Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Wednesday Weekend Windup {Back to School}


We have definitely had an interesting Winter Break around here! My daughter almost had three weeks off when you add her sick day before break and then two weather days this week. I know that she needed to go back to school---however, I miss having her around! The beginning of her break was spent recovering from strep, so we mainly hung around home resting. So, I was happy that she had the past two days off. While we didn't go out, we had fun playing games, watching cooking shows and making crafts.

But, now it is back to the books! She is about to arrive home, so I am wondering if she has any homework?

I am sure that many of you are ready to get out this weekend after being stuck at home the past couple of days. Here are some low cost ideas!

Friday, January 10

Visit the Heller Nature Center in Highland Park for Winter Astronomy from 6:30PM-7:30PM. You will view constellations, the moon and Jupiter through Heller's telescopes. The event is appropriate for kids 6 and up and their parents. The event will be canceled if it is cloudy. There is no registration for this free fun!


Saturday, January 11

Visit Faith Lutheran Church in Arlington Heights for Lego Club from 9AM-11AM. Enjoy lego fun and a snack for free! 

Though March 2 check out the  Dinosaur Exhibit at Lake View Nature Center in Oakbrook Terrace. The Center is open 12PM-4PM on Saturday and Sunday. The exhibit features Apatosaurus. Also, see a dinosaur skull, touch a fossilized dinosaur bone and more. The Center also has other nature exhibits to see. Admission is free!

The Mount Prospect Public Library will host "Circus Boy" Bobby Hunt from 11AM-11:45AM. Bobby is a circus performer from Barnum & Bailey Circus and recognized by Ripley's Believe It Or Not. You must register for this free event. 

Northbrook will be holding its Winter Carnival at Meadowhill Park from 11AM-1:30PM. The free event will include dog sled demonstrations, hot cocoa and s'mores, carriages, snow painting (weather dependent), sled decorating contest and more!   
 
Highland Park's Winter Fest will be a blast at Centennial Ice Arena from 3:30PM-6:00PM. Try out ice sports, bounce in a gymnastics studio, see an ice carving demo, see dog sledding and more for  free! 

Sunday, January 12

Learn about Wonderful Winter Wildlife at River Trail Nature Center in Northbrook from 1:30PM-2:30PM. Learn how native animals adapt for winter during the free event.

Head over to Naper Settlement in Naperville for The Essential PT Barnum from 4PM-5PM. Author William Pack reveals the amazing life of P.T. Barnum, through storytelling and recreations of historical performances. Reservation is recommended.  Tickets are $6 in advance, $7 at door, $5 and $6 respectively for children.


Plus........If there is four or more inches of snow on the ground, you can go snowshoeing at Spring Valley Nature Center. You can read a review of our experience.

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