A Little Time and a Keyboard: Wednesday Weekend Windup {Winter Fest, Hot Chocolate Fest, Wildlife Fun and More}

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Wednesday Weekend Windup {Winter Fest, Hot Chocolate Fest, Wildlife Fun and More}

Snowman with snow shovel

Weekend ahead! There are plenty of fun events this weekend in the Chicago suburbs both indoors and out! Snow is expected this weekend, so verify the events are still going on before venturing out:
  • Now Through February 3: Sinnissippi Station Model Railroad Exhibit, Nicholas Conservatory, Rockford, enjoy fun model trains in the lush tropical setting. See if you can spot Rockford landmarks in miniature. Check website for admission rates.
  • January 19-February 24 Enchanted Railroad, Morton Arboretum, free with regular admission, get timed tickets when you arrive at the Visitor Center
Friday, January 18:
  • January 18 Frosty Family Fun, Birchwood, Palatine, 6:30PM-8:00PM, winter themed crafts, games, snowman building contest, ages 3-10 $5 pp, $1 for those 18+, register online
Saturday, January 19:
  • January 19-20 American Heritage Living History Show, Kane County Fair Grounds, St. Charles, 9AM-5PM Sat; 9AM-4PM Sun, reenactors, craftsmen, vendors and more, $7 adults, $5 if in period clothes, kids 12 and under free, $10 weekend pass
  • January 19-20 Squirrel Appreciation, The Grove, Glenview, 9AM-5PM Sat, 11AM-4PM Sun, free, play games, make crafts and visit the squirrel
  • January 19 Farmhouse Museum Tours, Kline Creek Farm, West Chicago, 10AM-3PM, tours on the hour, blacksmithing demo at 1:30, free
  • January 19 Rock and Mineral Identification,Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art, Elmhurst, 10:30AM, $5 per person, $3 per member, ages 8 and up, reservation necessary (630) 833-1616, admission $5 pp, $2 per child & $3 per teen
  • January 19 Children's Build a Bird House Workshop, Wildbird Shack, Mount Prospect, 10:30AM-12PM, $45 per team includes all supplies and snacks, must register
  • January 19-20 Gnome Globes and Gnome Hunt, Morton Arboretum, 11AM-2PM, Children's Garden, hunt for gnomes in the Children's Garden (hunt is free with admission), then create a globe to bring home, globes are $7 pp for members, $10 for non, must purchase ticket in visitor's center, limited number, admission is separate, weather permitting
  • January 19 Winter Carnival in Northbrook, 11:00AM-1:30PM at Village Green Park. Horse-drawn trolleys, singalongs, crafts, a DJ, hot cocoa and more fun will be available for families. Admission is free.
  • January 19-20 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 19 Big Run Wolf Ranch Visits Izaak Walton League of America in Des Plaines, 12PM, free program to learn about and meet wildlife, donations appreciated
  • January 19 Snow Day Festival, Goodenow, Crete, 12PM-4PM, ice sculptor, make s'mores, watch Frozen indoors, visit with Elsa and Anna, free
  • January 19 Farm life in winter, Kline Creek Farm, West Chicago, 1:30PM-3:30PM, learn about farm chores in the winter, free
  • January 19 Hot Chocolate Fest, Burlington, WI, hot chocolate contest, ice bowling, ice fishing, broom ball, chili contest, artisan fair and more, see website for more info and times 
Sunday, January 20:
  • January 20 Farm life in winter, Kline Creek Farm, West Chicago, 1:30PM-3:30PM, learn about farm chores in the winter, free
  • January 20-21 Animal Encounters, River Trail, Northbrook, 1:30PM, learn about local wildlife and their adaptations, free
Monday, January 21:
  • January 21 Free Kids Admission at Volo Auto Museum
  • January 21 James and the Giant Peach, Cutting Hall, 10:30AM-11:30AM, $6 pp, $5 pp for groups of 10 or more, purchase tickets online
  • January 21 Winter Chocolate Camp, Morkes Chocolates, Palatine, 12:30PM or 3PM, $18 per participant, for kids 5 and older, must register
  • January 21 Dr. Martin Luther King, Dr. Day, Des Plaines History Center, 2PM enjoy an interactive learning session, at 3PM Gwen Hilary, storyteller, and Enoch Williamson, musician, will honor the spirit, life, and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. through a fusion of music and narrative. This program will feature stories of children who have been inspired to change the world through thoughtful acts of compassion and kindness, for kids ages 5-12 

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