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Weekend+ for 11/7 to 11/13

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WEEKEND+ for Thursday 11/7 to Wednesday 11/13

The coming week from Suburban Family  … Kohl Children’s Museum | Whirlyball | Plainfield P.D. “Mother Son Superhero Fun” | 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 Your Child with Learning Differences | Dining Guide  | This Week’s Sponsors … See below.

PHOTO: Scrap Arts Music, Fermilab.  See On Stage

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This Weekend’s “Season’s Best”

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

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

Plainfield Park District
The Plainfield Park District has several family special events planned for this fall and winter. Nov. 8: Mother Son Superhero Fun at the Prairie Activity & Rec. Ctr. (PARC) 24550 W. Renwick Rd. 6:30-8p. Nov. 30: Grinchmas on the Green, Village Green Pk., 24121 W. Chicago St. Dec. 14: Breakfast with Santa at PARC. Dec. 13-14: Journey to the North Pole, 4 Seasons Pk., 22500 Lockport St. More info & to register go to

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 or call 630-530-4649.

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.

Two FUNtastic locations:


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Holiday On Stage…

Fermilab Arts & Lecture Series:               ~THIS WEEKEND
Children of Metropolis: Scrap Arts Music

Join the Fermilab Arts & Lecture Series for great family events –

Children of Metropolis: Scrap Arts Music (November 9)

  • Scrap Arts Music is a high-octane, choreographed percussion spectacle with rolling instrument sculptures made entirely of recycled scrap.  Special student price of $10 with the promo code SCRAP.

All performances are at Fermilab’s Ramsey Auditorium located at Kirk & Pine Street in Batavia.  Tickets are available to both performances. or 630/840.ARTS.

Mary Poppins + A Christmas Carol
Drury Lane Theatre                 ~TICKETS AVAILABLE
“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 to get your tickets today!

(630) 530-0111 | 100 Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181 |

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. 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”

Yes, the holiday season is starting already…

  • Weed Ladies Winter Show and Holiday Floral Sales – 11/7-10. Featuring holiday-themed floral arrangements and accessories. Naper Settlement, Naperville.
  • A Dicken’s of a Holiday Craft Show – 11/9. Find unique, handcrafted holiday gifts. FREE! Darien Park District Community Center.
  • Geneva Women’s Club Annual Arts and Crafts Show – 11/10. Hand-crafted and unique items. 10AM-4 PM. Geneva High School.

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Fitness / Race Events …


  • Gobbler Hobbler 10K and Mashed Potato Mile. Oswego.
  • Chill William’s Veterans Day 5K Run. Chicago.
  • Polish Independence 10K/5K. Montrose Harbor, Chicago.


  • Run in the Dark. Downtown, Chicago.

Upcoming Fitness Races…

  • Arthritis Foundation Jingle Bell Run – Sat 11/23 at 9 AM 5K Run/Walk. Cantigny Park. Wheaton.
  • 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
  • Arlington Heights Rotary Club Santa Run. Saturday, December 7. Arlington Heights.
  • Arthritis Foundation Jingle Bell Run – Sat 12/14 at 9 AM 5K Run/Walk. Chicago History Museum. Chicago.

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This Week’s Greater Chicago Events…


  • SHOW Game On! Sitcom Showdown – Be part of the live studio audience of a TV sitcom-themed episode of Naperville’s only TV game show: Game On! 7 PM. Tickets. Center Stage Theatre, Naperville.


  • FAMILY Dollhouse Miniature Show and Sale – Annual show features displays of dollhouses and miniature scenes.  Items for sale.  Holiday Inn, Elk Grove Village.
  • TEEN GIRLS Women in Construction Event – Area high school girls invited to event at Northern Michigan University. Meet with female industry professionals and complete projects in welding and carpentry. Register. Marquette, MI.
  • KIDS Mother/Son Superhero Fun – Moms and their sons will enjoy a night of fun with music, dancing, games, crafts and hanging with a superhero! Ages 3-13. Prairie Activity & Rec. Center, Plainfield.


  • FAMILY Dollhouse Miniature Show and Sale – Annual show features displays of dollhouses and miniature scenes.  Items for sale.  Holiday Inn, Elk Grove Village.
  • TOUR of the Oak Hill and Oak Crest Cemeteries – Downers Grove’s oldest graveyards. Learn about the history of the sites and the lives if residents who are buried there, including war veterans. All ages.
  • EXHIBIT Nature Artists’ Guild Holiday Exhibit – Peruse 150 pieces of art from 50 artists and watch demonstrations. 10 AM – 4 PM. Morton Arboretum, Lisle.
  • FAMILY: Giving Back – Participants will create holiday cards for the residents of Hines VA Hospital. 12 to 3 PM. Free. Robert R. McCormick House, Cantigny. Wheaton.
  • SENIORS Fun Dance – Inviting seniors come to dance, listen live DJ, snack and meet new friends. 6-10 PM Bring a snack to share. Tickets $12. St. Peter Church, Schaumburg.
  • 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.


  • EXHIBIT Nature Artists’ Guild Holiday Exhibit – Peruse 150 pieces of art from 50 artists and watch demonstrations. 10 AM – 4 PM. Morton Arboretum, Lisle.
  • ADULTS – Brides & Bubbles Expo – Amazing boutiques, caterers and bakers, lavish decorators, plus everything you need for your bachelorette party, honeymoon, and beyond.  11 AM – 3 PM. Sheridan, Lisle.
  • 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.
  • 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.


  • THEATRE Mystery in the Mansion Lunchtime Matinee – Begin your day of fun and adventure with lunch at The Jacob Henry Mansion and a Murder Mystery to solve. 11:30 AM. Jacob Henry Mansion, Joliet.


  • Watercolor Pencil & Crayon Art by Kathy Steere – Apply water-soluble crayons & watercolor pencils to fabric & paper in this enjoyable class. 7PM.  Bloomingdale Park District Museum.
  • SENIOR 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.

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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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