Top Picks: Jan. 30 – Feb. 1, 2015

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Maxwell_reader_photoI’m gearing up for a great Superbowl weekend! With my Christmas tree firmly packed away (thanks to my husband), I am ready to jump into major snackage mode for the big game. I’m really more interested in the commercials and the good eats, but don’t let that get around!

Please keep sending me photos of your kids! They may get featured in a future blog post as my “Top Picks Models!” Send your best winter or Valentine’s Day type photo to editor@mommybytheriver.com and include their first name(s) and age(s).

In my Top Picks for January 30 – February 1, 2015, go to a winter carnival, see the Science Of Snow display, enjoy a movie, go ice skating, or play soccer. Best of all, the events listed are all FREE or CHEAP! And if they ask who sent you…tell them ‘The Mommy’ did!

DISCLAIMER: Although I am careful to report accurate dates and times as they are provided, I realize that sometimes I receive inaccurate information, events may be cancelled or I simply make a boo boo. I strongly encourage you to confirm the information before heading out and/or to click the link that is provided for each activity to check the details.

FRIDAY
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Friday, January 30, 2015 (*repeats Sat.)
Event: Free soccer classes at Lil’ Kickers Soccer For Kids
Town: Elgin, IL
Where: Intra Sports Complex, 37W950 Mason Rd., Elgin
Age: Kids age 18 mos. through 12 years old with parent
Time: Variety of soccer classes available between 3:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. for all age groups and skill levels specified. Class is 50 mins. in length.
Description: Try out a soccer class. Many different classes available by age group including NEW Skills Institute.
Cost: FREE
Information: Website, 847-488-0088 or lilkickers@intrasportscomplex.com
Special Note: Call or click here to register for a free trial class. You may register in advance for this event or register on-site. You will need to complete a waiver form. Please make sure your child wears comfortable clothes and sneakers for soccer activities. This class is also available on Tuesdays at the same time.
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Friday, January 30, 2015 (*repeats Sat.)
Event: The Science of Snow Exhibit
Town: Geneva, IL
Where: Peck Farm Park Orientation Barn, 4038 Kaneville Rd., Geneva
Age: All ages
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Description: Explore frozen precipitation and what it means for wildlife
Cost: FREE
Information: Website or 630-262-8244
Special Note: This exhibit is on display weekdays and Saturdays through February 28th.

Friday, January 30, 2015 (*repeats Sat. & Sun.)
Event: SMGToons! Lalaloopsy Girls (G, 46 mins.)LIH - Now Open Web Banner 300x250 (1)
Town: Wheaton, IL
Where: Studio Movie Grill, 301 Rice Lake Square, Wheaton
Age: See rating
Time: 11:00 a.m.
Description: Enjoy a movie theater with ultra comfy seating and the option to order food!
Cost: $3 per person admission
Information: Website or 630-480-9557
Special Note: Please make sure to do your own internet research on the movie to make sure it is appropriate for your kiddos.

Friday, January 30, 2015
Event: Tot Time Swimming
Town: Elgin, IL
Where: Adventure Island Pool at The Centre of Elgin, 100 Symphony Way, Elgin
Age: Children from birth thru 5 years with adult
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Description: Adult swims with their kids in the Adventure Island leisure pool
Cost: $3 (resident) or $4 (non-resident) per child. Adult is FREE.
Information: Website or 847-531-7030
Special Note: If you like this event, you may opt to purchase the Passport 2Play punch pass. More information on this program may be found on the website.

Friday, January 30, 2015  (*repeats Sat. & Sun.)
Event: City Skate outdoor ice skating
Town: Elgin, IL
Where: Civic Center Plaza between the Hemmens Cultural Center and City Hall, Elgin
Age: All ages
Time: Rink hours – 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.; Warming shelter hours vary so please check schedule. See special note below for more info. on times.
Description: Ice skating
Cost: FREE or $4 per person for skate rental (must bring I.D. and exchange shoes)
Information: Website or 847-931-6140
Special Note:  If you don’t need to rent ice skates, you can start skating at 9:00 a.m., but there will be no warming shelter available until posted hours. Please call phone number above for daily update on ice conditions and most current schedule. No hockey playing is allowed, which includes skating with a hockey stick.

SATURDAY
***FEATURED EVENT***
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Saturday, January 31, 2015
Event: Free soccer classes at Lil’ Kickers Soccer For Kids
Town: Elgin, IL
Where: Intra Sports Complex, 37W950 Mason Rd., Elgin
Age: Kids age 18 mos. through 12 years old with parent
Time: Variety of soccer classes available between 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 Noon for all age groups and skill levels specified. Class is 50 mins. in length.
Description: Try out a soccer class. Many different classes available by age group including NEW Skills Institute.
Cost: FREE
Information: Website, 847-488-0088 or lilkickers@intrasportscomplex.com
Special Note: Call or click here to register for a free trial class. You may register in advance for this event or register on-site. You will need to complete a waiver form. Please make sure your child wears comfortable clothes and sneakers for soccer activities. This class is also available on Tuesdays from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
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Saturday, January 31, 2015
Event: Villa Olivia Winter Carnival
Town: Bartlett, IL
Where: Villa Olivia, 1401 W. Lake St., Bartlett
Age: All ages
Time: 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Description: Enjoy an indoor/outdoor winter carnival that brings a Hawaiian twist to the snow and cold. Wear your best Hawaiian outfit for all of the games, prizes, food and fun.
Cost: FREE
Information: Website or 630-540-4800

Saturday, January 31, 2015
Event: Movie: “Planes: Fire and Rescue” (PG – 100 minutes)
Town: East Dundee, IL
Where: Dundee Library, 555 Barrington Ave., East Dundee
Age: All ages
Time: 2:00 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.
Description: Enjoy a movie
Cost: FREE
Information: Website or 847-428-3661, option 3
Special Note: No tickets or reservations required. Seating is limited. Doors open at 1:30 p.m. for free popcorn and refreshments! Kids under age 9 must be accompanied by an adult.

Saturday, January 31, 2015 (*repeats Sun.)
Event: City Skate outdoor ice skating
Town: Elgin, IL
Where: Civic Center Plaza between the Hemmens Cultural Center and City Hall, Elgin
Age: All ages
Time: Rink hours – 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.; Warming shelter hours vary so please check schedule. See special note below for more info. on times.
Description: Ice skating
Cost: FREE or $4 per person for skate rental (must bring I.D. and exchange shoes)
Information: Website or 847-931-6140
Special Note: On Saturdays, the rink is closed to the public in the morning. Please call phone number above for daily update on ice conditions and most current schedule. No hockey playing is allowed, which includes skating with a hockey stick.

Saturday, January 31, 2015 (*repeats Sun.)
Event: SMGToons! Lalaloopsy Girls (G, 46 mins.)
Town: Wheaton, IL
Where: Studio Movie Grill, 301 Rice Lake Square, Wheaton
Age: See rating
Time: 11:00 a.m.
Description: Enjoy a movie theater with ultra comfy seating and the option to order food!
Cost: $3 per person admission
Information: Website or 630-480-9557
Special Note: Please make sure to do your own internet research on the movie to make sure it is appropriate for your kiddos.

Saturday, January 31, 2015
Event: The Science of Snow Exhibit
Town: Geneva, IL
Where: Peck Farm Park Orientation Barn, 4038 Kaneville Rd., Geneva
Age: All ages
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Description: Explore frozen precipitation and what it means for wildlife
Cost: FREE
Information: Website or 630.262.8244
Special Note: This exhibit is on display weekdays and Saturdays through February 28th.

SUNDAY
Sunday, February 1, 2015

Event: City Skate outdoor ice skating
Town: Elgin, IL
Where: Civic Center Plaza between the Hemmens Cultural Center and City Hall, Elgin
Age: All ages
Time: Rink hours – 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.; Warming shelter hours vary so please check schedule. See special note below for more info. on times.
Description: Ice skating
Cost: FREE or $4 per person for skate rental (must bring I.D. and exchange shoes)
Information: Website or 847-931-6140
Special Note: Please call phone number above for daily update on ice conditions and most current schedule. No hockey playing is allowed, which includes skating with a hockey stick.

Sunday, February 1, 2015
Event: SMGToons! Lalaloopsy Girls (G, 46 mins.)
Town: Wheaton, IL
Where: Studio Movie Grill, 301 Rice Lake Square, Wheaton
Age: See rating
Time: 11:00 a.m.
Description: Enjoy a movie theater with ultra comfy seating and the option to order food!
Cost: $3 per person admission
Information: Website or 630-480-9557
Special Note: Please make sure to do your own internet research on the movie to make sure it is appropriate for your kiddos.

 

Top Picks: January 23 – 25, 2015

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I hope you had a great week! I am so glad it warmed up a bit so I could put on my snow pants (yes, I looked and felt like a marshmallow) and go out and play with my son. We finally got to use the snow block maker that we had bought a couple of months ago and try to build a snow fort! If you didn’t have time to play in the snow, never fear. We still have plenty of winter left!

