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Winter Fun!

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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!

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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.
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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!

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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.
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Main Event Main Event Entertainment Is the most FUN you can have under one roof! Enjoy multi-level laser tag, fun-filled bowling and an arcade gallery with 100+ arcade games! We are your event destination with packages for team building, corporate events and stress-free birthday parties. For more information, visit www.mainevent.com.
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Japan Fest
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

Cantigny Weddings: Inspired by Nature
Wedding memories you’ll cherish forever begin at Cantigny Park and Cantigny Golf in Wheaton, the beautiful 500-acre former estate of Colonel Robert R. McCormick. Choose from several beautiful garden settings for ceremonies including the new-for-2019 Rose Garden Gazebo. Select from three elegant reception venues, too! Incentives are available as we complete our 2019 booking calendar. Contact our on-staff professional planners at weddings@cantigny.org or call 630-260-8145. Details at Cantigny.org.
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Safari Land Let Your Adventure Begin! Safari Land has everything you need for a complete adventure. Whether it’s bowling, video games, rollercoaster, kiddie carts, food or other fun, Safari Land is the place for your party. Come ride the tiger terror…take a spin in our 360 degree, full-motion, 3D flight simulator,…play in our soft play area, or throw some strikes during cosmic bowling. Contact us today for additional event information and to book your next adventure of a lifetime. 701 W. North Avenue, Villa Park. 630-530-4649. Visit www.safarilandfun.com.
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Fleetwood Roller Rink Fleetwood Roller Rink (established 1957) is a family owned business. Fleetwood Roller Rink 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.
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Wilmot Mountain
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.
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TransWorld’s Jewelry, Fashion & Accessories Show…Next weekend, Feb 21 to 24 Recharge your Mind, Body & Soul by attending the TransWorld’s Jewelry, Fashion & Accessories Show coming to the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL on February 21-24, 2019.

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 better deals than you will find in any mall. Get FREE gifts just for attending and buying at the show.

KIDS DAY ON SUNDAY, FEB.24th: 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 Sports Keychain as a gift from us. For complete details, visit our website at: www.jfashow.com to register.
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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.
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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 (mbmarley@willowbrookicearena.com). 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.
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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!
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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.

Both productions are performing at 900 Foster Avenue in Medinah, Illinois. For tickets call 630.634.2100 or visit our website at overshadowed.org.
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