Great family and learning events in Chicago this week

If the playground, park and movie routine is getting a little tired, why not do something different with the kids this weekend? From a scholarship fair to a daddy and daughter dance, these events will win approval from everyone in the family.

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Panel Talk: Design Career Options

First, if you are interested in earning a degree in design, consider attending the "Design Career Options" panel talk on Tuesday at DePaul University. Four panelists will discuss the job opportunities for graduates with a design degree that don't have "designer" in a job title and where it can take you. The free event is open to the public but is geared toward current DePaul students. 

When: Tuesday, Feb. 12, 5:30-7 p.m.
Where: DePaul University - Loop Campus, 247 S. State St., Lower Level Theater, 105
Price: Free

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St. Thomas the Apostle School Open House

Next, St. Thomas the Apostle School is hosting an open house on Wednesday. Prospective families and students can tour the campus, visit classrooms and meet current families and teachers and staff. Click here to view the school's website.

When: Wednesday, Feb. 13, 6-7:30 p.m.
Where: St. Thomas the Apostle School, 5467 S. Woodlawn Ave.
Price: Free

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The HBCU Experience College Admissions & Scholarship Fair

Then, the Jacoby Dickens Center is hosting the Historically Black Colleges and University (HBCU) Experience College Admissions and Scholarship Fair on Friday. The free event is an opportunity for high school juniors and seniors to meet representatives from HBCUs from across the nation that will admit and award scholarships on site. In addition, there will be breakout sessions for students and parents who have any questions. 

Students must have a 2.0 GPA and a transcript and copy of their ACT/SAT scores. 

When: Friday, Feb. 15, 1-4 p.m.
Where: Jacoby Dickens Center, 9501 S. King Drive
Price: Free

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Daddy Daughter Dance hosted by SCC

Next, it's a night for dad and daughters to bond as the Soul City Church is hosting the second annual "Daddy Daughter Dance" on Saturday. There will be a DJ spinning kid-friendly tunes, dancing, dinner, a photo booth and photographers to create memories to last a lifetime. The event is geared for daughters ages 2-12 but is open to all ages and all father figures (grandfathers, uncles, friends of family, etc.) are welcome. 

When: Saturday, Feb. 16, 5-8 p.m.
Where: Soul City Church, 1150 W. Adams St., Theater, Floor 1
Price: $50 (dad and daughter Entry)

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Up to 46% Off Maze Admission @ Amazing Chicago's Funhouse Maze

Last, score nearly half off a Maze Visit and Games at Amazing Chicago's Funhouse Maze on the Navy Pier in this deal, through Groupon. There are tunnels, moving floors, secret corridors and other challenges throughout the 4,000 square-foot maze. The venue is not recommended for children under the age of 5. Click here to visit the company website. 

Where: 600 E. Grand Ave., Downtown
Price: $16 (38 percent discount off regular price)

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