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Winter Boredom Busters!

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When the chilly temps hit the Chicago suburbs, it can be easy to just slip into hibernation mode. But, don’t let the cold weather freeze your family’s fun. Lucky for you, we’ve got a great variety of indoor and outdoor activities to keep the whole family entertained and moving through these cold wintry months. You won’t want to miss these family-friendly, winter fun happenings……


Cascade Mountain 
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 45 ski trails, 12 lifts and snow tubing. Phase I of a three-phase expansion project has was completed last season. This $9 million dollar  project included two new lifts, nine new trails, additional snowmaking, an expanded main lodge, paved parking and base area improvements. The 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 .

Burpee Museum of Natural History
Join Rockford’s Burpee Museum of Natural History in celebrating “20 Years of PaleoFest” March 3-4, 2018. PaleoFest is an event like no other, featuring talks on exciting new finds, upcoming research, and a window into the current work of noted paleontologists from around the world. Home to a world-class collection, Burpee is proud to continue this tradition with workshops for kids, family events and research-based talks. For more information visit or call 815-965-3433.

Wilmot Mountain
Now part of Vail Resorts with $13M in Renovations.  Celebrate 80 years of winter fun at Wilmot Mountain and experience our new Children’s Learning Center, Main Lodge transformation, three new quad lifts, expanded Terrain Parks, upgraded food & beverages and season long events! Ski, snowboard and tube with us this season. 11931 Fox River Road, Wilmot, WI. .

Creek Bend Nature Center
Visit Creek Bend Nature Center for fun, interactive exhibits. There’s plenty to see and do – both inside and out! Learn all about oaks. See what the Fox River might look like below the surface. View bison in our prairie wild exhibit. Enjoy scavenger hunts, hikes and scheduled nature programs. Visit or call 630-444-3190. At Creek Bend Nature Center, you can explore galore! Open Monday – Thursdays from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., and Saturday – Sunday from noon – 4 p.m. Admission is always free. 37W700 Dean St., St. Charles.

Kohl’s Children’s Museum
Seventeen interactive hands-on exhibits to spark curiosity and inspire a love of learning for children ages birth to 8. Through March 4th, test your design and construction skills in our Build It! exhibit. Recreate famous Chicago skyline sights, test the strength of your buildings on our earthquake table, and dive into our large blue Imagination Playground blocks to build whatever you can imagine! See for yourself why we’re The Place Where Awesome Lives! Located at 2100 Patriot Blvd, Glenview. 847-832-6600. .

Japan Fest
Come learn and play with us at our annual Japan Fest on Saturday, February 3 from 12 to 4 pm.  This year’s theme is “SCHOOL!”.  Watch amazing performances, learn to speak Japanese, make crafts, sample delicious Japanese food and drinks, and play fun games!  We have lots of fun activities for the whole family to enjoy! Saturday, Feb 3 from 12 till 4pm. Free Admission. Oak Park River Forest High School.201 N. Scoville Ave, Oak Park, IL 60302

TransWorld’s Jewelry, Fashion & Accessories Show
Don’t miss TransWorld’s Jewelry, Fashion & Accessories Show coming to the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL on February 15-18, 2018. Why attend the JF&A Show? So you can SEE IT, TOUCH IT, COMPARE IT, then bring it home to enjoy.  Find jewelry, fashion, accessories, gift, beauty, home décor, gourmet foods, housewares, and more, from 200 leading wholesalers, distributors, manufacturers and resellers from around the world. Shop for yourself, your family, and friends for every occasion and celebration.  A day at a TransWorld’s JF&A Show adds up to a great time and better deals than you will find in any mall. Get FREE gifts just for attending and buying at the show.  NEW FOR SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 18th:  You can bring your kids ages 9-16 with an accompanying adult to the show.  Register kids on-site only and a $5 fee applies. They will receive a FREE Emoji Keychain as a gift from us.  For complete details, visit our website at: to register.

Midwest Pond & Koi
Get involved this year in “Your local water gardening and koi club.” The first club meeting on the topic of Golden Orfes will be on Jan. 19th at the Bohemian Crystal, Restaurant in Westmont.. Our second meeting of the year will be on February 16th on the topic of Kloubec Koi Farm. Meeting place toTBD. For more information on events and contacts, please call 312-409-2081 or visit

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 4th.  Villa Olivia is located at 1401 W. Lake Street in Bartlett. For hours of operation and weather related information visit or call 630-289-1000.

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 .

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