Now that all of the December holidays, Christmas, and New Years activities are coming to an end, many will be hibernating for the winter. The grizzly bears may find this useful, but for many groups/ families (that love the winter), and want to continue having an active social life, there are many more fun activities to try this winter.
For many that wish to volunteer for groups needing help this winter, there will be a Volunteer Open House on January 10th, 2015, at 9am – noon, and on February 5th, 2015, at 6:30pm – 7:30pm, both located in the Danada Headquarters. For more information visit http://dupageforest.org or call 630-876-5900 to learn more.
Ice skating in Millennium Park located at the McCormick Tribune Rink 201 W. Randolph, Chicago, IL lasts up until March 8th, 2015, (with weather permitting). The admission is free, but also have rental of skates ($12), lockers ($1), and skate sharpening ($9) that are all available at the on-site rink facility. For more information and video visit http://www.nbcchicago.com/entertainment/the-scene/2014-2015-Schedule-Released-for-Ice-Rink-at-Millennium-Park–282736211.html .
For those that love the snow, the Blackwell Forest Preserve in Warrenville, IL, will provide snow tubing ($5 rental) and snow shoes ($10 rental) for days up until March 1st, 2015, for more information call 630-876-5931. Ski and snow shoeing after dark is also available at St James Farm this winters, for more information call 630-933-7248 to register, or for more information on both places visit the Dupage Forest website mentioned above.
The Navy Pier at 600E Grand Avenue, Chicago IL has the Winter WonderFest still going on until the 11th of January, 2015. For more information visit http://navypier.com. Right at the Pier is the Childrens Museum Chicago which has a very unique rink where kids can skate in their socks against a city-scape, taking place up until January 4th, 2015. For more information visit http://www.chicagochildrensmuseum.org .
There are also winter dances available through the Chicago Park District that are planned all throughout the month of January, to dance the winter blues away. For more dancing information visit website http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/dca/supp_info/winter_dance.html . Families can also warm their hearts (with puppet stories) at the Chicago International Puppet Theatre Festival starting January 14th – 25th, 2015. For more puppet information visit website at http://www.chicagopuppetfest.org
Some of the other family and group activities available this winter include: free horse drawn hayrides, nature hikes, geocaching, ice fishing, and more. For more information families should call 630-933-7248. Also the culinary enthusiasts may wish to join bread-baking classes coming up in March at the Kline Creek Farm 1 N.600 County Farm Road, West Chicago, IL. Visit the Dupage Forest website mentioned above for these fabulous winter events and more.