Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Wednesday Weekend Windup {Shamrocks, Sugar Maples, Suffragettes, Flight and More}

Chicago Suburban Fun March 8-10, 2019

This weekend brings special St. Patrick's Day fun to the suburbs! However, there are plenty of other fun events to mix it up including maple sugaring events, science exploration, learning about flight, learning about suffragettes and more! Here are my picks for family fun in the Chicago suburbs this weekend:
Ongoing:
  • January 14-March 14 Gail Borden Library Take Flight Exhibit, Elgin, free, hands-on explorations to learn about flight, check for special programs
  • 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, take a peek: https://www.alittletimeandakeyboard.com/2019/01/chagall-for-children.html
  • February 9-March 24 The Orchid Show, Chicago Botanic Garden, see post for more info
  • March 1-22 Virtual Bauhaus, Elmhurst Art Museum, using VR glasses, visitors are students touring the iconic Dessau Bauhaus exploring its architecture, education, design and products. Bauhaus' goal was to harness modern tech to make life better for everyone. The experience is free with admission, see website for more info and open times.
Friday March 8:
Saturday, March 9:
  • March 9  Farmhouse Museum Tours, Kline Creek Farm, West Chicago, 10AM-3PM, tours on the hour, blacksmithing demo at 1:30, free
  • March 9-10 Sap's Rising:  March 9 & 10, 16  River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook, 1:30PM, walk in the maple forest and learn how maple sugaring is done, free
  • March 9-10 Maple Sugaring: March 7-11, March 14-18, March 21-25, March 28-30, Kline Creek Farm, West Chicago, 1PM-4PM, try your hand at tapping with tools from the 1890's, watch maple sugar thicken, taste real maple syrup, free
  • March 9-10 Festival of the Sugar Maples, Coral Woods Conservation Area, Marengo, 10AM-3PM, learn how trees produce sap and how it is collected, see syrup made in the evaporator house, hikes, free admission, tours start every 15 minutes
  • March 9 and 10 Seussical, Marriott Theatre, Lincolnshire, 10AM, tickets $15.23, order online
  • March 9 Twisted Tales Theatre Three Little Pigs, Arlington Heights, Memorial Library, 11AM-12PM, for kids ages 5 and up, performed by Buffalo Grove HS students, free but must register
  • March 9 Hogan Irish Dancers, Mount Prospect Public Library, 11AM-11:45AM, free but must register
  • March 9-24 Maple Syrup Hikeson weekends, Ryerson Woods, Riverwoods, 12PM-2PM every half hour, see tapping in process, see how tap turns to sap, $6 pp, children under 3 free, must register: 847-968-3321
  • March 9 Elmhurst St. Patrick's Day Parade, 12PM
  • March 9 Women's History Month, Cantigny, Wheaton, 12PM-3PM, learn about suffragettes and make a suffragette button, $5 parking
  • March 9 St. Charles St. Patrick's Day Parade, 2PM
  • March 9 Living History: Inventor Mary Potts, Cantigny, Wheaton, 3PM-4PM, Mrs. Potts perfect the cold-handled sad iron, she held a patent and was featured in the Columbian Exposition, free but must register, for kids 10 and up, $5 parking
Sunday, March 10:
  • March 10 Great Midwest Train Show, DuPage County Fairgrounds, 9AM-3PM, $7 for adults, free for kids under 12
  • March 10 Maple Syrup Harvest, Heller Nature Center, Highland Park, 10AM-11AM or 11:30AM-12:30PM, for ages 6 and up, listen to maple syrup folklore, tap a tree, enjoy a pancake and maple syrup after, $12 pp, must register by March 9
  • March 10 Sunday Funday, Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington, 1PM, nature activities and animal activities, free
  • March 10 Flights of Fantasy at Des Plaines History Center, 1PM-3PM, history of flight back to ancient times, families with kids ages 5-12, free due to generosity of VFW 2992
  • March 10 Wonders of Science, Fermilab, Batavia, 1PM, family program, best for kids ages 7-12, series of experiments, family will have kit to take home, $5 per person, must register online

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