Monday, December 21, 2015

Free Activity Ideas for Winter Break {Chicago Suburbs}




Image via Barrington Area Library
I have rounded up some free activity ideas to keep the kiddos busy the next two weeks. Do you have any other suggestions? Feel free to add in the comments!

Raupp Museum in Buffalo Grove: Winter Walk-ins for fun craft activities, take a spin about the museum as well. Crafts are from 1:00PM-3:00PM on the following dates:
December 21 Beaded Snowflake, December 22 Make Your Own Soup Mix, December 23 Pinecone Birdfeeder, December 24 Weave A Bookmark, December 28 Cornhusk Doll, December 29 Hot Chocolate Mix, December 30 Squawking Chicken, December 31 Party Horn


Camp Reinberg Palatine: Winter Breakout Adventures 12PM-4PM, crafts using wood, learning about winter bird migration, tracking, campfire and s'mores and more, December 21&22, all activities offered on each day dependent on weather

Indian Trail Public Library: Smarty Pants Balloon Show December 22; See a Juggler! Be a Juggler! December 29

Crabtree Nature Center in Barrington: Winter Solstice Celebration December 22 at 7PM, learn about the solstice and enjoy a warm drink around a campfire. Register--Call Crabtree at 847-381-6592

Barrington Area Library Kids Section: There is a lot to explore in the library's kids area like a huge light bright, pretend marketplace, puppet show area, duplo room, technology play and more. There is a drop in art project December 23 & 29 10AM-11:30AM--mess makers welcome! Check website for hours.

Glen Town Center: Winter Tales a Puppet Show December 30, 11AM-11:45AM, space limited must register


Frozemont at Rosemont: Free Ice Skating--admission free, skate rentals $8, there is also tubing for $3


Wildwood Nature Center Park Ridge: Animal Feedings Wednesdays & Saturdays 10:30AM & 3:30PM.


The Grove in Glenview: The weather has been mild so far this winter, so you may like a walk at The Grove. The Interpretive Center is fun for the kids--especially the turtles! There are exhibits to check out and usually an activity or craft. Check website for hours.

Red Oak Nature Center in Batavia: Red Oak Nature Center has a really nice set of exhibits for kids. Additionally, the preserve is set on the Fox River so there are nice views without necessarily walking too far. There is also a small cave nearby that kids get a kick out of! Check website for times.

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