Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Wednesday Weekend Windup

Did you venture out during this latest polar vortex? We ended up staying in for most of it. We spent some time crafting, reading and putting together puzzles. We had fun, but I am officially tired of being cooped up. Hopefully, we will no longer be trapped inside!

The are a lot of fun events this weekend. We are hoping to hit a couple of them. Here are some ideas for your weekend........

Wednesday, January 29

If you are in the mood for a little drive, Lake Geneva will be having its 
WinterFest and US National Snow Sculpting Competition, through February 8. I have never been to a snow sculpting competition before so this sound pretty cool! Besides the snow sculpting, there will be magic, s'mores, human dog sled competition, beach party and plenty more. Check the schedule before you go to see what's happening! Grand Geneva will also be having its Winter Carnival on Saturday, so check for details on that as well!

Thursday, January 30

Celebrate Groundhog day in Woodstock, were the movie was filmed! There are events Thursday through Sunday, Feb. 2 including movie viewings and walking tours of sites in the film. On Sunday, gather at 7AM to see Woodstock Willie. Check the website for more info. 

Saturday, February 1

This Saturday and Sunday marks one of my daughter's favorite events, the Fab Feb Used Book Sale at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library. Yes, this is one of her favorites because of all of the deals she can get on books. The sale runs 9AM-4:30PM on Saturday and 12PM-4:30PM Sunday. There will be loads of books, games and more. There will be a  silent auction. On Sunday you can fill a bag for $3. {Due to making change, bills larger than $20 will not be accepted.} Of course, my daughter loves Sunday!

Saturday is Nature Discovery Day at Heller Nature Center in Highland Park from 10AM-12PM. Visit nature classrooms, meet animals, make a craft, roast a marshmallow and more. Some activities are weather dependent. The event is free! 

One of my favorite activities for the year is the Chocolate Expo at the Morton Arboretum on Saturday and Sunday 9AM-4PM. The event will showcase chocolate vendors galore. There will also be some special presentations. Entry is free with admission. Admission is $12 Adults ages 18–64, $11 Seniors ages 65+, $9 Youth ages 2–17. Plus, kids can make a groundhog in the Children's Garden for Groundhog Daze!

Saturday is Superbowl Fun Day at The Book Market in the Glen Town Center in Glenview. From 10:30AM-11:30AM, kids can enjoy Superbowl snacks provided by Whole Foods Market. There will also be football-themed stories read by the Glenview Public Library. The drop in event is free and geared towards those 2-6.

Speaking of groundhogs, enjoy Groundhog Day Fireside at Emily Oaks Nature Center in Skokie from 2:00PM-3:30PM. A special 5-foot tall groundhog will be visiting for the event. Learn about his life, make a groundhog shadow puppet while indoors and sip hot chocolate. Be sure to dress warmly because part of the program is outdoors. The event is $5 per person.

Sunday, February 2

Hop over to Crabtree Nature Center in Barrington for  Great Groundhog's Day from 1PM-2PM. Learn about the groundhog and make your own forecaster for free!

River Trails Nature Center will also be having a Groundhog Day Celebration from 1:30PM-2:30PM. Learn about facts and myths about groundhogs. The event is free!

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