CHICAGO (WLS) -- 'Tis the season for holiday family fun! With Christmas just a couple weeks away - now is the time to create rich family holiday memories. So what can you do? We brought in our lifestyle expert - author and parenting expert Donna Bozzo who literally wrote the book on fun to give us some tips.
Santa in the Sky at 360 CHICAGO
Santa Claus will be on the observation deck - 1,000 feet above Chicago -- from 10 to 3 next Sunday at 360 Observation Deck, the 94th floor of the John Hancock. Kids can get their pictures taken with Santa. There will also be Christmas carols and a magic show. I say it's a best place to see all the lights!
This Friday and Saturday it's an After Dark: winter wndrland at the Wndr Museum!
Wndr will turn the lights down.There will be no shortage of snow as the museum transforms into a winter wndrland. First entry is at 6:30pm and last entry is at 9:30pm. They are also collecting children's coats, pajamas, books and toys for Cradles to Crayons.
Tickets ($32 + tax)
There's magic in the suburbs - take the family to see Mary Poppins now playing at Drury Lane in Oakbrook.
OUT OF TOWN:
It's not too late to plan a family getaway for the whole family!
If a holiday get-away is on your list - it's not too late to take advantage of the Christmas school break and plan a family trip! I say plan a last minute trip to Kissimmee Florida. You're within minutes of all the theme parks - and other fantastic family activities like hot air ballooning and air boating. Kissimmee is the vacation home rental capital of the world. I find this is an ideal spot especially if you are like me and like to travel with extended family - you can rent amazing houses modeled after your child's favorite Disney characters with pools, game rooms, secret hideaways - and not be on top of the theme parks which can get overwhelming. So fun for little princes and princesses!
Set your family up for fun at home!
You don't have to leave home to create some magical holiday moments! I say stock up on the games and Christmas crafts at Home Depot. Set up a Santa Letter Writing Station for the kids with fun stickers and pens; play Pin The Nose On The Snowman; (you can also make this) decorate cookies (post on social media for votes) and this is super fun - Google Home has everything Santa. Track Santa super fun to do on Christmas Eve; call Santa; even give him your Christmas list!
OK, Google, talk to Santa's hotline.
OK, Google, track Santa
OK, Google, call Santa
For more fun ideas on what to do this fall with the family, look for Donna's book "Fidget Busters" and "What The Fun?!"
Holiday family fun: Donna Bozzo shares tips for around Chicago, at home, out of town