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YOUR WEEKEND+

YOUR WEEKEND+ for 2/1 to 2/7

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 YOUR WEEKEND+ for February 1 to February 7
(Thursday through next Wednesday)

Here is this week’s “YOUR WEEKEND+” which highlights our full database of events and activities for the upcoming seven day period with special focus on this weekend.

The Chicago Suburban Family – “Winter Fun!” issue 2018 is available here…

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WINTER BOREDOM BUSTERS!

When the chilly temps hit the Chicago suburbs, it can be easy to just slip into hibernation mode. But, don’t let the cold weather freeze your family’s fun. Lucky for you, we’ve got a great variety of indoor and outdoor activities to keep the whole family entertained and moving through these cold wintry months. You won’t want to miss these family-friendly, winter fun happenings……

Japan Fest
Come learn and play with us at our annual Japan Fest on Saturday, February 3 from 12 to 4 pm.  This year’s theme is “SCHOOL!”.  Watch amazing performances, learn to speak Japanese, make crafts, sample delicious Japanese food and drinks, and play fun games!  We have lots of fun activities for the whole family to enjoy! Saturday, Feb 3 from 12 till 4pm. Free Admission. Oak Park River Forest High School.201 N. Scoville Ave, Oak Park, IL 60302
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Cascade Mountain 
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 45 ski trails, 12 lifts and snow tubing. Phase I of a three-phase expansion project has was completed last season. This $9 million dollar  project included two new lifts, nine 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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Burpee Museum of Natural History
Join Rockford’s Burpee Museum of Natural History in celebrating “20 Years of PaleoFest” March 3-4, 2018. PaleoFest is an event like no other, featuring talks on exciting new finds, upcoming research, and a window into the current work of noted paleontologists from around the world. Home to a world-class collection, Burpee is proud to continue this tradition with workshops for kids, family events and research-based talks. For more information visit www.burpee.org or call 815-965-3433.
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Wilmot Mountain
Now part of Vail Resorts with $13M in Renovations.  Celebrate 80 years of winter fun at Wilmot Mountain and experience our new Children’s Learning Center, Main Lodge transformation, three new quad lifts, expanded Terrain Parks, upgraded food & beverages and season long events! Ski, snowboard and tube with us this season. 11931 Fox River Road, Wilmot, WI. www.wilmotmountain.com .
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Creek Bend Nature Center
Visit Creek Bend Nature Center for fun, interactive exhibits. There’s plenty to see and do – both inside and out! Learn all about oaks. See what the Fox River might look like below the surface. View bison in our prairie wild exhibit. Enjoy scavenger hunts, hikes and scheduled nature programs. Visit www.kaneforest.com or call 630-444-3190. At Creek Bend Nature Center, you can explore galore! Open Monday – Thursdays from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., and Saturday – Sunday from noon – 4 p.m. Admission is always free. 37W700 Dean St., St. Charles.

Kohl’s Children’s Museum
Seventeen interactive hands-on exhibits to spark curiosity and inspire a love of learning for children ages birth to 8. Through March 4th, test your design and construction skills in our Build It! exhibit. Recreate famous Chicago skyline sights, test the strength of your buildings on our earthquake table, and dive into our large blue Imagination Playground blocks to build whatever you can imagine! 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
Get involved this year in “Your local water gardening and koi club.” The first club meeting on the topic of Golden Orfes will be on Jan. 19th at the Bohemian Crystal, Restaurant in Westmont. Our second meeting of the year will be on February 16th on the topic of Kloubec Koi Farm. Meeting place toTBD. For more information on events and contacts, please call 312-409-2081 or visit www.MPKS.org

Villa Olivia
Dare to do something different this winter! Learn to ski/snowboard or bring the family and friends for snow tubing. With six ski runs and a double wide tube hill Villa Olivia offers winter fun in your own backyard. We can even make our own snow! The season runs through March 4th.  Villa Olivia is located at 1401 W. Lake Street in Bartlett. For hours of operation and weather related information visit villaolivia.com or call 630-289-1000.

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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FITNESS / RACE EVENTS…

  • Relay For Life – For all area events, please go to relayforlife.org/relay/findevent.
  • Super Shuffle 5K – Sun 2/4 at 10 AM 5K Run/Walk. Geneva. 630-232-4542.