In my Top Picks for January 23-25, 2015, break some boards and do karate, sing with a princess, see the science of snow display, enjoy a movie, and enjoy ice skating, swimming or playing soccer. Best of all, the events listed are all FREE or CHEAP! And if they ask who sent you…tell them ‘The Mommy’ did!

DISCLAIMER: Although I am careful to report accurate dates and times as they are provided, I realize that sometimes I receive inaccurate information, events may be cancelled or I simply make a boo boo. I strongly encourage you to confirm the information before heading out and/or to click the link that is provided for each activity to check the details.

FRIDAY
Friday, January 23, 2015
(*repeats Sat.)
Event: The Science of Snow Exhibit
Town: Geneva, IL
Where: Peck Farm Park Orientation Barn, 4038 Kaneville Rd., Geneva
Age: All ages
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Description: Explore frozen precipitation and what it means for wildlife
Cost: FREE
Information: Website or 630-262-8244
Special Note: This exhibit is on display weekdays and Saturdays through February 28th.

Friday, January 23, 2015 (*repeats Sat. & Sun.)
Event: SMGToons! Lalaloopsy Girls (G, 46 mins.)LIH - Now Open Web Banner 300x250 (1)
Town: Wheaton, IL
Where: Studio Movie Grill, 301 Rice Lake Square, Wheaton
Age: See rating
Time: 11:00 a.m.
Description: Enjoy a movie theater with ultra comfy seating and the option to order food!
Cost: $3 per person admission
Information: Website or 630-480-9557
Special Note: Please make sure to do your own internet research on the movie to make sure it is appropriate for your kiddos.

Friday, January 23, 2015
Event: Tot Time Swimming
Town: Elgin, IL
Where: Adventure Island Pool at The Centre of Elgin, 100 Symphony Way, Elgin
Age: Children from birth thru 5 years with adult
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Description: Adult swims with their kids in the Adventure Island leisure pool
Cost: $3 (resident) or $4 (non-resident) per child. Adult is FREE.
Information: Website or 847-531-7030
Special Note: If you like this event, you may opt to purchase the Passport 2Play punch pass. More information on this program may be found on the website.

Friday, January 23, 2015  (*repeats Sat. & Sun.)
Event: City Skate outdoor ice skating
Town: Elgin, IL
Where: Civic Center Plaza between the Hemmens Cultural Center and City Hall, Elgin
Age: All ages
Time: Rink hours – 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.; Warming shelter hours vary so please check schedule. See special note below for more info. on times.
Description: Ice skating
Cost: FREE or $4 per person for skate rental (must bring I.D. and exchange shoes)
Information: Website or 847-931-6140
Special Note:  If you don’t need to rent ice skates, you can start skating at 9:00 a.m., but there will be no warming shelter available until posted hours. Please call phone number above for daily update on ice conditions and most current schedule. No hockey playing is allowed, which includes skating with a hockey stick.

SATURDAY
***FEATURED EVENT***
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Saturday, January 24, 2015
Event: Free soccer classes at Lil’ Kickers Soccer For Kids
Town: Elgin, IL
Where: Intra Sports Complex, 37W950 Mason Rd., Elgin
Age: Kids age 18 mos. through 12 years old with parent
Time: Variety of soccer classes available between 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 Noon for all age groups and skill levels specified. Class is 50 mins. in length.
Description: Try out a soccer class. Many different classes available by age group including NEW Skills Institute.
Cost: FREE
Information: Website, 847-488-0088 or lilkickers@intrasportscomplex.com
Special Note: Call or click here to register for a free trial class. You may register in advance for this event or register on-site. You will need to complete a waiver form. Please make sure your child wears comfortable clothes and sneakers for soccer activities.
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Saturday, January 24, 2015
Event: PRO Martial Arts’ Grand Opening ExtravaganzaPMA_Wheaton_012415
Town: Wheaton, IL
Where: 820 E. Roosevelt Rd., Ste. 104, Wheaton
Age: 3-yrs. to 16-yrs. Adults are welcome too!
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Description: A Grand Opening event for the whole family! Karate classes, break boards, enjoy free pizza & refreshments! Three lucky ninjas will  win a FREE Year of karate; a FREE pizza party for up to 15 friends; or mom and dad can win big with a FREE “Parents Night Out” pass. Check out their Facebook page and stop by with the family this weekend!
Cost: FREE
Information: Website or 630-480-7945
Special Note: If you or your child want to break a board, you will need to sign a simple waiver. Dress comfortably for karate classes!
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Saturday, January 24, 2015
Event: Disney Celebration with Sarah the Singing Princess and the LEGO Disney Cinderella Castle
Town: Elgin, IL
Where: Gail Borden Public Library District, 270 N. Grove, Elgin
Age: All ages
Time: 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Description: Make sure to wear your favorite Disney outfit when you stop by the library to hear a singing princess perform your Disney faves! You can even pose with Sarah the Princess by the Walt Disney World Cinderella Castle replica built with LEGOs. (bring your camera!)
Cost: FREE
Information: Website or 847-742-2411

Saturday, January 24, 2015 (*repeats Sun.)
Event: City Skate outdoor ice skating
Town: Elgin, IL
Where: Civic Center Plaza between the Hemmens Cultural Center and City Hall, Elgin
Age: All ages
Time: Rink hours – 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.; Warming shelter hours vary so please check schedule. See special note below for more info. on times.
Description: Ice skating
Cost: FREE or $4 per person for skate rental (must bring I.D. and exchange shoes)
Information: Website or 847-931-6140
Special Note: On Saturdays, the rink is closed to the public in the morning. Please call phone number above for daily update on ice conditions and most current schedule. No hockey playing is allowed, which includes skating with a hockey stick.

Saturday, January 24, 2015 (*repeats Sun.)
Event: SMGToons! Lalaloopsy Girls (G, 46 mins.)
Town: Wheaton, IL
Where: Studio Movie Grill, 301 Rice Lake Square, Wheaton
Age: See rating
Time: 11:00 a.m.
Description: Enjoy a movie theater with ultra comfy seating and the option to order food!
Cost: $3 per person admission
Information: Website or 630-480-9557
Special Note: Please make sure to do your own internet research on the movie to make sure it is appropriate for your kiddos.

Saturday, January 24, 2015
Event: The Science of Snow Exhibit
Town: Geneva, IL
Where: Peck Farm Park Orientation Barn, 4038 Kaneville Rd., Geneva
Age: All ages
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Description: Explore frozen precipitation and what it means for wildlife
Cost: FREE
Information: Website or 630.262.8244
Special Note: This exhibit is on display weekdays and Saturdays through February 28th.

SUNDAY
Sunday, January 25, 2015

Event: City Skate outdoor ice skating
Town: Elgin, IL
Where: Civic Center Plaza between the Hemmens Cultural Center and City Hall, Elgin
Age: All ages
Time: Rink hours – 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.; Warming shelter hours vary so please check schedule. See special note below for more info. on times.
Description: Ice skating
Cost: FREE or $4 per person for skate rental (must bring I.D. and exchange shoes)
Information: Website or 847-931-6140
Special Note: Please call phone number above for daily update on ice conditions and most current schedule. No hockey playing is allowed, which includes skating with a hockey stick.

Sunday, January 25, 2015
Event: SMGToons! Lalaloopsy Girls (G, 46 mins.)
Town: Wheaton, IL
Where: Studio Movie Grill, 301 Rice Lake Square, Wheaton
Age: See rating
Time: 11:00 a.m.
Description: Enjoy a movie theater with ultra comfy seating and the option to order food!
Cost: $3 per person admission
Information: Website or 630-480-9557
Special Note: Please make sure to do your own internet research on the movie to make sure it is appropriate for your kiddos.

 

Top Picks: January 16 – 18, 2015

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Maxwell_reader_photoWelcome to my blog…so glad you joined me this weekend! True confession: I still haven’t put away our Christmas decorations yet…nor have we finished sending our thank you notes for gifts. I was so proud that I jumped into the holiday season with shopping and preparations way ahead of schedule, yet now I find myself way behind. But I’m giving myself some grace…and if you find yourself in the same boat, you should give yourself grace too! As parents, we have a many priorities to juggle such as wiping noses, playing trucks, tickle-fests, bedtime stories and making lunches. And if you don’t want to go out to do anything fun this weekend, that’s okay too! Being together as a family is what counts.

In my Top Picks for January 16-18, 2015 enjoy a winter fest, see the science of snow display, a movie, ice skating, swimming, and soccer. Best of all, the events listed are all FREE or CHEAP! And if they ask who sent you…tell them ‘The Mommy’ did!

DISCLAIMER: Although I am careful to report accurate dates and times as they are provided, I realize that sometimes I receive inaccurate information, events may be cancelled or I simply make a boo boo. I strongly encourage you to confirm the information before heading out and/or to click the link that is provided for each activity to check the details.

FRIDAY
Friday, January 16, 2015 (*repeats Sat.)

Event: The Science of Snow Exhibit
Town: Geneva, IL
Where: Peck Farm Park Orientation Barn, 4038 Kaneville Rd., Geneva
Age: All ages
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Description: Explore frozen precipitation and what it means for wildlife
Cost: FREE
Information: Website or 630.262.8244
Special Note: This exhibit is on display weekdays and Saturdays through February 28th.

