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WEEKEND+ for Thursday 11/14 to Wednesday 11/20

The coming week from Suburban Family  … Cascade MountainKohl Children’s Museum | Whirlyball | Granite Peak Ski Area | Oal Brook Park District | Metra |Hollywood Blvd. | Safari Land | Funtopia Glenview and Naperville | This Weekend’s Seasons Best | Holiday On Stage | This Weekend’s Holiday Happenings | Fitness/Race Events | Greater Chicago Events | SPECIAL: Senior Focus | Active Kids Zone and Party Place  | Helping Kids with Learning Differences | Dining Guide  | This Week’s Sponsors … See below.

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This Weekend’s “Season’s Best”

Cascade Mountain…where kids ski free!   OPENS SATURDAY 11/16!
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. Now through January 26, 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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Granite Peak Ski Area     OPENS SATURDAY 11/16!
Wisconsin’s #1 Ski Area located in an authentic ski town!  Your family will have so much to do for the entire weekend.   Ski and Stay packages as low as $452 for a family of 4! 3 High Speed chair lifts with beginner runs that allow for your whole family, no matter their ability, ski all day long!  Combo tickets starting at $299 for 5 Days.  Now that’s a deal! Book now at Skigranitepeak.com.
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WhirlyBall
WhirlyBall Naperville is open to host your Holiday Party! 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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Ride Metra to Winter Fun
With traffic-free trips to festive Chicago-area destinations like shopping, ice skating, theaters, light displays and more, Metra is made for the holidays! Enjoy unlimited rides Saturday and Sunday for just $10, and free rides for up to three kids 11 and under with each fare-paying adult on weekends and select holidays. For more fun trip ideas, schedules and to find the station nearest you, visit metrarail.com today!
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Oak Brook Park District
Parties and Event Services
From year-round pool parties to quaint weddings and family gatherings, the Oak Brook Park District’s award-winning facilities and staff are available to make sure that your next event is a success! Please contact the our team for additional details or reservations by emailing events@obparks.org or calling 630-645-9554. www.obparks.org.

Celebrate the Holidays
with Hollywood Blvd Cinema

Celebrity Guest, Ugly Sweater Parties, Movie with Santa, Christmas Dueling Pianos, Throwback Holiday Classics and so much more! Private Events rentals available also for Fundraisers, Holiday Parties & Corporate Events. Contact Blvd today. 1001 W. 75th St. Woodridge IL 60517 www.HollywoodBlvdCinema.com.

Safari Land
Villa Park, IL

Safari Land is the ultimate, INDOOR amusement park, plus home of the largest year-round indoor roller coaster in Illinois. Open seven days a week, offering eight amusement rides, over 100 arcade games and 12 lanes of bowling. Ride wristband includes: Tilt-A-Whirl, Bumper Cars, Merry-Go-Round, Monkey Jump, Soft Play Area, Max Flight Simulator, Roller Coaster & Kiddie Go-Karts. Free parking and a perfect spot for birthday parties!  For more information visit www.safarilandfun.com or call 630-530-4649.
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Funtopia
Glenview and Naperville
Funtopia hosts the most FUNbelievable Birthday Parties. Our packages offer a unique way for kids to have fun and be active on awesome attractions while parents can relax and enjoy the great atmosphere.

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Holiday On Stage…

Mary Poppins + A Christmas Carol
Drury Lane Theatre              STARTS THIS WEEKEND!
“It’s a jolly holiday with…” Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s Mary Poppins at Drury Lane Theatre! Everyone’s favorite nanny flies to the stage November 15, 2019 – January 19, 2020. Based on the stories by P.L. Travers and the beloved Walt Disney film, this “practically perfect” musical is fun for the entire family. Tickets start at $60 and are on sale now – and if you’re still doing your shopping, they make a “supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” gift! Call or visit the box office or visit DruryLaneTheatre.com to get your tickets today!

Have a magical day out at the Spoonful of Sugar Tea before the matinee performance of Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s Mary Poppins on January 4 and 11. Kids of all ages will love the magic show and decorating their very own kite. For more information or to make reservations, visit LucilleRestaurant.com or call (630) 530-8300.

Drury Lane Theatre for Young Audiences presents A Christmas CarolNovember 29-December 23, 2019. The 60-minute holiday classic is appropriate for all ages. Tickets start at $20 and are on sale now. Call or visit the box office or visit DruryLaneTheatre.com to get your tickets today!

