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This week’s highlights …  This Weekend’s “Winter Fun” | On Stage | Fitness Events | Greater Chicago Events |  | Active Kids Zone | Party Place  |  Dining Guide  | This Week’s Sponsors … See below.

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This Weekend’s “Winter Fun!”

Fleetwood Roller Rink
Fleetwood Roller Rink (established 1957) is a family owned business. Our venue hosts public skating, birthday parties (our specialty) privates and fundraisers. We promote family fun for all ages plus for “health sake, roller skate” Come visit us and join in our fun.  Instruction available every Saturday at 1 pm   Check for our ongoing specials and public skating times www.fleetwoodrollerrink.com.
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Cascade Mountain…where kids ski free!
One of the most popular ski resorts in the Midwest is Cascade Mountain. Located on Interstate 90/94 between Madison and Wisconsin Dells, Cascade is a large area with 47 ski trails and snow tubing. Wisconsin Dells is just 15 minutes away from Cascade, and the city of Portage is even closer. Families with children save a bundle at Cascade Mountain because kids 12 and under ski free when accompanied by a paying adult. For more information, go to www.cascademountain.com.
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Kohl Children’s Museum
17 interactive hands-on exhibits to spark curiosity and inspire a love of learning for children ages birth to 8. Held over through March 29: Come explore the great outdoors with our interactive exhibit Nature Cat: Backyard and Beyond, based on the hit PBS Kids TV show, and developed in partnership with Spiffy Pictures and WTTW! See for yourself why we’re The Place Where Awesome Lives! Located at 2100 Patriot Blvd., Glenview, IL. For more information, call 847-832-6600 or visit www.kcmgc.org.
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WhirlyBall
WhirlyBall Naperville is open! Boasting a two-story “eatertainment” complex with WhirlyBall, eight bowling lanes, a four-lane bowling suite, HyperBowling and a multilevel laser tag area. WhirlyBall’s food is powered by its restaurant, The Pivot Room. The Pivot Room’s relaxed dining experience featuring a fresh take on classic American fare, and an expansive rotating craft beer selection. Reserve your space today! WHIRLYBALL NAPERVILLE, 3103 ODYSSEY CT, 630-932-4800.
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Wilmot Mountain
Embrace Winter Family Fun at Wilmot Mountain!  Traverse the slopes, take a lesson, enjoy upgraded food & beverages options at Ski Hill Grill, attend great season long events or enjoy slope side views and a hot toddy at Walt’s Tavern. Ski, snowboard and tube with us this season. Join us for Super Hero’s Day on Jan 12th SUPER HEROES.  Dress as your favorite Super Hero and “fly” down the slopes.  Costume contest and parade at 1pm.  Or enjoy the Totally Tubular 80’s Party on Jan. 25th from 11am – 6pm. Wear your best 80’s gear and join us for a rad day on the tubing hill including great tunes, photo booth, party favors and more!  One hour from Chicago just north of the WI/IL border.  www.wilmotmountain.com.
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Midwest Pond & Koi Society
The Midwest Pond & Koi Society, MPKS, are families with a common hobby: koi ponds, garden ponds, koi keeping, and plants. MPKS members range from the novice to experienced water gardener. The club has monthly meetings with topics about plants, ponds, and fish. Other activities include; auctions, a trade show, and a pond tour. You do not have to be a member to attend a meeting. Visit our web site www.mpks.org for more information.

Villa Olivia
Dare to do something different this winter! Learn to ski/snowboard or bring the family and friends for snow tubing. With six ski runs and a double wide tube hill Villa Olivia offers winter fun in your own backyard. We can even make our own snow! The season runs through March 1st.  Villa Olivia is located at 1401 W. Lake Street in Bartlett. For hours of operation and weather related information visit villaolivia.com or call 630-289-1000.
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Villa St. Benedict
Villa St. Benedict is a boutique lifestyle community with 47 acres of beautiful grounds and a warm community atmosphere. They offer variety of independent living and assisted living apartments, and memory care. Residents enjoy a carefree lifestyle with maintenance-free villa homes and apartments, gourmet dining options with chef-prepared meals, engaging activities, events, and much more. Learn more by visiting www.villastben.org or by contacting a sales counselor at (630) 852-0345.

