Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Wednesday Weekend Windup {Trains, Winter Fests, Chili and Valentine's}

We have a long weekend ahead! The good news is there is plenty to do! Here are my picks for the weekend. For outdoor events, be sure they are still being held if the weather is extra frigid!

ROAD TRIP: The Big Chill Snow and Ice Festival in Racine, WI Jan 15-17: snow sculpting contest, snowboarding, ski trick demos

  • January 15-February 21 Enchanted Railroad at Morton Arboretum, 12 model trains traveling through the seasons, LEGO train car made of 2,500 bricks by artist Sean Kenney, free with Arboretum admission, get timed ticket at Visitor's Center, $9 Adults ages 18–64
    $8 Seniors ages 65+  $6 Youth ages 2–17 
  • January 16-March 26 Once Upon a Time....Exploring the World of Fairy Tales at Arlington Heights Memorial Library: new play exhibit where kids can step into 7 different fairy tales, geared towards children ages 3-10, see other events associated with exhibit
Saturday, January 16:
  • January 16 Mini Chilly Open, Arlington Lakes Golf Club, Arlington Heights, 11AM-5PM, outdoor putting contest, chili, entries due 1/14/16
  • January 16 Winter Carnival, Meadowhill Park, Northbrook, 11AM-1:30PM, horse-drawn trolley rides, ice carving, sled dogs, games and more, free
  • January 16 WinterFest,  Century Park North Near Pavilion, Vernon Hills, 11AM-2PM, dog sled demos, live ice sculpting, ice skating, sledding, campfire, concessions, free admission
  • January 16-17 Winter Fest, Spring Valley Nature Center, Schaumburg, 12PM-3PM, snowshoe walks, horse-drawn wagon, bonfire, wolf and coyote visits, more, $3 pp, 3 and younger free
  • January 16 Milwaukee Muller Traditions at Hofbrauhaus Chicago, 7PM-10PM, As part of the Austrian folk tradition, the Muller characters bring the story of the four seasons to life through traditional dances. The figures wear hand carved wooden masks and costumes featuring uniquely embroidered pants, lederhosen and colored burlap. Reservations recommended.
  • Also, Enchanted Railroad, The Big Chill and Exploring the World of Fairy Tales from above.
Sunday, January 17:
  • January 17 Winter Scavenger Hunt and Campfire, Trailside, River Forest, 1PM, afternoon seeking animal tracks and signs of plant life, warm up at a fire with snacks, $2 pp
  • January 17 & 18 Creature Feature, River Trail Nature Center, 1:30PM, nature-themed topic chosen by staff, free
  • Also, Enchanted Railroad, The Big Chill, Exploring the World of Fairy Tales and Winter Fest at Spring Valley from above.
Monday, January 18:
  • January 18 Valentine's for Vets, Falcon Park Recreation Center, Palatine, 10:30AM-12:00PM, come make Valentine's for our Vets, the event is free but you must register, parents must accompany children
  • January 18 Learn about Martin Luther King, Jr., Des Plaines History Center, 1PM-3PM, discuss his life, make a craft, $3 pp for nonmembers, $2 for members
  • January 18 Martin Luther King Day Craft, Raupp Museum, Buffalo Grove, 1PM-3PM, make a peace necklace, enjoy the museum exhibits, free!
  • Also, Enchanted Railroad,  Exploring the World of Fairy Tales and Creature Feature from above.

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