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YOUR WEEKEND+ for Thursday 1/3 to Wednesday 1/9

NEW: “Winter Fun!” issue available

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


Give these “Winter Fun” places a go…

Lincoln Park Zoo: ZooLights Presented By ComEd and Invesco QQQ Select dates from thru Jan. 6 4:30-9 p.m. The most wonderful time of year deserves the most wonderful type of event. The one-of-a-kind experience offers fun, free, family-oriented holiday celebrations that feature luminous displays and seasonal activities…all under the glow of 2.5 million lights! Incredible 3D displays. Warm spiced wine, frosty beers and festive snacks. Holiday gift shopping. Live ice-sculpture carving (select nights). Musical light shows at the Winter Wonderlawn. For more information visit www.lpzoo.org/zoolights.
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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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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. LEARN MORE

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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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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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 3

  • KIDS Pop-Up Adventure Playground – Drop in for a morning of free play, stocked with loose parts like cardboard boxes, paper, tape and more! Children with participating adult. Drop-in program. 10 AM. Helen Plum Library, Lombard. Helenplum.org.
  • KIDS Playdate with Nature – This free event allows children to move outdoors for unstructured seasonal play activities. All ages welcome, adult supervision required. 10-11:30 AM. Old School Sled Hill, Mettawa. lcfpd.org.
  • FAMILY Free New Year’s Celebration – Learn how people around the world celebrate the new year through arts and crafts. Ages 12 and under with an adult. 5:30-6:30 PM. Dunn Museum, Libertyville. lcfpd.org.
  • TEENS Movie, Crafts and Snacks – Come with your friends or make some new ones while you watch the movie Love, Simon and make rainbow crafts. Snacks will be provided. Grades 8-12. 6-8 PM. Helen Plum Library, Lombard. Register 630-627-0316 or helenplum.org.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 5

  • FAMILY Winter on the Farm – Venture out to an agricultural winter wonderland! Visit with animals, help with winter livestock chores and warm your hands over a bonfire barrel. Stop in the candlelit summer kitchen for hot chocolate, cookies, festive music and a holiday thank you card craft. Primrose Farm in St. Charles from 12-4 PM . Fee, call to register 630-513-4374.
  • FAMILY Free Fitness Expo – Get the new year off to a healthy start with fitness fun for the whole family! Exhibitors will feature fitness and lifestyle products, services and giveaways. Also check out free group fitness demo classes. Preschool instructors will provide story time to kids 3 and older during the class demos. 9-11 AM. Camelot Community Center, Arlington Heights. ahpd.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.
  • KIDS Free Nature Discovery Days – 1/5, 1/19, 2/2, 2/16. Experience fun, hands-on activities, games, crafts, experiments and more. Kids must be accompanied by an adult. 10:30 AM-2:30 PM. Knoch Knolls Nature Center, Naperville. napervilleparks.org/kknc.
  • KIDS Dance Party – 1/5, 2/2. Dance to the music, enjoy creative movement activities and shake your sillies out at this fun, interactive drop-in program. Ages 0-6. Westmont Public Library. westmontlibrary.org.
  • CHICAGO/CITY  Modern Language Association Convention – January 3-6. The world’s largest gathering of humanities scholars will feature a dozen free events and presentations. Guests can purchase day passes to the exhibit hall showcasing thousands of books and products from publishers and providers of academic services. Hyatt Regency Chicago and Sheraton Grand Chicago. mla.org/convention.
  • 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 6

  • FAMILY Free Winter Gym Jam – Giant games, inflatable attractions, trips up the climbing wall, music, food and more! 1-4 PM. Ackerman Sports and Fitness Center, Glen Ellyn. gepark.org.
  • FAMILY Free Winter Walks – Enjoy a snowshoe hike through the woods. A limited number of snowshoes will be available. Registration required at least three days prior to reserve snowshoes. 1-2:45 PM (1:30-2:30 PM if there is no snow). River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook. 847-824-8360. fpdcc.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.
  • CHICAGO/CITY  Modern Language Association Convention – January 3-6. The world’s largest gathering of humanities scholars will feature a dozen free events and presentations. Guests can purchase day passes to the exhibit hall showcasing thousands of books and products from publishers and providers of academic services. Hyatt Regency Chicago and Sheraton Grand Chicago. mla.org/convention.
  • 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.

TUESDAY, JANUARY 8

  • KIDS Hikin’ Tykes: Shapes in Nature – Preschoolers will enjoy a nature-based story, hands-on activities, a craft, and outdoor exploration (weather permitting). 9:30-10:45 AM. Independence Grove Visitors Center, Libertyville. Fee, register at lcfpd.org.
  • SENIORS Let’s Do Lunch – Enjoy a hot lunch from Barone’s before listening to Mark Hoffman, pianist and vocalist. 12-2 PM. Maryknoll Clubhouse, Glen Ellyn. Register at gepark.org.
  • WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 9
  • KIDS Magic Class – Now you see it, now you don’t.  Kids ages 5-12 will learn cool magic tricks and get a magic kit to take home. 5-6 PM. Iowa Community Center, Villa Park. 630-834-8970. invillapark.com.
  • ADULTS Watercolor Winter Colors – Winter is filled with color! Learn how to capture the greens of pine boughs and ivy as well as the lingering fruits of the previous season. Artist Suzanne Wegener will demonstrate watercolor and gouache. Following the presentation, try your hand at painting a winter treasure. 7 PM. Bloomingdale Park District Museum. Fee, call to register 630-624-9545 or email bpetrosius@gmail.com.
  • KIDS Wee Wanderer Wednesdays – 1/9, 1/23, 2/6, 2/20. Enjoy a morning of nature fun! Time will be spent outdoors weather permitting. Ages 2-6 with a parent/caregiver. 10 AM. Space is limited; hold your spot starting at 9:30 AM. Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills. 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.

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