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Fitness / Race Events

SATURDAY, JANUARY 4

  • Heritage Harbor Park Run. Ottawa. parkrun.us

SUNDAY, JANUARY 5

  • Commitment Day Triathlon Life Time Fitness, Bloomingdale. Orland Park, Romeoville, Warrenville. my.lifetime.life

This Week’s Greater Chicago Events…

THURSDAY, JANUARY 2

  • MIDDLE SCHOOL Open Gym/Swim – Choose between basketball. dodgeball, swimming, bags and volleyball! Snacks are available for purchase. Grades 6-8. 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM Fountain View Recreation Center, Carol Stream. Csparks.org.
  • CHICAGO / CITY Chicago’s Night Sky – Learn about the impact of light pollution, create your own constellations with interactive technology, and learn how to identify cool things in the Chicago sky. Adler Planetarium. adlerplanetarium.org.
  • CHICAGO / CITY Wired to Wear – Now Open. Wired to Wear is the first-ever exhibit dedicated to wearable technology—smart clothing and devices designed to extend the human body’s capabilities and make us healthier, stronger and safer. Museum of Science and Industry. msichicago.org.
  • CHICAGO / CITY Cloud Buster – Now Open. Cloud Buster is 37 ft climbable structure. Every nook and cranny provides a different thrill. Chicago Children’s Museum. chicagochildrensmuseum.org.
  • CHICAGO / CITY Underwater Beauty – Enter a world of shimmer, color, pattern and rhythm, in the aquarium’s most diverse special exhibit ever. Shedd Aquarium. sheddaquarium.org.
  • NATURE Discovery Days: Swirling Snowflakes Fun hands-on activities, games, crafts, experiments, nature books to explore nature topics together. Jan 2-4, Jan 18 and 20. Times vary. Knoch Knolls Nature Center River Room, Naperville. Napervilleparks.org.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 3

  • YOUTH Tween Night – 3rd – 6th grades will be paired together to play games like dodgeball, bubble soccer and kickball. Pizza and drinks will be provided. 6-9PM. Westmont Yard, Westmont. Westmontparks.org.
  • NATURE Discovery Days: Swirling Snowflakes Fun hands-on activities, games, crafts, experiments, nature books to explore nature topics together. Jan 2-4, Jan 18 and 20. Times vary. Knoch Knolls Nature Center River Room, Naperville. Napervilleparks.org.
  • OUTDOOR Cross-Country Ski and Snowshoe Rentals – This winter embrace the snowy season and trek through 1,700 acres of The Morton Arboretum’s winter wonderland. Daily in January, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Monday-Friday; 9 a.m.–4 p.m.  Saturday and Sunday
  • HISTORY Farmhouse Museum Tour at Kline Creek Farm – Through 3/30/20. Tour the farmhouse museum, and learn how the home served as the building block of the rural community. FREE. Warrenville. 10AM – 4PM. Closed Tues and Wed.
  • EXHIBIT On the Right Track: By Rail to Chicago & Beyond – Through 3/29/20. Take a journey through 170 years of railroading history—from Elmhurst to Chicago and beyond. View a wide array of artifacts. Hands-on learning stations. FREE. Elmhurst History Museum, elmhursthistory.org.
  • EXHIBIT Home Grown – Through 7/28/2020. Explores the historical methods and tools that DuPage residents used to farm and raise livestock and the impacts agriculture has had on the country. DuPage County Historical Museum, Wheaton. Wheatonparks.org.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 4

