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ome people love the winter season and enjoy snow, warm clothes, and ski trips, while others are affected emotionally by the cold dreary weather, shorter days, and being stuck inside all of the time. For some people, including children, winter can cause them to feel down in the dumps or even depressed. Fortunately, once we understand what is going on, we can help our kids overcome their winter blues. What Exactly Are The Winter Blues? We often hear the term Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD, to describe when someone 6 seasons

is unhappy during wintertime. It is a form of depression that follows a seasonal pattern. The most common type occurs in the winter, but some people do experience SAD during other seasons depending on the weather and where they live. As winter approaches, 10 to 20 percent of people experience mild symptoms of SAD and about 6 percent have considerably worse symptoms. Typical symptoms of SAD include: • Craving comfort foods like pasta, breads, and sugar • Fatigue; wanting to sleep more • Having difficulty waking up in the morning • Irritability and moodiness • Increased crying • Difficulty concentrating • Depression • Hopelessness • Low self-esteem suburban family |

Experts aren’t 100 percent sure what triggers SAD, but some theories include environmental factors like the change in the amount and intensity of light exposure we get during the colder, darker months. Additionally, levels of serotonin—a neurotransmitter linked to depression—has been shown to shift with the seasons and may be linked to SAD. When It’s Time To Get Help Sometimes SAD can get pretty serious and start impacting your child’s daily life. They might start crying often, withdrawing from activities that they used to enjoy, and experiencing changes in their appetite. If SAD is not addressed, your child’s self-esteem can suffer and they may start to struggle socially and academically. If you start to notice these changes, then it’s important to seek professional help by calling a licensed therapist. A professional will January/February 2020

be able to assess the changes you observed and provide feedback and an action plan for how to address the situation. Be sure to note whether these symptoms fluctuate with the season and weather so that you can inform the therapist. Also, remember to discuss these issues with your child in a gentle, understanding manner and let them know that you love them and want to help them feel better. How Nature Can Help Another way to help manage wintertime depression is through nature. Spending time in and around nature is so beneficial to our health and well-being. It calms us down when we are feeling stressed and boosts our mood when we are feeling down. When we think about nature, we tend to only consider that it’s outside, but we can also capture the essence of what nature has to offer through images, sounds, and plants inside our home. By bringing nature indoors during the cold, dark, rainy, snowy months, we can help our kids beat the winter blues. Nature Imagery Amazingly, just looking at pictures of nature scenes can make us feel similar to actually spending time outdoors. Spending time in nature can also make us feel more compassionate and connected to others. Scientists

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have observed brain activity using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and discovered that when we view scenes from the natural environment, the parts of their brain associated with empathy and love light up. Nature Sounds Listening to nature can also help relax us and improve our mood. One study explored how nature sounds affect people’s mental and physical health and found that those who listened to ocean waves had considerably lower muscle tension, heart rates, and stress. These positive changes occurred quite rapidly–within five to seven minutes of listening to the sounds of nature. Keep in mind that the best sounds are those that give a sense of natural space and mimic the biorhythms of an ecosystem like a forest. Loud chirping and croaking is just not going to cause the same calming feelings as sounds of water, which are very soothing because of their slow, rhythmic whooshing noises. Plants Plants and flowers have long been known to cheer people up. Research done in hospitals, offices, and schools has consistently found that even a simple plant in a room can have a significant impact on improving mood. Plants actually boost healing, according to a study at Kansas State University,

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in which researchers learned that viewing plants during recovery from surgery can lead to a significant improvement in physiological responses. How To Bring More Nature Inside If your kids are experiencing the winter blues, try some of these ideas to brighten up their day: • Display plants and colorful flowers throughout your house. • Decorate your house with awe-inspiring images of nature. Collect gorgeous pieces from famous photographers like Ansel Adams and Philip Hyde or start a family hobby of taking pictures of nature that you love to display throughout your house. •  Start an indoor garden of herbs and flowers. • Play nature sounds in your home, especially at bedtime. • Visit indoor sanctuaries of nature such as an arboretum, butterfly garden, botanical garden, greenhouse, science museum, or aquarium. • Watch nature shows, movies, and documentaries as a family. • Hang out in places with large windows and skylights to allow more natural light in.

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Fleetwood Roller Rink Fleetwood Roller Rink (established 1957) is a family owned business. Our venue hosts public skating, birthday parties (our specialty) privates and fundraisers. We promote family fun for all ages plus for “health sake, roller skate” Come visit us and join in our fun. Instruction available every Saturday at 1 pm Check for our ongoing specials and public skating times [See our ad on Back Cover.] Kohl Children’s Museum 17 interactive hands-on exhibits to spark curiosity and inspire a love of learning for children ages birth to 8. Held over through March 29: Come explore the great outdoors with our interactive exhibit Nature Cat: Backyard and Beyond, based on the hit PBS Kids TV show, and developed in partnership with Spiffy Pictures and WTTW! See for yourself why we’re The Place Where Awesome Lives! Located at 2100 Patriot Blvd., Glenview, IL. For more information, call 847-832-6600 or visit [See our ad on Page 3.] WhirlyBall WhirlyBall Naperville is open! Boasting a two-story “eatertainment” complex with WhirlyBall, eight bowling lanes, a four-lane bowling suite, HyperBowling and a multilevel laser tag area. WhirlyBall’s food is powered by its restaurant, The Pivot Room. The Pivot Room’s relaxed dining experience featuring

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a fresh take on classic American fare, and an expansive rotating craft beer selection. Reserve your space today! WHIRLYBALL NAPERVILLE, 3103 ODYSSEY CT, 630-932-4800 [See our ad on Page 5.] Cascade Mountain...where kids ski free! One of the most popular ski resorts in the Midwest is Cascade Mountain. Located on Interstate 90/94 between Madison and Wisconsin Dells, Cascade is a large area with 47 ski trails and snow tubing. Wisconsin Dells is just 15 minutes away from Cascade, and the city of Portage is even closer. Families with children save a bundle at Cascade Mountain because kids 12 and under ski free when accompanied by a paying adult. For more information, go to Japan Fest 2020: Tokyo Olympic Oak Park River Forest High School Japanese program is hosting our 18th annual Japan Fest on Saturday, February 1 from noon till 4:00 pm. We are going to highlight Tokyo Olympics this year. Please come enjoy games (Olympic related sports games), crafts & activities (language lesson, Olympic trivia, origami, calligraphy, face paint, chopsticks and more) and various performances (drums, traditional dances, koto harps, martial arts). Free admission (we charge cash for food). This is a great event for the whole family! 201 N. Scoville Ave, Oak Park, IL 60302. January/February 2020

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Midwest Pond & Koi Society The Midwest Pond & Koi Society, MPKS, are families with a common hobby: koi ponds, garden ponds, koi keeping, and plants. MPKS members range from the novice to experienced water gardener. The club has monthly meetings with topics about plants, ponds, and fish. Other activities include; auctions, a trade show, and a pond tour. You do not have to be a member to attend a meeting. Visit our web site for more information.

Wilmot Mountain Embrace Winter Family Fun at Wilmot Mountain! Traverse the slopes, take a lesson, enjoy upgraded food & beverages options at Ski Hill Grill, attend great season long events or enjoy slope side views and a hot toddy at Walt’s Tavern. Ski, snowboard and tube with us this season. Join us for Super Hero’s Day on Jan 12th SUPER HEROES. Dress as

your favorite Super Hero and “fly” down the slopes. Costume contest and parade at 1pm. Or enjoy the Totally Tubular 80’s Party on Jan. 25th from 11am - 6pm. Wear your best 80’s gear and join us for a rad day on the tubing hill including great tunes, photo booth, party favors and more! One hour from Chicago just north of the WI/IL border. www.

TransWorld’s Jewelry, Fashion & Accessories Show 2020 is here and the JF&A Show heads into a new decade! See what all the fuss is about by attending the TransWorld’s Jewelry, Fashion & Accessories Show coming to the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL on February 20-23, 2020. Shop for yourself, your family, and friends for every occasion and celebration and get your New Year off to a great start. A day at a TransWorld’s JF&A Show adds up to a great time and even greater deals. Get FREE gifts just for attending and buying at the show. KIDS DAY ON SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 23rd: You can bring your kids ages 9-16 with an accompanying adult to the show. Register kids on-site only and a $5 fee applies. They will receive a FREE gift, a Lighted BOUNCY ball as a gift from us. For complete details, visit our website at: to register. (See our ad on p. 7) Villa Olivia Dare to do something different this winter! Learn to ski/snowboard or bring the family and friends for snow tubing. With six ski runs and a double wide tube hill Villa Olivia offers winter fun in your own backyard. We can even make our own snow! The season runs through March 1st. Villa Olivia is located at 1401 W. Lake Street in Bartlett. For hours of operation and weather related information visit or call 630-289-1000. Maple Sugaring Days: March 7-8 at Creek Bend Nature Center Don’t miss our spring celebration - Maple Sugaring Days, March 7-8 from noon - 3 p.m. Learn how to tap a maple tree. Watch sap thicken to syrup. Join us on a naturalist-led hike. Sample pure, local syrup. Plus, check-out interactive exhibits inside Creek Bend Nature Center. Bring the whole family for this fun, FREE program. Creek Bend Nature Center is located within LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve at 37W700 Dean St., St. Charles. See www. or call 630-444-3190.