Friday, January 16, 2015 (*repeats Sat. & Sun.)
Event: SMGToons! Lalaloopsy Girls (G, 46 mins.)LIH - Now Open Web Banner 300x250 (1)
Town: Wheaton, IL
Where: Studio Movie Grill, 301 Rice Lake Square, Wheaton
Age: See rating
Time: 11:00 a.m.
Description: Enjoy a movie theater with ultra comfy seating and the option to order food!
Cost: $3 per person admission
Information: Website or 630-480-9557
Special Note: Please make sure to do your own internet research on the movie to make sure it is appropriate for your kiddos.

Friday, January 16, 2015
Event: Tot Time Swimming
Town: Elgin, IL
Where: Adventure Island Pool at The Centre of Elgin, 100 Symphony Way, Elgin
Age: Children from birth thru 5 years with adult
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Description: Adult swims with their kids in the Adventure Island leisure pool
Cost: $3 (resident) or $4 (non-resident) per child. Adult is FREE.
Information: Website or 847-531-7030
Special Note: If you like this event, you may opt to purchase the Passport 2Play punch pass. More information on this program may be found on the website.

Friday, January 16, 2015  (*repeats Sat. & Sun.)
Event: City Skate outdoor ice skating
Town: Elgin, IL
Where: Civic Center Plaza between the Hemmens Cultural Center and City Hall, Elgin
Age: All ages
Time: Rink hours – 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.; Warming shelter hours vary so please check schedule. See special note below for more info. on times.
Description: Ice skating
Cost: FREE or $4 per person for skate rental (must bring I.D. and exchange shoes)
Information: Website or 847-931-6140
Special Note:  If you don’t need to rent ice skates, you can start skating at 9:00 a.m., but there will be no warming shelter available until posted hours. Please call phone number above for daily update on ice conditions and most current schedule. No hockey playing is allowed, which includes skating with a hockey stick.

SATURDAY
***FEATURED EVENT***
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Saturday, January 17, 2015
Event: Free soccer classes at Lil’ Kickers Soccer For Kids
Town: Elgin, IL
Where: Intra Sports Complex, 37W950 Mason Rd., Elgin
Age: Kids age 18 mos. through 12 years old with parent
Time: Variety of soccer classes available between 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 Noon for all age groups and skill levels specified. Class is 50 mins. in length.
Description: Try out a soccer class. Many different classes available by age group including NEW Skills Institute.
Cost: FREE
Information: Website, 847-488-0088 or lilkickers@intrasportscomplex.com
Special Note: Call or click here to register for a free trial class. You may register in advance for this event or register on-site. You will need to complete a waiver form. Please make sure your child wears comfortable clothes and sneakers for soccer activities.
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Saturday, January 17, 2015 (*repeats Sun.)
Event: Spring Valley Winter Fest
Town: Schaumburg, IL
Where: Vera Meineke Nature Center at Spring Valley
Age: All ages
Time: Noon to 3:00 p.m.
Description: Enjoy a variety of winter activities including snowshoe walks, horse-drawn wagon rides around the grounds, marshmallow roasting around a bonfire, snacks, and crafts, plus activities inside the nature center as well!
Cost: FREE
Information: Website or 847.985.2100

Saturday, January 17, 2015 (*repeats Sun.)
Event: City Skate outdoor ice skating
Town: Elgin, IL
Where: Civic Center Plaza between the Hemmens Cultural Center and City Hall, Elgin
Age: All ages
Time: Rink hours – 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.; Warming shelter hours vary so please check schedule. See special note below for more info. on times.
Description: Ice skating
Cost: FREE or $4 per person for skate rental (must bring I.D. and exchange shoes)
Information: Website or 847-931-6140
Special Note: On Saturdays, the rink is closed to the public in the morning. Please call phone number above for daily update on ice conditions and most current schedule. No hockey playing is allowed, which includes skating with a hockey stick.

Saturday, January 17, 2015 (*repeats Sun.)
Event: SMGToons! Lalaloopsy Girls (G, 46 mins.)
Town: Wheaton, IL
Where: Studio Movie Grill, 301 Rice Lake Square, Wheaton
Age: See rating
Time: 11:00 a.m.
Description: Enjoy a movie theater with ultra comfy seating and the option to order food!
Cost: $3 per person admission
Information: Website or 630-480-9557
Special Note: Please make sure to do your own internet research on the movie to make sure it is appropriate for your kiddos.

Saturday, January 17, 2015
Event: The Science of Snow Exhibit
Town: Geneva, IL
Where: Peck Farm Park Orientation Barn, 4038 Kaneville Rd., Geneva
Age: All ages
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Description: Explore frozen precipitation and what it means for wildlife
Cost: FREE
Information: Website or 630.262.8244
Special Note: This exhibit is on display weekdays and Saturdays through February 28th.

SUNDAY
Sunday, January 18, 2015

Event: City Skate outdoor ice skating
Town: Elgin, IL
Where: Civic Center Plaza between the Hemmens Cultural Center and City Hall, Elgin
Age: All ages
Time: Rink hours – 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.; Warming shelter hours vary so please check schedule. See special note below for more info. on times.
Description: Ice skating
Cost: FREE or $4 per person for skate rental (must bring I.D. and exchange shoes)
Information: Website or 847-931-6140
Special Note: Please call phone number above for daily update on ice conditions and most current schedule. No hockey playing is allowed, which includes skating with a hockey stick.

Sunday, January 18, 2015
Event: SMGToons! Lalaloopsy Girls (G, 46 mins.)
Town: Wheaton, IL
Where: Studio Movie Grill, 301 Rice Lake Square, Wheaton
Age: See rating
Time: 11:00 a.m.
Description: Enjoy a movie theater with ultra comfy seating and the option to order food!
Cost: $3 per person admission
Information: Website or 630-480-9557
Special Note: Please make sure to do your own internet research on the movie to make sure it is appropriate for your kiddos.

 

Top Picks: January 9 – 11, 2015

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Brrrrrrrr. Just brrrrrrrrrrr. What’s up with this frigid weather? If you are like me, you are wishing the temps would elevate a little bit so your kids can actually go outside to play in the snow. But until then, you may want to plan for some indoor fun. And that’s where I come in! So glad you can join me on my blog this weekend to see what is happening around town! Plus, I would like to introduce you to “Maxwell,” age 19 mos. who is my “Top Picks” model this month! Maxwell_reader_photoThanks to his mom for sending in a great photo!

In my Top Picks for January 9-11, 2015 enjoy soccer classes with Lil’ Kickers, breaking boards and learning some karate moves with PRO Martial Arts, movies, ice skating, science fun and swimming! Best of all, the events listed are all FREE or CHEAP! And if they ask who sent you…tell them ‘The Mommy’ did!

DISCLAIMER: Although I am careful to report accurate dates and times as they are provided, I realize that sometimes I receive inaccurate information, events may be cancelled or I simply make a boo boo. I strongly encourage you to confirm the information before heading out and/or to click the link that is provided for each activity to check the details.

FRIDAY
Friday, January 9, 2015 (*repeats Sat. & Sun.)
Event: SMGToons! Lalaloopsy Girls (G, 46 mins.)
Town: Wheaton, IL
Where: Studio Movie Grill, 301 Rice Lake Square, Wheaton
Age: See rating
Time: 11:00 a.m.
Description: Enjoy a movie theater with ultra comfy seating and the option to order food!
Cost: $3 per person admission
Information: Website or 630-480-9557
Special Note: Please make sure to do your own internet research on the movie to make sure it is appropriate for your kiddos.

Friday, January 9, 2015
Event: Tot Time Swimming
Town: Elgin, IL
Where: Adventure Island Pool at The Centre of Elgin, 100 Symphony Way, Elgin
Age: Children from birth thru 5 years with adult
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Description: Adult swims with their kids in the Adventure Island leisure pool
Cost: $3 (resident) or $4 (non-resident) per child. Adult is FREE.
Information: Website or 847-531-7030
Special Note: If you like this event, you may opt to purchase the Passport 2Play punch pass. More information on this program may be found on the website.

Friday, January 9, 2015  (*repeats Sat. & Sun.)
Event: City Skate outdoor ice skating
Town: Elgin, IL
Where: Civic Center Plaza between the Hemmens Cultural Center and City Hall, Elgin
Age: All ages
Time: Rink hours – 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.; Warming shelter hours vary so please check schedule. See special note below for more info. on times.
Description: Ice skating
Cost: FREE or $4 per person for skate rental (must bring I.D. and exchange shoes)
Information: Website or 847-931-6140
Special Note:  If you don’t need to rent ice skates, you can start skating at 9:00 a.m., but there will be no warming shelter available until posted hours. Please call phone number above for daily update on ice conditions and most current schedule. No hockey playing is allowed, which includes skating with a hockey stick.

