Happy Holidays everyone! I've taken a bit of a blogging break while I celebrated Christmas and New Year's with my extended family, but now I'm back and thinking about how I'll entertain my daughter while she's off school for another week. We'll likely have some playdates, maybe bake some cookies we didn't get to before Christmas. And we'll likely check out at least a few of these activities. What are you doing over the winter break? Let us know in the comments section!
* Attend a "Creative Family Workshop" at Nido Art Studio in Aurora. These will be held each day through Friday, Jan. 4, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. The fee is $20 per family, and you'll get to play together without making a mess at home. Instructor Jen Evans will supply materials, tools, instruction and project ideas. You can register online, or call Lisa Manning at 630-730-1028 with questions.
* Bundle up for ice skating outdoors. The temps sure seem like they're getting cold enough for the outdoor rinks to operate, but please call ahead to make sure. The "City Skate" on Civic Center Plaza in downtown Elgin is on a refrigerated skating system, so that might be a good bet.
* My daughter doesn't fit the age range for this one, but Culture Stock in downtown Aurora is inviting children ages 6 to 10 to come cut beautiful snowflakes on Friday, Jan. 4, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The cost is $6 per child and it includes supplies and a book to take home.
* We always have a great time at the "Mom & Tot Bowling" at Pinstripes in South Barrington. The cost is $5 per kid for the session (from 10 a.m. to noon on weekdays) and moms bowl free. Pinstripes now has a location in Oak Brook, too. Of course call ahead just to make sure the session is being held. And obviously any of the local bowling alleys (or spots like Funway in Batavia) are good options, too.