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Downers Grove Ice Festival Get out of the house for a weekend of fun, shopping and dining for all ages! The Annual Downtown Downers Grove Ice Festival returns February 7-9, 2020. Watch carvers demonstrate their art in person Friday evening under the lights at 5:30pm on the southeast corner of Main and Curtiss and on Saturday with live ice carving demonstrations from 11am-3pm at the Main Street Train Station as well as south of 5150 Main Street. The carvings will remain pu as long as whether permits! Details at www. or 630-725-0991. (See our ad on p. 12) Villa St. Benedict Villa St. Benedict is a boutique lifestyle community with 47 acres of beautiful grounds and a warm community atmosphere. They offer variety of independent living and assisted living apartments, and memory care. Residents enjoy a carefree lifestyle with maintenancefree villa homes and apartments, gourmet dining options with chef-prepared meals, engaging activities, events, and much more. Learn more by visiting or by contacting a sales counselor at (630) 8520345. (See our ad on p. 12)

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Winter Safety Tips

Winter is here, and with it the rain, snow and ice. Keep your family safe and warm with these tips.

Winter Play and Sports

Insist that your child wear a properly fitting snow sport helmet while skiing, snowboarding and sledding. Snowboarders need wrist guards in addition to helmets. Be a good role model by wearing your helmet, too. Make sure an adult is with children who are sledding. Keep sledders away from trees, rocks, fences and cars. Check sleds for jagged, sharp edges. Teach your child how to roll off the sled and how to stop the sled if they need to get off quickly. Also teach them to sled sitting up with their feet in front. Never hook a sled to a car or any other vehicle. Never pull your child on skis or a snowboard behind a vehicle. Children who ski or snowboard are safer and have more fun if they take a lesson from a qualified instructor. Make sure ski and snowboard equipment is the right size and is adjusted properly. Teach your child to ski and snowboard within the boundaries of the ski area. Know how to operate a snowmobile and start with a full tank of gas. Have all riders wear protective gear, including helmets with chinstraps. Avoid unsafe areas like thin ice. It is a good idea to snowmobile in groups.

Protection for the Outdoors

Dress your child in layers. Begin with a bottom layer made of nylon that will wick away moisture (avoid cotton). Make sure they wear a warm hat, mittens or gloves, a scarf, socks and nonskid boots. Choose bright colors so drivers can see them better. Bring your child indoors for breaks about once an hour to warm up and drink fluids. Protect your child’s eyes from harmful sun rays with goggles or sunglasses. Apply sunscreen and lip balm to protect your child from sunburn. Remember: Children lose body heat quickly, especially very young children. If you see white patches of skin on their hands, feet or face, bring them indoors right away. This is the first sign of frostbite. Call your doctor right away. 12 out & about

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Overshadowed Theatrical Productions presents:

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. January 24 - February 8, 2020 Based on the first book in C.S. Lewis’ series, The Chronicles of Narnia. Dramatized for stage by Joseph Robinette. This thrilling tale of four children transported to a mythical, far-away land has gripped young and old readers alike for generations. See your favorite characters on stage, including the fawn Mr.Tumnus, the friendly Beaver family, Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy.Watch their epic battle to free Narnia from the forces of the White Witch as they await the triumphant return of Aslan the Lion. School Day Performances: **Groups of 15 or more** Call the Box Office for more info! The Trip to Bountiful. March 6 - 28, 2020. By Horton Foote. Carrie Watts, an elderly woman, finally escapes her cramped apartment and overprotective children to return to her beloved hometown of Bountiful, Texas. But she begins to learn that her cherished town isn’t the same as she remembered it. Performing at 900 Foster Avenue in Medinah, Illinois. For tickets call the box office at 630-634-2100 or visit our website at [See our ad on Page 3.]

Moraine Valley Community College’s Fine and Performing Arts Center presents: “We Shall Overcome” – A Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Featuring Damien Sneed. February 16, 2020, 3 p.m. We Shall Overcome showcases African American music traditions that electrified generations of civil rights activists and defenders and is interwoven with excerpts from Dr. King’s recorded speeches.

Damien Sneed, a world-renowned artist and recipient of the prestigious Sphinx Medal of Excellence honor, presented annually to emerging Black and Latino leaders in classical music, brings his amazing talent to MVCC’sFine and Performing Arts Center in this memorable show. Come experience a moving tribute to the civil rights leader that features music from genres such as gospel, jazz, Broadway and spirituals. A great way to celebrate Black History Month! “His talent stretches across traditional divisions. In the realest sense, he uses his artistry to make our world a better place.” Wynton Marsalis, of Damien Sneed. Located at 9000 W. College Parkway, Palos Hills, IL 60465. (708) 974-4300.>> January/February 2020

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Genesee Theatre presents: Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood™ Live! Won’t you be my neighbor? All the wonderful characters from the award-winning PBS KIDS television series comes to The Genesee! You and your little tigers will go on an interactive musical adventure to the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, enjoying stories of friendship, helping others and celebrating new experiences. This live theatrical production, filled with dance, laughter and grr-ific surprises, will warm the hearts of kids from two to 92. Peppa Pig Live! is back with her action-packed live show featuring your favorite characters as life size puppets and costume characters in her new live show, Peppa Pig’s Adventure! Come join Peppa on an exciting camping trip to the woods with George and her school friends, including Pedro Pony, Suzy Sheep and Gerald Giraffe. With lunchboxes packed and Daddy Pig driving the bus, Peppa and friends are excited about their outdoor adventure, full of singing, dancing, games and surprises! Tickets are available by visiting the Genesee Theatre Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, & Ticketmaster charge by phone at 800-982-2787. Visit for more information.

Disney On Ice presents: Road Trip Adventures. Hit the road with Mickey Mouse and his pals for a high-octane ride in Disney On Ice presents Road Trip Adventures. Exciting twists and turns await as Mickey, Minnie, Goofy—and you—embark on a wild ride to your favorite Disney destinations. Travel with Moana to the sun-soaked Motunui, set off on a safari to the Pride Lands with Simba. Discover a whole new world as you’re swept up in Aladdin’s princely parade. Play at a larger-than-life carnival with Woody and Forky. Join us for a fun-filled getaway jam-packed with unexpected hijinks and up-close character interactions. Allstate Arena, Rosemont: Jan 23 - 26 and Feb. 6 - 9. road-trip-adventures

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By Kimberly Blaker



t is not the years in your life but the life in your years that counts.”- Adlai Stevenson

The point Stevenson illustrates is a reminder of how it's easy to lose sight of living a meaningful life. It's an interesting phenomenon the amount of time, energy, and money we invest in living healthier, longer, and happier lives. Yet, we often still feel unsatisfied and that our lives are devoid of meaning. When it comes to living a meaningful life, there's no one size fits all solution. What makes life meaningful is unique to each and every person. So to find meaning, you may need to do some exploration to discover what speaks to you. Meaning can come from many different avenues. Unlike happiness, which stems from receiving or doing things for yourself, meaning comes from giving or doing for others. January/February 2020

Perhaps for you, it comes from fostering a close family relationship. For some, it's about choosing a fulfilling career path that involves helping others through teaching, nursing, counseling, or coaching. Others find meaning by giving back to their community by joining the Kiwanis or volunteering as a Big Brother or Big Sister. Purpose can also come from forming an organization for a national cause you're passionate about. Or perhaps taking up a hobby you enjoy, such as gardening, then donating your excess produce to a soup kitchen. But before you begin your journey to explore new avenues for meaning, evaluate what you're doing with your life right now. Maybe you're already giving in a way you don't even realize and aren't giving yourself enough credit. If so, you may just need to reframe in your mind what you're already doing and understand what you do really does matter. If it still isn't enough to satisfy your quest for a meaningful life, explore other options that are important to you. After you've determined what would bring meaning to your life is often where the challenge lies.You must now make a conscious decision and concerted effort to follow through. If you've chosen a challenging path, only you can decide if the sacrifice and risk are worth the reward of a meaningful life. suburban family |

Often, we blow our sacrifices and risks way out of proportion. The most significant risk may merely be an unrealistic fear of failure. The greatest sacrifice may be little more than stepping outside your comfort zone or setting aside a little happiness in exchange for something more fulfilling, uplifting, and meaningful. If these are the things holding you back, work toward changing your frame of mind. Schedule 20 minutes a day to sit in solitude with your eyes closed envisioning your meaningful life. Allow yourself to build excitement and desire for that which would bring meaning to you and others. Also, spend some time each day reading or listening to audiobooks and watching online videos relevant to the activity that would bring meaning. If you find you're still holding yourself back, talk to supportive family and friends, and ask them to hold you to it. A counselor or coach can also lend support to help you move toward your goals. Whatever path you choose, and regardless of its outcome, give yourself credit for your efforts. Remember, having a meaningful life is often as much about how you perceive what you do as it is about what you do. be your best you 15

