Things To Do
Sure, we know it’s 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!
Discovery Center Museum
Discovery Center Museum is a hands-on children’s science museum with 250 interactive exhibits, outdoor science park, and special area for children under 7. Discovery Center is a top-rated family museum according to USA TODAY/10Best.com and Forbes.com. Located: 711 N. Main St. Rockford, IL. General admission: $8/person; free for children under 2. Thomas & Friends temporary exhibit admission: additional $3/person. Open 10 am to 5 pm seven days a week. For additional information, call log onto www.discoverycentermuseum.org.
Funtopia Adventure Parks
Funtopia Adventure Parks in two awesome locations: Glenview and Naperville. Conveniently located Funtopia active entertainment centers offers tons of fun and challenging activities that are suited for visitors of all ages and skill levels. Come visit us and Have Fun, Be Active!
- Glenview: • 224-432-5435 • www.funtopiaworld.com/glenview
- Naperville: • 630-718-4327 • www.funtopiaworld.com/naperville
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, 12 lifts and 15 lanes of snow tubing. A $9 million dollar project included two new lifts, eleven 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 www.cascademountain.com.
Japan Fest at Oak Park River Forest HS is on Sat, Feb 2 from 12-4pm. Come enjoy Japanese culture through activities, crafts, games, food and performances. You will find lots of fun and interesting things to do and see, such as sumo wrestling, origami, calligraphy, face paint, martial art, rice-ball making, candy sushi, Pokemon, Godzilla, Hello Kitty, traditional dance, music, drum performance and much more! Free Admission. This event is sponsored in part by JCCC Foundation and Japan Foundation. Oak Park River Forest High School. 201 N. Scoville Ave, Oak Park, IL 60302
Embrace Winter 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. 11931 Fox River Road, Wilmot, WI. www.wilmotmountain.com.
Kohl Children’s Museum
Kohl Children’s Museum has 17 interactive hands-on exhibits to inspire a love of learning for children ages birth to 8. Fri, Jan 18, 5:30 – 8 p.m. is our Winter Wonderland event. Kiddie train rides through the holiday lights in our Habitat Park, plus meet the Snow Queen and her sister and jam out to wintry music! (Tickets required.) Test your design and construction skills in our Build It! exhibit, previews starting Jan 21 and grand opening Feb 12. Come see for yourself why we’re The Place Where Awesome Lives! Located at 2100 Patriot Blvd, Glenview. 847-832-6600. kcmgc.org.
Midwest Pond & Koi Society
The Midwest Pond & Koi Society (MPKS) are families with a common hobby: koi ponds, garden ponds, koi keeping and plants! Join us at these upcoming club meetings; Jan.18th at Bohemian Crystal in Westmont for a discussion on Winter and Ponds. Feb. 15th at Alberto’s, in Carol Stream for a discussion on Keeping your Koi Healthy. For more information on events call 312-409-2081 or visit www..MPKS.org.
Willowbrook Ice Arena
Our brand new facility is now open offering hockey classes, public skating, and figure skating classes. Our Learn to Skate Program is managed by former Team USA, National/International Medalist & World Team Member Figure Skating Director Mary Beth Marley (firstname.lastname@example.org). Located at 201 63rd Street, Willowbrook. www.willowbrookicearena.com.
Downers Grove Ice Fest
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 8-9, 2019. 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. Details at www.downtowndg.org or 630-725-0991.
LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Chicago
Warm up this winter at the Ultimate Indoor LEGO® Playground with 2 rides, 10 LEGO build & play zones, a 4D Cinema and more! Plus, this February take part in themed activities and character meet & greets during the LEGO Movies Days Event. Visit https://chicago.legolanddiscoverycenter.com/ for more details and to save on tickets.
From On Stage…
Fermilab Arts & Lecture Series
The Fermilab Arts & Lecture Series brings a whole world of music, family fun, and lectures on a variety of topics in the New Year! Join us for the Gallery Chamber Series that kicks off with Chicago’s beloved Fifth-House Ensemble, performing Unchained Melodies on January 20; continues with British flutist and composer Ian Clarke on February 17; and closes with the Chicago Harp Quartet on March 24. Seating is limited so order soon! Our lecture series brings a wide array of subjects including 3-D Cellular Printing, Listening In (Cybersecurity), the Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment, and Deep-Sea Bioluminescence with Edie Widder of ORCA. Las Cafeteras of LA bring the funk on February 23, followed by Ireland’s Lunasa on March 9. Don’t miss great family fun with Tomas Kubinek on April 13, the season closes with 18-year old jazz prodigy Matthew Whitaker and his trio on May 4. Events.fnal.gov/arts-lecture-series or 630/840.ARTS for more info!
Overshadowed Theatrical Productions
Two great events for the young or young at heart!
- Seussical the Musical is filled with energy, dance, great songs and just plain fun. Through mishaps and adventures, the unique characters in this musical finally find what they seek—their place in the world. Performing January 25 – February 9, 2019.
- The Diary of Anne Frank, this adaptation of Anne’s story is a play of hope that will leave you with a deep sense of gratitude and a renewed courage to face whatever circumstances come your way. Performing March 8 – 30, 2019.