Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Wednesday Weekend Windup: {Busy Weekend Ahead!}

So much going on this weekend! Here are my picks:

If you are going to Chicago, the Museum of Contemporary Art has a free family day on December 12, 11AM-3PM.

  • November 20-January 2 Illumination at the Morton Arboretum, daily 5PM-9:30PM (last entry 8:30PM) EXCEPT Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and the following Mondays: November 23, November 30, December 7, and December 14, amazing interactive light experience in the trees and woven in nature, ticket prices vary upon day, see website for more information, one of our favorite events of the year!
  • November 27-January 3 Wonderland Express, Chicago Botanic Garden, Nov 27-Dec 17 10AM-5PM, Dec 18-Jan 3 10AM-7PM, tickets adults $10 members/$12 non, Seniors $8/$10, kids $8/$10, under 3 are free, Tuesdays are half price, parking is $20 per car (purchase online in advance), check schedule for special events and when the exhibit is closed to public
Friday, December 11:
  • December 11 & 12 Itasca's Santa's Workshop, Springbrook Nature Center, Itasca, Fri 5:30PM-8:00PM, Sat 11AM-1:30PM, visit with Santa, cookies, hot chocolate, crafts, free!
  • December 11-12 Artistry in Motion Winter Spectacular, Prairie Lakes Theater, Des Plaines, award winning park district dance company winter performance, at 7PM both days and 2PM on Sat, $8 general admission, $5 dancers, students & seniors
Saturday, December 12

  • December 12 Free Elf Viewing, Elmhurst, Elmhurst City Centre, 9:30AM-1PM, afterwards meet Santa in the plaza, free elf hats
  • December 12 Winterfest, Bridges of Poplar Creek Country Club, Hoffman Estates, 10AM-1PM, free, gingerbread decorating, sleigh rides (there is also a breakfast with Santa 9AM-12PM for $18.95 per adult, $9.95 per child--call to make reservation--reservations a must for the breakfast!)
  • December 12 Frosty Fest, Town Square, Wheaton, 10AM-2PM, free, live reindeer, train rides, face painting, pony rides, Santa and more!
  • December 12 Stuff the Sleigh, Lombard, 10:30AM, help the Lombard Fire Department stuff the sleigh full of toys for tots, toy parade at 10:30AM starting at fire station 1, party at Yorktown Center 3PM-5PM, see details online
  • December 12 Holiday Trolley, Barrington, to take you around Barrington for shopping fun, 10:00AM-4:30PM
  • December 12 Swapadventure Annual Holiday Event, Belvedere Banquets, Elk Grove, 11AM-2PM, photos with Santa, meet characters, seasonal craft, glitter tattoos, face painting, vendor booths, free but each child should bring one gently used or new clothing item or toy to donate, must RSVP
  • December 12 & 19 Santa at Brilliant Sky, Deer Park, 1PM, free Santa visit
  • December 12 & 13 LEGO Train Show, Cantigny Park, Wheaton, 9AM-4PM, free admission, $5 parking, parking is free with new, unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots
  • December 12-13 Friends Lobby Sale, Arlington Heights Memorial Library, gently used books and media for sale
  • December 12 Dickens of a Holiday, Libertyville, pictures with Santa, Children's Holiday Shoppe, free showing of Elf at 10AM, Cook House tours (suggested donation of $2/adult, $1 per child/senior), see website for more details
  • December 12 Friends Holiday Book Sale, Mount Prospect Public Library, 10AM-2PM, sale of gently used books
  • December 12 Rainbow Animal Assisted Therapy Holiday Craft Fair, Wildbird Shack, Mt. Prospect, 1PM-5PM, shop holiday items, proceeds go to help support animal assisted therapy programs throughout the Chicago area
  • December 12-13 Holiday Mansion Tours, Naper Settlement, Naperville, 1PM-4PM, tours on the hour, tour festively decorated Victorian mansion, $7pp
  • December 12 Holiday Hoopla, Prairie Lakes, Des Plaines, 2PM-5PM, visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus, holiday crafts, hot chocolate and cookies, mailbox for letters to Santa, free!
Also, Itasca's Santa's Workshop and Artistry in Motion from above.

Sunday, December 13
  • December 13  Great Midwest Train Show, DuPage County Fairgrounds, Wheaton, 9AM-3PM, $7 for adults, kids 12 and under are free
  • December 13 Sit Down with a Skunk, River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook, 1:30PM, get up close and personal with a resident skunk, free!
  • December 13 Santa at Christie's Dairy Delights, Palatine, 2PM-3PM, complimentary cookies and warm cider, pictures with Santa, free
Also, Holiday Mansion Tours, Friends Lobby Sale and Lego Train Show from above.

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