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YOUR WEEKEND+ for 1/10 to 1/16

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YOUR WEEKEND+ for Thursday 1/10 to Wednesday 1/16

Here are loads of terrific things to do in the upcoming week…from Suburban Family’s extensive database of local events and activities. More at Suburban Familyhttps://chicagosuburbanfamily.com


Winter has arrived and here are some great places to go…

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. Starts this weekend…January 12 to May 12: Thomas & Friends temporary exhibit admission: additional $3/person. Open 10 am to 5 pm seven days a week. SEE COUPON, use promo code 10375 for Buy One, Get One Free. For additional information, call log onto www.discoverycentermuseum.org.
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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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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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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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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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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.

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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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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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.
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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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This week’s greater Chicago events…

THURSDAY, JANUARY 10

  • KIDS Connecting with Nature – Experience nature through outdoor exploration. Along the way, learn about the benefits of nature play. Free, adult supervision required. 10:30-11:45 AM. Greenbelt Cultural Center, North Chicago. lcfpd.org.
  • CHICAGO/CITY  Progressive Chicago Boat, RV & Sail Show – January 9-13. See hundreds of boats, high-tech RVs and paddle board at the largest indoor boat show. McCormick Place, Chicago. chicagoboatshow.com.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 11

  • KIDS Craft – Drop in and make snowball poppers. Supplies provided. All ages welcome. 9:30 AM. Helen Plum Library, Lombard. helenplum.org.
  • FAMILY Little Trees Open House – Little Trees is an immersive outdoor nature-based learning experience for children 3 to 5 years old.  This program uses the 1,700 acres of the Arboretum over the course of a 32-week curriculum that is designed to promote learning, discovery and experimentation. Free with Arboretum admission. 6-7:30 PM. Morton Arboretum, Lisle. 630-968-0074.
  • FAMILY Campfire – Spend time inside the nature center learning about how animals survive winter through games, artifacts and interactive activities. Afterward, head outside to the campfire and make s’mores. All ages welcome, children must be accompanied by a registered adult. 6:30-8 PM. Heller Nature Center, Highland Park. Register at pdhp.org.
  • FAMILY Evening Owl Hike – Join an informative talk and a half-mile hike to spot these nocturnal animals. 7 PM. Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills. Registration required 847-381-6592.
  • CHICAGO/CITY  Progressive Chicago Boat, RV & Sail Show – January 9-13. See hundreds of boats, high-tech RVs and paddle board at the largest indoor boat show. McCormick Place, Chicago. chicagoboatshow.com.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 12

  • FAMILY Free Winter Carnival – Enjoy fun and games with a carnival theme to remind us of warmer times! Light refreshments will be provided. All ages welcome. Drop-in event sponsored by the Winnetka Park District. 10 AM-12 PM. Skokie School, Winnetka. winpark.org.
  • FAMILY Art of Inflation Balloon Show – Experience awe-inspiring balloon art by Magical Balloon-dude Dale! This show combines comedy, audience participation, and balloon twisting with upbeat music and a dash of silliness. 11-11:45 AM. Mount Prospect Library. Register 847-253-5675. mppl.org.
  • FAMILY Lake Geneva Ice Castles – Experience this awe-inspiring frozen attraction that brings fairy tales to life. Built entirely by hand, the castles include LED-lit sculptures, frozen thrones, ice-carved tunnels, slides and fountains. Weather permitting, open Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 4-9 PM; Fridays 4-10:30 PM; Saturday 12-10:30 PM; Sunday 12-8 PM; closed Tuesdays. Riviera Beach, Lake Geneva, WI. Advanced ticket purchase recommended. 866-435-2850 or icecastles.com.
  • CHICAGO/CITY  Progressive Chicago Boat, RV & Sail Show – January 9-13. See hundreds of boats, high-tech RVs and paddle board at the largest indoor boat show. McCormick Place, Chicago. chicagoboatshow.com.
  • CHICAGO/CITY  Handmade Market Chicago – January 12, 27 and February 9, 24. Browse locally made items including funky jewelry, glass pendants, clothing, handbags, paper crafts and more. The Empty Bottle, Chicago. handmadechicago.com.
  • CHICAGO/CITY  Lunapalooza Lunar Eclipse Observing Event – January 20. Bring the family to celebrate the total lunar eclipse. The event includes outdoor eclipse viewing in a semi-heated area, free hot chocolate and a glow-in-the-dark pajama party. Free outside observing, paid admission for indoor event. 8 PM-12 AM. Adler Planetarium, Chicago. adlerplanetarium.org.
  • CHICAGO/CITY  Maggie Daley Park Skating Ribbon – Through March. Lace up your skates and enjoy an ice-skating experience unlike any other on a path of ice winding through the rolling city landscape. Free admission, fee to rent skates. Chicago. 312-552-3000. maggiedaleypark.com.
  • CHICAGO/CITY  McCormick Tribune Ice Rink – Through March. Free lessons on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays one hour before the rink opens. Free admission, fee to rent skates. Chicago. 312-742-1168. cityofchicago.org.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 13