Guide to a Happier, HealthierYou By Dr. Sanam Hafeez


ith the start of a new year it is important to reflect back on the prior year, assess what went well, what didn’t and decide where you want to go next. It takes a lot of mental toughness, self-love, and discipline to create the life you want. Simply coasting along on cruise control reacting to life can lead to victim mentality and stagnation. Dr. Sanam Hafeez PsyD, a NYC based licensed clinical psychologist. shares key ways to get mentally fit for the new year so you can move forward successfully. In doing so, you don’t have to swear yourself to resolutions and feel like a failure if you don’t achieve them. Just think about the life you want to create and take small steps. Clear clutter Look at your surroundings. If you have junk drawers galore, a messy car, countertops and cabinets that are full of stuff you don’t even use, it is time to clear the clutter. According to Dr. Hafeez, “cluttered spaces reflect a cluttered mind. If you want to wipe the slate clean to allow room for new people and circumstances that serve you, you must get your mind clear. Many of my patients who describe themselves as anxious, stressed or even depressed say they feel better when they start clearing up their physical space.” Eat mind-boosting foods Mental fitness also has to do with how well our minds work. A loss of memory or the ability to concentrate or focus can easily shift with an improved diet. “Research finds that along with other benefits, foods rich in Omega-3, such as some fish and nuts, as well as those full of antioxidants can help protect the brain from memory decline. “Eating more fish

such as salmon and add fruits such as blackberries and blueberries to your diet can help. The good news is that brain-boosting foods include delicious options such as chocolate, guacamole (avocados) and sunflower seeds. Color! The adult coloring book bandwagon is a good one to jump on. According to Dr. Hafeez coloring requires a total focus on the present.The repetitive motion of coloring provides relief from stress and anxiety by entering a meditative state. “Not everyone can sit still and breathe for 15 minutes per day, but they certainly can color. It’s absolutely a fun way to achieve mindfulness and shake off the day,” explains Dr. Hafeez. Apologize and forgive A fast way to mental fitness is forgiveness! “Carrying around resentments and guilt wears us down and can lead to serious illness such as cancer or stroke. If you experienced a tough break up, divorce or perhaps the 2016 political climate led to arguments and lost friends, reach out apologize and seek forgiveness and move on. Remember, forgiveness doesn’t mean you condone hurtful behavior. Forgiveness frees you and the other person making it easier to move forward. Learn something new Challenge your brain by learning a new language, how to cook, paint, do Tai Chi. Pick something you think would be interesting or useful to learn and learn it. If you avoided cooking your whole life, learning the basics will serve your brain very

well. According to Dr. Hafeez, “the more we can activate the cognitive functions of our brains the better our short and long-term memory and hand-eye coordination will be.” Plan and prepare more meals at home Instead of committing to a strict diet, incorporate more home-cooked meals into your repertoire. Research shows that food made at home has less fat, calories, and sugar than meals eaten out, even if you’re not specifically trying to prepare and eat healthier meals. Set a goal to make one new friend a month As we get older we tend to get stagnant with our friendships and not reach beyond our formed circles anymore. Make an effort to engage the person you always see at your spin class or pass everyday in the hallway at your co-working space. Bringing new people into the fold can add spice and variety to your life. Do something that scares you Dr. Hafeez does not mean putting your life at risk. If public speaking has been a thorn in your side, take a class in it, and they put your lessons to use. If you would love to try snow skiing but have been too timid- take a lesson. Has the travel bug bit you but you don’t have a companion? Throw a dart at a map and travel (safety first) wherever the dart lands. It does not matter what you do, however big or small as long as you try something previously out of your comfort zone. One completed victory will give rise to another. Connect with her via twitter @comprehendMind or


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ates a future focused environment for the exploration of alternative thought. Explore within a positive healing environment. Showcasing the national vendors along with the best from Chicago area the expo provides essential tools for discovering overall health and wellbeing. Retail exhibitors offer everything from natural and holistic health products to spiritual books and enlightened art. Healers at the expo provide treatments ranging from massages and yoga techniques to intuitive readings. Weekend admission of $14 includes free lectures and demos as well as admission to the Exhibit Hall. Rejuvenate—receive a relaxing massage, have your aura photo taken and open yourself to new ideas. The expo offers a safe environment for growth and exploration, so mark your calendar for the entire weekend! Location: Midwest Conference Center 401 W Lake St Northlake, IL 60164. For more information and a $1 off coupon, call 541-482-3722 or visit

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o your child's birthday is just around the corner, and you don't have time to plan and prepare the perfect party? Don't despair. There are plenty of fun places to hold kids' parties that'll save you time in planning, preparation, and cleanup. Most importantly, your birthday child and guests will have a blast. Try some of these party places for kids of all different ages.When you call, ask what amenities are available and included. Many sites provide invitations, food and cake, balloons and decorations, a private party area, a gift for the birthday child, and other special birthday services. Skates & Blades - Roller skating rinks are again gaining popularity, and most offer a choice of inline or roller skate rentals for today's kids. Also, consider ice-skating and ice or a roller hockey party as a fun alternative. Strike it Big – Bowling parties are a fun form of recreation for kids of all ages. Preschoolers can score every time with bumper bowling, while teens can go cosmic for glow 18 celebrate!

By Kimberly Blaker in the dark fun. Add to the amusement by offering small prizes for low and high scores and the most and fewest gutters.

Some offer professional dance instruction and allow food and party treats to be brought in, so the whole shebang is done right there.

Pizza and Play – Preschool and early elementary children thrill at invitations to these parties. They can play kiddie arcade-style games, win tickets for prizes, hop on coinoperated rides, and romp in soft play areas.

Music Marvel – Big kids will be in awe to see one of their favorite performers in concert. For young children, look for a kiddie musical adventure offered by an area musician or music center.

Water, Water Everywhere – Head to a wave pool or water park where big kids can ride the waves, swish down water slides, take a plunge, and go on tubing adventures. What better way cool off and party on a hot summer day? Indoor water parks a fun alternative for the colder months.

Craft Magic – Young kids love to create. So schedule a craft party at a fabric shop, craft store, or scrap-recycling center where kids' activities are offered.

Old MacDonald Had a Farm – Check with your nearby farm, ranch, or apple orchard to find out what activities are offered. Many include hayrides, petting zoos, corn mazes, apple picking, and more.These are perfect for fall birthdays. Recreational Romp – Recreation and fitness centers offer a wide variety of activities for birthdays, including gymnastics, swimming, basketball, and arts and crafts. You Should be Dancin’ – Check with your local dance studio for birthday party packages. suburban family |

Cops and Robbers – Kids will thrill at testing their skills and cunningness in a game of laser tag. These centers often offer on-site party areas and birthday packages. Fast Food Fun – For a simple and inexpensive toddler or preschool party, McDonald's, Burger King, and other fast-food joints are an excellent choice. Children can crawl through a playscape and dive into a pool of balls while enjoying their favorites: hamburgers and French fries. Call ahead to make your reservation. Putt-Putt & More - Family fun centers offer a variety of entertainment, including batting cages, miniature golf, video games, bumper boats, and go-carts. January/February 2020

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Hands-on Science – Kids of all ages will be thoroughly engrossed and entertained at one of the many hands-on science museums. The party-goers can try out gadgets, watch or participate in experiments, play instruments, construct, and much more. Rock Climbing Adventures – Daredevils won't want to miss one of these exciting quests. Look for a rock climbing gym in your area where party guests can do rock climbing with a professional instructor. Beach Party – Give your teen some fun in the sun with a beach bash. Contact the park for information on volleyball equipment and to make a reservation for a covered picnic area. Look for a spot with horseshoes and plenty of sand, and don't forget the beach balls, pizza, and cooler of pop. Amusement Mini-Party– Theme parks make for big-time fun for older kids who are content to take only one or two guests.When planning the guest list, don’t forget to budget meals, snacks, and drinks, which add up quickly in theme parks. Monkeyin’ Around – Parties away from home don't have to be costly. Reserve a shelter at a nearby park with a large, fenced-in, frontier-style playscape. Little ones can run,

climb, and play to their heart's content. Bring along your party supplies and set up under a pavilion. To keep things simple, call ahead for pizza delivery. Row, Row, Row Your Boat – An afternoon canoe excursion for teens is the ultimate in outdoor fun. Contact canoe rental facilities for details. Bring along pop and a picnic lunch, and make sure the food stays in the chaperone's canoe where it'll be safe from tips. Don't forget balloons for water balloon fights during rest stops. Z is for Zoo –Zoos are an excellent source for birthday entertainment. Many offer party packages that include meals, cake, invitations, live animal presentations, and more.

PARTY TIPS: When planning your child’s party, keep in mind what’s important is not how perfectly the party goes. Instead, it’s that your birthday child and guests have fun. To ensure success, follow these tips: • Keep the guest list manageable to avoid chaos, confusion, and conflict.The number of guests should correspond with the child’s age or slightly over. • Request an RSVP with a specific deadline, so there is time to invite others should the guest list fall short. Be sure to include your phone number and email address. • Offer your child choices for the party, ask for input, and allow them to assist in planning. • Send out written invitations.Verbal invitations are easily forgotten and make the invitee feel that he or she was an afterthought. Also, it can leave parents of the invited child wondering whether the invitation was approved by the birthday child’s parents. • Include all details on the invitation, including a start and end time, address and directions, phone number, and what guests need to bring, such as a bathing suit and towel. • Play it safe, and set a rain date for outdoor parties. • Keep the length of the party within reason. Unless it’s a sleepover or special event, preschool parties should be limited to one hour, and two to three hours for older children.

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Fleetwood Roller Rink

Fleetwood Roller Rink (established 1957) is a family owned business. Our venue hosts public skating, birthday parties (our specialty) privates and fundraisers. We promote family fun for all ages plus for “health sake, roller skate” Come visit us and join in our fun. Instruction available every Saturday at 1 pm Check for our ongoing specials and public skating times [See our ad on Back Cover.]

