Things To Do
Yes, it is getting cold, but we’re used to it around here, right? So, bundle up and head outside to build a snowman…go skiing…snowboarding…ice skating. And, when you want to experience more, be sure to give these ‘winter fun’ places a go. You’ll find many other family-friendly events throughout the issue. Have fun and stay warm!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Japan Fest 2020: Tokyo Olympic
Oak Park River Forest High School Japanese program is hosting our 18th annual Japan Fest on Saturday, February 1 from noon till 4:00 pm. We are going to highlight Tokyo Olympics this year. Please come enjoy games (Olympic related sports games), crafts & activities (language lesson, Olympic trivia, origami, calligraphy, face paint, chopsticks and more) and various performances (drums, traditional dances, koto harps, martial arts). Free admission (we charge cash for food). This is a great event for the whole family! 201 N. Scoville Ave, Oak Park, IL 60302.
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.
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.
TransWorld’s Jewelry, Fashion & Accessories Show
2020 is here and the JF&A Show heads into a new decade! See what all the fuss is about by attending the TransWorld’s Jewelry, Fashion & Accessories Show coming to the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL on February 20-23, 2020. Shop for yourself, your family, and friends for every occasion and celebration and get your New Year off to a great start. A day at a TransWorld’s JF&A Show adds up to a great time and even greater deals. Get FREE gifts just for attending and buying at the show. KIDS DAY ON SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 23rd: 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 gift, a Lighted BOUNCY ball as a gift from us. For complete details, visit our website at: www.jfashow.com to register.
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.
Maple Sugaring Days: March 7-8 at Creek Bend Nature Center
Don’t miss our spring celebration – Maple Sugaring Days, March 7-8 from noon – 3 p.m. Learn how to tap a maple tree. Watch sap thicken to syrup. Join us on a naturalist-led hike. Sample pure, local syrup. Plus, check-out interactive exhibits inside Creek Bend Nature Center. Bring the whole family for this fun, FREE program. Creek Bend Nature Center is located within LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve at 37W700 Dean St., St. Charles. See www.kaneforest.com or call 630-444-3190.
Downers Grove Ice Festival
Get out of the house for a weekend of fun, shopping and dining for all ages! The Annual Downtown Downers Grove Ice Festival returns February 7-9, 2020. Watch carvers demonstrate their art in person Friday evening under the lights at 5:30pm on the southeast corner of Main and Curtiss and on Saturday with live ice carving demonstrations from 11am-3pm at the Main Street Train Station as well as south of 5150 Main Street. The carvings will remain pu as long as whether permits! Details at www.downtowndg.org or 630-725-0991.
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.