Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Wednesday Weekend Windup {Chagall, Ski Jump, Huskies, Bald Eagles and More}

Chicago Suburbs Weekend Fun January 25-27, 2019

Chicago Suburbs Weekend Fun January 25-27, 2019

Just because it is winter, it doesn't mean we aren't having fun here in the Chicago suburbs! There are plenty of events this weekend. There are some outdoors ones, so I caution you to make sure they are still happening this weekend due to cold temperatures. As of this writing, they are. If you are thinking about a road trip, this week is Milwaukee Museum Week.


  • 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 14-March 14 Gail Borden Library Take Flight Exhibit, Elgin, free, hands-on explorations to learn about flight, check for special programs
  • January 19-February 24 Enchanted Railroad, Morton Arboretum, free with regular admission, get timed tickets when you arrive at the Visitor Center
  • January 26-April 7 Chagall for Children, Arlington Heights Memorial Library, 14 interactive exhibits encouraging you to insert yourself into Chagall's work, there are special sensory-friendly hours, the exhibit is free and great for kids ages 2-12, I will have more later this week!
Friday, January 25:
Saturday, January 26:
  • January 26-27 A Year with Frog and Toad, Prairie Lakes, Des Plaines, various times, $15 pp, enjoy the celebrated characters Frog and Toad, meet the characters after, tickets can be reserved online, production by Big Noise Theater
  • January 26 Farmhouse Museum Tours, Kline Creek Farm, West Chicago, 10AM-3PM, tours on the hour, blacksmithing demo at 1:30, free
  • January 26 Science and Art Fair, Batavia Public Library, 11AM-2PM, variety of experiences available, timed tickets for some events, free
  • January 26 Snowshoe Trekking, Camp Dan Beard, Northbrook, 11AM-2PM, must have 4+ " of snow, free
  • January 26-27 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 26 & 27 Norge Ski Jump in Fox River Grove  A exhilarating ski jumping tournament and true and traditional Illinois experience! Event runs 12PM-4PM each day with gates opening at 11AM. Tickets are $15 at the door, $10 at select local merchants and $11 online. Kids 12 and under are free. Bring blankets and lawn chairs. We usually pack a lunch to eat in the lot, there are a few items for purchase including chili.
  • January 26-27 Husky Heroes The Morton Arboretum. Husky sled dogs demonstrate sled-pulling and skijoring. You can check out equipment, meet sled dogs and learn about adopting huskies. There will also be a wildlife photo exhibit. Free with regular Arboretum admission.
  • January 26-February 3 Winterfest in Lake Geneva 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.
  • Bald Eagle Watch Weekend at Starved Rock in Utica January 26-27. The event includes a variety of hikes, kids activities, talks and birds of prey shows. There are some advance ticket sales. Day of is free admission but first come first serve to shows without tickets. There is a trolley that can take you from place to place for $2 per person.
  • January 26 Family Winter Scavenger Hunt and Campfire at Trailside in River Forest, 1PM-2:30PM, hunt for signs of animal and plant life in winter, warm up with s'mores and a campfire, $2 per person.
  • January 26 Farm life in winter, Kline Creek Farm, West Chicago, 1:30PM-3:30PM, learn about farm chores in the winter, free
Sunday, January 27
  • January 27 Farmhouse Museum Tours, Kline Creek Farm, West Chicago, 10AM-3PM, tours on the hour, free
  • January 27 Farm life in winter, Kline Creek Farm, West Chicago, 1:30PM-3:30PM, learn about farm chores in the winter, free
  • January 27 Two Owls and a Naturalist, River Trail Nature Center, 1:30PM, learn about owls' unique adaptations and get up close to resident owls, free

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