Things To Do
Spring officially begins with the Spring Equinox on Tuesday, March 20, 2018. This event marks the astronomical first day of spring in the Northern Hemisphere.Spring is a symbol of rebirth. And, after the cold and snowy winter season we just had, we welcome the pleasant mornings, soothing noon time, cool and calm evenings and comfortable nights. Birds are singing.The sky is clear. The wind is refreshing. Every object of nature looks beautiful. Flowers begin to bloom. New leaves come out of trees. It’s time to get outside! We’ve compiled some fun events in this section to experience this season. Be sure to check the Great Events calendar section for many more springtime fun activities.
Maple Sugaring Days: March 3-4
Don’t miss our spring celebration – Maple Sugaring Days, March 3-4 from 1-4 p.m. Learn how to tap a maple tree. Watch sap simmer and thicken to syrup. Join us on a guided hike through the preserve. Sample pure, local syrup. Plus, check-out interactive exhibits inside Creek Bend Nature Center. Bring the whole family for this fun, FREE program. Creek Bend Nature Center is located within LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve at 37W700 Dean St., St. Charles. See www.kaneforest.com or call 630-444-3190.
Kohl Children’s Museum
Visit our Animal Secrets exhibit to discover the mysteries of animal habitats, including meadows, woodlands, and caves. Opens March 20th. Kohl Children’s Museum offers a menagerie of activities this spring, including our Habitat Park Egg Hunt on Sat, Mar 31 from 10 – 2 (weather permitting) and special Earth Day activities on Sun, April 22. Great for toddlers through age 8! Located at 2100 Patriot Blvd., Glenview. 847-832-6600. www.kcmgc.org .
TransWorld’s Jewelry Fashion & Accessories Show
Celebrate Spring by attending TransWorld’s Jewelry Fashion & Accessories Show, April 19-22, 2018, at the Rosemont Convention Center. Select unique merchandise from hundreds of exhibitors offering the things you want at the prices you love. Find your inspiration for every look, for every style, and create a new you for the new season. See fashion, jewelry, accessories, beauty, gift and home decor you won’t find anywhere else. Sunday is Kids Day at JF&A! Bring your children, age 9 and older. After you register your children onsite, they will receive a free gift. Visit www.jfashow.com, or call 800-323-5462, for complete details.
Village of Hinsdale Community Pool
Think Summer! The Village of Hinsdale Community Pool offers an outdoor swimming facility for the entire family! Featuring a 50-meter pool with 25-meter L shape, zero -depth walk in wading pool with play features, a sand play area, and a diving well with drop slide, 2-1M diving boards and a 3M diving board. Pool passes are on sale! Also available are 10 visit passes and Neighborly Rates! Visit http://www.villageofhinsdale.org/departments/parks_and_recreation for more information.
Bartlett Park District
Bartlett Aquatic Center Outdoor Water Park
2017 Platinum International Aquatic Safety Award by Jeff Ellis and Associates for exceeding industry standards in risk management and epitomizing aquatic safety excellence.Take a wild ride at the Bartlett Aquatic Center and experience a New Way to Play! Amenities include an eight-lane lap pool with a zero-depth entry section, tube slide, lazy river, aquatic zip line, drop slide, two body slides, and spray playground, a sand-play area, and a concessions area. Available for private rentals, group outings and birthday parties. 620 W. Stearns Rd., Bartlett, IL 60103. For hours of operation and more information call 630.540.4800 or visit www.bartlettparks.org .
Experience the First Division Museum, now open Tuesday-Sunday after a 10-month renovation. Upcoming events: Easter Egg Hunt, March 31, 10 am to 4 pm; Kid Rock Music Programs, March 13 and April 10; and Family Fun Night (Fly a Kite!) on April 20. Cantigny gardens, museums and most special events are free admission. Regular parking is $5 per car. Visit Cantigny.org for full calendar. To receive event updates, text PARK to 36000.
April 28th in LaGrange
Emmanuel Episcopal Church is very excited to be announcing our new spring event, The Kensington Market. Emmanuel will once again be filled with vendors, patrons and parishioners all coming together to enjoy the many beautiful artisan booths. The Kensington Market will be open Saturday April 28th from 10 am – 6 pm, admission is $6. Enjoy artisan goods, delicious meals in the cafe and stop by the Baker’s Shelf to support our youth programs. The event is hosted by the Emmanuel Episcopal Church parish and sits in the thriving historic district of La Grange. Emmanuel Episcopal Church was just announced to the National Register of Historic Places! Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 203 S. Kensington Ave, La Grange, Il www.emmanuelantiqueshow.wixsite.com/emmanuel .
Hoffman Estates Park District
Triphahn Ice Arena
The Hoffman Estates Park District’s ice programs are known as one of the finest in the Chicago area. The Triphahn Ice Arena is a premier regional ice facility. This state of the arena offers two NHL sized sheets of ice, which are used for our Figure Skating Academy and Wolf Pack Hockey program, as well as home to the Chicago Wolves Hockey Team. For more information, visit heparks.org or call 847-885-7500.