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ON STAGE Upcoming Shows…Get Tickets Now!

The Manhattan Transfer, Buddy Guy, Lewis Black, Los Lobos, Daughtry, Jim Jeffries, Decades Rewind, 3 Doors Down, and more!
Rialto Square Theatre
102 N Chicago St., Joliet
Various dates

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On Golden Pond, By Ernest Thompson
Overshadowed Theatrical Productions
900 Foster Avenue, Medinah
February 9 – March 3
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The Emperor’s New Clothes
Marriott Theatre
10 Marriott Dr., Lincolnshire.
February 23 – May 12, 2018

Monster Jam® 
Allstate Arena, Rosemont
March 2-5, 2018

Golden Dragon Acrobats from China, Ireland’s hottest new groups, The High Kings, Villalobos Brothers, Lectures and Chamber Music
Fermilab Arts & Lecture Series
Located in Wilson Hall, Batavia
Various dates
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GREATER CHICAGO EVENTS…

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 1

  • AUDITIONS Children – Auditions for the Lion King summer workshop open today. Little Mountain Theatre, Lemont, IL. info@littlemountaintheatre.org.
  • ADULTS Understanding Fake News – Fiction and nonfiction are not just library sections. People get constantly bombarded with unreliable information from untrustworthy sources. Learn to weed through the noise and evaluate sources for authenticity. 7 PM. Glen Ellyn Public Library. 630-469-0879.
  • KIDS Filters in Full Effect – Come and make your selfies into an Instant masterpiece. We’ll talk phone photography, composition, and print photos. All supplies provided. Grades 6-8. 4:30-5:30 PM. Wauconda Area Library. Register 847-526-6225.
  • KIDS Little Olympians – Recommended for children 5 and under, with a participating adult. Race through obstacles! Test your agility! See if you have what it takes to be a little Olympian. Helen Plum Library. 630-627-0316.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 2

  • HAPPY GROUND HOG DAY
  • ADULTS Chocolate, Cheese and Wine – Evening of chocolates, cheeses and a selection of over 35 wines from around the world for wine tastings. Portion of proceeds benefits the Glen Ellyn Park District Scholarship Program. 5PM-8PM. Reserve 22 at Village Links. Glen Ellyn Park District. Tickets glenellynchamber.com/chocolate.
  • ADULTS Microsoft Windows 10 – Ready to upgrade your Windows operating system but want to know more before diving in. Learn the newest features and outline key differences between Windows 7, 8 and 10. 3 PM. Helen Plum Library. Register 630-627-0316.
  • ADULTS Casino Royale – Join the Bartlett Area Chamber for a fun night out with friends and family. $35 advance admission includes 75 betting chips, appetizers, and one raffle entry. $40 at the door. 7 – 10 PM. Open to the public. Moretti’s Ristorante. 1175 W. Lake St. Bartlett. 630 736-9860.
  • KIDS Daddy Daughter Date Night – A perfect date night for a dad and his daughter featuring a catered dinner, DJ with dancing, fun crafts, photos and fresh flowers. 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM. Lemont Park District. 16050 127th Street. Register 630- 257-6787 X 3031.
  • KIDS Printmaking – Learn easy printmaking techniques that will allow you to make reproductions of your art. Grades 1-6. 3:30-4:30 PM. Winfield Public Library. Register 630-653-7599.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 3

