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YOUR WEEKEND+ for 2/14 to 2/20

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YOUR WEEKEND+ for Thursday 2/14 to Wednesday 2/20

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


Family Fun this Valentine’s Weekend!

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 – 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.

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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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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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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Oak Brook Park District
Plan a birthday party at the Oak Brook Park District Family Aquatic Center and it’s sure to be a big splash! Splash and Super Splash Parties are available all year long. Each party is scheduled for two hours of fun and excitement and includes admission, food; beverages; designated party area; paper products; party hostess; and certified life guards. You bring the cake and we’ll provide the fun! Party guests (and party parents) will love Oak Brook Park District’s Inclusive Family Locker Room! This innovative feature makes it easier for families to enjoy all the benefits of Oak Brook Park District’s nationally recognized and award-winning facilities. Visit www.obparks.org for more info.

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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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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Overshadowed Theatrical Productions Don’t miss this great event!

  • 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.

Production performs at 900 Foster Avenue in Medinah, Illinois. For tickets call 630.634.2100 or visit our website at overshadowed.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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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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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.

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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Fermilab Arts & Lecture Series The Fermilab Arts & Lecture Series brings a whole world of music, family fun, and lectures on a variety of topics!  Join us for 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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This week’s greater Chicago events…

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 15

  • ADULTS SUPER Plunge for Special Olympics – The Illinois Law Enforcement Torch Run invites participants to take the SUPER Plunge to benefit the athletes of the Special Olympics Illinois. The League of nearly 60 plungers will begin jumping into Lake Michigan at 12 PM and continue plunging once an hour for 24 hours. All plungers and their support people will stay in a heated tent on the beach during this fun, round-the-clock event. Northwestern University, Evanston. Register at plungeillinois.com.
  • FAMILY Pond & Koi Society Club Meeting – Join the Midwest Pond & Koi Society’s monthly meeting to discuss pond requirements for koi. Everyone welcome, you don’t need to be a member to attend. Alberto’s, Carol Stream.  Call for reservations 312-409-2081. mpks.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 16

  • FAMILY Free Fun Fair – Enjoy entertainment, games, program demos, inflatables, food and raffles. 11 AM-2 PM. Vaughan Athletic Center, Aurora. 630-907-9600. foxvalleyparkdistrict.org.
  • FAMILY Free Moonlit Hike – Bundle up for a moonlit walk in nature and search for nocturnal animals, tracks, and discuss adaptations for winter conditions. Stay for hot cocoa after. 6-7 PM. Churchill Park, Glen Ellyn. Register at gepark.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.
  • CHICAGO/CITY  Chicago Botanic Garden Orchid Show – 2/9-3/24. Admire more than 10,000 orchids in bloom that capture the spirt of islands, beaches and rainforests. 10 AM-4 PM with extended hours on Thursdays. Chicago Botanic Garden, Glencoe. chicagobotanic.org.
  • CHICAGO/CITY  Chicago Auto Show – February 9-18. Experience what’s next in the auto industry at the largest auto show in North America. McCormick Place, Chicago. chicagoautoshow.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 17

  • FAMILY Winter Tree Hunt – Get the whole family outdoors and exploring! Learn about local trees and their unique features by following clues on a map. The day’s adventure will end with sampling some sweet surprises that come from the trees. Ages 5 and older. Vera Meineke Nature Center at Spring Valley, Schaumburg. Fee, call to register 847-985-2100 or parkfun.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.
  • KIDS Rainbow Therapy – 1/20, 2/17. Children with disabilities are invited to experience the benefits of interacting with trained therapy dogs. Rainbow dog handlers will work with children to strengthen motor skills, learn social skills and improve language use. Ages 7-12. 12:15-1:15 PM. Skokie Public Library. Register 847-673-7774.
  • CHICAGO/CITY  Chicago Botanic Garden Orchid Show – 2/9-3/24. Admire more than 10,000 orchids in bloom that capture the spirt of islands, beaches and rainforests. 10 AM-4 PM with extended hours on Thursdays. Chicago Botanic Garden, Glencoe. chicagobotanic.org.
  • CHICAGO/CITY  Chicago Auto Show – February 9-18. Experience what’s next in the auto industry at the largest auto show in North America. McCormick Place, Chicago. chicagoautoshow.com.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 18

  • TEEN Frosty 3v3 Soccer Tournament – Join the annual Frosty 3v3 Soccer Tournament. Teams comprised of three to six players. Games will be played outdoors – rain, snow, or shine. 9 AM-4 PM. Newton Park, Glen Ellyn. Register at gepark.org.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 20

  • ADULTS Free Guided Nature Walk – Enjoy a casual walk led by the Glen Ellyn Park District’s naturalist. Learn a little about the parks including efforts underway to improve the natural features, and look for interesting wildlife and plants along the way. 9-10 AM. MaryKnoll Park, Glen Ellyn. gepark.org.
  • KIDS Art + Science: Baking Soda Powered Boats – Using a bit of chemistry, make a boat powered by baking soda and vinegar. Grades K-3, parents encouraged to attend. 4:15 PM. Helen Plum Library, Lombard. Register 630-627-0316 or helenplum.org.
  • 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.

SAVE THE DATE…

SATURDAY, MARCH 2 & SUNDAY, MARCH 3

Body Mind Spirit Expo – Retail exhibitors offer everything from natural and holistic health products to spiritual books, enlightened art and crystals. Healers provide treatments from massage and yoga techniques to intuitive readings. $14 weekend admission includes free lectures, demos and admission to exhibit hall. See ad this issue for $1 off admission. 10 AM-7 PM Saturday; 10 AM-6 PM Sunday. Midwest Conference Center, Northlake. 541-482-3722, Ext 2; marcella@bmse.net; bmse.net.

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Fitness Race Events

  • Fox Valley Winter Challenge Trail Series – Sat. 2/16 at 10 AM. 8K trail run. Oakhurst Forest Preserve, Aurora, IL. runandachieve.com.
  • Cupid’s Undie Run – Sat. 2/16. at 12 PM. 1-mile fun run. A “brief” run in your undies or costume, benefits Neurofibromatosis research. Chicago. cupids.org.
  • Tour de Trails – Sat. 2/16 at 11 AM. 9-mile run. Atwood Park, Rockford, IL. runsignup.com.


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