Friday, January 9, 2015
Event: Winter Science Night
Town: Elgin, IL
Where: Elgin Public Museum, 225 Grand Blvd. (in Lords Park), Elgin
Age: All ages
Time: 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Description: Enjoy a variety of hands-on stations focusing on science experiments and demonstrations about winter animals, winter weather and more.
Cost: $2 per person
Information: Facebook or 847-741-6655

SATURDAY
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Saturday, January 10, 2015
Event: Free soccer classes at Lil’ Kickers Soccer For Kids
Town: Elgin, IL
Where: Intra Sports Complex, 37W950 Mason Rd., Elgin
Age: Kids age 18 mos. through 12 years old with parent
Time: Variety of soccer classes available between 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 Noon for all age groups and skill levels specified. Class is 50 mins. in length.
Description: Try out a soccer class. Many different classes available by age group including NEW Skills Institute.
Cost: FREE
Information: Website, 847-488-0088 or lilkickers@intrasportscomplex.com
Special Note: Call or click here to register for a free trial class. You may register in advance for this event or register on-site. You will need to complete a waiver form. Please make sure your child wears comfortable clothes and sneakers for soccer activities.
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Saturday, January 10, 2015
Event: PRO Martial Arts’ Grand Opening Extravaganza
Town: Lake In The Hills, IL
Where: Prairie Shops, 9525 AckmanLake in the Hills-GO-MommyByTheRiver-300x250_hi_res Rd., Lake In The Hills
Age: 3-yrs. to 16-yrs. Adults are welcome too!
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Description: A Grand Opening event for the whole family! Karate classes, break boards, enjoy free pizza & refreshments!
Cost: FREE
Information: Website or 847-802-4170
Special Note: If you or your child want to break a board, you will need to sign a simple waiver. Dress comfortably for karate classes!
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Saturday, January 10, 2015 (*repeats Sun.)
Event: City Skate outdoor ice skating
Town: Elgin, IL
Where: Civic Center Plaza between the Hemmens Cultural Center and City Hall, Elgin
Age: All ages
Time: Rink hours – 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.; Warming shelter hours vary so please check schedule. See special note below for more info. on times.
Description: Ice skating
Cost: FREE or $4 per person for skate rental (must bring I.D. and exchange shoes)
Information: Website or 847-931-6140
Special Note: On Saturdays, the rink is closed to the public in the morning. Please call phone number above for daily update on ice conditions and most current schedule. No hockey playing is allowed, which includes skating with a hockey stick.

Saturday, January 10, 2015 (*repeats Sun.)
Event: SMGToons! Lalaloopsy Girls (G, 46 mins.)
Town: Wheaton, IL
Where: Studio Movie Grill, 301 Rice Lake Square, Wheaton
Age: See rating
Time: 11:00 a.m.
Description: Enjoy a movie theater with ultra comfy seating and the option to order food!
Cost: $3 per person admission
Information: Website or 630-480-9557
Special Note: Please make sure to do your own internet research on the movie to make sure it is appropriate for your kiddos.

SUNDAY
Sunday, January 11, 2015

Event: City Skate outdoor ice skating
Town: Elgin, IL
Where: Civic Center Plaza between the Hemmens Cultural Center and City Hall, Elgin
Age: All ages
Time: Rink hours – 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.; Warming shelter hours vary so please check schedule. See special note below for more info. on times.
Description: Ice skating
Cost: FREE or $4 per person for skate rental (must bring I.D. and exchange shoes)
Information: Website or 847-931-6140
Special Note: Please call phone number above for daily update on ice conditions and most current schedule. No hockey playing is allowed, which includes skating with a hockey stick.

Sunday, January 11, 2015
Event: SMGToons! Lalaloopsy Girls (G, 46 mins.)
Town: Wheaton, IL
Where: Studio Movie Grill, 301 Rice Lake Square, Wheaton
Age: See rating
Time: 11:00 a.m.
Description: Enjoy a movie theater with ultra comfy seating and the option to order food!
Cost: $3 per person admission
Information: Website or 630-480-9557
Special Note: Please make sure to do your own internet research on the movie to make sure it is appropriate for your kiddos.

 

 

Top Picks: January 2 – 4, 2015

photo_blogHello to all of my wonderful readers! As we close out 2014, I want to take a moment to express my sincere good wishes to you and your family. It has been a blessing to meet you here, week after week, and also get to know you on Facebook a little bit better. On behalf of my family, I wish you a very Happy New Year! (Yes, that’s us pictured here. My husband really isn’t a serious guy at all…just in a contemplative mood before church on Christmas eve!)

In my Top Picks for January 2-4, 2015 enjoy soccer classes with Lil’ Kickers, movies, ice skating, a hands-on workshop, and swimming! Best of all, the events listed are all FREE or CHEAP! And if they ask who sent you…tell them ‘The Mommy’ did!

DISCLAIMER: Although I am careful to report accurate dates and times as they are provided, I realize that sometimes I receive inaccurate information, events may be cancelled or I simply make a boo boo. I strongly encourage you to confirm the information before heading out and/or to click the link that is provided for each activity to check the details.

FRIDAY
Friday, January 2, 2015

Event: Winter Film Festival: Disneynature – Bears (G, 78 mins.)
Town: Elgin, IL
Where: Gail Borden Public Library, 270 N. Grove, Elgin
Age: See rating
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Description: Enjoy a movie!
Cost: FREE
Information: Website or 847-742-2411
Special Note: Please make sure to do your own internet research on the movie to make sure it is appropriate for your kiddos. Children younger than age 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

Friday, January 2, 2015 (*repeats Sat. & Sun.)
Event: SMGToons! Lalaloopsy Girls (G, 46 mins.)
Town: Wheaton, IL
Where: Studio Movie Grill, 301 Rice Lake Square, WheatonLake in the Hills-GO-MommyByTheRiver-300x250_hi_res
Age: See rating
Time: 11:00 a.m.
Description: Enjoy a movie theater with ultra comfy seating and the option to order food!
Cost: $3 per person admission
Information: Website or 630-480-9557
Special Note: Please make sure to do your own internet research on the movie to make sure it is appropriate for your kiddos.

Friday, January 2, 2015
Event: Tot Time Swimming
Town: Elgin, IL
Where: Adventure Island Pool at The Centre of Elgin, 100 Symphony Way, Elgin
Age: Children from birth thru 5 years with adult
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Description: Adult swims with their kids in the Adventure Island leisure pool
Cost: $3 (resident) or $4 (non-resident) per child. Adult is FREE.
Information: Website or 847-531-7030
Special Note: If you like this event, you may opt to purchase the Passport 2Play punch pass. More information on this program may be found on the website.

Friday, January 2, 2015
Event: Winter Film Festival: Rio 2 (G, 101 mins.)
Town: Elgin, IL

Where: Gail Borden Public Library, 270 N. Grove, Elgin
Age: See rating
Time: 2:00 p.m.
Description: Enjoy a movie!
Cost: FREE
Information: Website or 847-742-2411
Special Note: Please make sure to do your own internet research on the movie to make sure it is appropriate for your kiddos. Children younger than age 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

Friday, January 2, 2015
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Event: City Skate outdoor ice skating
Town: Elgin, IL
Where: Civic Center Plaza between the Hemmens Cultural Center and City Hall, Elgin
Age: All ages
Time: Rink hours – 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.; Warming shelter hours vary so please check schedule. See special note below for more info. on times.
Description: Ice skating
Cost: FREE or $4 per person for skate rental (must bring I.D. and exchange shoes)
Information: Website or 847-931-6140
Special Note:  If you don’t need to rent ice skates, you can start skating at 9:00 a.m., but there will be no warming shelter available until posted hours. Please call phone number above for daily update on ice conditions and most current schedule. No hockey playing is allowed, which includes skating with a hockey stick.LILKICK_2015 open house_revised

SATURDAY
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Saturday, January 3, 2015
Event: Lil’ Kickers Soccer For Kids Open House
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (Doors open at 9:45 a.m.). Classes for all ages will run every 20 mins., so arrive at any time! Event ends at 1:00 p.m.
Town: Elgin, IL
Where: Intra Sports Complex, 37W950 Mason Rd., Elgin
Age: Kids age 18 mos. through 12 yrs. plus parent
Description: Enjoy soccer games and exciting activities. At the event, kids will be separated into three separate age groups: 18 mos. – 3 yrs. (parent participates in class); 3 yrs. – 6 yrs. beginner level (parent watching); 6 yrs. – 8 yrs. intermediate level (parent watching). Skills Institute classes will be separated into two separate age groups: 5 yrs. – 8 yrs. And 9 yrs. To 12 yrs. (parent watching). Please note that these age groups are specific to the Open House. If your child enrolls in the Winter Session, there are a total of seven (7) groups, separated by age for the regular classes and three (3) groups for Skills Institute.
Cost: FREE
Information: Lilkickersintra.com, 847-488-0088 or lilkickers@intrasportscomplex.com
Special Note: You may register in advance for this event or register on-site when you come to the event. You will need to complete a waiver form. Please make sure your child wears comfortable clothes and sneakers for soccer activities.