Oak Brook Park District

Plan a birthday party at the Oak Brook Park District Family Aquatic Center and it's sure to be a big splash! Splash and Super Splash Parties are available all year long. Each party is scheduled for two hours of fun and excitement and includes admission, food; beverages; designated party area; paper products; party attendant; and certified lifeguards. You bring the cake and we'll provide the fun! Party guests (and party parents) will love Oak Brook Park District’s Inclusive Family Locker Room! This innovative

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feature makes it easier for families to enjoy all the benefits of Oak Brook Park District’s nationally recognized and award-winning facilities. Visit for more info.


Funtopia hosts the most FUNbelievable Birthday Parties! Our packages offer a unique way for kids to have fun and be active on awesome attractions while parents can relax and enjoy the great atmosphere.Two FUNtastic locations: Glenview: • 2050 Tower Dr. • 224-432-5435 • Naperville: • 2639 Aurora Ave. #103 • 630-7184327 • [See our ad on the Inside Front Cover.]

STRIVE Marshal Arts

The ultimate birthday party! The party starts with your child being awarded a black belt for the day. They will help lead an official martial arts class filled with martial arts activities and games. Also all guests will be in-

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structed in the art of board breaking and receive an official ninja training certificate. After ninja training guest will head to our party room for pizza and refreshments. For more info and locations visit WWW.STRIVEMA.COM

Me and My Bears Mobile

Me And My Bears is a fun and unique event idea for kids and adults alike! We offer a make-your-own stuffed animal service that travels right to your location similar to Build A Bear, HOWEVER “We Bring the Party to You!”. We bring our exclusive and magical fluff n stuff machines to your home, school or venue. Me and My Bears is a unique, fun & economical idea for private events such as PTA/PTO events, birthdays, baby showers, school fundraisers, preschools, daycares etc. Contact us today to book your party. (888) 488-0226. All parties booked in January qualify for a package upgrade. For booking or more information, visit

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To Boost Kids’ Self-Esteem

or the first two quarters of the school year, Olivia’s grades were perfect, all A’s on the report card of the second grader. Olivia was involved in the school holiday play, she was in the inventor’s club, she got along with everyone and always looked forward to going to school. Something changed once school started again after winter break. Olivia began to withdraw from her friends, she was making up illnesses to stay home and when she was at school, her grades were slipping.

After some prying, Olivia’s parents found the root of her problem: A new teacher had taken over her classroom after her original teacher took maternity leave.With the new instructor came a stricter environment, one that didn’t allow for students to voice their opinions or explore creative options in the classroom. One that didn’t show mutual honor and respect but strict discipline and negative reinforcement without freedom of expression. Children need consistent guidance to build positive self-esteem. Knowing a few key strategies will help build solid foundations for children,.Verbally shooting a kid down can have a negative influence on his or her life, the same way showing respect and affirming a child’s positive behavior can have a negative effect. Once parents know it doesn’t take much effort and just takes consistent interaction and


Eye Level Learning Centers offer math and English programs focused on developing each child’s critical thinking and analytical skills. Eye Level is based on an educational philosophy in which students learn at their own pace. Each student receives an individualized program based on their ability, independent of age and grade. Through a smallstep approach, students master foundational skills before advancing to complex topics, leading to increased interest and understanding of more challenging content. Eye Level’s programs nurture self-directed 22 education central

feedback over the course of time, one of the top gifts they can give is a positive sense of self. Building self-esteem is an on-going process that is not hard but has to be consistent. Here are some ways to achieve that: • Encourage kids to try something new. Art, music, sports, dance, summer camp, science clubs – a little time away from the electronics. Try to direct them toward some things where you know their success will come easily, but also let them choose options that will be challenging. It’s difficult to predict how new adventures will turnout, some will fizzle unexpectedly and what may appear to be a dead-end could be the beginning of a passion with no end. • Acknowledge and compliment your children. When you notice moments of creativity, talent and genius, celebrate those milestones,

learners who take initiative, form goals, and identify solutions – empowering them to take ownership of their learning. To learn more, visit

Shepherd’s Flock Child Care & Preschool

Shepherd’s Flock is a newly remodeled Intergenerational Christian Child Care Center located on the campus of Lutheran Home. The center holds a Silver Circle of Quality through Excelerate Illinois which shows we are committed to quality improvement and excellence in education. We have several openings in our toddler and infant rooms. For more information or to schedule a tour please contact the Director, Jen Soukup at 847-368-7391 or our email at

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accomplishments and improvements, but also acknowledge failures and attempts that don’t go well. Help them learn from their failures and see they are simply stepping stones on the path to success.The freedom to fail is vital to success. • Honor and respect children’s ideas, knowledge and opinions. Kids today have more knowledge in some areas than many of adults (i.e. electronics). That’s great, sit back and let them be your teacher, as you honor this reversal of roles. Include them in family decision-making processes and responsibilities – with power comes responsibility is a valuable lesson. • Tell your children you believe in them and their dreams. Show your love every day; the successful, the average and the days of frustrations and failure. Regardless of their direction, accomplishments or disappointments, let your children see you are always there to help guide them through the maze to reach the goals they have chosen.

A licensed intergenerational child care center, on the campus of Lutheran Home in Arlington Heights, offers your child a total program for the mind, body, and spirit.

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For more helpful information, read Sharon Thayer’s latest book, “If You Tell Me, I Can Fly” (, which has won a bevy of awards and includes versions for both boys and girls.

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s it so bad to have a second piece of cake or to skip a week of exercising when you feel overwhelmed by work, kids, life? The experts say no, as long as you don’t convince yourself it’s always okay. “We all need an occasional break from being ‘good,’ says psychologist Carol Kauffman, Ph.D. If rationalizing that you can be ‘bad’ here and there becomes a pattern, though, it can sabotage all your stay-well efforts. Heart disease is the nation’s number one killer. To defy denial and keep your ticker on track for the long run, we’ve dissected five common heart health self-deceptions. YOU TELL YOURSELF: My “bad” cholesterol is high, but I don’t have to worry because my “good” cholesterol is high, too. Reality Check: “A really high LDL (bad) cholesterol reading can outweigh the benefits of high HDL (good) cholesterol,” says car24 family wellness

diovascular researcher Christie Mitchell Ballantyne, M.D. LDL cholesterol should be less than 100 and HDL cholesterol should be 60 or higher--preferably in the 80s. “The further you are from that optimal LDL level, the less likely a high HDL will protect you,” Dr. Ballantyne says. To lower LDL cholesterol, eat lots of vegetables, fruit, whole grains, beans, nonfat dairy and lean protein. One study found that adding plant foods (salad, vegetables, beans) to a low-saturated fat diet lowered LDL more than simply cutting saturated fat alone. And don’t cut out all fats: Eliminating unsaturated fats can cause both good and bad cholesterol to drop. Aim to get about 20 to 25 percent of your calories from unsaturated fats like olive and canola oil and less than 5 to 6 percent from saturated fat, which is found in animal products like meat and dairy. YOU TELL YOURSELF: I don’t have to work out—chasing my kids around is enough. Reality Check: If you spend an hour or so a day running after your kids, you are getting some heart health benefits—a modest calorie burn, an immune- system boost and lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels. But it’s suburban family |

the more intense, sustained movement lasting 30 minutes or more that provides the maximum health and weight-loss benefits, says Heather Fink, R.D.The solution:Transform kid duty into exercise. If you typically stroll in the park with your 2-year-old, for example, pick up the pace and try to log in 30 minutes. And while your child naps or plays, strength-train at home. Build a workout around push-ups, lunges, walking lunges, squats (sitting in a chair then standing up), calf raises (going up and down on your toes when you’re standing on a stair) and tricep dips. “Try to do 8 to 12 reps and two sets of each exercise,” Fink says. You can also use easy at-home equipment such as resistance bands and hand weights. YOU TELL YOURSELF…I can have two glasses of red wine—research shows it’s heart healthy. Reality Check: One drink a day can slightly reduce your chances of heart disease, but make that two glasses daily and your breast cancer risk can rise 25 percent. Your odds of ovarian and esophageal cancer go up as well, according to the National Cancer Institute. Plus, one study found that women who had two to four drinks a day took in nearly 30 January/February 2020

percent more calories overall than nondrinkers. Keep tabs on how much you’re pouring: Experts consider four ounces to equal one serving—about one-fourth to one-half of a big goblet. To get more mileage out of one judicious glass, “drink it when it really matters to you,” says psychologist Robert Rhode, Ph.D. “Decide whether you prefer it as an aperitif or if you’d savor it more with your dinner.” YOU TELL YOURSELF: I can get by on five hours a sleep a night. Reality Check: Skimping on shut-eye is okay every once in a while, but getting fewer than seven hours a night regularly will make you moody, irritable and less productive. “Sleep debt makes multitasking and the ability to focus more difficult,” says Clete A. Kushida, M.D., Ph.D., director of the Stanford University Center for Human Sleep Research in Palo Alto, California. The heart health consequences are pretty steep too. Getting less than seven hours of sleep each night can increase your risk of high blood pressure, which is one of the leading risks for heart disease and stroke. Being a sleep underachiever can lead to weight gain. Being overweight or obese can increase your risk of heart disease by increasing blood pressure, LDL (“the bad”) cholesterol levels and

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blood sugar. Excess weight also makes your heart work harder to send blood to all the cells in your body. People who typically get five hours a night also have 15 percent higher levels of ghrelin, a hormone that can stimulate appetite, than those who get eight hours, according to researchers at the University of Bristol in the U.K. If you feel like nodding off whenever you’ve got quiet time—a train ride or a long movie—you need more zzzzs. To get more sleep, try to go to bed earlier, such as 9:30 PM. If that’s not possible, try to grab an afternoon nap whenever you can. YOU TELL YOURSELF: I’m not overweight, I’m just big-boned. Reality Check: We know it’s hard to hear, but if your body-mass index (BMI)—a measure of fat based on height and weight is 25 or higher, you may need to lose 5 to 10 percent of your weight, says Dr. Ballantyne. Unfortunately, bone mass can constitute only 4 to 7 percent of your total weight—about 6 to 10 pounds if you weigh 150—and that’s considered too small to affect BMI. Calculate your BMI at, the web site for the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.

