There will be exciting activities for families indoors and outdoors—for free—at Oak Brook Park District’s Winterfest, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31 at Central Park West, 1500 Forest Gate Road.
“It’s going to be wonderful,” declared Marketing Manager Jessica Cannaday of this 51st annual event. “We’re doing it a little bit differently this year from last year.” Instead of hosting Winterfest during the day on Saturday, the Park District moved it to Friday night with the hope that it will be more convenient for families.
“Plus, it gives it a really cool evening atmosphere,” Cannaday noted. “We have some really neat lighting effects on our ice rink.” Sleigh rides through Central Park should also be more exciting after dark. Skate rental is free. You can also snowshoe along Ginger Creek.
Indoor activities include craft projects for kids and live musical entertainment from 6-8 p.m.
Refreshments will be sold, including hot spiced wine for adults, doughnuts and hot chocolate.
For details, call (630) 990-4233 or go to www.obparks.org.
GIVE A HOOT!
Kids will be wide-eyed during The Owls Have It! Storytime, 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan.25 at the Oak Brook Barnes and Noble, 297 Oakbrook Center. They will hear “Owl at Home” by Arnold Lobel and “I’m Not Reading” by Jonathan Allen, then do a themed activity.
For details, call (630) 684-0586 or go to www.barnesandnoble.com.
WONDERS NEVER CEASE
Discover the Wonders of Winter, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1 at Mayslake Peabody Estate, 1717 W. 31st St., Oak Brook. There will be horse-drawn hayrides, ice fishing, geocaching, nature hikes and more at this free, drop-in event.
For details, call (630) 933-7248 or go to www.dupageforest.org.
IT’S ALL DOWNHILL
You and your kids can conquer Mount Hoy at Blackwell Forest Preserve, Batavia Road and Butterfield Road, Warrenville when there are 3 or more inches of snow. Rent a Forest Preserve District of DuPage County inner tube for $5 per day and head down the 800-foot hill, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Feb. 23.
For details, call (630) 871-6422 or go to www.dupageforest.org.
IF TREES COULD TALK
Turns out you can learn to communicate with them at the Tree House Tales Exhibition, 7 a.m.-sunset daily at the Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Rte. 53, Lisle. Children will enjoy wagging imaginary tails at the Dogwood Doghouse, pretending to be a pioneer at the White Oak Cabin and exploring four other tree houses.
For details, call (630) 968-0074 or go to www.mortonarb.org.