Looks like we'll be getting some snow this weekend, so this Go West guide to sledding hills, places to snowshoe, ice skating rinks, etc, will come in handy. Additionally, here are some of the event highlights over the next few days. As always, check out the Go West Calendar for many more events that might better fit your family's budget, interests or schedule.
FROZEN SING-ALONG: I guess I'm not the only one with a kid singing "Let It Go" around the house on a continual loop. Disney is releasing a special "sing-along" version of its mammoth animated hit "Frozen" in 1,000 theaters nationwide starting today. Lyrics will be shown onscreen (accompanied by a bouncing snowflake) and theater-goers will be encouraged to sing. According to Fandango, the sing-along with be shown at Randall 16 IMAX in Batavia, Charlestowne 18 in St. Charles, Regal Cantera in Warrenville, Studio Movie Grill in Wheaton, AMC Showplace 16 in Naperville, the Cinemark Tinseltown USA in North Aurora and the Century Stratford Square in Bloomingdale, among many other Chicago-area theaters. Check your local theater website for times and ticket info, or here's a link to Fandango.
DISCOVERY DAYS: Hickory Knolls Nature Center in St. Charles has special "Discovery Days" scheduled every Saturday in February. They'll be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and don't require registration. This Saturday, the them is "Survival" -- in which participants will learn how to build a fire, create shelter and identify wildlife tracks. The activities will be outdoors, so dress for the weather. This Saturday's event is free, others require $5 admission; check the Go West Calendar or this page for details.
KIDS WORKSHOP: The monthly Home Depot Kids Workshop is this Saturday at stores in locations including Geneva, Aurora, Bartlett, Naperville and South Elgin. This is a free, hands-on workshop, designed for kids ages 5 through 12, offered from 9 a.m. to noon. In addition to the newly constructed project kid, each child receives an orange apron, a commemorative pin and certificate of achievement. This month, the project is a "Home Depot Race Car."
CHEAP MOVIES: The "Kids Dream Winter Film Series" kicks off this weekend at Marcus Theatres in Elgin. This weekend, "Despicable Me 2" will be shown at 10 a.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. Sunday with tickets only $2. These movies are also shown at Marcus Theatres in Orland Park and Gurnee
ANIMAL ENCOUNTER: The Red Oak Nature Center holds an "Animal Encounter" nearly ever month. This Sunday, your family can learn more about groundhogs on Sunday starting at 2 p.m. The event is free and no registration is required ... be prepared to possibly meet a live critter!