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Preventing OBESITY By Vinay Saranga M.D.

Go slow: If you introduce too many new things at once you may overwhelm your kids. Go slow and remember that every little step helps you accomplish the bigger goal of better health. For example, every meal might not be 100% low fat or low sugar, but a good place to start might be to reduce the serving of salt or sugar you use to prepare a dish, slightly reduce portion sizes, exchange water in place of soda or juice, and offer a serving of veggies at each meal. Make Activity a Family Event: Being active at least 30 minutes a day is a great way to help remove excess weight and strengthen muscles. Brainstorm with your child some outside activities that he/she enjoys and make a plan. Even if you don’t have much time during the week to be active with your child, make activity a family event on the weekends. Go to a park, take a walk in nature, or visit a zoo.Those include lots of walking and provide some education along the way.


besity is a rising epidemic today and more and more children are considered obese than ever before. What can parents do to help their kids beat obesity and stay active and healthy?

Vinay Saranga M.D., a child psychiatrist and founder of Saranga Comprehensive Psychiatry, offers this advice: Talk to Your Child: A conversation about weight needs to be handled delicately so that you don’t hurt your child’s feelings. It’s important to be empathetic while educating yourself and your child on the detrimental effects of added weight. It’s best to let your child guide the conversation to keep an open line of communication.While speaking with your child about his/ her weight, refrain from making statements and ask questions instead. For instance, instead of saying “You’re not very active” rephrase it into a question “How can you become more active?” Encourage Healthy Eating Habits: Eating a balanced diet is a great way to help control weight. Be sure that your child is eating plenty of fruits and vegetables and buy whole grain foods instead of white. It’s also best to limit beverages loaded with sugar and opt for more water. Let your child get creative with his/her water by adding some fruit to naturally sweeten it and make it more exciting.

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Include Your Child in Healthy Decisions: Children want to feel included in family decisions so let them participate in the healthy decisions. Ask your child what he/she would like to have for dinner or where he/she would like to go on family activity day. Including your child increases the likelihood that your child will stick with a healthy lifestyle. Make it fun: After including them in the discussion, be sure to make it fun for them. When your kids look forward to something and get enjoyment out of it, they are more likely to want to engage. For example: you can invite their friends to partake in an outdoor activity or offer them something to look forward to if they eat well for a week. Set the example: Children are always watching every move their parents make. If you want your children to eat better and be more active, you must also model this behavior. You lose credibility with your kids if you tell them to do something but you don’t practice what you preach. Get help: There are a lot of food choices, recipes and recommendations out there, and sometimes it can all be confusing. When in doubt about what’s right for your kids, always talk to their pediatrician or seek the advice or a dietician or nutritionist who can help clear up any confusion or questions you have. January/February 2020

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et yourself up for health success: Ditch motivation and discipline and create “systems” that save you from your future less-motivated, exhausted, or overwhelmed self! Contrary to popular belief, being “motivated” and having “discipline” are not the keys to adopting a healthier lifestyle. Why? Motivation is not something you either have or you don’t. No one — including me — is constantly motivated. Motivation comes in waves. It differs in degree, intensity, and consistency depending on the person and the situation. Willpower is akin to a “self-surveillance muscle,” and like any muscle it gets exhausted. Exerting willpower requires conscious thought. You have to stop and think, “Should I have the cookie or the apple?” Sure, you might make the healthier choice when you are newly motivated (say, New Year’s or Monday) or in the morning before life gets crazy, but as you get tired, angry, overwhelmed, depressed, etc., you are more likely to make less-than-ideal choices. Willpower requires your brain to decide to be healthy, but the brain has limited capacity. The solution? Stop allowing willpower and motivation to even be part of the equation. Make a series of choices when you do have discipline — when you are motivated — so that your future lessdisciplined self has no choice but to follow through. To create the fittest future you, consciously set up systems that will save you from yourself. January/February 2020


Here are some examples:

• Don’t have food in the house that you don’t want your future self to eat.

• Make

healthy food convenient and unhealthy food inconvenient. Don’t keep unhealthy food around and prepare healthy options in advance. Ensure that making the healthy choice is as easy or easier than making the unhealthy one. Stash almonds in your purse or car. Pre-wash vegetables for your fridge. Batch-cook healthy food to store in the freezer. Maybe cook with a friend and share the spoils.

• Commit to doing five extra chores every time you skip a training session.

Lean into the fact that how your brain feels at this moment is not how it will always feel. Just because your current self thinks that your “Monday self ” will be motivated to

• Get a fitness buddy for accountability or join a sports team.

• Piggyback a workout onto something you

already do — turn your dog walk into an intense cardio workout or take conference calls as you walk.

• Eat

from smaller plates and drink from smaller glasses. We eat and drink less from smaller containers.

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to bring a healthy salad to dinner parties so you know you will have something healthy to eat.

• Always

stand as far away from the food as possible at parties or put the chips at the far end of the sofa when watching TV. We eat more from dishes that are close to us than dishes that are a few meters away.

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work out and eat well doesn’t mean Monday self won’t snooze the alarm or grab a chocolate bar at lunch. This inability to understand that what we want now is not the same thing we will want later — that how we feel at this moment will not be how we will always feel — is a cognitive distortion called “present bias.” Just because you are motivated and feel disciplined now doesn’t mean your future self will agree. Present bias often knocks us off our health game, but once you are aware of it, you can use the knowledge to your advantage by consciously taking the time to put your selfsaving systems in place. The main take-away? Motivation and discipline are fickle friends; they work when we are feeling energetic and positive, but fail us as soon as we are tired, sad, angry, or hungry! The solution? Take the time to set yourself up for success; establish environments — in advance — that will create the future you that you desire. Kathleen Trotter (MSc) is a fitness expert, nutrition and life coach, and author of two books including her most recent Your Fittest Future Self. Connect with her on social media at FitByKathleenT or through her website

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Sign up for an endurance race. Take on a new challenge, support a good cause or run/walk/roll for the health of it. Be certain to select an event within your range of conditioning and consult a physician before beginning any exercise program. Check each issue of Suburban Family for updates. NOTE: The 2020 ANNUAL RACE GUIDE will be featured in the MARCH/APRIL issue. For advertising information please call 630-863-7183.

JANUARY WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 1 Cheers to New Year’s 5K. Itasca. New Year’s Day 5K. New Lenox. SATURDAY, JANUARY 4 Heritage Harbor Park Run. Ottawa. SUNDAY, JANUARY 5 Commitment Day Triathlon Life Time Fitness, Bloomingdale. Orland Park, Romeoville, Warrenville. SATURDAY, JANUARY 11 Frozen Gnome 10K/50K. Crystal Lake. SUNDAY, JANUARY 12 ET Indoor Triathlon Series, Lisle.

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SATURDAY, JANUARY 18 Fox Valley Winter Challenge Trail Series. St. Charles. SATURDAY, JANUARY 25 F3 Lake Half Marathon – Chicago. Aon Step Up for Kids – Chicago.

FEBRUARY SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 2 Super Shuffle 5K. Geneva. SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 8 Cupid’s Undie Run. Chicago. Fight for Air Climb. Oakbrook Terrace. Universal Sole Valentines Trail Challenge – Chicago. SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 9 ET Indoor Triathlon Series, Lisle.

Saturday, February 15 Fox Valley Winter Challenge Trail Series 8K. Aurora. Tour de Trails. Byron.

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January &February Here’s your source for current and upcoming great events. Event information is subject to change without notice, therefore, we encourage you to call ahead and confirm – and be certain to tell ‘em you saw it in Suburban Family Magazine! If you have an event of regional interest, we’d love to hear from you. Send to “Great Events” Fax: 866-779-4320, E-mail: Mail: P.O. Box 1266, Westmont, IL 60559. Deadline for inclusion in the March/April issue is Friday, February 14th.


