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Winter Fun…

Fleetwood Roller Rink – in Summit
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. Located at 7231 West Archer Ave., Summit. 708-458-0300. www.fleetwoodrollerrink.com

MISH MASH Adventures
MISH MASH Adventures is an indoor urban adventure where teams of 2-6 players work together to complete the challenges that are behind every door. Each challenge and room is different, taking 3-5 minutes to successfully complete. Some are physical, like the floor is lava – and some are logic, but you won’t know until you open the door! Private bookings available. MISH MASH is located in Fox Valley Mall, Aurora, IL. Book online at www.mishmashadventures.com or call 630-339-3609.

The Forge: Lemont Quarries
Why waste a perfectly good winter stuck inside? Winter is just another reason to get outside and play at The Forge! At The Forge Ice Skating Shelf, the family can take to the ice for a classic winter activity. Or sign-up for The Forge Winter Classic: 3 on 3 Shinny Hockey Tournament, a series of pond hockey tournaments for all ages and skill levels. Looking for a family outdoor dining experience? Globe Dining offers an unforgettable meal under the stars in our cozy, clear globes. For exhilarating activities, food experiences like no other, unique seasonal events, and more, head to www.forgeparks.com. Embrace the winter outdoors!


Ice Castles
Ice Castles is an awe-inspiring, must-see winter phenomenon that brings fairytales to life. The experience is built entirely by hand using hundreds of thousands of icicles hand-placed by professional ice artists. The castles include breathtaking LED-lit sculptures, frozen thrones, ice-carved tunnels, slides, and fountains. Geneva National Resort, 1221 Geneva National Ave S, Lake Geneva, WI 53147. For more info visit: www.icecastles.com/wisconsin.

Lyman Woods Nature Programs
Nature programs at Lyman Woods offer outdoor adventures to explorers of all ages! Kids can enjoy programs such as outdoor cooking, gardening, campouts, scavenger hunts and more. For adults, Lyman Woods offers beekeeping workshops, dog training classes and more! Looking for a unique date night? Join our Wild Nights Out for Adults featuring a nighttime hike. Once the cold weather sets in, visitors can enjoy the wonders of winter at Lyman Woods with snowshoe rentals! 901 31st Street, Downers Grove, IL 60515. 630.963.9388. www.lymanwoods.org Learn more and register at www.dgparks.org.

Whitecap Mountains Resort
A fun-filled experience for family, friends, and adventurers. Whitecap Mountains Resort offers year-round family recreation, lodging, and down-home hospitality in Northern Wisconsin. Spread over a vast 400 acres within the ancient Penokee Mountains, it’s the perfect location for a corporate retreat, mountaintop wedding, extended family reunion, or relaxing getaway.  Discover three mountains with 43 trails for every ability. No matter what time of year you visit, you’ll find endless opportunities to connect with nature and each other. 9106 W County Road E, Upson, WI 54565. 715-561-2227.
www. whitecapresort.com

Hit the Slopes…

Virtual Events…

Due to Covid-19, event information is subject to change without notice. Therefore, we encourage you to call ahead and confirm.

Forest Preserves
There are so many great ways for people and families to recreate outside in nature during winter, and there’s no better place to experience the season and improve your physical and mental wellness than in your forest preserves of the Forest Preserves. For a full list of winter activities
Kane County: www.kaneforest.com
Lake County: www.LCFPD.org/winter-sports
DuPage County: www.dupageforest.org

Feel the Symphony Sight & Sound
Let It Shine presents North Shore’s largest drive thru world of Christmas lights at Northbrook Court! For one last weekend, guests are invited to stay in their cars and immerse themselves in a wonderland of light displays, dazzling archways, sparkling candy canes, glowing snowmen and more illuminated installations that are synchronized to holiday classic. WEEKEND Times: 4:30-11:00PM
Register at www.universalsole.com

The Art Center Highland Park: IN VIEW 2021, January 8-29, 2021
The Art Center Highland Park is proud to present IN VIEW 2021. This year is anything but normal but TAC is proud to focus on our annual member/faculty exhibition, allowing us to highlight the creative energy that is at the heart of our community. With 50 artists represented, the wide range of mediums, techniques, subject matter and styles reflect the professionalism, talent and skill so prevalent at TACHP.

From ceramics to mosaics, from painting to mixed media, In View 2021 is a celebration of our mission, showcasing the incredible work that drives TAC to make art available to all. The engagement and inspiration of this exhibit echoes the hope for a better tomorrow.

Gallery hours are 10-4, Monday through Friday, and Saturdays, 12-4, but visitors to www.theartcenterhp.org can also view the exhibit through a virtual program. Individuals who might need special accommodation can arrange exhibit visits by calling 847-432-1888. TAC is located at 1957 Sheridan Road, Highland Park, IL, 60035. The art is for sale and some of the proceeds go to support programming at TAC.

The Art Center, a non-profit organization, is the North Shore’s home for artistic discovery and creative exploration. Through innovative programs, exhibitions, and classes designed for all levels and ages, The Art Center provides a welcoming space for our diverse communities to experience and participate in the arts.

Virtual Tour of Winter Flower Show: Gratitude
Garfield Park Conservatory
January 6 @ 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm
Join a Conservatory staff member for a 30-minute virtual tour of the 2020 Winter Flower Show: Gratitude. This 30-minute tour will include a variety of camera angles and a wealth of information about the growing habits and care that go in to poinsettias, the history of flower shows at Garfield Park Conservatory, and much more! Time permitting, we may even peek into another room. Pre-registration is required, $5 per registration link.

Shedd Aquarium: Virtual Penguin Encounter
Ages: All ages; Cost: $49.95 ($44.95 Members) – the encounter is priced per screen.
Special Offer: Purchase two links for the price of $69.95 ($64.95 members), to share this experience with a friend or family member from anywhere in the world. If a second link is purchased, it must be used during the same date and time as the first link.

You’ve followed the penguins on their adventures. Now for a limited time, you can meet them up close in their habitat! Will you waddle with Wellington? Hang out with rockhopper penguin pair Edward and Annie? Meet Magellanic penguins Izzy and Darwin?

Shedd Aquarium: Virtual Sea Otter Encounter
Ages: All ages; Cost: $49.95 ($44.95 Members) – the encounter is priced per screen.
Special Offer: Purchase two links for the price of $69.95 ($64.95 members), to share this experience with a friend or family member from anywhere in the world. If a second link is purchased, it must be used during the same date and time as the first link.

Meet the sea otters at Shedd Aquarium—virtually! Come face-to-face with the playful, adorable sea otters that call Shedd home. Join us behind the scenes (virtually) for a sea otter play session. Watch them dive, socialize, vocalize and groom and find out how their sustainable, restaurant-quality food prep happens. Dive in and explore the world of sea otters firsthand!

This 35–40 minute virtual Sea Otter Encounter will take place on Zoom so you can enjoy the experience without leaving home.

Shedd Aquarium: Virtual Sea Lion Encounter
Ages: All ages; Cost: $49.95 ($44.95 Members) – the encounter is priced per screen.
Special Offer: Purchase two links for the price of $69.95 ($64.95 members), to share this experience with a friend or family member from anywhere in the world. If a second link is purchased, it must be used during the same date and time as the first link.

You may know California sea lions best for their loud vocalizations, and their ability to traverse both land and water. During this encounter you will meet one of the four rescued sea lions at Shedd—Biff, Cruz, Laguna, or Tanner—and learn how their rescue and rehabilitation gave them second chance at life.






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