Family Friendly: Chilly Fest keeps it cool with family activities
Try snow painting at Chilly Fest Feb. 9-10.
Updated: February 7, 2013 11:34AM
The resourceful staff at Emily Oaks Nature Center is prepared for Winter Chilly Fest, no matter what the weather.
“We had Chilly Fest when it was 60 degrees and we’ve had it when it was zero,” facility manager Lee Hansen said.
From 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9 and Sunday, Feb. 10 at 4650 Brummel St., Skokie, there will be an ice car derby, snow painting, a snowball toss, dressing a plywood snowman, crafts, hayrides, an ice carving demonstration, campfire, marshmallow roast and more.
“Ice skating is the big question mark,” Hansen said. If the pond is frozen, it is “such a magical place to skate.”
Participants will dine on turkey or vegetarian chili with cornbread (kids can get a turkey hotdog), beverages and dessert.
The cost is $9, $7 for kids younger than 10 before Feb. 8; $11 and $9 after that; $5 for the activities only. Advance registration is encouraged to schedule your dinner.
For details, call (847) 674-1500, ext. 2500 or go to www.skokieparks.org/emily-oaks-nature-center.
The fact that it’s February doesn’t deter Dave Rudolf from staging a Valentine’s Beach Party, 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10 at Niles Public Library, 6960 W. Oakton St. There will be music and controlled mayhem for all ages. Pick up tickets at the Youth Services desk one-half hour before the performance.
For details, call (847) 663-1234 or go to www.nileslibrary.org.
Kids ages 5 and older, accompanied by an adult, will view historic valentines and then create one of their own at Valentines, noon to 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10 at the Skokie Heritage Museum, 8031 Floral Ave. Cost is $2 for residents, $3 for nonresidents. Registration is encouraged but walk-ins are welcome.
For details, call (847) 674-1500, ext. 3000 or go to www.skokieparks.org.
Imagine your child, age 9 months-4 years old, playing in the snow, sledding, building a snowman and ice skating without getting cold. That’s the plan for Winterpalooza with Kid Rock, 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12 at the Lincolnwood Community Center, 6900 N. Lincoln Ave. It’s all happening indoors through musical activities and imagination. Cost is $10 for residents, $12 for nonresidents.
For details, call (847) 677-9740 or go to www.lincolnwoodil.org/specialevents.cfm.