H AP P Y N E W YE A R! THURSDAY, JANUARY 2 MIDDLE SCHOOL Open Gym/Swim - Choose between basketball. dodgeball, swimming, bags and volleyball! Snacks are available for purchase. Grades 6-8. 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM Fountain View Recreation Center, Carol Stream. FRIDAY, JANUARY 3 YOUTH Tween Night - 3rd - 6th grades will be paired together to play games like dodgeball, bubble soccer and kickball. Pizza and drinks will be provided. 6-9PM. Westmont Yard, Westmont. SATURDAY, JANUARY 4 TEENS/ADULTS Naperville Park District and KidsMatter Community Job Fair - Individuals seeking summer, seasonal or year-round, part-time employment are invited to job fair representing 50 area January/February 2020

businesses. 10 AM – 1 PM. Fort Hill Activity Center, Naperville. SHOPPING 2020 Chicago Antique, Vintage, and Designer Market - It will feature antiques, vintage, vintage clothing, vintage jewelry, vintage decor, collectibles, decorative arts, design, and much more. 9 AM – 4 PM. Pheasant Run, St. Charles. SUNDAY, JANUARY 5 SHOPPING 2020 Chicago Antique, Vintage, and Designer Market - It will feature antiques, vintage, vintage clothing, vintage jewelry, vintage decor, collectibles, decorative arts, design, and much more. 9 AM – 3 PM. Pheasant Run, St. Charles. MONDAY, JANUARY 6 KIDS Learn and Play: Dinosaurs - Join us for imaginative and pretend play with dinosaurs. Drop-in event for ages 4-7 with an adult. 10:30 - 11:00 AM. Skokie Library. WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 8 ART Kreative Kard Kolaj - Use various objects to compile ephemera into beautiful pieces of art. 7 PM. Bloomingdale Park District Museum $10. Contact Bev at COOKING New Year Resolution Meals - Learn how to prepare delicious, healthy food for you and your family, and go home with a gourmet salad. 6:307:30 PM. Ages 13+. Prisco Community Center, Aurora. suburban family |

THURSDAY, JANUARY 9 KIDS Tiny Coders - Enjoy stories and handson activities designed to build computational thinking skills without screens. 9:30-10:15 AM. Ages 2-5 with a caregiver. Naper Blvd. Library, Naperville. FRIDAY, JANUARY 10 FITNESS Winter Moon Hike - Come explore and play in the snow, hunt for nocturnal animals, and enjoy the moonlight. After the hike, we will return to the /Spring Valley Nature Center for hot chocolate. 6-7:30 PM. Age: 5-12. Schaumburg. KIDS Pokémon League - Meet and play Pokémon with other trainers. Ages 6+. 4:30 - 6 PM. Naper Blvd. Library, Naperville. SATURDAY, JANUARY 11 OUTDOOR Nature Classes – Free. 10AM11:15AM. Tinkergarten, families meet outdoors to connect and learn through play. Ages 18 months-8 years. Centennial Park in Orland Park, Orland Park. Registration. FAMILY Flick-N-Float - Watch the movie ABOMINABLE in the pool! Participants will also receive a snow cone treat! All Ages. 6-8 PM. Register. The CORE Indoor Pool, Lemont. SUNDAY, JANUARY 12 OUTDOOR Super Hero Day at Wilmot Mountain – Parade, costume contest and prizes. 1 PM contest. For all super heroes who ski or snowboard we will have a costume parade! Wilmot, WI. great events 31

City Events Chicago’s Night Sky – Learn about the impact of light pollution, create your own constellations with interactive technology, and learn how to identify cool things in the Chicago sky. Adler Planetarium. Wired to Wear – Now Open. Wired to Wear is the first-ever exhibit dedicated to wearable technology—smart clothing and devices designed to extend the human body’s capabilities and make us healthier, stronger and safer. Museum of Science and Industry. Cloud Buster – Now Open. Cloud Buster is 37 ft climbable structure. Every nook and cranny provides a different thrill. Chicago Children’s Museum.

MONDAY, JANUARY 13 OUTDOOR Star Gazing - Use professionalgrade telescopes to search the heavens for constellations, galaxies, stars and star clusters, as well as planets with their moons, our Moon, the International Space Station, comets and asteroids. Ages 3 & up w/ Adult. 7-8:30 PM. Mather Woods, Plainfield. WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 15 ADULTS Ice Fishing 101- Fishing adventures through the ice. Build your own ice-rod, discuss tackle needed, bait, where to go and safety precautions. 6:30-7:30 PM. Algonquin Library-Eastgate Branch, Algonquin. HEALTH Emotional Benefits - Essential Oils Learn how emotional oils can balance your moods and emotions. Make and take home to enjoy. 7-8:30 PM. Bartlett Community Center. COOKING Winter Comfort Food – Hands on cooking class menu includes mini pot pies and fresh baked cookies. All provided. Parents, please join your junior chef for sampling during last 15 minutes of class. 4-5:30 PM. BCC Oak Room Kitchen, Bartlett. THURSDAY, JANUARY 16 ADULTS Hike with a Naturalist – 18+. Join a naturalist on a wintry morning hike at Knoch Knolls 32 great events

Underwater Beauty – Enter a world of shimmer, color, pattern and rhythm, in the aquarium’s most diverse special exhibit ever. Shedd Aquarium. Family Day - January 11. Explore the galleries with us to learn fun facts, find hidden gems and participate in hands-on demonstrations. Make a take-home project too! Free with CAC admission. No Registration. Ages 3+. 10 AM – 2 PM. Chicago Architecture Center, Chicago. Progressive Chicago Boat, RV & Sail Show - January 8-12. See hundreds of boats, high-tech RVs and paddle board at the largest indoor boat show. McCormick Place, Chicago. Sox Fest - January 24-25. The 28th annual fan event offering new ways and opportunities to connect with your favorite Sox stars. McCormick Place West, Chicago. Family Snow Ball – January 26. 4:30 -7 PM. The evening will include: dance party with DJ, crafts, kid friendly dinner, snow globe party, snowball toss, raffle and your forever exhibits. Chicago Children’s Museum. Polar Adventure Days - January 25 and February 29. Engage in winter activities, see live animals and create nature-inspired crafts. Dress

Park to learn about local wildlife. Free. 10 – 11:30 AM. Knoch Knolls Nature Center Lobby, Naperville. OUTDOOR Nature Classes – Free. 10AM11:15AM. Tinkergarten, families meet outdoors to connect and learn through play. Ages 18 months-8 years. Centennial Park in Orland Park, Orland Park. Registration. YOUTH Wacky Winter Wonderland Science - Investigate the science of winter by making fluffy snow, exploring pinecone science, along with the mystery of how icicles grow so long! 5-6 PM.Spring Avenue Recreation Center, Glen Ellyn. TEENS/ADULTS Trivia Night - Try out your knowledge in a variety of topics from sports, history, pop culture and more. Ages 17+ 7-9 PM. Fountain View Recreation Center, Carol Stream. FRIDAY, JANUARY 17 TEENS High School Bash - Come dance, throw axes, play games and enjoy some free pizza and drinks at our High School Bash. Register. $10. Bartlett Community Center. Bartlett. FAMILY Sci Tech After Dark – It’s a family sleepover! Fee includes Healthy Snack, Continental Breakfast, Museum Admission, Science Demonstrations and hands on activities. 6PM Friday to 9AM Saturday. Register. Sci Tech Museum, Aurora. suburban family |

for the weather as events take place both outdoors and inside the visitor center. Northerly Island, Chicago. Mika Rottenberg: Easypieces – Through March 8, 2020. This colorful and subversive work explores themes of labor, technology, and the interconnectedness of human and machine. Museum of Contemporary Art. Chicago Auto Show - February 8-17. Experience what’s next in the auto industry at the largest auto show in North America. McCormick Place, Chicago. CodeDay Chicago – February 15-16. CodeDay is a worldwide event where student programmers, artists, musicians, actors, and everyone else can get together and build apps & games for 24 hours. TechNexus, Civic Opera Building. Maggie Daley Park Skating Ribbon Through March. Lace up your skates and enjoy an ice-skating experience unlike any other on a path of ice winding through the rolling city landscape. Free admission, fee to rent skates. Chicago. McCormick Tribune Ice Rink - Through March. Free lessons on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays one hour before the rink opens. Free admission, fee to rent skates. Chicago.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 18 KIDS Mom & Son Pixar Date Night - The night will feature dinner, games, a DJ and crafts! Take home keepsake & costume contest. Ages: 4-11. Register. 5-7 PM. Community Recreation Center, Schaumburg. HISTORY Mayslake Hall Unseen Spaces Tour - Take a guided, behind-the-scenes tour of the mansion’s basement and artifact collection storage space. 1:30- 3:15PM. Ages 12+. Register. Mayslake Peabody Estate, Oak Brook. MONDAY, JANUARY 20 TEENS Youth Schools Out Indoor Archery - Learn the basics of Archery, 1-hour clinic, for ages 9-15, in a fun, safe, and educational environment. 10:30AM-11:30AM. Main Street Recreation Center, Glen Ellyn. Register at ADULTS Prepare for Filing Your 2019 Taxes Be ready to file for 2019. Tax advisor available for questions. Free. 7-8 PM. Algonquin Library-Main Branch, Algonquin. TUESDAY, JANUARY 21 HEALTH Options: Birth Planning & Postpartum - Certified Birth Doula and Evidence Based Birth® Instructor explains options for birth and postpartum planning. 7-8 PM. Free. Algonquin Library - Harnish Branch, Algonquin. January/February 2020

KIDS Junior Firefighters - Hinsdale Firefighters explain and demonstrate important fire safety practices. Children will tour the Fire Safety house. Ages 3-8. Children with adult. 4-4:45 PM. Hinsdale Fire Department, Hinsdale. WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 22 ADULTS Wine & Canvas At The Farm - An instructor guides you to create a canvas masterpiece. Bring wine, snacks, friends and enjoy a creative night out. 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM. Blackberry Farm, Aurora. THURSDAY, JANUARY 23 3-D Print for Adults: Designing Houses and Huts - Learn to design 3-D structures for display or game play using Tinkercad and the process to send a design to print. 6 - 7:30 PM. Naperville 95th Street Library. FRIDAY, JANUARY 24 KIDS Smarty Pants Big Balloon Show - The Smarty Pants Big Balloon Show is a completely unique production featuring magic, comedy and Smarty’s award-winning, eye-popping balloon props! 7 PM. Helen Plum Library, Lombard. SATURDAY, JANUARY 25 FUNDRAISER “Unmasking the Face of Homelessness” - The Hero Behind the Mask benefit and gala. 6 PM. Games, silent auction, appetizers, dinner, dancing and cash bar. $150 per person. Q Center, St. Charles. OUTDOOR Totally Tubular 80’s Party - Wear your best 80’s gear and join us for a rad day on the tubing hill. 80’s music, photo booth, party favors, and more! 11 AM – 6 PM. Wilmot, WI. OUTDOOR Husky Heroes - See Siberian husky sled pulling, skijoring and speed demonstrations. 11AM – 4 PM. Morton Arboretum, Lisle.

