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YOUR WEEKEND+ for 1/31 to 2/6

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YOUR WEEKEND+ for Thursday 1/31 to Wednesday 2/6

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…

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

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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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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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 started 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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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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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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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

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 4Events.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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This week’s greater Chicago events…

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 1

  • ADULTS Chocolate, Cheese & Wine – Enjoy chocolates, cheeses and a selection of more than 35 wines from around the world for wine tastings. A portion of the proceeds go to the Glen Ellyn Park District Scholarship Program. 4:30-8 PM. Reserve 22 at Village Links. Purchase tickets online at glenellynchamber.com/wine.
  • FAMILY Free Museum night – Explore the main level of the SciTech Museum for free during First Fridays in downtown Aurora. 5-8 PM. SciTech Museum, Aurora. 640-859-3434. scitechmuseum.org.
  • FAMILY Daddy Daughter Date Night – Bring your magical date for the “Rainbows, Unicorns and Glitter… A Night to Remember” date night. Enjoy dancing, crafts, photos, a fresh flower and dinner. 6:30-9 PM. The Core, Lemont. Fee, register at lemontparkdistrict.org.
  • 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.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 2

  • 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
  • TEENS/ADULTS Sunrise Nature Photography – Learn how to photograph amazing sunrise winter scenes at this free outdoor workshop. Ages 13 and up. 6-9 AM. River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook. Register 847-824-8360. fpdcc.com.
  • PETS Dog Admission Day – Hit the Arboretum trails with your furry friend. Dogs must be on a leash at all times. $5 dog admission includes an Arboretum bandana for your pup. 7 AM-sunset. Morton Arboretum, Lisle. 630-968-0074.
  • FAMILY Wonders of Winter – Go on a horse-drawn hayride and try ice fishing, geocaching, snowshoeing and other fun winter activities. Then, warm up inside Mayslake Hall with activities and interesting information on plants, animals and programs from rangers, naturalists and volunteers. All ages. Free admission; fees for some activities. 10 AM-1 PM. Mayslake Forest Preserve, Oak Brook. 630-933-7248 or dupageforest.org.
  • FAMILY Bots Exhibit – Come check out the latest bots including Lego Wedos, Cubelets, Ozobots and more. Ages 8 and under with an adult. 3-4 PM. Brookfield Public Library. Register 708-485-6917 x 140.
  • 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.
  • 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  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, FEBRUARY 3

  • FAMILY Mother and Daughter Spa Social – Enjoy some special mother-daughter time at this sensational spa social! Mothers and daughters will be pampered and enjoy activities, crafts and light snacks. For ages 3-8. 11 AM-12:15 PM. Bock Neighborhood Center, Schaumburg. Fee, register by 2/1. 847-985-2141 or parkfun.com.
  • TEENS Random Acts of Kindness – Help celebrate Random Acts of Kindness day by decorating bookmarks with funny and positive messages. Earn service hours. Grades 6-12. 3 PM. Helen Plum Library, Lombard. Register 630-627-0316 or helenplum.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.
  • 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.

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Fitness Race Events

  • Abominable Snow Race – Sat. 2/2. Various courses and skill level categories. Paired with resort options for entire family. Lake Geneva, WI. abominablesnowrace.com.
  • TheraCORE Indoor Triathalon – Sun 2/3 at 7 AM. Five Seasons Family Sports Club, Burr Ridge. eventbrite.com.
  • Super Shuffle 5K – Sun. 2/3 at 10 AM. 5K Run/Walk. Benefits the Geneva Park District Scholarship Fund. Geneva. genevaparks.org.


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