Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Wednesday Weekend Windup {Snowy Fun}

Image of The Big Chill courtesy of Real Racine
Brrrrrr......ok, that's an understatement. But, do we have a word for what we are feeling today? Certainly interesting weather! What I truly don't understand is why my dogs keep insisting on going to the furthest point of the yard every time they go out in this! Crazy! I think that they have finally realized that all of my nutty yelling and antics mean that they should do their business close to the house.


All of this fun aside, here is a look at some fun events in the area this weekend. There are quite a few outdoor festivals, so I would recommend bringing hot cocoa, coffee or tea along!

**Due to the extreme cold, please check that the outdoor events are still on by checking the event websites.

ROAD TRIP IDEA: The Big Chill in Racine, Wisconsin will feature Wisconsin's Snow Sculpting Championship, Ice Carving, Snowboarding, Skiing and more! The event is January 9-11.

Saturday, January 10

Fitness Open House, Mt. Prospect Rec Plex, 8AM-2PM, class demos, youth classes, BMI measurements, blood pressure screenings, more, free!

Happy 5th Birthday Open House, Fitness & Recreation Center, Barrington, 9:00AM-11:30AM, sample classes and demos for all ages, cake, free!

Sip and Strokes, Golf Mill Shopping Center, Niles, 10AM, paint a winter masterpiece with Paint-n-Party and sip a hot chocolate from Gloria Jeans, free

Super Saturday: Noodles the Wonder Dog, Mount Prospect Public Library, 11AM-11:45AM, come see Noodles the Wonder Dog perform amazing tricks, Noodles has been featured on GMA, free but must register

Winter Carnival, Meadowhill Park, Northbrook, 11AM-1:30PM, campfire with s'mores, snowshoe course, snow painting, dog sled demo, horse-drown trolley, games, food trucks, face paintings, more, free!

Winter Exploration Days, Thatcher Woods, River Forest, 12PM-4PM, family fun winter activities, hikes, snowshoeing, cross county skiing, sledding (all weather permitting), crafts, campfire and more, free

Winterfest, Centennial Ice Arena, Highland Park, 2:30PM-4:30PM, free indoor/outdoor festival, bounce in gymnastics studio, try figure skating and hockey, free group skating lessons, crafts, carriage rides, meet wildlife and snowshoeing (weather permitting)

Sunday, January 11

Winterfest at Volo Bog, 12PM-4PM, snow sculpting contest, kids crafts, bog tours, live music, fun in and out, free but donations welcome!

Wonderful Winter Wildlife, River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook, 1:30PM-2:30PM, see how native wildlife cope with winter, free, stay to see feeding of wildlife at 3:00PM
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