Check out a baseball exhibit and Langston Hughes play in Milwaukee

Last year's production of "Black Nativity," a Langston Hughes play being staged at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts in Milwaukee through Dec. 11.
Last year’s production of “Black Nativity,” a Langston Hughes play being staged at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts in Milwaukee through Dec. 11.
(Marcus Center for the Performing Arts)
Chicago Tribune

Here are some of the more interesting events, deals, websites and other travel tidbits that have come across our desk recently:

•If you’re looking for a break from holiday-related events for the kids, the Betty Brinn Children’s Museum in Milwaukee has opened a new exhibit, “Big League Fun,” which will run through Jan. 8. The hands-on exhibit, licensed by Major League Baseball, is debuting in Milwaukee before going on a four-year national tour. 414-390-5437,


•"Black Nativity,” a play by Langston Hughes, is being staged at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts in Milwaukee through Dec. 11. The story of the Nativity is told through gospel songs and dance. 414-273-7206,


•The Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis is lit up for the holidays during the annual Garden Glow. In addition to light installations featuring a million lights, there will be holiday music, food and drink. Advance ticket purchase is recommended.

•Lexington, Mich., will stage its sixth annual Old-Fashioned Christmas Horse Parade on Dec. 10. Horses, donkeys, mules and riders will be decked out in Christmas-related regalia.

•The German American Heritage Center in Davenport, Iowa, has mounted an exhibit, “The Untold Story of Santa: Behind the White Beard,” that will be on display through Jan. 8. It contains three themes: History of Santa, Santa in Germany and Santa Around the World. 563-322-8844,

•Farmers markets are what we typically think of during the summer growing months, but Indianapolis has the Indy Winter Farmers Market, which runs Saturdays at the Circle City Industrial Complex through April 29. It features more than 50 vendors offering fruits, vegetables, meats, dairy products, flowers, herbs and more.

•The Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum in West Branch, Iowa, has a holiday-themed exhibit, “Timeless Toys at Christmas,” through Jan. 2. The exhibit features 20 Christmas trees that are decorated with various toy themes. Among the themes are teddy bears, Barbie, trains and Monopoly. 319-643-5301,

•Three wineries, two breweries and a distillery are on the Darke County Whiskey, Wine & Ale Trail in western Ohio.

•World Spree has added on to its Incredible India package that’s priced from $1,799 per person, double occupancy. It includes round-trip air from Los Angeles, San Francisco or New York and 11 nights’ lodging. The itinerary calls for exploring Delhi, Agra and the Taj Mahal, Jaipur and Ranthambhore National Park in search of Bengal tigers. The addition is an extra night in Delhi and a visit to a tiny Rajasthani farming village called Abhaneri, where tour participants arrive to a traditional village welcome and enjoy an overnight stay in a village tent camp that’s like a small resort. 866-652-5656,

•For two dates in 2017, Classic Journeys offers Spain: Barcelona and Costa Brava Family Vacation. The seven-day/six-night tour spends time in the city before moving on to the Mediterranean coast for hiking, sea kayaking, biking and a visit to a potter, where you can try throwing a pot. Price is $4,595 per person, double occupancy. International air is not included. 800-200-3887,

•Hilton properties in the Washington area are offering the Capital Coolcation, with rates as low as $104 per night. The special also includes two seasonally inspired craft cocktails, unlimited coffee and hot chocolate, streaming Wi-Fi for up to three devices and late check-out until 3 p.m. To easily find the best rates choose the “Use flexible dates” option.

•Ultimate Hikes New Zealand offers treks on New Zealand’s rugged South Island, including the famed Milford Track.

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Phil Marty is a freelancer.


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