Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Wednesday Weekend Windup {Aurora Strong Benefit, STEM, Underground Railroad Hikes, Maple Syrup and More}

Maple syrup fun

Aurora Strong Benefit, STEM, Underground Railroad Hikes and More This Weekend

There are a lot of great activities in the Chicago Suburbs this weekend including a benefit for those families affected by the tragedy in Aurora last week. Other options include Underground Railroad Hikes, STEM activities, learning about maple syrup, MPPL Fan Fest and more:
Friday, February 22:
  • February 22 Freeze Fest River Trails Park District, The Zone, Mount Prosect, 5PM-8PM, $2 pp for those 16 and under, Parkour, bounce house, photo booth, arts, crafts, freeze pops and giveaways, food for purchase
Saturday, February 23:
  • February 23 Mount Prospect Public Library Fan Fest, 10AM-4PM, features authors and illustrators, costumes, crafts games and more, free but see schedule
  • February 23  Farmhouse Museum Tours, Kline Creek Farm, West Chicago, 10AM-3PM, tours on the hour, blacksmithing demo at 1:30, free
  • February 23 STEM Expo, Illinois Institute of Technology, Wheaton, 10:30AM-3:30PM, a day of hands-on science learning
  • February 23-24 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 23 Black History Month: Underground Railroad Hikes, Sand Ridge Nature Center, South Holland, 11AM and 2PM, follow on an imaginary journey that follows a trail really used for the Underground Railroad
  • February 23 Family Bauhaus Workshop, Elmhurst Art Museum, 1PM-4PM, STEAM activity, familiarize with visionary Oskar Schlemmer and design their own costumes inspired by his geometric ballets, free with admission
  • Sap's Rising: February 23 & 24, March 2 & 3, 9 & 10, 16  River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook, 1:30PM, walk in the maple forest and learn how maple sugaring is done, free
  • February 23 Farm life in winter, Kline Creek Farm, West Chicago, 1:30PM-3:30PM, learn about farm chores in the winter, free
Sunday, February 24:
  • February 24 Fledgling Birder, Crabtree, 10:30AM, learn about birding tips, feeder tips and how to use binoculars, for families, free
  • February 24 Aurora Strong Concert Benefit, Balldoyle Pub & Restaurant, Aurora, 12PM-4PM, live music, Irish buffet, Irish dancers, more fun & other donation funded activities, raising money for families affected by last week's tragedy, reserve tickets online
  • February 24 Farm life in winter, Kline Creek Farm, West Chicago, 1:30PM-3:30PM, learn about farm chores in the winter, free
  • February 24 Addams Family Performance, Community Arts Center, Buffalo Grove, 2PM, teen performance $15 per 
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