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Weekend+ for 12/26 to 1/1

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WEEKEND+ for Thursday 12/26 to Wednesday 1/1

This week’s highlights …  This Weekend’s “Season’s Best | On Stage | Holiday Happenings |Fitness 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.

Happy New Year!

The Suburban Family January + December “Winter Fun” issue will be available online 1/2/20 at

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

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.

WhirlyBall’s newest location in Naperville is open! WhirlyBall’s newest location brings its one-of-a-kind social experience to Naperville with reimagined design and even more activities for guests to enjoy. Located at 3103 Odyssey Court, the two-story entertainment destination will feature two famed WhirlyBall courts, 12 bowling lanes, a multi-level LaserTag arena, multiple event spaces and The Pivot Room, an American eatery and craft beer bar located on the first floor.  Reserve your space today! WHIRLYBALL NAPERVILLE, 3103 ODYSSEY CT. 630-932-4800

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

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:

Wilmot Mountain     OPENS Friday, 11.22
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. Ring in the New Year with the family at our NEW Kid’s New Year’s Eve Bash at Walt’s Tavern! Enjoy a family friendly 2-hour daytime party at Walt’s Tavern.  The event includes face painting, photo booth, party favors, games, DJ, and more! Reservation are required, limited seating available. 11931 Fox River Road, Wilmot, WI.

Bobby Hull Community Ice Rink
With the start of the holiday season, ice skating has returned to Cicero! Located at 3400 S 53rd Ave, Cicero, Illinois 60804. Check out times, rates, and weather-related updates at

Granite Peak Ski Area
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

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On Stage…

Mary Poppins + A Christmas Carol
Drury Lane Theatre
“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 Now – 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!

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 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 to get your tickets today!

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

Raue Center For The Arts
Raue Center For The Arts is a non-profit organization dedicated to enriching the lives of all through the arts. The 750-seat theatre, located in historic downtown Crystal Lake, Illinois, is a gathering place for our region’s citizens and has become a true destination for music, comedy theater, and more! Proud home to in-house nonprofit theatre company WILLIAMS STREET REPERTORY and all its programming! Raue Center strives to provide the arts for all and believes integrity, inclusion, and diversity make us better as an arts center. Stop by and experience great entertainment, close to home! Located at 26 N. Williams Street, Crystal Lake, IL 60014. (815) 356-9212 | Box Office Hours: Tue–Fri: 2PM–6PM | Sat: 12PM–4PM | Sun & Mon: Closed.

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Fitness / Race Events


  • New Year’s Eve 5K Run. Chicago.

This Weekend’s “Holiday Happenings”

  • ZooLights Monday Family Nights at Lincoln Park Zoo – 12/16, 12/23 & 12/30*. Fun-filled evenings includes activities for families with children. 4:30-9 PM.
  • Itty Bitty New Year’s – 12/28. Ring in the new year with dancing, crafts and a countdown to noon. Age: 2-6 with adult. Registration. 10 AM – 12 PM. Lisle Recreation Center, Lisle.
  • Teenie Weenie New Year’s Eve Ball – 12/30. Dance to the music with a DJ; games, crafts and snacks. Ages 1-5 with adult. 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM. Simkus Recreation Center, Carol Stream.
  • Wild New Year’s Eve Celebration – 12/31. Celebrate New Year’s Eve early to meet the animals and share a toast. All ages with adult. 11 AM – 12:15 PM. Hickory Knolls Discovery Center, St. Charles Park District.
  • DuPage Children’s Museum NYE – 12/ 31. Ring in the New Year with a countdown to Noon celebration. 10:00 – 11:30 AM. DuPage Children’s Museum, Naperville.
  • Happy Noon Year – 12/31. Kids will enjoy games, music, balloon drop and sparkling grape-ice toast. 11:00 AM-12:15 PM. Pre-registration is required. Community Rec Center. Wheeling.

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This Week’s Greater Chicago Events…


  • FAMILY Bingo and Pizza – Event includes 12 games of bingo, snacks, pizza and drinks and prizes for adults and children. 12:15-1:30 PM. Register. Aurelios Pizza, 305 W. Jackson, Naperville.


  • FAMILY Inflata Palooza – Spend the day using our big inflatables, playing on the soccer field. Ages 12 and under with adult. 11 AM – 1 PM. Darien Sportsplex, Darien.


  • FAMILY Millennium Carillon New Year’s Eve Recitals – Millennium Carillon in Moser Tower and Visitor Center, Naperville. Countdown to 6:00 PM for Families, 5-5:30 PM. Countdown to Midnight, Carillon Duets, 11:15-11:45 PM.

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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 Services, 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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