Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Wednesday Weekend Windup {President's Day, Valentine's Day and More!}


Long weekend ahead! Here are my picks for family fun in the Chicago suburbs this weekend:

Ongoing:
  • 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
  • February 13-March 13 The Orchid Show, Chicago Botanic Garden, 10AM-4PM, enjoy a colorful and fragrant walk through the Chicago Botanic Garden's greenhouses, check for special events, $8/member, $10/non, kids and seniors are $6/$8 respectively, parking is $25, $20 if purchased online, check to see about special packages as well, check out our visit to The Orchid Show last year: http://www.alittletimeandakeyboard.com/2015/02/the-orchid-show-chicago-botanic-garden.html
Road Trip Idea:
  • February 3-February 14 Lake Geneva Winterfest, a number of winter fun activities including the US National Snow Sculpting Competition Feb 3-7, hot cocoa crawl, bonfire on the beach, human dog sled, winter carnival, illusionist, helicopter rides and more, check schedule
Friday, February 12:
  • February 12-14 Ice Sculpture Festival, Downer's Grove, ice sculptures will line the downtown streets, live ice carving 5:30PM Friday, 11AM-3PM Sat-Sun, Ronald McDonald Magic Show 1PM Saturday, store promotions, free admission
Saturday, February 13:
  • February 13  Juni B. Jones, Northbrook Theatre, 10:00AM or 1:00PM, $12 pp, reserve tickets online
  • February 13-14 Darwin Celebration Days, Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest, 11AM-3PM, learn about adaptation, fitness, selection and survival through activities and displays, drop in for families, free
  • Also, Downer's Grove Ice Sculpture Festival, Enchanted Railroad, WinterFest, Once Upon a Time and the Orchid Show.
Sunday, February 14:
  • February 14 FREEze Day at Brookfield Zoo, 10AM-5PM, free admission to Brookfield Zoo PLUS plenty of fun, dog sled demos, animal chats, meet Nature Cat from WTTW at the Hamill Family Play Zoo, WTTW will have some hands-on activities like building bird feeders, playing tracking games and more, learn how to use snowshoes from the Forest Preserves of Cook County and more, check schedule
  • February 14 Animal Attraction, Crabtree Nature Center, 1PM, learn how animals choose their mates and raise their young, family-friendly program, free
  • February 14 Elizabethan Faire, Lake County Discovery Museum, Wauconda, 1PM-4:30PM, the Bristol Renaissance Faire brings Elizabethan England to the museum, meet Queen Elizabeth, see pieces of Shakespeare's work, see era crafts and more, free with admission to museum, $6  per adult, $3 students 18-25, $2.50 students 4-17, free for 3 and under, $3 for seniors
  • February 14-15 Creature Feature, River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook, 1:30PM, learn about a nature-themed topic chosen by our staff
  • Also, Downer's Grove Ice Sculpture Festival, Enchanted Railroad, WinterFest, Once Upon a Time and the Orchid Show.
Monday, February 15:
  • February 15 Nature Fun on President's Day, Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest, 1PM-2:30PM, enjoy drop-in and crafts, free
  • February 15 In the Time of Lincoln, Wilmette Historical Museum, 2PM-3PM, costumed storyteller will tell the stories of Jennie Hodgers who dressed as a male to fight in the Civil War, Mother Bickerdyke who cared for wounded soldiers and Julia Dent Grant, $5 pp
  • February 15 Kids Day Out, Falcon Park Recreation Center, Palatine, 2PM-5PM, different activities for kids including basketball, soccer, crafts and more, $8 for residents and non, register
  • Also, Creature Feature, Enchanted Railroad, Once Upon a Time and The Orchid Show from above.
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