A Little Time and a Keyboard: Wednesday Weekend Windup {St. Patrick's Day, Maple Tapping, Stargazing and More}

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Wednesday Weekend Windup {St. Patrick's Day, Maple Tapping, Stargazing and More}

St. Patrick's Day in the Chicago Suburbs

St. Patrick's Day and More Weekend Fun in the Chicago Suburbs

We have a mighty special weekend ahead indeed! There are plenty of St. Patrick's Day and Maple Tapping Events this weekend! There is plenty of other fun as well! Here are my picks for family fun in the Chicago suburbs this weekend:


  • 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.
  • Maple Sugaring: 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
Friday, March 15:
  • March 15-17 Celtic Fest, McGonigal's, Barrington, families welcome during the day, after 9PM 21+, see website for schedule
Saturday, March 16:
  • March 16 Sap's Rising:, River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook, 1:30PM, walk in the maple forest and learn how maple sugaring is done, free
  • March 16 & 17 McHenry Shamrocks the Fox, two days of St. Patrick's Day fun including dyeing the river on March 16, see schedule
  • March 16 Yorkville St. Patrick's Day Celebration, 8:30AM-11:30PM, 5K, music, parade, Irish dance lessons for kids and more, see schedule
  • March 16-17 Sugar Bush Fair, Spring Valley Nature Center, Schaumburg, 9AM-12PM, demos of maple syrup production, a pioneer maple sugaring camp, puppet show, hayride, admission is free, also a breakfast with pancakes, sausage, juice and coffee, $4.50 for half stack, $6.50 for full if register before, $6 and $8 respectively at the door
  • March 16, Maple Fest, Red Oak Nature Center, Batavia, 9AM-2PM, learn how people tapped trees for maple sugar, maple tapping demos, tours every hour, maple snacks and hot beverages for sale, $2 pp, register online
  • March 16 Lake County Green Living Fair, Libertyville Civic Center, 10AM-2PM, exhibits, vendors and more, accepting certain difficult to recycle items -- see list, free
  • March 16  Seussical, Marriott Theatre, Lincolnshire, 10AM, tickets $15.23, order online
  • March 16 Get Sticky! Maple Syrup Day, Fullersburg Woods, Oakbrook 10AM-2PM, 75-minute guided stroll through the woods to learn about how maple syrup is produced, tours start every 20 minutes, $10 per person, must register--register online
  • March 16 St. Patrick's Day Parade, Naperville, 10AM
  • March 16  Farmhouse Museum Tours, Kline Creek Farm, West Chicago, 10AM-3PM, tours on the hour, blacksmithing demo at 1:30, free
  • March 16 Build a Bird House, Wildbird Shack, Mount Prospect, 10:30AM-12PM, for kids with guardian, $45 per pair, includes all materials and snacks, must register
  • March 16 Paint the Town Green, Palatine, parade at 11AM, scavenger hunt, see website for info 
  • March 16 Arlington Heights Police Department Open House. 11:30AM-2PM, take a tour and meet staff, free
  • March 16 Lake Villa St. Patrick's Day Parade, 12PM
  • March 16 Exploring Art, Arlington Heights Memorial Library, 1PM-3PM, family art activities specifically created to work on as a family, free and drop in
  • March 16-17 Simply Sweet Family Hike, Morton Arboretum, Lisle, select times between 1PM and 3:30PM, on a family stroll learn about how maple syrup is made, make a maple inspired snow globe, taste maply treats, make maple ice cream, enjoy a toasty fire, $19 pp ($16 member), must register.
  • March 16 St. Patrick's Day Parade and Paddyfest, 3PM parade, 4PM-8PM Paddyfest, downtown and Prairie Street Brewhouse, Paddyfest $10 per person, free for kids 12 and under
  • March 16 Stargazing at Lake Katherine, Palos Heights, 7:30PM, free
  • March 16 St. Patrick's Day Fireworks in DublinDee, East Dundee 8PM-10PM
Sunday, March 17
  • March 17 47th Annual Maple Syrup Fest, River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook, 11AM-3PM, fun spring activities including crafts, games, tree tapping and maple syrup history, free
  • March 17 Trinity Irish Dancers, Woodridge Public Library, 1:30PM-2:15PM, free

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