more. All materials are provided, and each participant receives a magic kit to take home. Bartlett Community Center. FRIDAY, JANUARY 31 OPEN HOUSE Little Trees - Little Trees is an immersive outdoor nature-based learning experience for children ages 3 to 5 years old. Interested parents are encouraged to attend the to learn more about the program. 6–7:30 p.m. Free. Morton Arboretum, Lisle. ADULTS Chocolate, Cheese, and Wine Tasting! - Ticket includes a souvenir wine glass, wine tastings, as well as, chocolate and cheese. Local restaurants will be sampling off their menu. Reserve 22 at Village Links, Glen Ellyn. TWEENS Jungle Party! Calling all 5th-8th graders, this night is just for you! We’re closing down the Arlington Ridge Center Pool for a night of swimming, pizza, a movie & fun!7-9:30pm Ages 10-13. Arlington Hgts. FUNDRAISER Mad Fore Plaid Mini Golf - Enjoy 18 holes of mini golf, raffles, appetizers and awards at this 21+ event Doors Open at 6:30PM; Shotgun Start at 7PM. Wheaton Public Library, Wheaton.


Birds - Fun hands-on activities, games, crafts, experiments, nature books and more. Designed for children and adults to explore nature topics. 11AM – 2PM. Knoch Knolls Nature Center River Room, Naperville. FAMILY Turtle-Y Awesome Super Bowl Prediction Party - Learn about box turtles, enjoy a few games and watch our turtle ambassadors predict the winner of the Super Bowl! 1-2 PM. Ages 5+. Red Oak Nature Center, Aurora. SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 2 KIDS Mother and Daughter Sensational Spa Social - Mothers and daughters will be pampered and enjoy activities, crafts and light snacks. Ages 3-8. Register. 11 AM-12:15 PM & 1:30-2:45 PM. Bock Neighborhood Center, Schaumburg. MONDAY, FEBRUARY 3 OUTDOOR Star Gazing - Use professional-grade telescopes to search the heavens for constellations, galaxies, stars and star clusters, as well as planets with their moons, our Moon, the International Space Station, comets and asteroids. Ages 3 & up w/ Adult. 7-8:30 PM. Mather Woods, Plainfield. WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 5 BAKING Valentines Treats - Make cupcakes and chocolate covered strawberries. Parents, please

SUNDAY, JANUARY 26 OUTDOOR Husky Heroes - See Siberian husky sled pulling, skijoring and speed demonstrations. 11AM – 4 PM. Morton Arboretum, Lisle. TEENS Finger Knitting - Make a cool scarf with nothing but your fingers in a single sitting! 2PM. Grades 6–12. Helen Plum Library, Lombard. TUESDAY, JANUARY 28 ART Learn to Sketch with Princess Etch - Activities will include drawing different shapes, going through mazes and learning how to write your name! Ages 5+. 5-6 PM. Register. Park District, Bridgeview. THURSDAY, JANUARY 30 KIDS Magician Training 101 - Amaze family and friends with tricks, ropes, coins, mind-reading and January/February 2020

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join your junior chef for sampling during the last 15 minutes of class. Please notify of any allergies at registration. Barlett Community Center. THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 6 KIDS LEGO® Engineering Workshop - Students will use our proprietary kits and step-by-step model plans to construct motorized amusement park rides like a ferris wheel, merry-go-round and carousel swing. 5:30-7:30 PM. AGES: 5-10. Sunset Knolls, Lombard. FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 7 FITNESS Triathlon Swim Camp - A beginner to intermediate clinic that focuses on freestyle (front crawl) swim technique. Bring a swimsuit and goggles. FREE. Ages 14+. 6:30-7:30 PM. Schaumburg Tennis Plus, Schaumburg. SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 8 MUSIC Open Mic Night - Longing for a chance to stand in the spot light, sharing your musical gifts? Join us for Open Mic Night in our theater. Singers and musicians of all ages are welcome. No bands. Register. Bartlett Nature Center, Bartlett. HEALTH First Aid for Kids - This American Red Cross course teaches children introductory first aid skills. Hands-on activities. 12-1:30 PM. Historic Village Hall, Algonquin. SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 9 ADULTS Oscars Watch Party – Finalize your ballot, enjoy popcorn and other Oscar-themed food while we watch the Oscars. Prizes for most correct guesses. Register. Fee includes one drink at the bar. Age: 21+. 7:30-10 PM. Schaumburg Tennis Plus. MONDAY, FEBRUARY 10 KIDS Valentine’s Day with Your American Girl Doll - Bring your American Girl doll or any similar sized doll and design adorable outfits to celebrate the winter. Includes a trip to the beauty shop. 6:30 – 7:30 PM. Bartlett Community Center. ADULTS Investing with $25 - Explore various investment plans, what stocks, bonds and mutual funds are and how to invest in them. 6:30 – 8:30 PM. Free. Register. South Elgin Parks and Rec. WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 12 KIDS Cut and Sew Animal Pillows - Boys and girls will design, machine and hand sew unique animal pillows. All materials included. 10:30 AM – Noon. Shawn Sargent Designs, Glen Ellyn. ADULTS Wine & Canvas At The Farm - An instructor guides you to create a canvas masterpiece. Bring wine, snacks, friends and enjoy a creative night out. 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM. Blackberry Farm, Aurora. TEENS Intro to Green Screen Room – Tour 34 November/December great events 2017

the Green Screen Room. Learn the studio workflow, procedures and how to remove the background using Photoshop and iMovie. Register. 3-3:45PM. Naperville 95th St. Library. THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 13 KIDS Nerf Gun Night- The gym transforms into a battle arena. Bring Nerf Gun and protective eye-wear. Ages: 7-12. Register. Rec Center, Downers Grove. FAMILY Next Stop Elmhurst: - An exploration of railroads past and present. 3PM. FREE. 120 E. Park Ave., Elmhurst History Museum. 630-833-1457. FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 14 FAMILY Indoor Drive in Movie Night – Lady and the Tramp – Each child will decorate a box to create a car to sit in near their family. Popcorn and drinks provided. Ages 2-8 with parent. 6-8:30 PM. F&RC, Barrington Park District. KIDS Pokémon League - Meet to play and talk Pokémon with other trainers. Bring cards or play with the library’s. Ages 6+. 4:30 - 6 PM. Naper Blvd. Library, Naperville. SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 15 OUTDOOR Nature Discovery Days: Winter Birds - Fun hands-on activities, games, crafts, experiments, nature books and more. Children and adults explore nature topics together. 11AM – 2PM. Knoch Knolls Nature Center River Room, Naperville. FAMILY WINTERFEST - Watch Adopt-A-Husky’s dogs run and learn about the history of dog sledding. Other activities included. Noon-4 PM. FREE. Bartlett Nature Center, Bartlett. KIDS Safe At Home -Topics covered include safety in the home, proper use of keys, what to do in case of anemergency, how to respond to strangers and general house rules. 10-11:30AM. Clarendon Hills Community Center, Clarendon Hills. FAMILY Family Fun Fair – Inflatables, games, crafts, raffles, food & drink vendors. FREE. 11 AM - 2 PM. Vaughan Athletic Center, Aurora. SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 16 FAMILY Family Day - Explore the galleries with us to learn fun facts, find hidden gems and participate in hands-on demonstrations. Make a take-home project too! Free with CAC admission. No Registration. Ages 3+. 10 AM – 2 PM. Chicago Architecture Center, Chicago. FAMILY Lego Build – Come build with LEGO®, solve a design problem and learn the fundamentals to create your own designs. 12 PM. $20; Members Free. 12pm. Chicago Architecture Center, Chicago. MONDAY, FEBRUARY 17 OUTDOOR Backyard Bird Count - Binoculars suburban family |

and bird ID books along with Naturalists will be on hand to help you identify and record the birds you see. FREE. Drop in between 10AM – 3PM. Knoch Knolls Nature Center, Naperville. FAMILY Grand Morning: A Trip Down The Candyland Trail - Grandparents and Grandkids! Join us for a morning off of school for games, crafts and tasty treats! 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM. Register. South Point, Oswego. WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 19 WOMEN MasterMoms Talk Series: Moms Reset - Learn simple everyday practices to help raise your happiness threshold as a Mom and for your family. 7-9 PM. Boathouse at Lake Ellyn, Glen Ellyn. ART Paint Your Pet’s Portrait - Your pet is pre-sketched from photos you provide, and an artist provides guidance while you paint. Bring a beverage and snack. 6:30 PM – 9 PM. Blackberry Farm, Aurora. THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 20 FAMILY Mother Son Hoedown - Enjoy country western favorites as instructors lead you through popular dances. Night includes dinner and dessert bar. 6- 7:30 PM. Register. Civic Center, Montgomery. KIDS Stranger Danger - Program to teach children about the potential dangers of strangers through the explanation of numerous safety tips by Hinsdale Police Officers. Adult must accompany children. 4-4:45 PM. Community House, Hinsdale. FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 21 SENIORS Rules of the Road - The Secretary of State’s office is offering this one day class to tune up your driving skills whether or not you are preparing for a driver’s test. 1:30-3:30 PM. Community Rec Building, Villa Park. SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 22 FAMILY Engineering Fest - Build and learn, view the exhibits, meet engineers and learn about the systems that allow people to move through urban environments. 10AM–4PM. $6 and free for 12 and younger. Chicago Architecture Center, Chicago. FITNESS Oswegoland Dodgeball Tournament – Games will be played 6 vs. 6, with a maximum of 10 per team. Adults – 6-8 PM, High School 4-6 PM and Jr. High 2-4 PM. Registration ends 2/18. Southbury Elementary School, Oswego. SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 23 FAMILY Engineering Fest - Build and learn about the systems that allow people to move through urban environments. 10AM–4PM. $6 and free for 12 and younger. Chicago Architecture Center, Chicago. January/February great events 2020 34

