Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Wednesday Weekend Windup {Cocoa Crawl, Groundhog Day, Nature Discovery and More}

Hot cocoa crawl

Hope everyone has been staying warm! We have a weekend coming up and it WILL be warmer! Here are my picks for family fun in the Chicago suburbs this weekend:

Road Trips:
  • Winterfest in Lake Geneva January 26-February 3. The event's focus is the US Snow Sculpting Championship (January 30-February 2). Other events include the Human Dog Sled Race, Cocoa Crawl, Amazing Ice Castles, chili cook off and more. See schedule for details.
  • Rockton Yeti Fest, January 30-February 2, snow sculpting, sled dog demo Friday afternoon/evening, more info on Facebook page
Friday, February 1:
  • February 1-2 Create a Glass Heart at Patterson Glassworks, Mundelein, 10AM-4PM, drop in, $35-$65, see website for more info

Saturday, February 2:
  • February 2 Dog Day at Morton Arboretum, 7AM-5PM, $5 per dog, regular admission fee for humans, fee includes bandanna
  • February 2 Groundhog Day, Woodstock, prognostication, woodcarving, film sites walking tour, opera house and old courthouse tours and more, additional events January 31-February 3
  • February 2 Cabin Fever Funfest, Courts Plus, Elmhurst, 9AM-12PM, balloon twister, obstacle course, face painter, crafts, climbing wall, more, free
  • February 2 Nature Discovery Day, Heller Nature Center, Highland Park, 10AM-12PM, visit nature classrooms, go sledding, enjoy a campfire and roasted marshmallows, visit animals and more, free
  • February 2 Farmhouse Museum Tours, Kline Creek Farm, West Chicago, 10AM-3PM, tours on the hour, blacksmithing demo at 1:30, free
  • February 2 Wonders of Winter, Mayslake Peabody Estate, Oak Brook, 10AM-2PM, ice fishing, geocacheing, snowshoeing, indoor activities about nature, free admission, small fees for some activities
  • February 2-3  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
  • February 2 Long Grove Cocoa Crawl, 12PM-4PM, sample hot cocoa and treats at participating merchants, pick up a map at the Visitor's Center, vote at the end, free
  • February 2 Lake Katherine Winter Fest, Palos Heights, 12PM-4PM, hayrides, snowshoeing, children's crafts, face painting and more, $5 pp and children under 2 free
  • February 2 Groundhog's Day, Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington, 1PM, learn about groundhogs and the history of the day, related art projects, free
  • February 2 Farm life in winter, Kline Creek Farm, West Chicago, 1:30PM-3:30PM, learn about farm chores in the winter, free

Sunday, February 3:
  • February 3 Farm life in winter, Kline Creek Farm, West Chicago, 1:30PM-3:30PM, learn about farm chores in the winter, free
  • February 3 Groundhog Day Again, River Trail Nature Center, Northrbook, 1:30PM, learn about the holiday's history

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