Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Wednesday Weekend Windup {a Jolly Good Time}

It is the most wonderful time of the year! I don't know about you, but this season already seems like a blur! There is so much to do and not enough time! Do you have any must-do activities on your list? We are busy trying to squeeze in the old favorites while exploring new fun!

Here are some fun events in the area that piqued our interest for this weekend:

Friday, November 22

Illumination at the Morton Arboretum begins and will run through January 4th. The new interactive light show will begin each evening at 4:30PM with the last entry at 8:30PM. (Please note that the event is closed November 28, December 2, 9, 16, 24, 25). Walk along a trail and hug a tree to see it glow, sing to another and see it light up and discover other fun ways to interact with trees! Tickets are $15 per adult, $10 per child (2-17) or $10 per adult member and $5 per member child. Tickets include daily admission to Arboretum. You can order tickets online. We are currently giving away a family pack of four here.

Saturday, November 23

Working on holiday shopping? The Gingerbread House Holiday Fair at Faith Lutheran Church in  Arlington Heights will feature cookies and baked items, crafts and more from 9AM-3PM. There will also be kids activities! Kids can enjoy the fun while the parents shop! Admission is free!

Head over to Whole Foods Market in Schaumburg for a Thanksgiving Tasting. The free event runs 12PM-4PM and you will be able to taste Whole Foods menu options and learn about new recipes. What a fun time to shop! 

Enjoy a Fall Open House at Lake View Nature Center in Oakbrook Terrace from 12PM-4PM. The event will include a fall project, hayride, snacks over a bonfire and a nature walk for free!  

Visit Highland Park for the Highland Park Tree Lighting in Port Clinton Square from 3:00PM-5:00PM. There will be a scavenger hunt and a  performance and reading of the Nutcracker. Santa will also make an appearance. The event is free!

Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive at Randurst Mall in Mt. Prospect at 5PM on Saturday. They will arrive in a horse drawn carriage! Funny elves will also entertain. The event is free!

Sunday, November 24  

During Settler's Day at Sand Ridge Nature Center in South Holland you will be able to visit with costumed interpreters representing early American fur trading days through the Civil War, try your hand at using a bucksaw and make crafts. The event is free but donation of food to the food pantry is welcome! The fun runs 10AM-3PM. 

Join Home Depot in Deerfield for a Menorah Workshop from 1PM-3PM. Receive a free apron and craft your own menorah from wood. At 2PM, learn how olive oil is made. The event is free but an RSVP appreciated: 847-564-8770.

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