A Little Time and a Keyboard: Wednesday Weekend Windup {Wizard of Oz, Winterfests, Animal Tracks and More}

Wednesday Weekend Windup {Wizard of Oz, Winterfests, Animal Tracks and More}

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Eastern Screech Owl

Looking forward to the weekend? There are plenty of fun events to look forward to! This time of year, be sure to check on outdoor events before going.


  • January 13-February 19 Enchanted Railroad at The Morton Arboretum:The Morton Arboretum in Lisle will be hosting its annual Enchanted Railroad event. The display is quite intricate and families will enjoy picking out a variety of miniatures. Free with regular Arboretum admission.
Saturday, January 13:
  • January 13 Fledgling Artists, Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington, 10AM, blends art and nature, ages 7-11, $5 per child per class, $10 per all three, must register: Call Crabtree at 847-381-6592
  • January 13-14 Wizard of Oz, Prairie Lakes, Des Plaines, 10AM Sat & Sun, also 12PM Sat, tickets $15 pp
  • January 13 Winterfest, Willow Stream Park, Buffalo Grove, 10AM-12PM, winter obstacle course, scavenger hunt, pet live reindeer, enjoy hot cocoa and cookies and more, free
  • January 13 Frosty Fest at Bittersweet Golf Course in Gurnee, 10:30AM-3:30PM. Ice sculpting, horse drawn carriage rides, dog sled demos and more, free.
  • January 13 Vernon Hill's Winter Fest Vernon Hills Winter Fest at Century Park from 11AM-2PM. Ice sculpting, sled hill, sled dogs, ice rink, s'mores, carriage rides and more fun for the whole family. Admission is free.
  • January 13 Winter Carnival in Northbrook 11:00AM-1:30PM at Meadowhill Park. Sled dogs, ice carving, ice skating, s'mores, hot cocoa and more fun will be available for families. Admission is free.
  • January 13 & 14 Spring Valley Winter Fest at Spring Valley Nature Center in Schaumburg. Snowshoeing, horse drawn wagon rides, marshmallow roasting, visits from a live wolf and coyote and more fun will brighten your winter day. The event is 12PM-3PM each day and costs $3 pp.
  • January 13 Animal Tracking, Willowbrook Wildlife Center, Glen Ellyn, 2PM-3:30PM, learn to identify signs animals leave behind, guided hike, $3 pp, kids 6 and older, must be accompanied by an adult, must register: 630-933-7248
Sunday, January 14:
  • Volo Bog's Winterfest: On January 14 visit the Volo Bog from 12PM-4PM for an afternoon of live music, winter nature crafts, bog tours,cross country skiing, hot cocoa and more. Admission is free.
  • January 14 Winter Wonderfest, Wheeling, Chevy Chase, 1PM-4PM, winter-themed games, arts & crafts, hot cocoa and more, free
  • January 14 Two Owls & a Naturalist, River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook, 1:30PM, learn about owls up close, free
January 15:
  • January 15 Steam Museum, Arlington Heights Memorial Library, 10AM-3PM, hands-on science, technology and engineering fun, free, drop in, minimum age 5
  • January 15 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Event, Des Plaines History Center, 1PM-2PM, learn about Martin Luther King, Jr. and work on an art project, $3 per child, $2 if members, good for ages 5-12, must be with an adult

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