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Oakbrook Center welcomes Holiday Magic

Brookfield Zoo will send some Holiday Magic Mascots and zoo experts to the polar bear exhibit at Oakbrook Center on Saturday, Dec. 14.
Brookfield Zoo will send some Holiday Magic Mascots and zoo experts to the polar bear exhibit at Oakbrook Center on Saturday, Dec. 14.

A little bit of zoo will be coming to you if you shop at Oakbrook Center in Oak Brook, 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14. One of Brookfield Zoo’s Holiday Magic Mascots will greet kids during Holiday Magic with Brookfield Zoo, near the Nordstrom store.

Families can pose for a free photo at the zoo’s Polar Bear Display. That’s also the place to learn more about those animals and their lifestyles from a Brookfield Zoo educational expert.

In addition, kids will have a chance to win games and prizes at the Brookfield Zoo’s Spin-The-Wheel to Win display.

Arrive a little early and your kids can hear two Holiday Favorites at 11 a.m. at the Oakbrook Center Barnes and Noble, 297 Oakbrook Center. The selections are Alan Benjamin’s “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” and “Frosty the Snowman” by Steve Nelson and Jack Rollins. There will also be a themed activity.

For details, call (630) 573-0700 (Holiday Magic) or (630) 684-0586 (Holiday Favorites) or go to www.oakbrookcenter.com or www.barnesandnoble.com.

CONSTRUCTION ZONE

That’s what will become of the Story Time Room at Clarendon Hills Public Library, 7 N. Prospect, during Family Lego Night, 7-8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 19. The drop-in event is for families with children ages 3 and older. Finished structures will be displayed at the library.

For details, call (630) 323-8188 or go to clarendonhillslibrary.org.

PLACE YOUR ORDERS

Kids can share their Christmas lists with a jolly library visitor during Here Comes Santa Claus, 9:30-11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 14 at Westchester Public Library, 10700 Canterbury St. Registration is required.

For details, call (708) 562-3573 or go to www.westchesterpl.org.

WELL TRAINED

Two levels of trains travel through a winter wonderland in Morton Arboretum’s 12th Annual Enchanted Railroad. The LGB Model Railroad Club display is open from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, through Jan. 5, at 4100 Illinois Rte. 53, Lisle. Pick up free timed tickets at the Visitor Center Information Desk.

For details, call (630) 968-0074 or go to www.mortonarb.org.

MAN’S BEST FRIEND

A college professor and an abandoned dog form a lifelong bond in “Hachi: A Dog’s Tale.” The 93-minute G-rated film starring Richard Gere and Joan Allen, based on a Japanese film, will be screened at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 18 at Oak Brook Public Library, 600 Oak Brook Road.

For details, call (630) 368-7700 or go to www.oak-brook.org/library.

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