Friday, December 27, 2013

Weekend Windup {A Little Late} and New Year's Events


I hope that everyone had a lovely holiday! We have been a little under the weather in our house but it seems like everyone is finally on the mend! {Hopefully, I haven't spoken too soon!}

This weekend is not too heavy on the activities---I think that we are all recovering from the rush and are spending some more time with family. I did list a few events in the area. I have also added a couple of New Year's events that will be fun with kids. Enjoy the weekend!

Friday, December 27

Illumination at the Morton Arboretum will run through January 4th. The new interactive light show will begin each evening at 4:30PM with the last entry at 8:30PM. (Please note that the event is closed November 28, December 2, 9, 16, 24, 25). Walk along a trail and hug a tree to see it glow, sing to another and see it light up and discover other fun ways to interact with trees! Tickets are $15 per adult, $10 per child (2-17) or $10 per adult member and $5 per member child. Tickets include daily admission to Arboretum. You can order tickets online.




Enjoy the Cosley Zoo  Festival of Lights in Wheaton daily 3PM-9PM through December 30. Twinkling light displays will sparkle throughout zoo. There will also be a tree sale through December 24. Purchase special holiday gifts in the gift store. Admission is free. The zoo is closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's Day. We have been to this event before and have found it perfect for the really little ones! 

Through December 29, have fun at the Lake County Holiday Hoe Down in Grayslake. There will be a craft, Bingo, entertainment, animals, tractors, hayrides, a carnival and more. Check the schedule for more info. Parking is $10 per car. There are separate charges for some attractions. Check the website for more details.

Sunday, December 29

Learn about Animal Tracks at Crabtree Nature Center in Barrington. from 1PM-2PM. Learn to identify animals by the signs they have left and make a track to take home for free! 

Tuesday, December 31 {Happy New Year's!}

Enjoy the New Year's Eve Bash at Kohl Children's Museum in Glenview. The fun will include music, a confetti drop, hat making and more. The event costs $24 per person, $14 pp for members. There are 2 times available: 8:30AM-11AM, 12:30PM-3:00PM. The 1st session is aimed towards preschoolers. You can order tickets online. We have attended this event in the past and enjoyed it!

Join Nibbles' Play Cafe in Wheeling for their Annual New Year's Party from 10AM-12:30PM. There will be a buffet, crafts, balloon drop, Minnie and Mickey visit and more fun! The event costs $13 per adult, $10 per child. You must reserve a spot! We have also attended this event in the past and had a ton of fun!

You can also take the kids to the Pinstripes New Year's Celebration at any of the local Pinstripes from 10:30AM-12:30AM. There will be balloon drops at 8PM and 12AM. There also will be live music and a complimentary glass of champagne (in the evening). 

Kids ages 5-10 will love the New Year's Eve Party at Indian Trails Public Library in Wheeling from 11:00AM-12:00PM. Play games, make a craft, have snacks. Celebrate the New Year with the whole family at 11:45AM. There is a limit of 75 attendees. Tickets will be handed out 30 min prior to the free event.

Have a blast from the past during the Back to the 80's Family New Years Party at Orbit Skate Center in Palatine from 6-10 pm. The event costs $18 pp, $60 for family of four, $15 per senior and includes admission and skate rental, a balloon drop, hats, horns, noisemakers, games and prizes, an '80's costume contest, and tickets for pizza and drinks. You can order tickets online.

If you are looking for more Winter Break Events, check our previous post!

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