  • TEENS/ADULTS Naperville Park District and KidsMatter Community Job Fair – Individuals seeking summer, seasonal or year-round, part-time employment are invited to job fair representing 50 area businesses. 10 AM – 1 PM. Fort Hill Activity Center, Naperville. napervilleparks.org.
  • SHOPPING 2020 Chicago Antique, Vintage, and Designer Market – It will feature antiques, vintage, vintage clothing, vintage jewelry, vintage decor, collectibles, decorative arts, design, and much more. 9 AM – 4 PM. Pheasant Run, St. Charles. Pheasantrun.com.
  • CHICAGO / CITY Chicago’s Night Sky – Learn about the impact of light pollution, create your own constellations with interactive technology, and learn how to identify cool things in the Chicago sky. Adler Planetarium. adlerplanetarium.org.
  • CHICAGO / CITY Wired to Wear – Now Open. Wired to Wear is the first-ever exhibit dedicated to wearable technology—smart clothing and devices designed to extend the human body’s capabilities and make us healthier, stronger and safer. Museum of Science and Industry. msichicago.org.
  • CHICAGO / CITY Cloud Buster – Now Open. Cloud Buster is 37 ft climbable structure. Every nook and cranny provides a different thrill. Chicago Children’s Museum. chicagochildrensmuseum.org.
  • CHICAGO / CITY Underwater Beauty – Enter a world of shimmer, color, pattern and rhythm, in the aquarium’s most diverse special exhibit ever. Shedd Aquarium. sheddaquarium.org.
  • CHICAGO / CITY Family Day –  January 11. Explore the galleries with us to learn fun facts, find hidden gems and participate in hands-on demonstrations. Make a take-home project too! Free with CAC admission. No Registration. Ages 3+. 10 AM – 2 PM. Chicago Architecture Center, Chicago. architecture.org.
  • NATURE Discovery Days: Swirling Snowflakes Fun hands-on activities, games, crafts, experiments, nature books to explore nature topics together. Jan 2-4, Jan 18 and 20. Times vary. Knoch Knolls Nature Center River Room, Naperville. Napervilleparks.org.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 5

  • SHOPPING 2020 Chicago Antique, Vintage, and Designer Market – It will feature antiques, vintage, vintage clothing, vintage jewelry, vintage decor, collectibles, decorative arts, design, and much more. 9 AM – 3 PM. Pheasant Run, St. Charles. Pheasantrun.com.
  • CHICAGO / CITY Family Day –  January 11. Explore the galleries with us to learn fun facts, find hidden gems and participate in hands-on demonstrations. Make a take-home project too! Free with CAC admission. No Registration. Ages 3+. 10 AM – 2 PM. Chicago Architecture Center, Chicago. architecture.org.
  • FAMILY Snowman Photo Contest – Through 2/28/2020. Get outside and build a snowman together. Take a photo and submit it to sdignan@darienparks.com. Winners announced 3/2/2020. Darien. Darienparks.com.

MONDAY, JANUARY 6

  • KIDS Learn and Play: Dinosaurs – Join us for imaginative and pretend play with dinosaurs. Drop-in event for ages 4-7 with an adult. 10:30 – 11:00 AM. Skokie Library. Skokielibrary.info.
  • FAMILY Adult/Tot Open Climb – Kids  2-5 climb the indoor rock wall on Mondays through February 24! Other age-appropriate activities will be available. Must be accompanied by adult. 9:30AM-11AM. Ackerman SFC, Glen Ellyn. AckermanSFC.com.

TUESDAY JANUARY 7

  • CLUB DuPage Valley Toastmasters – Non profit club helping people become better speakers.  Meets 1st and 3rd Tuesday’s of every month at 7:15 pm at Covenant Living, 124 Windsor Park Drive Carol Stream. 630-501-7099.

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 8

  • ART Kreative Kard Kolaj – Use various objects to compile ephemera into beautiful pieces of art. 7 PM. Bloomingdale Park District Museum $10. Contact Bev at bpetrosius@gmail.com.
  • COOKING New Year Resolution Meals – Learn how to prepare delicious, healthy food for you and your family, and go home with a gourmet salad. 6:30-7:30 PM. Ages 13+. Prisco Community Center, Aurora. Foxvalleyparkdistrict.org.
  • CHICAGO / CITY Progressive Chicago Boat, RV & Sail Show – January 8-12. See hundreds of boats, high-tech RVs and paddle board at the largest indoor boat show. McCormick Place, Chicago. chicagoboatshow.com.
  • KIDS Arbor Reading Adventures – Stories, crafts and an adventure walk during this program held in the Sterling Morton Library. Wed and Fri in January, 11–11:45 AM. Morton Arboretum, Lisle. Mortonarb.org.
  • TECH iPad & iPhone Help Desk Jan 8 & 22, Feb 12 & 26. Our expert volunteer will answer questions and cover the basics for using your iPad or iPhone to its maximum potential. Register. 9AM-12PM. Helen Plum Library, Lombard. Helenplum.com .

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