TEENS - Girls STEM Day at College of Lake County - STEM Day is a free event for girls in grades 7 through 12 who are interested in STEM programs (Science – Technology – Engineering – Math). College Lake County, Grayslake. WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 26 ADULTS Build the Best Resume- Attendees will learn how to tailor a resume to get past Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) and have their name reach the top of the interview list. 7-8:30 PM. Naper Blvd. Library, Naperville. THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 27 ADULTS SCORE Roundtable: Cash Flow for Start-Ups - Meet with fellow business owners and entrepreneurs to discuss challenges and opportunities. 6:30PM. Helen Plum Library, Lombard. FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 28 ADULTS Hike with a Naturalist – 18+. Join a naturalist on a wintry morning hike at Knoch Knolls Park to learn about local wildlife. Free. 10 – 11:30 AM. Knoch Knolls Nature Center Lobby, Naperville. Registration., FEBRUARY 29 FAMILY Hike with a Naturalist - Ages 5+. Join a naturalist on a wintry morning to learn about local wildlife. Free. 10 – 11:30 AM. Knoch Knolls Nature Center Lobby, Naperville. Registration. FUNDRAISER The Batavia Mothers’ Club Bunco Night - Join us for a fun night of rolling dice and flashing back to the 80s! Raffle, silent auction games, food and cash bar. 21+. The doors open 6:30 PM. Dice will roll at 7:15 PM. Batavia Moose Lodge, Batavia.

ONGOING FAMILY Adult/Tot Open Climb – Kids 2-5 climb the indoor rock wall on Mondays through February 24! Other age-appropriate activities will be available. Must be accompanied by adult. 9:30AM-11AM. Ackerman SFC, Glen Ellyn.

THEATER Magical Starlight Theatre Presents The Wizard of Oz - January 10-12 and 17-19. Show times vary. Naperville Central High School Auditorium, Naperville. EXHIBIT Could Be Architecture: McCormick AfterParti - January 25 – April 12, 2020. Chicagobased design duo transforms historic McCormick House into playful, interactive playground. Elmhurst Art Museum, Elmhurst. KIDS Arbor Reading Adventures - Stories, crafts and an adventure walk during this program held in the Sterling Morton Library. Wed and Fri in January, 11–11:45 AM. Morton Arboretum, Lisle. OUTDOOR Cross-Country Ski and Snowshoe Rentals - This winter embrace the snowy season and trek through 1,700 acres of The Morton Arboretum’s winter wonderland. Daily in January, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Monday-Friday; 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday EXHIBIT The Orchid Show at Chicago Botanic Garden - February 8 – March 22, 2020. 10 AM - 4 PM. Orchids After Hours, Thursday evenings. Show highlighting, reflecting, and enhancing the hues of orchids in a modern world of living color. Glencoe. KIDS Story Time - January 22 – March 25, 2020. 10 – 11 AM. Stop by for nature-themed stories and activities Wednesdays in the Lenhardt Library. Ages 2-5. Chicago Botanic Garden, TECH iPad & iPhone Help Desk Jan 8 & 22, Feb 12 & 26. Our expert volunteer will answer questions and cover the basics for using your iPad or iPhone to its maximum potential. Register. 9AM-12PM. Helen Plum Library, Lombard. .

HISTORY Farmhouse Museum Tour at Kline Creek Farm – Through 3/30/20. Tour the farmhouse museum, and learn how the home served as the building block of the rural community. FREE. Warrenville. 10AM – 4PM. Closed Tues and Wed. EXPO TransWorld’s Jewelry, Fashion & Accessories Show. 2/20 - 23. KIDS DAY ON SUNDAY, FEB. 23rd: ages 9-16 with an adult. Register kids and receive a FREE gift. Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, Rosemont, to register. FAMILY Snowman Photo Contest – Through 2/28/2020. Get outside and build a snowman together. Take a photo and submit it to sdignan@darienparks. com. Winners announced 3/2/2020. Darien. EXHIBIT On the Right Track: By Rail to Chicago & Beyond – Through 3/29/20. Take a journey through 170 years of railroading history—from Elmhurst to Chicago and beyond. View a wide array of artifacts. Hands-on learning stations. FREE. Elmhurst History Museum, EXHIBIT Home Grown – Through 7/28/2020. Explores the historical methods and tools that DuPage residents used to farm and raise livestock and the impacts agriculture has had on the country. DuPage County Historical Museum, Wheaton. FAMILY – RV & Camping Show – Feb 13-16. the Midwest’s largest RV show and super sale with 400 new RVs on display. Donald E. Stephens Center, Rosemont. ADULTS Chicago Golf Show – February 28 to March 1. Over 180 vendors, a 4500 square foot demo area and special appearances from top PGA professionals. Donald E. Stephens Center, Rosemont.

CLUB DuPage Valley Toastmasters – Non profit club helping people become better speakers. Meets 1st and 3rd Tuesday’s of every month at 7:15 pm at Covenant Living, 124 Windsor Park Drive Carol Stream. 630-501-7099. NATURE Discovery Days: Swirling Snowflakes Fun hands-on activities, games, crafts, experiments, nature books to explore nature topics together. Jan 2-4, Jan 18 and 20. Times vary. Knoch Knolls Nature Center River Room, Naperville. January/February 2020

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Catch 35 A fresh take on seafood & steak – experience Catch 35’s newly crafted menus. Voted BEST SEAFOOD in Naperville, Catch 35 focuses on flavor forward dishes with the freshest ingredients available. The newly crafted menu offers a variety of seafood & fresh from the farm options that appeal to all types of eaters. Fan favorites have been enhanced, furthermore, the seasonal specials such as Alaskan halibut, wild salmon, and Block Island swordfish highlight the menu monthly. Catch 35, entices the casual, business, and special occasion crowds. With the added bonus of monthly chef centered events, seafood weeks, 3 Course Prix Fixe menu for $37.95, and special events, Catch 35 is your culinary destination. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for upcoming events and monthly specials. View the new lunch, dinner and Noodles & Bites bar menus at Locations: 35 W. Wacker, Chicago, 312-346-3500 and 35 S. Washington, Naperville, 630-717-3500.

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Vino Thai Well-known for its vibrant, flavorful Thai cuisine and friendly staff, Vinothai’s has long been a top choice for diners looking to tour the tastes of Thailand. Every family recipe is carefully prepared with the finest and freshest ingredients available. Please let us welcome your next dine-in or take out. We serve lunch specials Mon.- Fri. 11:00 3:00 p.m. VinoThai’s is located in East Gate Commons, 3825 E. Main St., St. Charles, IL 60174.We are open every day for lunch and dinner. For reservations call 630-443-8461.Visit

Mon Ami Gabi – Oak Brook Mon Ami Gabi is the perfect place to host your special event. Let our seasoned Catering Team help you plan your special occasion from start to finish. With two private rooms located off the main dining room, both feature glass paneled French doors, deep mahogany wood, rich leather banquettes and a mosaic tile floor. Treat your guests to our signature Steak Frites, boutique French wine pairings and decadent dessert. To inquire for bookings and package details, contact our catering team at 630-472-1900 or email Mon Ami Oakbrook Parties Grabbing lunch at Oakbrook Center? We have you covered with our Prix Fixe Lunch option! Enjoy a three-course “dejeuner� for $19.95 per person. Mark your calendars: The next French Winter Classics Cooking Class is on Saturday, January 18 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM. The Encore French Classics Cooking Class will be on Saturday, February 22 and Saturday, March 28, 2020.Visit us online at monamigabi. com/events to purchase tickets.

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Dine Naperville: Kick off 2020 with Naperville Restaurant Week! There is no better way to kick off a new decade than with the seventh annual Naperville Restaurant Week. It will run from January 24 through February 8, showcasing some of Naperville’s best restaurants. Enjoy a quick bite to eat or sit down for fine dining at one of Naperville’s participating restaurants. Each restaurant will treat customers to either a prix fixe menu or a discount on food items. Whether you’re craving a hamburger or an authentic Italian meal, Naperville Restaurant Week offers the best deals on your favorite dishes. Gather some friends or family to dine at one (or more) of the participating restaurants! Go to to see which restaurants are participating and check out the special deals they’ll be running. Call us for a 2020 dining guide at 630-3057701 or email us at For scheduling group events at Naperville restaurants, contact our Director of Sales, Carlos Madinya at

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Winter Fun! Be Your Best in the New Year, Education, Fitness, Family Wellness, Party Planner, Events, Dining