Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Wednesday Weekend Wind Up {St. Patrick's Day Fun and More}

St. Patrick's Day and More Local Fun

We have made it half way through the week! Woo hoo! Looking ahead at the weekend, here are my picks for family fun in the Chicago suburbs:

Ongoing:
  • 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
  • January 20-March 30 XOXO An Exhibit on Love and Forgiveness, Arlington Heights Memorial Library
  • March 17 - June 3 Simply Spring Butterfly Exhibit, Nicholas Conservatory in Rockford, enjoy butterflies flying freely in the conservatory, witness all of the butterfly life cycle, $6 resident, $8 non, $4 and $6 for seniors, kids 5-17 and veterans, Ages 3-4 $2, under 3 free, check website for times. ***Tropical Tuesdays Admission is $3.**
Friday, March 16:
  • March 16-17 Celtic Fest, McGonical's, Barrington, Irish music and dance, Irish food, free admission, see schedule
Saturday, March 17:
  • March 17 Maple Fest, Red Oak Nature Center, Batavia, 9AM-1:30PM, learn how people and woodpeckers tapped trees for maple sugar, maple tapping demos every hour, free, maple snacks and hot beverages for sale
  • March 17 Get Sticky! Maple Syrup Day:  Fullersburg Woods, Oakbrook 10AM-2PM, 75-minute guided stroll through the woods to learn about how maple syrup is produced, $10 per person, must register--register online
  • March 17 Green Living Fair, Libertyville Civic Center, 10AM-2PM, local environmental groups, businesses and youth share info on green living, speakers, recycling drop off, see event for more info
  • March 17 Paint the Town Green, Palatine, 11AM parade, food, music, Irish dance and more at Durty Nellie's and Emmett's, see schedule
  • March 17 Twisted Tales Theater Little Red Hen, Arlington Heights Memorial Library, 11AM-12PM, theater students from  Rolling Meadows HS unfold this tail written by AHML's Teen Advisory Board, minimum age kindergarten, free, please register

  • March 17 & 18 Syrup Tree and Silver Dollar Brunch: March 17 & 18 Morton Arboretum, Lisle, on a guided like learn about maple syrup tapping and see how it is done, sample maple syrup, afterwards enjoy a brunch, $18 pp for members, $25 for non (fee includes Arboretum admission), must register
  • March 10-25 Maple Syrup Hikes on weekends, Ryerson Woods, Riverwoods, 12PM-2PM every half hour, see tapping in process, see how tap turns to sap, $6 pp, children under 3 free, must register: 847-968-3321
Sunday, March 18:
  • March 18 46th Annual Maple Syrup Fest, River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook, 11AM-3PM, tree tapping hikes, maple syrup making, maple syrup history and more, free.
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