Saturday, January 3, 2014
Event: Home Depot Kids’ Workshop
Town: Multiple store locations including: Algonquin, Bartlett, Carpentersville, Elgin, Glendale Heights, Schaumburg, South Elgin and more!
Where: Home Depot Stores in Various Towns
Age: Kids age 5 to 12
Time: 9:00 a.m. to Noon
Description: This month’s workshop – Build a mini sled
Cost: FREE
Information: Website
Special Note: Registration is required. See website to sign up!

Saturday, January 3, 2015 (*repeats Sun.)
Event: City Skate outdoor ice skating

Town: Elgin, IL
Where: Civic Center Plaza between the Hemmens Cultural Center and City Hall, Elgin
Age: All ages
Time: Rink hours – 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.; Warming shelter hours vary so please check schedule. See special note below for more info. on times.
Description: Ice skating
Cost: FREE or $4 per person for skate rental (must bring I.D. and exchange shoes)
Information: Website or 847-931-6140
Special Note: On Saturdays, the rink is closed to the public in the morning. Please call phone number above for daily update on ice conditions and most current schedule. No hockey playing is allowed, which includes skating with a hockey stick.

Saturday, January 3, 2015 (*repeats Sun.)
Event: SMGToons! Lalaloopsy Girls (G, 46 mins.)
Town: Wheaton, IL
Where: Studio Movie Grill, 301 Rice Lake Square, Wheaton
Age: See rating
Time: 11:00 a.m.
Description: Enjoy a movie theater with ultra comfy seating and the option to order food!
Cost: $3 per person admission
Information: Website or 630-480-9557
Special Note: Please make sure to do your own internet research on the movie to make sure it is appropriate for your kiddos.

SUNDAY
Sunday, January 4, 2015

Event: City Skate outdoor ice skating
Town: Elgin, IL
Where: Civic Center Plaza between the Hemmens Cultural Center and City Hall, Elgin
Age: All ages
Time: Rink hours – 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.; Warming shelter hours vary so please check schedule. See special note below for more info. on times.
Description: Ice skating
Cost: FREE or $4 per person for skate rental (must bring I.D. and exchange shoes)
Information: Website or 847-931-6140
Special Note: Please call phone number above for daily update on ice conditions and most current schedule. No hockey playing is allowed, which includes skating with a hockey stick.

Sunday, January 4, 2015
Event: SMGToons! Lalaloopsy Girls (G, 46 mins.)
Town: Wheaton, IL
Where: Studio Movie Grill, 301 Rice Lake Square, Wheaton
Age: See rating
Time: 11:00 a.m.
Description: Enjoy a movie theater with ultra comfy seating and the option to order food!
Cost: $3 per person admission
Information: Website or 630-480-9557
Special Note: Please make sure to do your own internet research on the movie to make sure it is appropriate for your kiddos.

 

Top Picks: December 26-28, 2014

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Martinez_top_picks_revisedMerry Christmas and a very happy weekend to you all! I hope you enjoy spending time with your kids making memories over this wonderful holiday! As we approach the end of 2014, I want you to know that it has been a blessing to share this year with you–and I look forward to all of the “new” adventures that 2015 brings with it.

As you review my “Picks” for this weekend, you will note that there are fewer options– typical of a holiday weekend. However, I do encourage you to check out the Saturday line-up. Foss Swim School has a fabulous Family Swim just for my readers….so enjoy!

In my Top Picks for December 26-28, 2014 enjoy swimming, movies, ice skating, holiday lights, cookie decorating, and a special exhibit on international traditions. Best of all, the events listed are all FREE or CHEAP! And if they ask who sent you…tell them ‘The Mommy’ did!

DISCLAIMER: Although I am careful to report accurate dates and times as they are provided, I realize that sometimes I receive inaccurate information, events may be cancelled or I simply make a boo boo. I strongly encourage you to confirm the information before heading out and/or to click the link that is provided for each activity to check the details.

FRIDAY
Friday, December 26, 2014

Event: Tot Time Swimming
Town: Elgin, IL
Where: Adventure Island Pool at The Centre of Elgin, 100 Symphony Way, Elgin
Age: Children from birth thru 5 years with adult
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Description: Adult swims with their kids in the Adventure Island leisure pool
Cost: $3 (resident) or $4 (non-resident) per child. Adult is FREE.
Information: Website or 847-531-7030
Special Note: If you like this event, you may opt to purchase the Passport 2Play punch pass. More information on this program may be found on the website.

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Event: Winter Film Festival: Mr. Peabody and Sherman (PG, 93 mins.)
Town: Elgin, IL
Where: Gail Borden Public Library, 270 N. Grove, Elgin
Age: See rating
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Description: Enjoy a movie!
Cost: FREE
Information: Website or 847-742-2411
Special Note: Please make sure to do your own internet research on the movie to make sure it is appropriate for your kiddos.

Friday, December 26, 2014
Event: Winter Film Festival: Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return (PG, 88 mins.)
Town: Elgin, IL
Where: Gail Borden Public Library, 270 N. Grove, Elgin
Age: See rating
Time: 2:00 p.m.
Description: Enjoy a movie!
Cost: FREE
Information: Website or 847-742-2411
Special Note: Please make sure to do your own internet research on the movie to make sure it is appropriate for your kiddos.

Friday, December 26, 2014  (*repeats Sat. & Sun.)
Event: City Skate outdoor ice skating
Town: Elgin, IL
Where: Civic Center Plaza between the Hemmens Cultural Center and City Hall, Elgin
Age: All ages
Time: Rink hours – 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.; Warming shelter hours vary so please check schedule. See special note below for more info. on times.
Description: Ice skating
Cost: FREE or $4 per person for skate rental (must bring I.D. and exchange shoes)
Information: Website or 847-931-6140
Special Note:  If you don’t need to rent ice skates, you can start skating at 9:00 a.m., but there will be no warming shelter available until posted hours. Please call phone number above for daily update on ice conditions and most current schedule. No hockey playing is allowed, which includes skating with a hockey stick.

Friday, December 26, 2014 (*repeats Sat. & Sun.)
Event: Festival of Lights and Tree Sales
Town: Wheaton, IL
Where: Cosley Zoo, 1356 N. Gary Ave., Wheaton
Age: All ages
Time: 3:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Description: Enjoy Cosley Zoo decorated for the holidays with over 20,000 twinkling lights and special displays. Visit the animals and purchase hot chocolate, trees, wreaths and holiday gifts.
Cost: FREE entry (donations appreciated). Fee for concessions, trees, etc.
Information: Website or 630-665-5534
Special Note: Tree sales and zoo opens at 9:00 a.m., but the lights begin at 3:00 p.m.

Friday, December 26, 2014
Event: Old Town Festival of Lights: Cookie Decorating
Town: Bloomingdale, IL
Where: Museum, 108 S. Bloomingdale Rd.., Bloomingdale
Age: All ages
Time: 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Description: Decorate cookies…yum!
Cost: FREE
Information: Website or 630-529-3650

SATURDAY
Saturday, December 27, 2014
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Event: Family Swim Event
Town: South Barrington, IL
Where: Foss Swim School (located in the Arboretum of South Barrington, adjacent to the IPic Movie Theatre), 100 W. Higgins Rd., Suite J-10, South Barrington
Age: Kids of all ages, accompanied by a responsible adult in the water
Time: Noon to 2:00 p.m.
Description: Exclusive swim party for MBTR readers and their friends! Check out Foss’s beautiful swimming facility featuring: a pool heated to a warm 91º degrees, heated floors in the family changing rooms, plus a variety of pool toys will be available including: noodles, barbells, dive rings, tub toys and magic carpets–goggles too!
Cost: FREE
Information: Website or 847-844-1818
Special Note: Space is limited to first 60 people. This event requires registration. Please sign up HERE prior to attending. See link for complete details.

Saturday, December 27, 2014 (*repeats Sun.)
Event: Touching on Traditions
Town: Elgin, IL
Where: The Elgin Public Museum in Lords Park, 225 Grand Blvd., Elgin
Age: All ages
Time: 12:00 Noon to 4:00 p.m.
Description: See displays featuring objects of holiday traditions from around the world
Cost: Adults $2; Kids under 12 $1
Information: Website or 847-741-6655

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Event: Old Town Festival of Lights: Carriage Rides
Town: Bloomingdale, IL
Where: Old Town Park, 111 Third St., Bloomingdale
Age: All ages
Time: 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Description: Enjoy horse-drawn carriage rides around the premises
Cost: FREE
Information: Website or 630-529-3650

Saturday, December 27, 2014  (*repeats Sun.)
Event: City Skate outdoor ice skating
Town: Elgin, IL
Where: Civic Center Plaza between the Hemmens Cultural Center and City Hall, Elgin
Age: All ages
Time: Rink hours – 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.; Warming shelter hours vary so please check schedule. See special note below for more info. on times.
Description: Ice skating
Cost: FREE or $4 per person for skate rental (must bring I.D. and exchange shoes)
Information: Website or 847-931-6140
Special Note: On Saturdays, the rink is closed to the public in the morning. Please call phone number above for daily update on ice conditions and most current schedule. No hockey playing is allowed, which includes skating with a hockey stick.

