Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Wednesday Weekend Windup {Groundhogs, Snow Sculpting and More!}


Fun family weekend events coming up:


Ongoing:

  • January 13 - February 19 Enchanted Railroad at The Morton Arboretum, Lisle. The display is quite intricate and families will enjoy picking out a variety of miniatures. Viewing the railroad is free with regular Arboretum admission.
Friday, February 3:
  • February 3 Fireworks, Mount Prospect, 8:15PM, to celebrate centennial, free
Saturday, February 4:
  • February 4 Peter and the Wolf, Northbrook Theatre, 10AM or 1PM, musical puppet adaptation of the classic, $12 pp, order online
  • Winterfest in Lake Geneva: Lake Geneva will be holding its Winterfest January 28-February 12. The event's focus is the US Snow Sculpting Championship. Other events include the Human Dog Sled Race, chili cook off and more. The event starts on January 28 with The Abominable Snow Race on January 28. The race is a snow obstacle course. There is a smaller one for kids that costs $25 per participant. Spectator entry is free. Snow sculpting starts February 1 and snow blocks will be built Jan 30-31.
  • February 4-5 Groundhog Days. Woodstock, free movie showings, film site tours, tales and more
  • February 4 Nature Discovery Day, Heller Nature Center, Highland Park, 10AM-12PM, visit nature classrooms, complete a craft to take home, explore science of nature and more, free
  • February 4 WinterFest, Lake Katherine, Palos Heights, 12PM-4PM, tractor rides, candle-making, petting animals and more, $6 pp
  • February 4 Winter Astronomy, Heller Nature Center, Highland Park, 7PM-8PM, crisp nights are great for sky viewing, learn winter constellations, great for families with kids 6 and up, free
Sunday, February 5:
  • February 5 Makin' Blue Grass Jam, Thatcher Woods, River Forest, 1PM, make a simple bluegrass instrument and join the circle -- or bring your own instrument, free
  • February 5 Pioneer Living, Sand Ridge Nature Center, South Holland, 1:30PM, visit the preserve's cabins to see how pioneers lived, free

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