Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Wednesday Weekend Windup {Chocolate, Ice Sculpting, Orchids and More!}

Dolphin ice sculpture

There is plenty of fun to enjoy the suburbs and surrounding this weekend. However, make sure events have not changed due to weather before going out. My picks:
Ongoing:
  • January 13-February 19 Enchanted Railroad at The Morton Arboretum:The Morton Arboretum in Lisle will be hosting its annual Enchanted Railroad event. The display is quite intricate and families will enjoy picking out a variety of miniatures. Free with regular Arboretum admission
  • February 10 - March 25 The Orchid Show, Chicago Botanic Garden, a much needed tropical infusion in the middle of winter, Tickets are:Adults: $10/$12 Seniors 62+: $8/$10 *Children age 3–12: $8/$10 Parking is $25 per car; Purchase tickets online to ensure availability.
Friday, February 9
Saturday, February 10
  • February 10-11 Chicago Travel and Adventure Show, Stevenson Center, Rosemont, $15 per day or $18 combined, kids 16 and under free
  • February 10 Wilmot Mountain 80th Anniversary Celebration, Wilmot, WI, enjoy time on the slopes and a variety of family fun including ice sculpting and fireworks, see website
  • February 10-11 Chocolate Weekend, Morton Arboretum, Lisle, an opportunity to taste and buy special chocolate treats, free with Morton Arboretum admission
  • February 10 Creator Fair, Barrington Area Library, 10AM-4PM, try your hand at various methods of creations, free
  • February 10 Snowshoe Trekking, Rolling Knolls, Elgin, 11AM-2PM, guided nature hikes, skins and skulls, bonfire, need 4" of hard snow for hiking, free, no reg necessary
  • February 10 Snowdaze Ice Carving Festival in Kenosha, 12PM-3PM, live ice sculpting, tour ice sculptures, bring your skates for ice skating, promotions at businesses, free admission
  • February 10  Downtown Chocolate Walk, Naperville, 12PM-5PM, map of downtown where you will find tasty treats, $30 per person, please purchase tickets ahead, benefits 360 Youth Services
Sunday, February 11
  • February 11  Great Midwest Train Show, DuPage County Fairgrounds, 9AM-3PM, exhibitors, model railroads to view, trains for kids to run, $7/adult, kids under 12 are free
  • February 11 FREEze Day, Brookfield Zoo, 10AM-2:30PM, free admission, dog sled demos, special shows
  • February 11 Elsah and Anna Perform Live, Learning Toys Express, Lake Zurich, 2PM-3PM, free, tickets passed out for pictures after performance
  • February 11 Sit Down With a Skunk, River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook, 1:30PM, learn about skunk habits and adaptations, meet River Trail's resident skunk, free
  • February 11 Birds of Prey, Willowbrook, Glen Ellyn, 2PM-3:30PM, learn about hawks, owls and eagles; get upclose with the bird; $5 pp, ages 7 and up, must register
Also -- go snowshoeing! Check out my post on Places to Snowshoe in the Chicago Suburbs

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