  • EXPO Indoor Flea Market –Free admission for buyers. Doors open at 9:00am sharp! 9am-1pm. Darien Park District Community Center, 7301 Fairview Ave. 630-968-6400.
  • FAMILY Lunar New Year – Bring family to celebrate the Lunar New Year through the artistry of traditional Taiwanese dancers. 1-2 PM. Westmont Library, Westmont. 630-969-5625.
  • FAMILY Winter Carnival – Don’t let cabin fever give your family the winter blues, enjoy some cheer with a
  • FREE carnival! Be sure to bundle up because this is an indoor/outdoor event full of hot cocoa, games, crafts, sledding, and much more! 10 AM – Noon. Sunset Knoll Recreation Center, Lombard. 630-620-7322.
  • FAMILY Family Day – A day of hands-on art projects themed around the current exhibition. Elmhurst Art Museum. 1  - 4 PM. 150 S. Cottage Hill Ave., Elmhurst. Free with museum admission or current membership. elmhurstartmuseum.org
  • FAMILY Winter Birds and Backyard Bird Count – All ages will enjoy learning about birds with games, crafts, experiments and activities. 10:30-AM – 2:30 PM. Naperville Park District Knoch Knolls Nature Center, Naperville. 630-848-5000.
  • NATURE Work Day – Meet at the west side of Dixie Briggs Fromm State Nature Preserve with site stewards for guidance doing restoration work. Algonquin, IL. 9-12 PM. 847-428-8092 x 1005.
  • PETS Dog Admission Day – Hit the Arboretum trails with your furry friend. Includes an Arboretum bandana for your pup. 7 AM-5 PM. Morton Arboretum, Lisle. 630-968-0074.
  • CHICAGO / CITY  Polar Adventure Days – January 20 and February 24. 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  Handmade Market Chicago – Through March 10. Connects makers of beautiful things to those who appreciate the unique and handmade. Shop jewelry, clothing, handbags and paper crafts at this monthly fair in Ukrainian Village. The Empty Bottle, Chicago. handmadechicago.com.
  • CHICAGO / CITY  Maggie Daley Park Skating Ribbon – Through March. Among the “alpine in a city,” lace up your skates and enjoy an ice skating experience unlike any other on a path of ice winding through the rolling landscape. Chicago. 312-744-3316. maggiedaleypark.com. chicagoboatshow.com.
  • CHICAGO / CITY  McCormick Tribune Ice Rink – Through March. Lessons and special programming weekends and during the Chicago Public Schools’ winter break. Skate rentals available. Chicago. 312-744-3316. millenniumpark.org.
  • CHICAGO / CITY  Neighborhoods of the World – February-March. Celebrate cultures form across the world with exhibits, art shows, cuisine tastings and live music. Navy Pier, Chicago. navypier.org.
  • CHICAGO / CITY  Strandbeest: The Dream Machines of Theo Jansen – February 5-May 1. See eight gigantic, kinetic, wind-power sculptures by Dutch artist and physicist Theo Jansen. Chicago Culture Center, Chicago. cityofchicago.org

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 4

  • FAMILY Concert – The Wheaton College Gospel Choir performs an energetic array of Celtic, Folk, Ragtime, Bluegrass, and Dixieland music. 3 PM. St. John’s Lutheran Church, Lombard. 630-629-2515.
  • FAMILY Suzuki Piano Festival – The Community School of the Arts (CSA) at Wheaton College presents simultaneous concerts at locations on campus. 1:30 PM and 3:15 PM. Wheaton College. 630.752.5567.
  • TEENS SAT Prep Test – Experience first-hand what test day will be like with a free, proctored practice test. You will be contacted with your scores after the event. Grades 9-12. 1 PM. Helen Plum Library, Lombard. Register 630-627-0316.
  • CHICAGO / CITY  Polar Adventure Days – January 20 and February 24. 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  Handmade Market Chicago – Through March 10. Connects makers of beautiful things to those who appreciate the unique and handmade. Shop jewelry, clothing, handbags and paper crafts at this monthly fair in Ukrainian Village. The Empty Bottle, Chicago. handmadechicago.com.
  • CHICAGO / CITY  Maggie Daley Park Skating Ribbon – Through March. Among the “alpine in a city,” lace up your skates and enjoy an ice skating experience unlike any other on a path of ice winding through the rolling landscape. Chicago. 312-744-3316. maggiedaleypark.com. chicagoboatshow.com.
  • CHICAGO / CITY  McCormick Tribune Ice Rink – Through March. Lessons and special programming weekends and during the Chicago Public Schools’ winter break. Skate rentals available. Chicago. 312-744-3316. millenniumpark.org.
  • CHICAGO / CITY  Neighborhoods of the World – February-March. Celebrate cultures form across the world with exhibits, art shows, cuisine tastings and live music. Navy Pier, Chicago. navypier.org.
  • CHICAGO / CITY  Strandbeest: The Dream Machines of Theo Jansen – February 5-May 1. See eight gigantic, kinetic, wind-power sculptures by Dutch artist and physicist Theo Jansen. Chicago Culture Center, Chicago. cityofchicago.org

