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YOUR WEEKEND+ for 1/24 to 1/30

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YOUR WEEKEND+ for Thursday 1/24 to Wednesday 1/30

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


Enjoy the season…

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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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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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. LEARN MORE

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.  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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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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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. Now until 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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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. LEARN MORE

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This week’s greater Chicago events…

FRIDAY, JANUARY 25

  • KIDS Princess Party – All princesses are invited to attend the Ultimate Princess Party! Meet Cinderella, Merida, Tiana, Elsa, Jasmine and Snow White. Decorate your own crown, show of your dance moves, and enjoy some royal treats. All princesses must be accompanied by an adult. 6-7:30 PM. Darien Park District Community Center. Fee, register by 1/18 at darienparks.com.
  • FAMILY Enchanted Railroad – 1/18-2/24. The Enchanted Railroad pulls into The Morton Arboretum this January. The intricate model railroad winds through magnificent scenery, including tree collections from around the world. The trains run at a child-friendly height. The Arboretum offers times specifically for those with sensory sensitivities. Free with Arboretum admission. 10 AM-4 PM Monday-Friday. 9 AM-4 PM Saturday and Sunday. Morton Arboretum, Lisle. 630-968-0074.
  • FAMILY Fishing, Travel and Outdoor Expo – 1/24-1/27. Experience Chicago’s ultimate indoor fishing event featuring exhibitors, interactive demonstrations and presentations. Thursday and Friday 12-8 PM, Saturday 10 AM-7 PM, Sunday 10 AM-5 PM. Schaumburg Convention Center. Fee, purchase tickets at sportshows.com.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 26

  • ADULTS Lazarus House Gala and Benefit – This Phantom of the Opera inspired event, “Unmasking the Face of Homelessness” will feature silent auctions, mystery wine, a plated dinner and sweets. Following a presentation about Lazarus House, Rat Pack Jazz will perform. 6 PM-12 AM. Q Center, St. Charles. Register 630-587-2144 or lazarushouse.net/gala.
  • 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 Fishing, Travel and Outdoor Expo – 1/24-1/27. Experience Chicago’s ultimate indoor fishing event featuring exhibitors, interactive demonstrations and presentations. Thursday and Friday 12-8 PM, Saturday 10 AM-7 PM, Sunday 10 AM-5 PM. Schaumburg Convention Center. Fee, purchase tickets at sportshows.com.
  • FAMILY Husky Heroes Dog Sledding – 1/26-1/27. See Siberian husky sled pulling, skijoring, and speed demonstrations. Visit with the dogs and sled team and learn about dog-sledding equipment. Attendees are asked to please leave pets at home. Free with Arboretum admission. 11 AM-4 PM. Morton Arboretum, Lisle. 630-968-0074.
  • FAMILY Super Sci-Tech Saturday – 1/26 and 2/23. Bring the family to experience hands-on STEAM fun with guest speakers and craft projects. Up to four child admissions are free with a paying adult. SciTech Museum, Aurora. 640-859-3434. scitechmuseum.org.
  • FAMILY Lake Geneva Winterfest – 1/26-2/3. Celebrate the season with this nine-day festival featuring the National Snow Sculpting Championship, a hovercraft competition with rides, human dog sled races, ice castles, live music, magic shows and helicopter rides. Lake Geneva, WI. visitlakegeneva.com.
  • CHICAGO/CITY  Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival – January 17-27. Enjoy unique contemporary puppet acts and artists from around the world. Events take place at cultural venues around the city. Purchase tickets at chicagopuppetfest.org.
  • CHICAGO/CITY  Polar Adventure Days – January 26 and February 23. Engage in winter activities, see live animals and create nature-inspired crafts. Dress for the weather as events take place both outdoors and inside the visitor center. Northerly Island, Chicago. chicagoparkdistrict.com.
  • 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 27

  • EDUCATION  Our Lady of Peace School – Open House. 9am to 1pm. 709 Plainfield Road, Darien, IL 60561. 630-325-9220
  • FAMILY Antique Flea Market – Browse thousands of antique treasures at the Wheaton Antique Flea Market. Mostly indoors, the market will feature antique furniture, paintings, jewelry, silverware, and toys. $5 admission, children 12 and under free with adult. 8 AM-3 PM. Early buyer admission $10, 6-8 AM. DuPage County Fairgrounds, Wheaton. 715-526-9769.
  • KIDS Cooking Competition – Young chefs ages 5-18 are invited to show off their culinary skills. Bring your prepared entry to the event. For a small donation to the Lemont Food Pantries Voucher Fund, friends and family can sample all the entries and vote on their favorite. Donations of food and funds for the Lemont Food Pantries will be accepted. 1-3 PM. Lemont Township Community Center. Register 630-257-2522, Ext. 13.
  • OPEN HOUSE Our Lady of Peace School   – Meet our educators, see our classrooms and learn more about our Catholic School. 9 AM– 1 PM. 709 Plainfield Road , Darien. 630-325-9220. www.Olopdarien.org/School
  • 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 Fishing, Travel and Outdoor Expo – 1/24-1/27. Experience Chicago’s ultimate indoor fishing event featuring exhibitors, interactive demonstrations and presentations. Thursday and Friday 12-8 PM, Saturday 10 AM-7 PM, Sunday 10 AM-5 PM. Schaumburg Convention Center. Fee, purchase tickets at sportshows.com.
  • FAMILY Husky Heroes Dog Sledding – 1/26-1/27. See Siberian husky sled pulling, skijoring, and speed demonstrations. Visit with the dogs and sled team and learn about dog-sledding equipment. Attendees are asked to please leave pets at home. Free with Arboretum admission. 11 AM-4 PM. Morton Arboretum, Lisle. 630-968-0074.
  • FAMILY Lake Geneva Winterfest – 1/26-2/3. Celebrate the season with this nine-day festival featuring the National Snow Sculpting Championship, a hovercraft competition with rides, human dog sled races, ice castles, live music, magic shows and helicopter rides. Lake Geneva, WI. visitlakegeneva.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.

MONDAY, JANUARY 28

  • FAMILY Cooking Workshop – Develop cooking skills with the whole family. Prepare a special meal, then enjoy your dishes during a family-style dinner. For grades K-2 and family. 5:30-7 PM. Skokie Public Library. Register, 847-673-7774.

TUESDAY, JANUARY 29

  • FAMILY Preschool Open House – Learn about the Glen Ellyn Park District Preschool program, visit classrooms, meet teachers, and pick-up paperwork. Children welcome. 6-7 PM. Main Street Recreation Center, Glen Ellyn. gepark.org/preschool.

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 30

  • FAMILY Fire building – Learn about safe practices for fire building and containment, then make your own fire and roast marshmallows. All ages welcome. 6-8 PM. Thatcher Woods Pavilion, River Forest. 708-386-4042.

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Fitness Race Events

  • F^3 Lake Half Marathon – Sat. 1/26 at 8 AM. Half marathon and 5K. USATF Certified. Chicago. f3running.com.
  • Aon Step Up for Kids – Sun. 1/27 at 8 AM. Various step climbing categories. Benefits Lurie Children’s Hospital. foundation.luriechildrens.org.


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