Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Wednesday Weekend Windup {Long Weekend Ahead!}

Have the kids been going to school? With all of the school closings last week, it is hard to believe that we have a long weekend ahead! Good thing there are plenty of things to do! Check out our picks for fun this weekend!

ROAD TRIP IDEA:  January 14-17 Illinois Snow Sculpting Competition, Rockford, see the final sculpting creations at 10AM on January 17, vote for People's Choice

Friday, January 16
  • January 16 Swapadventure at Party Time Palace, Des Plaines, 6PM-8PM, bring new or gently used items to swap or donate, unlimited wristband for mini golf, bouncy houses, train rides, must RSVP
  • January 16 Frosty Family Time, Birchwood Gym, Palatine, 6:30PM-8:30PM, $10 resident family, $13 nonresident family, crafts, games, indoor snowman building contest, register
Saturday, January 17
  • January 17-February 22 Enchanted Railroad, Morton Arboretum, 10AM-4PM (M-F), 9AM-4PM (Sat-Sun), miniature railroad display highlighting the four seasons, free with admission to Arboretum, winter rates are $9/adult, $8/senior, $6/child, get timed ticket at Visitor's Center
  • January 17-18 Travel and Adventure Show, Rosemont, 10AM-5PM Sat, 11AM-4PM Sun, plenty of family activities like riding a camel, petting sled dogs and more, visit with travel representatives and get travel ideas and more. Single and two-day tickets are currently available online for a discounted rate of $11 (single-day) and $17 (two-day) with promo code: CHPR, and are also available on-site for $16/$25. Children 16 and under are admitted for free. 
  • January 17 Christine J. Ross: A Snowflake Dream, Indian Trails Public Library, Wheeling, 11:00AM-12:00PM, a magical journey in word and song for ages 4-10, free but tickets are limited to 100 and first come first serve at the library
  • January 17-18 Spring Valley Winterfest, Vera Meineke Nature Center, Schaumburg, 12:00PM-3:00PM, free snowshoe walks, wagon rides, snacks, roast marshmallows at a bonfire, free!
  • January 17 Winter Fest, Century Park North near sled hill, Vernon Hills, 11AM-2PM, sled dog demos, ice carving, campfire, ice skating, sledding, free!
Sunday, January 18
  • January 18 Winter Festival, Community Rec Center, Wheeling, 11:30AM-1:30PM, snowshoeing, ice skating (equipment provided), crafts, games, indoor snowball fight, free!
  • January 18 Animal Tracks in the Snow, Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington, 1PM-2PM, identify animals by what they have left in the area and make a track of your own, free!
Monday, January 19
  • January 19 Open Skate, Orbit Skate Center, Palatine, 10AM-1PM for 12 and under, 1PM-4PM for all, $6.50 pp or $19 for family of four, $3 skate rental
  • January 19 Tales of Olympus, Cutting Hall, Palatine, 10:30AM, the Greek Gods look down from Olympus to see a modern world that doesn't recognize them, see their adventures with 11-year-old Jason, buy tickets online, $6 pp
  • January 19 Make a peace sign necklace, Raupp Museum, Buffalo Grove, 1:00PM-3:30PM, free
  • January 19 Learn how to make tie-dyed paper, Arlington Heights Historical Museum, 1PM-3PM, also make a let's change the world mural, $15 pp, must register

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