Saturday, December 27, 2014 (*repeats Sun.)
Event: Festival of Lights and Tree Sales
Town: Wheaton, IL
Where: Cosley Zoo, 1356 N. Gary Ave., Wheaton
Age: All ages
Time: 3:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Description: Enjoy Cosley Zoo decorated for the holidays with over 20,000 twinkling lights and special displays. Visit the animals and purchase hot chocolate, trees, wreaths and holiday gifts.
Cost: FREE entry (donations appreciated). Fee for concessions, trees, etc.
Information: Website or 630-665-5534
Special Note: Tree sales and zoo opens at 9:00 a.m., but the lights begin at 3:00 p.m.

SUNDAY
Sunday, December 28, 2014
Event: Touching on Traditions
Town: Elgin, IL
Where: The Elgin Public Museum in Lords Park, 225 Grand Blvd., Elgin
Age: All ages
Time: 12:00 Noon to 4:00 p.m.
Description: See displays featuring objects of holiday traditions from around the world
Cost: Adults $2; Kids under 12 $1
Information: Website or 847-741-6655

Sunday, December 28, 2014
Event: City Skate outdoor ice skating
Town: Elgin, IL
Where: Civic Center Plaza between the Hemmens Cultural Center and City Hall, Elgin
Age: All ages
Time: Rink hours – 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.; Warming shelter hours vary so please check schedule. See special note below for more info. on times.
Description: Ice skating
Cost: FREE or $4 per person for skate rental (must bring I.D. and exchange shoes)
Information: Website or 847-931-6140
Special Note: Please call phone number above for daily update on ice conditions and most current schedule. No hockey playing is allowed, which includes skating with a hockey stick.

Sunday, December 28, 2014
Event: Festival of Lights and Tree Sales
Town: Wheaton, IL
Where: Cosley Zoo, 1356 N. Gary Ave., Wheaton
Age: All ages
Time: 3:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Description: Enjoy Cosley Zoo decorated for the holidays with over 20,000 twinkling lights and special displays. Visit the animals and purchase hot chocolate, trees, wreaths and holiday gifts.
Cost: FREE entry (donations appreciated). Fee for concessions, trees, etc.
Information: Website or 630-665-5534
Special Note: Tree sales and zoo opens at 9:00 a.m., but the lights begin at 3:00 p.m.

 

Top Picks: December 19 – 21, 2014

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Martinez_top_picks_revised“It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas….” What a great weekend this is going to be! There are still quite a few events happening around town– even on the final shopping weekend prior to Christmas. So in the spirit of making “lists,” get ready to make your list of the places you want to go with your kids! And while you are skimming the list below, make sure to check out the “Sneak Peek” event ads from three of my valued sponsors.

In my Top Picks for December 19-21, enjoy a Winter Solstice celebration, a movie, ice skating, holiday lights, Candy Bar Bingo, ice sculpture demonstrations, horse-drawn sleigh rides, and a glimpse of cultural traditions during the holidays! Best of all, the events listed are all FREE or CHEAP! And if they ask who sent you…tell them ‘The Mommy’ did!

DISCLAIMER: Although I am careful to report accurate dates and times as they are provided, I realize that sometimes I receive inaccurate information, events may be cancelled or I simply make a boo boo. I strongly encourage you to confirm the information before heading out and/or to click the link that is provided for each activity to check the details.

FRIDAY
Friday, December 19, 2014

Event: Candy Bar Bingo
Town: Bartlett, IL
Where: Bartlett Nature Center, 2054 W. Stearns Rd., Bartlett
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Time: 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Description: A Bingo game without any money involved. The winnings are candy bars!
Cost: $5 per person admission
Information: Website or 630-540-4800

Friday, December 19, 2014  (*repeats Sat. & Sun.)
Event: City Skate outdoor ice skating
Town: Elgin, IL
Where: Civic Center Plaza between the Hemmens Cultural Center and City Hall, Elgin
Age: All ages
Time: Rink hours – 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.; Warming shelter hours are 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. See special note below for more info. on times.
Description: Ice skating
Cost: FREE or $4 per person for skate rental (must bring I.D. and exchange shoes)
Information: Website or 847-931-6140
Special Note:  If you don’t need to rent ice skates, you can start skating at 9:00 a.m., but there will be no warming shelter available until posted hours. Please call phone number above for daily update on ice conditions and most current schedule. No hockey playing is allowed, which includes skating with a hockey stick.

Friday, December 19, 2014 (*repeats Sat. & Sun.)
Event: Festival of Lights and Tree Sales
Town: Wheaton, IL
Where: Cosley Zoo, 1356 N. Gary Ave., Wheaton
Age: All ages
Time: 3:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Description: Enjoy Cosley Zoo decorated for the holidays with over 20,000 twinkling lights and special displays. Visit the animals and purchase hot chocolate, trees, wreaths and holiday gifts.
Cost: FREE entry (donations appreciated). Fee for concessions, trees, etc.
Information: Website or 630-665-5534
Special Note: Tree sales and zoo opens at 9:00 a.m., but the lights begin at 3:00 p.m.

SATURDAY
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Saturday, December 20, 2014

Event: Free trial class at Lil’ Kickers Soccer For Kids
Town: Elgin, IL
Where: Intra Sports Complex, 37W950 Mason Rd., Elgin
Age: Kids age 18 mos. through 9 years old with parent
Time: Different soccer classes available between 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 Noon for all age groups specified. Class is 50 mins. in length.
Description: Try out a soccer class. Several different classes available by age group.
Cost: FREE
Information: Website, 847-488-0088 or lilkickers@intrasportscomplex.com
Special Note: Call or click here to register for a free trial class. You may register in advance for this event or register on-site. You will need to complete a waiver form. Please make sure your child wears comfortable clothes and sneakers for soccer activities. Note that the Open House event (see adjacent ad) takes place on January 3rd with complete details HERE.

Saturday, December 20, 2014
Event: Touching on Traditions (*event repeats Sun.)
Town: Elgin, IL
Where: The Elgin Public Museum in Lords Park, 225 Grand Blvd., Elgin
Age: All ages
Time: 12:00 Noon to 4:00 p.m.
Description: See displays featuring objects of holiday traditions from around the world (this is a MBTR fave!).
Cost: Adults $2; Kids under 12 $1
Information: Website or 847-741-6655

Saturday, December 20, 2014
Event: Movie: “Home Alone” (PG – 103 mins)
Town: Carpentersville, IL
Where: Cinema 12, 100 LW Besinger Dr., Carpentersville
Age: See movie rating
Time: 9:00 a.m. doors open; 10:00 a.m. movie
Description: When doors open, enjoy pre-movie activities, including a chance to take a photo with Santa. (Bring your own camera!) Treats and other surprises!
Cost: FREE
Information: Website
Special Note: Compliments of the Rotary Club of Carpentersville

Saturday, December 20, 2014
Event: Old Town Festival of Lights: Carriage Rides
Town: Bloomingdale, IL
Where: Old Town Park, 111 Third St., Bloomingdale
Age: All ages
Time: 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Description: Enjoy horse-drawn carriage rides around the premises
Cost: FREE
Information: Website or 630-529-3650

Lake in the Hills-GO-MommyByTheRiver-300x250_hi_resSaturday, December 20, 2014  (*repeats Sun.)
Event: City Skate outdoor ice skating
Town: Elgin, IL
Where: Civic Center Plaza between the Hemmens Cultural Center and City Hall, Elgin
Age: All ages
Time: Rink hours – Noon to 9:00 p.m.; Warming shelter hours are Noon to 9:00 p.m. See special note below for more info. on times.
Description: Ice skating
Cost: FREE or $4 per person for skate rental (must bring I.D. and exchange shoes)
Information: Website or 847-931-6140
Special Note: On Saturdays, the rink is closed to the public in the morning. Please call phone number above for daily update on ice conditions and most current schedule. No hockey playing is allowed, which includes skating with a hockey stick.

Saturday, December 20, 2014 (*repeats Sun.)
Event: Festival of Lights and Tree Sales
Town: Wheaton, IL
Where: Cosley Zoo, 1356 N. Gary Ave., Wheaton
Age: All ages
Time: 3:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Description: Enjoy Cosley Zoo decorated for the holidays with over 20,000 twinkling lights and special displays. Visit the animals and purchase hot chocolate, trees, wreaths and holiday gifts.
Cost: FREE entry (donations appreciated). Fee for concessions, trees, etc.
Information: Website or 630-665-5534
Special Note: Tree sales and zoo opens at 9:00 a.m., but the lights begin at 3:00 p.m.

