Magical Holiday Festivities at Chicago Children’s Museum Annual Gingerbread Fantasy Factory Exhibit Dec 9 – Jan 8

Bake, Skate and Decorate

CHICAGO, Dec. 1 /PRNewswire/ — Come experience the magic of the holiday season at Chicago Children’s Museum’s (CCM) annual holiday exhibit Gingerbread Fantasy Factory, Dec 9, 2005 – Jan 8, 2006.

Chicago Children’s Museum invites children and families to experience the enchantment of building their very own life-sized gingerbread house, designing imaginary cookie creations, and acting out their own version of the Gingerbread Man story to festive holiday tunes.

The Gingerbread Fantasy Factory is a CCM tradition, a fun-filled interactive holiday exhibit for children and their families to enjoy together. The exhibit offers a wide variety of hands-on activities which includes decorating wooden gingerbread men, “baking” them and then placing the finished cookies on a conveyor belt which kids crank to move the cookies up into the giant cookie jar. The exhibit also includes a kid-sized holiday kitchen where kids can mix up their own holiday creations, and an indoor skating rink where socks make you move to the music as if you were gliding on real ice.

“Fisher(R) Nuts and John B. Sanfilippo & Son, Inc. are proud to sponsor such a fun filled family-oriented event during the holiday season,” said Julie Nargang, Director of Corporate Marketing. “We are pleased to partner with Chicago Children’s Museum in their ongoing effort to connect play and learning through interactive and engaging exhibits and programs.”

KRAFT ARTABOUNDS STUDIO *Free with admission — Classes are held daily from 1p.m.- 4p.m.

“Gingerbread Sculpture” (Dec.19 -31)

Run, run as fast as you can … to our animal gingerbread workshop! Craft delicious smelling gingerbread sculptures, and decorate them with beautiful buttons and frosting glue.

“ICE SKATING” (Dec 9 -Jan 8)

Pretend You’re On Ice! Skate in your socks while enjoying our heartwarming gingerbread exhibit.

“MOVERS AND SHAKERS” Dec 10, 13, 17, 20 at 1 p.m.

In December, dance down the mischievous path of the Gingerbread Man. Shake, twist and move to the music and explore the shapes and forms your body can make … while grooving to the holiday tunes.

About Chicago Children’s Museum

Chicago Children’s Museum (CCM) is a non-profit organization committed to creating a community where play and learning connect. CCM teaches children through hands-on daily multicultural programs and interactive exhibits. With over fifteen interactive exhibits, including The Allstate Foundation presents Play It Safe and new activities daily, every visit is unique for parents, caregivers, educators and children from toddlers up to 10 years.

Admission is $7 per person; $6 for seniors and free for museum members and children under 1 year old. On Thursday evenings from 5:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m., admission is free during Kraft Free Family Night. During Target Free First Mondays, admission is free for children 15 years old and younger the first Monday of every month.

Located at Navy Pier, Chicago’s number one attraction at 700 East Grand Avenue, CCM is the final stop for CTA buses #29, #65, #66, and #124. For more information, please visit httw:// .

CCM Holiday Hours:

Dec 19 -25: Mon/Tue/Wed/Fri 10a.m.-5p.m.; Thu 10a.m.-8p.m. (Free Family Night 5p.m.-8p.m.); Sat (Christmas Eve) 10a.m.-2p.m.; Sun (Christmas Day) Closed.

Dec 26 -Jan 1: Mon-Sat 10a.m-8p.m; Sun (New Years Day) Noon-5p.m.

Jan 2 -Jan 8: Mon 10a.m.-8p.m. (Target Free First Monday); Tue/Wed/Fri/Sun 10a.m.-5p.m.; Thu 10a.m.-8p.m. (Free Family Night 5p.m.-8p.m.); Sat 10a.m.-8p.m.

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