  • FAMILY Ice Fishing – Learn about safety, equipment and techniques, and then try fishing on the ice (weather permitting). Equipment and bait provided. Ages 8 and up with an adult. 10 AM-12 PM. Hidden Lake Forest Preserve, Downers Grove. Fee, call to register 630-933-7248 or dupageforest.org.
  • FAMILY Free Winter Wonderfest – Celebrate the winter season with fun activities for all ages including arts and crafts, games and face painting. Enjoy winter-themed snacks and hot cocoa. 1-4 PM. Chevy Chase Country Club, Wheeling. wheelingparkdistrict.com.
  • FAMILY Lake Geneva Ice Castles – Experience this awe-inspiring frozen attraction that brings fairy tales to life. Built entirely by hand, the castles include LED-lit sculptures, frozen thrones, ice-carved tunnels, slides and fountains. Weather permitting, open Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 4-9 PM; Fridays 4-10:30 PM; Saturday 12-10:30 PM; Sunday 12-8 PM; closed Tuesdays. Riviera Beach, Lake Geneva, WI. Advanced ticket purchase recommended. 866-435-2850 or icecastles.com.
  • FAMILY Everyone at Play at Kohl Children’s Museum – 1/13 and 2/17. Families with children with special needs are invited to explore the museums 17 exhibits while the museum is closed to the general public. 9:30-11:30 AM. Kohl Children’s Museum, Glenview. Register 847-832-6600.
  • FAMILY The Great Midwest Train Show- 1/13, 2/10. Experience the world’s largest monthly train show with an average of 180 exhibitors at each show featuring trains of all scales and gauges. Fee, kids 12 and under are free. 9 AM-3 PM. DuPage County Fairgrounds, Wheaton. greatmidwesttrainshow.com.
  • CHICAGO/CITY  Progressive Chicago Boat, RV & Sail Show – January 9-13. See hundreds of boats, high-tech RVs and paddle board at the largest indoor boat show. McCormick Place, Chicago. chicagoboatshow.com.
  • CHICAGO/CITY  Lunapalooza Lunar Eclipse Observing Event – January 20. Bring the family to celebrate the total lunar eclipse. The event includes outdoor eclipse viewing in a semi-heated area, free hot chocolate and a glow-in-the-dark pajama party. Free outside observing, paid admission for indoor event. 8 PM-12 AM. Adler Planetarium, Chicago. adlerplanetarium.org.

MONDAY, JANUARY 14

  • TEENS Pizza, Pop and Pondering Night – Middle and high schoolers are invited for a night of pondering with the Hope & Friendship Foundation. What pressures, problems and issues do local young people face? Teens are encouraged to anonymously submit the challenges they are experiencing beforehand. During the event, the group will brainstorm ideas and solutions together. Pizza, soft drinks and dessert will be served. 6-7:30 PM. Higher Grounds Coffee Shop, Lemont. 630-816-4972. hopeandfriendshipfoundation.com.

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 16

  • KIDS Art + Science: Snowflake Design – Explore snowflakes and symmetry, then design your own snowflake. Grades K-3, parents encouraged to attend. 4:15 PM. Helen Plum Library, Lombard. Register 630-627-0316 or helenplum.org.

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