Best educational events for the family in Chicago

With Thanksgiving week just around the corner, you might be wondering how to keep the kids entertained during their break. Instead of sitting around the house and nibbling on leftovers, consider bundling up and heading to a museum for a special event. While you can certainly visit a museum on just about any day of the year, taking part in a special educational event can make your time together even more memorable. Check out the following educational events in Chicago, and take a look at the venue's website for information on admission fees and times.

Art Institute of Chicago

Take a break from the Black Friday shopping sprees on Michigan Avenue and escape to the Art Institute of Chicago for the annual Wreathing of the Lions. Watch as the institute’s iconic lion statues get a festive touch, slurp up some hot cocoa, then head inside and create a holiday wreath of your own. You can also explore the renowned Art Institute of Chicago’s (111 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago) exhibits and help your child learn and appreciate the arts. The event is held Nov. 28, 2014, at 10 a.m. at the museum’s Michigan Avenue entrance.

Garfield Park Conservatory

Take a walk on the wild side during Wild Wednesday at Garfield Park Conservatory (300 N. Central Park Ave., Chicago), where you and your child will learn about nature and animals. The free drop-in event on Nov. 26, 2014, may include a special appearance by an animal guest. Make some time to explore Garfield Park Conservatory’s indoor grounds, too; you’ll stay warm and comfortable, and learn a bit about plants along the way.

Mitchell Museum of the American Indian

Your child can learn how to do loom beading during a special project at Mitchell Museum of the American Indian (3001 Central St., Evanston). The loom beading project will be held on Nov. 29 and 30, 2014; for additional details, check out the museum’s website. After your child has completed the project, make some time to explore the museum’s extensive collection of art, artifacts and more.

There are plenty of other activities to do and places to eat in Chicago this Thanksgiving. Take a look at so you can start planning for the holiday.