Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Wednesday Weekend Windup {Winter Fests, Puppets, Railroads and More}

Winter Fests in the Chicago Suburbs


The weekend is within site! Here are my picks in the Chicago suburbs this weekend for families:
Ongoing:

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.

Saturday, January 12:
  • January 12 Chilly Open, Arlington Lakes Golf Club, 8:45AM-3PM, all ages welcome, variety of choices of number of holes, indoor mini golf, raffles, all you can eat chili and more, $25 per player for 3-6 holes, $35 for more, must pre-register.
  • January 12 Farmhouse Museum Tours, Kline Creek Farm, West Chicago, 10AM-3PM, tours on the hour, blacksmithing demo at 1:30, free
  • January 12 Frosty Fest at Bittersweet Golf Course in Gurnee, 10:30AM-1:00PM. Ice sculpting (live sculpting and interactive play), horse drawn carriage rides, dog sled demos, festive winter games and more, free.
  • January 12 Art of Inflation: Balloon Show, Mount Prospect Public Library, 11AM-11:45AM, free, must register
  • January 12 Vernon Hill's Winter Fest, Century Park Pavilion from 11AM-2PM. Ice sculpting, sled hill, sled dogs, ice rink, s'mores, carriage rides and more fun for the whole family. Some activities are weather permitting. Admission is free.
  • January 12-13 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 12 Farm life in winter, Kline Creek Farm, West Chicago, 1:30PM-3:30PM, learn about farm chores in the winter, free
  • January 12 The Puppet Place Presents: The Magic Onion, Arlington Heights Memorial Library, 6:30PM, free but must register 
Sunday, January 13:
  • January13 Farmhouse Museum Tours:, Kline Creek Farm, West Chicago, 10AM-3PM, tours on the hour,  free
  • Winterfest at Volo Bog January 13. Visit the Volo Bog from 12PM-4PM for an afternoon of live music, winter nature crafts, bog tours,cross country skiing, snow sculpting contest (weather permitting), hot cocoa and more. Admission is free but donations are welcome.
  • January 13 Farm life in winter, Kline Creek Farm, West Chicago, 1:30PM-3:30PM, learn about farm chores in the winter, free
  • January 13 Winter Wonderland, Chevy Chase, Wheeling, 1PM-4PM, face painting, arts and crafts, winter-themed games, winter-themed snacks, hot cocoa, free
  • January 13 Powder Prints, Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington, 1PM, learn about tracks, scat and more, free
  • January 13 Wonderful Winter Wildlife, River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook, 1:30PM, learn how local wildlife sleep, move or adapt to survive a Chicago winter, free

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