SUNDAY
Sunday, December 21, 2014

Event: Ancient Cultural Traditions and the Solstice
Town: Elgin, IL
Where: The Elgin Public Museum in Lords Park, 225 Grand Blvd., Elgin
Age: All ages
Time: 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Description: Learn about the Winter Solstice and the significance of the harvest to ancient peoples, drink warm cider and enjoy treats.
Cost: $5 per person
Information: Website or 847-741-6655

Sunday, December 21, 2014
Event: Old Town Festival of Lights: Ice Sculpture Demonstration
Town: Bloomingdale, IL
Where: Old Town Park, 111 Third St., Bloomingdale
Age: All ages
Time: 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Description: Don’t miss an artist at work!
Cost: FREE
Information: Website or 630-529-3650

Sunday, December 21, 2014
Event: Touching on Traditions
Town: Elgin, IL
Where: The Elgin Public Museum in Lords Park, 225 Grand Blvd., Elgin
Age: All ages
Time: 12:00 Noon to 4:00 p.m.
Description: See displays featuring objects of holiday traditions from around the world (this is a MBTR fave!).
Cost: Adults $2; Kids under 12 $1
Information: Website or 847-741-6655

Sunday, December 21, 2014
Event: City Skate outdoor ice skating
Town: Elgin, IL
Where: Civic Center Plaza between the Hemmens Cultural Center and City Hall, Elgin
Age: All ages
Time: Rink hours – 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.; Warming shelter hours are Noon to 6:00 p.m. See special note below for more info. on times.
Description: Ice skating
Cost: FREE or $4 per person for skate rental (must bring I.D. and exchange shoes)
Information: Website or 847-931-6140
Special Note: Please call phone number above for daily update on ice conditions and most current schedule. No hockey playing is allowed, which includes skating with a hockey stick.

Sunday, December 21, 2014
Event: Festival of Lights and Tree Sales
Town: Wheaton, IL
Where: Cosley Zoo, 1356 N. Gary Ave., Wheaton
Age: All ages
Time: 3:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Description: Enjoy Cosley Zoo decorated for the holidays with over 20,000 twinkling lights and special displays. Visit the animals and purchase hot chocolate, trees, wreaths and holiday gifts.
Cost: FREE entry (donations appreciated). Fee for concessions, trees, etc.
Information: Website or 630-665-5534
Special Note: Tree sales and zoo opens at 9:00 a.m., but the lights begin at 3:00 p.m.

Lil’ Kickers Winter Open House

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Lil’ Kickers Soccer For Kids has done it again…not only do they offer FREE (there’s that word I love) trial classes, high-intensity fun, and skilled coaches, now they have added another dimension to their offerings in Elgin….the Skills Institute! Mommy By The River is super excited to give readers an opportunity to mark calendars for the upcoming Lil’ Kickers Winter Open House taking place at the Intra Sports Complex in Elgin on Saturday, January 3, 2015 (scroll down for complete details). As with all of my favorite “picks,” this event will be included in my Top Picks list for the weekend of January 2-4, 2015, but I wanted to give you a sneak peek so you can plan to attend and maybe bring along some friends too!

pic2As with the previous Lil’ Kickers Open House in September, this event will once again provide kids of all ages an opportunity to sample what the Lil’ Kickers soccer programs are all about through a variety of games and activities. However, at the January Open House, they will now offer Skills Institute classes for soccer enthusiasts who are looking for a more structured program to help him/her improve their skills! I guess you could say there is something for everyone: classes for a child as young as 18-mos. who has never played soccer to classes for a 12-year old child whose passion in life is to be on the soccer field!
And if they ask who sent you…tell them The Mommy did!

kickers_logo_smallerBackground:
If you are not familiar with Lil’ Kickers Soccer For Kids, it is a nationally renowned, non-competitive child development soccer program founded in 1999 that now serves 650,000 boys and girls nationwide. The Intra Sports Complex in Elgin is one of only a few locations in our immediate area to offer the program. What I love about Lil’ Kickers is that they have developed a program that understands how kids learn best. Through child development professionals, they have created classes that aid children in social, emotional, cognitive and physical skills. From the regular classes that offer kids an opportunity to learn the game of soccer through a highly creative approach (i.e., fun, fun fun) to the Skills Institute classes that offer a more personalized, skills-focused approach, Lil’ Kickers offers a broad range of programming to suit your child perfectly!

Little Kickers IllinoisAbout Skills Institute:
Now before you get all hung up on the word “Institute,” let me explain. Established in 2001, Skills Institute is Lil’ Kickers’ soccer development program for kids age 5 to 12 years old who are looking to take their passion for soccer to a new level.

Developed by USSF A-Level coaches, Skills Institute focuses on improving a child’s soccer skills through a fun, fast-paced learning environment that offers a variety of objectives. These objectives include the following: Technical (passing and receiving the ball, running with the ball, turning, shooting and ball control); Tactical (attacking principle, possession, combination play, defending principles and finishing in the final 3rd); Physical: (acceleration, coordination/balance, agility, perception/awareness and reaction); and Psychosocial: (motivation, self-confidence, cooperation, concentration, respect and discipline).

Since its weekly classes offer an 8:1 student-to-coach ratio, kids receive lots of one on one attention. Through fundamental skill building and competitive drills/games they will develop self-confidence in practice and game situations.

Lil Kickers soccer ElginLil’ Kickers Enrollment:
If you are interested in enrolling your child in Lil’ Kickers’ classes, the Winter Session for all classes is now in progress! Classes are 50 minutes in length and offered on a variety of days and times to suit your schedule. Enrollment is always open so kids can join at any time (classes are pro-rated). BONUS: If you enroll your child in the Winter Session at the upcoming Open House on January 3rd, they will throw in a FREE Lil’ Kickers’ jersey! (new participants only).

Can’t make the Open House?
Never fear. You can always schedule a FREE Trial Class!

Open House Details:
Date: Saturday, January 3, 2015

Event: Lil’ Kickers Soccer For Kids Open House

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (Doors open at 9:45 a.m.). Classes for all ages will run every 20 mins., so arrive at any time! Event ends at 1:00 p.m.

Town: Elgin, IL

Where: Intra Sports Complex, 37W950 Mason Rd., Elgin

Age: Kids age 18 mos. through 12 yrs. plus parent

DesSkills Institute Lil Kickerscription: Enjoy soccer games and exciting activities. At the event, kids will be separated into three separate age groups: 18 mos. – 3 yrs. (parent participates in class); 3 yrs. – 6 yrs. beginner level (parent watching); 6 yrs. – 8 yrs. intermediate level (parent watching). Skills Institute classes will be separated into two separate age groups: 5 yrs. – 8 yrs. And 9 yrs. To 12 yrs. (parent watching). Please note that these age groups are specific to the Open House. If your child enrolls in the Winter Session, there are a total of seven (7) groups, separated by age for the regular classes and three (3) groups for Skills Institute.

Cost: FREE

Information: Lilkickersintra.com, 847-488-0088 or lilkickers@intrasportscomplex.com

Special Note: You may register in advance for this event or register on-site when you come to the event. You will need to complete a waiver form. Please make sure your child wears comfortable clothes and sneakers for soccer activities.

Photos courtesy of Lil’ Kickers –  Elgin, IL

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Top Picks: December 12 – 14, 2014

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Martinez_top_picks_revisedHello to my faithful readers! Can you believe that Christmas is just 2 weeks away? I am happy to report that I am officially done with my Christmas shopping and my cards are ready to be mailed. However, our artificial tree is still ummmm….naked, shall we say? I did manage to fluff out the branches, but I have not yet decorated it yet. I plan to get it done this weekend!

And speaking of this weekend…In my Top Picks for December 12-14, enjoy science, a movie, ice skating, holiday lights, Santa, reindeer, a traditional Mexican celebration, soccer, LEGO trains, a Winter Fest and a bird feeder craft. Best of all, the events listed are all FREE or CHEAP! And if they ask who sent you…tell them ‘The Mommy’ did!

DISCLAIMER: Although I am careful to report accurate dates and times as they are provided, I realize that sometimes I receive inaccurate information, events may be cancelled or I simply make a boo boo. I strongly encourage you to confirm the information before heading out and/or to click the link that is provided for each activity to check the details.

FRIDAY
Friday, December 12, 2014

Event: Science Magic Science Night
Town: Elgin, IL
Where: The Elgin Public Museum in Lords Park, 225 Grand Blvd., Elgin
Age: All ages
Time: 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Description: Enjoy a variety of hands-on, science activity stations that will be set up around the museum.
Cost: $2 per person
Information: Website or 847-741-6655

Friday, December 12, 2014 (*repeats Sat. & Sun.)
Event: Toons! The Adventures of Chuck & Friends (Rated G, 60 mins.)
Town: Wheaton, IL
Where: Studio Movie Grill, 301 Rice Lake Square, Wheaton
Age: See rating
Time: 11:00 a.m.
Description: Enjoy a movie theater with ultra comfy seating and the option to order food!
Cost: $2 per person admission
Information: Website or 630-480-9557
Special Note: Please make sure to do your own internet research on the movie to make sure it is appropriate for your youngsters.

Friday, December 12, 2014  (*repeats Sat. & Sun.)
Event: City Skate outdoor ice skating
Town: Elgin, IL
Where: Civic Center Plaza between the Hemmens Cultural Center and City Hall, Elgin
Age: All ages
Time: Rink hours – 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.; Warming shelter hours are 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. See special note below for more info. on times.
Description: Ice skating
Cost: FREE or $4 per person for skate rental (must bring I.D. and exchange shoes)
Information: Website or 847-931-6140
Special Note:  If you don’t need to rent ice skates, you can start skating at 9:00 a.m., but there will be no warming shelter available until posted hours. Please call phone number above for daily update on ice conditions and most current schedule. No hockey playing is allowed, which includes skating with a hockey stick.

