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Winter Fun | Virtual Events | A Happier, Healthier You in 2021 | Is a Faith-Based School Right for You? | Hit the ‘Slopes’ | Party Places | Heart Disease – Know the Signs | Nourish Your Spirit this Winter | Dining Guide
GO TO Suburban Family’s “Winter Fun” Issue
Ice Castles in Lake Geneva
Lake Geneva, Wisconsin | January 18, 2021 – It is going to be an icy weekend in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin! Ice Castles at Destination Geneva National will open to the public at 6 p.m. on Friday, January 22. Tickets go on sale Tuesday morning on the attraction’s website https://icecastles.com/wisconsin/. This season, Ice Castles partner Destination Geneva National will also have a sledding hill, ice skating, a lantern-lit snowshoeing trail, igloo dining, and an Ice Princess Brunch in addition to overnight lodging just steps from Ice Castles
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.
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!
Hit the Slopes…
- Whitecap Mountains – 9106W CTY Rd E, Upson, WI. whitecapsresort.com
- Villa Olivia – 1401 W Lake St, Bartlett, IL bartlettparks.org
- Four Lakes Alpine Snowsports – 5750 Lakeside Dr, Lisle., IL fourlakessnowsports.com
- Cascade Mountain – W10441 Cascade Mountain Rd, Portage, WI. cascademountain.com
- Wilmot Mountain – 11931 Fox River Rd, Wilmot, WI. wilmotmountain.com
- Alpine Valley Resort – W2501 Co Rd D, Elkhorn, WI. alpinevalleyresort.com
- Granite Peak Ski Area – 227200 Snowbird Drive, Wausau, WI. skigranitepeak.com
Due to Covid-19, event information is subject to change without notice. Therefore, we encourage you to call ahead and confirm.
Chicago Zoological Society Offers Virtual Lecture Series
This winter, the Chicago Zoological Society is offering a virtual lecture series featuring an array of fascinating topics about Brookfield Zoo’s history, incredible animals, and innovative conservation programs. The best part is, those interested in attending, can do it from the comfort of their own homes. Following each presentation, there will be time for a question and answer session. Lectures, which begin at 7:00 p.m. CT, are free, although a $10 donation is appreciated. Online reservations are required and can be made at CZS.org/LectureSeries.
Join Randy Wells, Ph.D., director of the Chicago Zoological Society’s Sarasota Dolphin Research Program, on Tuesday, January 26, as he discusses the world’s longest-running study of a wild dolphin population. Wells, one of the program’s founders, will share major findings from the past 50 years, including the biology, behavior, ecology, social structure, life history, health of, and human impacts on Sarasota Bay’s year-round community of resident dolphins. For further information, visit CZS.org.
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
- A Happier, Healthier You in 2021
- Is a Faith-Based School Right for You?
- Hit the ‘Slopes’
- Heart Disease – Know the Signs
- Nourish Your Spirit this Winter
- Dining Out