 20 guests. The U.S. Virgin Islands Igloo Experience is another option to stay warm, complete with a signature cocktail, dessert and more in the Wrigley Field Budweiser Bleachers.
Before you go, check out the Peppermint Pack attraction ticket bundles, which include Wrigley Field admission and 10 attraction tickets redeemable for all rides and games.
Admission to Gallagher Way activities, including the Christkindlmarket Wrigleyville, Santa’s Workshop and more is free. Winterland at Gallagher Way runs through Sunday, January 7. Christkindlmarket Wrigleyville is open through Dec. 31. GallagerWay.com/events
The Snow Queen at the Marriott Theatre for Young Audiences
The Marriott Theatre for Young Audiences concludes the 2023 children’s theatre season with its winter production of The Snow Queen. Kids of all ages are invited to enjoy a musical take on Hans Christian Andersen’s coming-of-age adventure that inspired the hit Disney movie, Frozen, running through Dec. 31. This one-hour family musical is will be followed by a question-and-answer session with the cast.
As a whimsical, edgy fairy tale that’s filled with quirky, off-kilter characters and lively rock music, The Snow Queen is a perfect way to introduce young audiences to theatre.
The Snow Queen plays most Fridays through Sundays at 10 a.m. with select 12:30 p.m. performances and plenty of holiday-week performances. Visit MarriottTheatre.com or call 847-634-0200 for the exact schedule, as show times and dates vary. Free parking is available at all performances. 10 Marriott Drive in Lincolnshire.
The Great Train Story at the Museum of Science and Industry
Chicago’s world-renowned Museum of Science and Industry offers a plethora of vibrant learning opportunities, and one exhibit sure to draw the attention of both kids and adults alike is The Great Train Story.
As the centerpiece of the museum’s imposing Transportation Gallery, this massive model railroad features more than 20 trains and 1,400 feet of winding track in astounding detail (think Rocky Mountains, farms, crossing lights, a replica of downtown Chicago and Seattle’s docks, etc.). The craftsmanship is superb, and interactive buttons allow kids to set off tunneling dynamite, cut down trees, lift drawbridges and pull a Metra train out of the station. 5700 S. Lake Shore Dr. MSIChicago.org