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 5

  • ADULTS Travel Planning – “Be Your Own Travel Agent” teaches you how to use the Internet to book transportation and lodging, find special deals, and explore destinations before leaving home. 11AM-12:30 PM. Skokie Public Library. 847-673-7774

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 6

  • VETERANS Free Indoor Rowing Class – Introductory class that will teach proper mechanics of rowing. Great total body fitness. 6:15 AM. Campana Building, Batavia. 630-207-8337.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 7

  • ADULTS Suicide Prevention – “How Talking Saves Lives” Lake County Suicide Prevention Task Force will help you identify some of the signs that you or someone you know needs help. Learn how to open up conversations about stress, anxiety, or depression with people you care about. 7-8:30 PM. Wauconda Area Library. Register 847-526-6225.

***ONGOING EVENTS…

Here are events with multiple dates: See Ongoing Events

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FIT & FUN ACTIVITIES…

Camp Anokijig
Outrageous fun is around every corner at Camp Anokijig! For 92 years, we have nurtured independence, character, and confidence in our campers as they build positive values, friendships, and life skills through their experiences. We offer a huge variety of activities for campers to self-direct their own camp experience, build self-esteem, and create an enriching week of summer camp. Convenient, 1-week sessions offer valuable flexibility to accommodate busy family schedules. Be part of the family and catch the Anokijig spirit! For more information: www.anokijig.com or 920-893-0782 (ACA Accredited).

InZone
InZone, Harper College’s enrichment and sports camp for ages 8 to 14, fills your summer with fun and learning. Kids can expand their art creativity, develop outdoor education skills, create their own video games or become the master of STEM challenges, all while making new friends. Visit harpercollegece.com/inzone to learn more about InZone, request a catalog, and schedule your summer fun. Harper College CE, 1200 West Algonquin Road, Palatine, IL 60067. inzone@harpercollege.edu 847.925.6300
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Animal Camp Jamaica
Travel abroad with Animal Camp Jamaica – Ages 13-18. This 13 day program focuses on Marine Biology and Cultutral Immersion. Spend mornings snorkeling and afternoons exploring the island of Jamaica swimming with dolphins, trying exotic foods, and jumping from waterfalls! Campers stay at Seven Palms Villa in Runaway Bay, Jamaica. www.AnimalCampJamaica.com For more info call (573) 458-2125.

Great Lakes Center Youth Volleyball Academy
The GLCYA is accepting girls and boys ages 2-14 for the Great Lakes Center Youth Volleyball Academy Fall, Club, Winter and Spring programs. All sessions focus on motor development and individual skill development by teaching both proper skill technique and introducing the young athlete to age appropriate game play as well for volleyball. We are also offering winter/spring clinics and lessons for all ages.  The Great Lakes Volleyball Center is located at 579 N. Oakhurst Drive, Aurora, IL. 60502. For more info call 630-898-6400 or visit www.greatlakescenter.com FB: Great Lakes Center Youth Academy

Illinois Stampede B-Ball
The Illinois Stampede youth basketball program will be hosting tryouts for players for our 2018 spring/Summer season. Illinois Stampede program is centered on the concept of teaching fundamental skills and developing the complete player for boys 3rd-11th and girls 5th-10th grade. Selected players for our teams will compete in highly competitive leagues and tournament play throughout the chicagoland area. Pre-Register online starting in January and tryouts are Free! all  Players will be selected for teams based on skill level. For registration details please visit us at www.illinoisstampede.org or call 630-442-0075.

Cub Creek Science Camp
For ages 7-17. Imagine a summer camp where you can eat breakfast next to a colony of lemurs, zoom down a zip-line and pet a camel before lunch, and play a camp wide game of Capture the Flag after dinner! We are that camp! With 300 animals including porcupines, foxes, parrots, lizards, miniature horses, a 6-element ropes course, and classes in chemistry, pottery, culinary, animal care, and many more, we are a truly unique summer camp experience! A/C cabins.  ACA accredited. www.MOScienceCamp.com (573) 458-2125.

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