Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Wednesday Weekend Windup {Time for Sweets for the Sweet}

How about the snow today? I think that my car's "no traction" light is permanently on. Since it is February, I am really hoping that we are closer to the end of this mess than the beginning. When the kids no longer want to play in the snow, you know that we have had quite a winter! But, with all the pink and red circling for Valentine's Day, how can you not be happy! {Of course, some chocolate can help!}

I bet a lot of you are itching to get out this weekend! Here are some ideas for fun in the area:

Thursday, February 6

Now through February 16, engage in Gyotaku Fish Printing at Kohl Children's Museum in Glenview. You will have fun learning a traditional Japanese form of painting. Times vary daily so check the website. Admission is $9.50 per adult or child, $8.50 for seniors, under 1 year old free. Kohl Children's Museum is one of our favorite indoor attractions! Great for winter--fun and educational!

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!
Friday, February 7

What celebrates winter better than an Ice Festival? Downer's Grove will be holding its Ice Festival Friday-Sunday. There will be live ice carvings, Radio Disney on Saturday afternoon, a magician on Sunday afternoon and specials at stores and restaurants. Check out the website for the schedule and more details.

Saturday, February 8

Head over to the Frostival at the Oakton Sports Complex in Park Ridge from 10AM-2PM. The fun includes outdoor activities, a dog sled demo, a snowman contest, snowman cookie decorating (1st 100 kids), a skating exhibition, stuff a winter animal ($6) and more. Most of the fun is free{charge for animal stuffing}!

There will be a Valentine's Day Storytime at Barnes&Noble Stores at 11AM. Enjoy the Love Monster story, treats and activities for free. Verify with your Barnes&Noble before heading over.
Celebrate Chinese New Year at the Des Plaines History Center from 1PM-4PM. The event includes hands-on educational projects. Admission is $2 per member, $4 per nonmember.

There will Hands-on Learning Creativity for Kids at 1PM at the Barnes&Noble in Deer Park. The event is for kids 4 and up and is free.
There will be a  Winter Chilly Fest at the Emily Oaks Nature Center in Skokie Saturday and Sunday from 4PM-8PM. Enjoy a chili dinner inside. There will be ice skating on frozen pond weather permitting, a campfire, hayrides, snowshoeing and more. Admissions without dinner: $5 / person Admissions with dinner: $9 for adults; $7 for children under 10 years (if reserved by Feb. 7) $11 for adults; $9 for children under 10 years (if reserved after Feb. 7), register for specific dinner times (847) 677-7001

Sunday, February 9

Calling all train lovers! The Great Midwest Train Show will be held in the DuPage County Fairgrounds in Wheaton from 9:30AM-3:00PM. This is the largest monthly train show. Admission is $7 per adult, children under 12 are free!

Join in Frosty's Winter Play Date at the Lake View Nature Center in Oakbrook Terrace from 12PM-3PM. The free event includes a sled demo team, huskies, s'mores and hot cocoa!

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