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YOUR WEEKEND+ for 2/7 to 2/13

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YOUR WEEKEND+ for Thursday 2/7 to Wednesday 2/13

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


Warm up to family fun!

Downers Grove Ice Fest
Get out of the house for a weekend of fun, shopping and dining for all ages!  The Annual Downtown Downers Grove Ice Festival returns February 9, 2019. Watch carvers demonstrate their art in person Friday evening under the lights at 5:30pm on the southeast corner of Main and Curtiss and on Saturday with live ice carving demonstrations from 11am-3pm at the Main Street Train Station as well as south of 5150 Main Street. Details at www.downtowndg.org or 630-725-0991.

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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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 ends Saturday, 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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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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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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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 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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TransWorld’s Jewelry, Fashion & Accessories Show…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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This week’s greater Chicago events…

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 7

  • KIDS Playdate with Nature – Celebrate seasonal fun outdoors. Create snow forts, sculptures and paintings. Follow animal tracks. Free, adult supervision required. 1-2:30 PM. Lakewood-Winter Sports Area, Wauconda. lcfpd.org.
  • FAMILY Date Night – Dads and daughters, moms and sons are invited for a night of dancing and dining. Event includes a souvenir photo, goody bag, and dinner of salad, bread, pasta, pizza and dessert. Ages 3-12. 6:30-8 PM. Birchwood Rec Center, Palatine. Fee, call to register 847-991-0333. palatineparks.org.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 8

  • KIDS Valentine’s Craft – Use hearts and other shapes to make an adorable animal craft at home. All ages welcome. Drop-in program. 10 AM. Helen Plum Library, Lombard. Helenplum.org.
  • FAMILY Mother Son Date Night – Enjoy a special evening of dinner, dessert, games and dancing. Suites and dresses suggested. 6:30-8:30 PM. Bridges of Poplar Creek Country Club, Hoffman Estates. Fee, register 847-285-5432. heparks.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.
  • STAGE 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 ends Saturday, February 9, 2019.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 9

  • ADULTS Free Health and Wellness Expo – Learn about the latest products and services to help you live a healthier, happy life. 10 AM-2 PM. Garden Terrace at the Pavilion, Elk Grove Village. elkgroveparks.org.
  • FAMILY Free Ice Skating – Break your winter blues and experience Ice-A-Palooza. Enjoy ice skating, hockey, games, bonfires, concessions, character visits and ice performances. 11 AM-2 PM. Central Athletic Complex Ice Rinks, Wheaton. wheatonparkdistrict.com.
  • FAMILY Victorian Valentine Making – Participants are invited to view the “Heart’s Desire” exhibit for inspiration, and then make a special Victorian-inspired valentine to share. Craft supplies provided, all ages welcome. 2-4 PM. Elmhurst History Museum. Fee, call to register 630-530-6879.
  • 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  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  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  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.
  • STAGE 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 ends Saturday, February 9, 2019.
  • FAMILY The Annual Downtown Downers Grove Ice Festival returns February 9, 2019. Watch carvers demonstrate their art in person Friday evening under the lights at 5:30pm on the southeast corner of Main and Curtiss and on Saturday with live ice carving demonstrations from 11am-3pm at the Main Street Train Station as well as south of 5150 Main Street. Details at www.downtowndg.org or 630-725-0991.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 10

  • FAMILY Science Expo – Enjoy an afternoon of hands-on activities and interactive demonstrations with science enthusiasts and experts. Drop-in event for all ages. 1:30-3:30 PM. Skokie Public Library. 847-673-7774.
  • FAMILY Victorian Valentines – Valentines of the Victorian era were treasured keepsakes, incorporating feathers, beads and bits of fabric. Create your own Victorian-style valentines in a fun afternoon workshop. Ages 3 and up. Free event, suggested donation of $3 per participant. 1-3 PM. DuPage County Historical Museum, Wheaton. Register at dupagemuseum.org or 630-510-4941.
  • 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 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  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.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 12

  • KIDS Hikin’ Tykes: Voles – Children will listen to a nature-based story, participate in hands-on activities, create a craft and explore outdoors (weather permitting). For ages 2-4 with an adult. 9:30-10:45 AM. Greenbelt Cultural Center-Education Wing, North Chicago. Fee, register at lcfpd.org.
  • SENIORS Let’s Do Lunch – Enjoy a catered lunch from Brick’s consisting of lasagna, salad and dessert. Ages 60+. 12-2 PM. Maryknoll Clubhouse, Glen Ellyn. Register at gepark.org.
  • KIDS Kohl Children’s Museum – 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.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 13

  • KIDS Valentines Event – Make a valentine, eat a snack, ride the carousel and play on the Jumps n’ Jiggles equipment. 10 AM. Jumps n’ Jiggles, Elk Grove Village. Free with general admission. elkgroveparks.org.
  • TEENS STEAM Team: Paper Circuits – Light up your art by incorporating circuits and LEDs. Grades 4-8. 4:15 PM. Helen Plum Library, Lombard. Register 630-627-0316 or helenplum.org.
  • ADULTS Nautical Oil Painting Demo – Watch classic marine artist Eric Nils Forsberg demonstrate the creation of a nautical oil painting. Following the presentation, the painting will be auctioned to a lucky winner. 7 PM. Bloomingdale Park District Museum. Fee, call to register 630-624-9545 or email bpetrosius@gmail.com.

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Fitness Race Events

  • Fight for Air Climb – Sat. 2/9 at 7 AM. 31 floors, 681 steps. Oakbrook Terrace Tower, Oakbrook Terrace. Benefits American Lung Association. fightforairclimb.org.
  • North Shore Cupid’s Love Dash 5K – Sun. 2/10 at 8:15 AM. 5K Run/Walk. Highland Park. carpediemraces.com.


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