(630) 530-0111 | 100 Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181 | DruryLaneTheatre.com.
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Magic of the Holiday Season
The Dancing Horses Theatre – located 10 minutes west of Lake Geneva
Open all year round!
Discover what everyone is talking about. For a perfect day of family entertainment, and to enjoy the Magic of the Holiday Season, visit The Dancing Horses Theatre. Music, costumes, and holiday lights grace the entire Theatre from November to January. It is a “must see” for any horse lover as well as all those looking for a unique destination. www.thedancinghorses.com or call 262-728-8200. Tickets are $32.50 for over 2 hours of spectacular entertainment!

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This Weekend’s “Holiday Happenings”

  • Holiday Open House – 11/14 to 12/22. Weekend attractions include a Christmas tree parade, strolling carolers, appearances by Santa and Mrs. Claus. 11 AM to 5PM Fri. and Sat. Noon to 5 PM Sun. Historic Long Grove. longgrove.org.
  • Jingle Mingle – 11/15. A festive parade through the Village Center starting at 6:30 PM.  Burr Ridge. burr-ridge.gov.
  • Spot Shot Turkey Shoot – 11/16. Children and parents can showcase shooting skills from various spots placed around the basketball court. Prairie School, Buffalo Grove. bgparks.org.
  • Festival of Lights – 11/16-12/31. The lights go on nightly  on the hour, choreographed to music. 5-9 PM. The Promenade, Bolingbrook. shoppingpromenade.com.

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Fitness / Race Events …

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 16

  • Gobble Gobble, Run or Wobble 5K. Oak Lawn. stlinusoaklawn.org.

Upcoming Fitness Races…

  • Arthritis Foundation Jingle Bell Run – Sat 11/23 at 9 AM 5K Run/Walk. Cantigny Park. Wheaton. www.jbr.org/westernsuburbs.
  • Roselle Annual Turkey Tango/Trot 5K – Thurs, Nov. 28th at 8 AM. Thanksgiving Morning. 5K run/walk, Chipped Time, USATF certified. Hot Chocolate and post-race refreshments. Roselle, IL www.Roselle5K.com.
  • Arlington Heights Rotary Club Santa Run. Saturday, December 7. Arlington Heights. Rotary.santarun.org.
  • Arthritis Foundation Jingle Bell Run – Sat 12/14 at 9 AM 5K Run/Walk. Chicago History Museum. Chicago. www.jbr.org/chicago.

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This Week’s Greater Chicago Events…

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 14

  • FUNDRAISER Batavia Lions Club Annual Underwear (and socks!) Party – Benefitting Batavia United Way’s Adopt-A-Family. Bring $10 or a same value new package of underwear or socks. Complimentary appetizers and cash bar. Raffle. 6-8 PM. Bar Evolution, Batavia. bataviaunitedway.org.
  • EXHIBIT On the Right Track: By Rail to Chicago & Beyond – 11/14-3/29/20. Take a journey through 170 years of railroading history—from Elmhurst to Chicago and beyond. View a wide array of artifacts. Kids can investigate hands-on learning stations. FREE. Elmhurst History Museum, elmhursthistory.org.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 15

  •  FAMILY Veteran’s Day Family Swim – Join us for a special Family Nigh out celebrating our Veterans! Cost is free and we will provide a light refreshment. 7-8 PM. Goldfish Swim School, Plainfield. goldfishswimschool.com.
  • FITNESS Friday Night Dance Party – Get ready to get your groove on. Dance stylings of Zumba, Werq, Zumba Gold and Dance. 7 – 9 PM. Light refreshments. Fort Hill Activity Center, Naperville. Napervilleparks.org.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 16

  • FAMILY Model Railroad Madness – Meet model train enthusiasts and collectors to learn about the hobby and how model trains work. FREE. Elmhurst History Museum’s Education Center, Elmhurst. elmhursthistory.org.
  • ADULTS Wheatstack’s Dueling Pianos – Join us for a night with great music and food. 21+ 7:30-10:30PM. Wheatstack – A Midwestern Eatery & Tap. Lisle. Register. wheatstacklisle.com/events.html
  • ADULTS Grief and Healing Conference – It’s uplifting, inspirational, spiritual and informational to help the grief and healing process. 9 AM to 5 PM. Chicago-Marriott-Naperville. RenewConference.life.
  • FAMILY Bird Walks –  Search the woods, fields, and edges of the Arboretum for birds. Walk with an expert guide, to locate and identify species spotted along the way. 8 – 10:30 AM Morton Arboretum, Lisle. mortonarb.org.
  • CONTEST Cantigny Park Amateur photographers to enter their best images in the Cantigny in Focus annual photo contest. Entry deadline 11/18. Winning entries on display in February. Park visitors vote for their favorite images throughout 2020. Cantigny, Wheaton. Cantigny.org.
  • EXHIBIT “A Celebration of Souls: Day of the Dead in Southern Mexico” Through 1/5/20. The temporary exhibition is rich with cultural symbols from one of the most recognized annual events in Mexico. Dunn Museum, Libertyville. DunnMuseum.org.
  • CHICAGO / CITY  Maggie Daley Park Skating Ribbon – Opens mid November. Among the “alpine in a city,” lace up your skates and enjoy an ice skating experience unlike any other on a path of ice winding through the rolling landscape. Chicago. maggiedaleypark.com.
  • CHICAGO / CITY  Christmas Around The World and Holidays of Light – November 14-January 5. Since 1942 Chicagoans and visitors alike have enjoyed fabulous trees from over 50 countries, plus spectacular lights all in the comfort of the museum. Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago. msichicago.org.
  • CHICAGO / CITY  Christkindlmarket Chicago – November 15 – December 24. A unique open-air shopping experience with traditional German flair offering food, drinks and diverse holiday entertainment. Downtown and Wrigleyville locations. Chicago. christkindlemarket.com.
  • CHICAGO / CITY  McCormick Tribune Ice Rink – November 15 – mid March. Lessons and special programming weekends and during the Chicago Public Schools’ winter break. Skate rentals available. Chicago. millenniumpark.org.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 17

  • EXHIBIT McCormick House – Past, Present, Future – Through 1/12/20. Elmhurst Art Museum will exhibit a full 1950s domestic representation of its Mies van der Rohe McCormick House Tours Sundays 1 PM and 3 PM. Elmhurst.
  • EXHIBIT Home Grown – Through 7/28/2020. Home Grown 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.
  • EXHIBIT What Came After: Figurative Painting in Chicago 1978-98. Through 1/12/20. What Came After is a survey of diverse interests in the figure as a subject, the human condition, and an interest in personal iconography. Elmhurst History Museum. elmhursthistory.org.
  • CHICAGO / CITY  Maggie Daley Park Skating Ribbon – Opens mid November. Among the “alpine in a city,” lace up your skates and enjoy an ice skating experience unlike any other on a path of ice winding through the rolling landscape. Chicago. maggiedaleypark.com.
  • CHICAGO / CITY  Christmas Around The World and Holidays of Light – November 14-January 5. Since 1942 Chicagoans and visitors alike have enjoyed fabulous trees from over 50 countries, plus spectacular lights all in the comfort of the museum. Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago. msichicago.org.
  • CHICAGO / CITY  Christkindlmarket Chicago – November 15 – December 24. A unique open-air shopping experience with traditional German flair offering food, drinks and diverse holiday entertainment. Downtown and Wrigleyville locations. Chicago. christkindlemarket.com.
  •  CHICAGO / CITY  McCormick Tribune Ice Rink – November 15 – mid March. Lessons and special programming weekends and during the Chicago Public Schools’ winter break. Skate rentals available. Chicago. millenniumpark.org.

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 20

  • ADULT Ladies Night Out – Make holiday wreaths. Includes supplies, instruction, bow demonstration, wine tasting and small appetizers. 7-9 PM. Glenview Park Golf Club. Register. glenviewparks.org.
  • SENIORS Mount Prospect Senior Men’s Group Welcoming New Members. Play pool, share stories and discuss the news of the day. Wednesdays at 12:30 PM. Community Room, Mount Prospect Village Hall. Contact: Lee Habich (847-207-0079).
  • KIDS Arbor Reading Adventures – Wed and Fri in Nov. This interactive story time will include a craft before participants head out to the grounds for an adventure walk. 11 -11:45 AM. Children ages 3 to 5 with adult. Morton Arboretum, Lisle. Mortonarb.org.

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SPECIAL: Senior Focus

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Active Kids Zone + Party Places

  • Active Kids Zone featuring: Rock ‘n Kids, SEASPAR, Great Lakes Volleyball Center Go to this article: Website | Digital Edition
  • Party Places featuring:  Oak Brook Park District Parties and Event Services, Hollywood Blvd Cinema, SAFARI LAND,  Funtopia Glenview and Naperville Go to this article: Website | Digital Edition

Help Your Child with Learning Differences

  • Featuring: Autism Home Support Serevices, Eye Level Learning Centers, Her’s to You! LLC, SEASPAR

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Dining Guide

  • Dining Guide featuring:The Hen House of Wheaton, Vino Thai, Mon Ami Gabi, Catch 35, Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurants

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