Friday, December 12, 2014 (*event repeats Sat. & Sun.)
Event: Festival of Lights and Tree Sales
Town: Wheaton, IL
Where: Cosley Zoo, 1356 N. Gary Ave., Wheaton
Age: All ages
Time: 3:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Description: Enjoy Cosley Zoo decorated for the holidays with over 20,000 twinkling lights and special displays. Visit the animals and purchase hot chocolate, trees, wreaths and holiday gifts.
Cost: FREE entry. Fee for concessions, trees, etc.
Information: Website or 630-665-5534
Special Note: Tree sales begin at 9:00 a.m., but the lights begin at 3:00 p.m.

SATURDAY
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Saturday, December 13, 2014

Event: Free trial class at Lil’ Kickers Soccer For Kids
Town: Elgin, IL
Where: Intra Sports Complex, 37W950 Mason Rd., Elgin
Age: Kids age 18 mos. through 9 years old with parent
Time: Different soccer classes available between 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 Noon for all age groups specified. Class is 50 mins. in length.
Description: Try out a soccer class. Several different classes available by age group.
Cost: FREE
Information: Website, 847-488-0088 or lilkickers@intrasportscomplex.com
Special Note: Call or click here to register for a free trial class. You may register in advance for this event or register on-site. You will need to complete a waiver form. Please make sure your child wears comfortable clothes and sneakers for soccer activities. Note that the Open House event (see adjacent ad) takes place on January 3rd with complete details forthcoming.

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Event: Visit Santa & His Reindeer*
Town: Elgin, IL
Where: Elgin State Bank, 1001 S. Randall Rd., Elgin (also Geneva Bank & Trust and St. Charles Bank & Trust–see Special Note below)
Age: All ages
Time: 9:00 a.m. to Noon
Description: Santa’s reindeer will be stopping by the bank for a special visit! Enjoy hot chocolate, cookies, and juice while you make a special holiday craft. Kids, don’t forget to bring your lists, because Santa will also be on hand to take your holiday gift requests!
Cost: FREE
Information: Website or 847-888-7950
*Special Note: Geneva Bank & Trust, 514 W. State St., Geneva and St. Charles Bank & Trust, 411 W. Main St., St. Charles will also host this event with reindeer only (not Santa). Don’t forget your camera!

Saturday, December 13, 2014
Event: Christmas Posada
Town: Elgin, IL
Where: Gail Borden Public Library, 270 N. Grove Ave., Elgin
Age: All ages
Time: 2:00 p.m.
Description: Bring your family to enjoy crafts, candy, stories, Mexican punch, and traditional Christmas carols in Spanish
Cost: FREE
Information: Website or 847-742-2411

Saturday, December 13, 2014
Event: Breakfast with SantaFOSS_PNG_300x250_WEB_Ad
Town: Marengo, IL
Where: Marengo Park District, 825 Indian Oaks Trail, Marengo
Age: All ages
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Description: Enjoy a light continental breakfast, coloring contest and a  photo with Santa
Cost: FREE
Information: Website or 815-568-5126

Saturday, December 13, 2014 (*repeats Sun.)
Event: LEGO Train Show
Town: Wheaton, IL
Where: Cantigny Park (Visitors Center), 1S151 Winfield Rd., Wheaton
Age: All ages
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Description: Enjoy a LEGO wonderland!
Cost: $5 vehicle parking fee only
Information: Website or 630-260-8162
Special Note:  Cantigny will waive the parking fee if you bring a new, unwrapped toy donation for the Marine Toys for Tots drop boxes inside the Visitors Center. Also, stop by the Robert R. McCormick Museum where seven (7) Christmas trees are on display, each decorated with a different theme.

Saturday, December 13, 2014  (*repeats Sun.)
Event: City Skate outdoor ice skating
Town: Elgin, IL
Where: Civic Center Plaza between the Hemmens Cultural Center and City Hall, Elgin
Age: All ages
Time: Rink hours – 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.; Warming shelter hours are Noon to 9:00 p.m. See special note below for more info. on times.
Description: Ice skating
Cost: FREE or $4 per person for skate rental (must bring I.D. and exchange shoes)
Information: Website or 847-931-6140
Special Note:  If you don’t need to rent ice skates, you can start skating at 9:00 a.m., but there will be no warming shelter available until posted hours. Please call phone number above for daily update on ice conditions and most current schedule. No hockey playing is allowed, which includes skating with a hockey stick.

Saturday, December 13, 2014
Event: Santa’s Craft Corner
Town: Wheaton, IL
Where: Cosley Zoo, 1356 N. Gary Ave., Wheaton
Age: All ages
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Description: Enjoy a visit with Santa, make a craft, and enjoy refreshments!
Cost: $5/family suggested donation; $3 per printed photo with Santa
Information: Website or 630-665-5534
Special Note: The Festival of Lights begins at 3:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. Stay for the lights!

Saturday, December 13, 2014
Event: Winter Fest
Town: Hoffman Estates, IL
Where: Bridges of Poplar Creek Country Club, 1400 Poplar Creek Drive, Hoffman Estates
Age: All ages
Time: 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Description: Crafts, gingerbread decorating, fun in the snow (if we have it) and sleigh rides
Cost: FREE
Information: Website or 847-285-5432

Saturday, December 13, 2014
Event: Eat Like A Bird
Town: Barrington, IL
Where: Crabtree Nature Center, 3 Stover Road, Barrington
Age: All ages
Time: 1:00 p.m.
Description: Make a bird feeder and learn about winter birds
Cost: FREE
Information: Website or 847-381-6592

SUNDAY
Sunday, December 14, 2014

Event: LEGO Train Show 
Town: Wheaton, IL
Where: Cantigny Park (Visitors Center), 1S151 Winfield Rd., Wheaton
Age: All ages
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Description: Enjoy a LEGO wonderland!
Cost: $5 vehicle parking fee only
Information: Website or 630-260-8162
Special Note:  Cantigny will waive the parking fee is you bring a new, unwrapped toy donation for the Marine Toys for Tots drop boxes inside the Visitors Center. Also, stop by the Robert R. McCormick Museum where seven (7) Christmas trees are on display, each decorated with a different theme.

Sunday, December 14, 2014
Event: City Skate outdoor ice skating
Town: Elgin, IL
Where: Civic Center Plaza between the Hemmens Cultural Center and City Hall, Elgin
Age: All ages
Time: Rink hours – 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.; Warming shelter hours are Noon to 9:00 p.m. See special note below for more info. on times.
Description: Ice skating
Cost: FREE or $4 per person for skate rental (must bring I.D. and exchange shoes)
Information: Website or 847-931-6140
Special Note:  If you don’t need to rent ice skates, you can start skating at 9:00 a.m., but there will be no warming shelter available until posted hours. Please call phone number above for daily update on ice conditions and most current schedule. No hockey playing is allowed, which includes skating with a hockey stick.

Top Picks December 5 – 7, 2014

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Martinez_top_picksHappy December! I hope your month is starting out well and that you make time for some fun this weekend amidst shopping for gifts for those you love! A big thank you to reader mom Diana M., who sent in a photo of her kids Daniel (9), Isabel (7) and Sophia (5)  who are my Top Picks models for the month of December!  Please forward your favorite Winter-themed kid photos to me at editor@mommybytheriver.com. Who knows…you may end up being my Top Picks models in the near future!

In my Top Picks this weekend, enjoy many holiday-themed festivities, crafts, a tea, movies, soccer, Santa, police department fun and ice skating. Best of all, the events listed are all FREE or CHEAP!

And if they ask who sent you…tell them The Mommy did!

FRIDAY
Friday, December 5, 2014 
(*repeats Sat. & Sun.)
Event: Dickens in Dundee
Town: East and West Dundee, IL
Where: Throughout. Please see web site for complete details
Age: All ages
Time: 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. today and various times throughout weekend.
Description: Horse-drawn carriage rides; tree lighting; photos with Santa; living windows with the Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol theme; See schedule for more events 
Cost: FREE
Information: Website or 847-551-3800

Friday, December 5, 2014
Event: Christmas Walk/Tree Lighting
Town: Geneva, IL
Where: Throughout Geneva. Please see website for complete details
Age: All ages
Time: 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Description: Tree lighting/Arrival of Santa Lucia & Santa Claus (6:00 p.m.) in downtown Geneva (in front of the old courthouse) at South Third Street, between James & Campbell with Santa Lucia (Swedish symbol of the season) arriving in a horse-drawn carriage;  Santa Claus will help light the tree shortly after; roasted chestnuts; strolling carolers, living nativity; ‘live’ windows, candy cane pull and more. See schedule for more events this evening
Cost: FREE
Information: Website or 630-232-6060

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Event: The Adventures of Chuck & Friends (Rated G, 60 mins.)
Town: Wheaton, IL
Where: Studio Movie Grill, 301 Rice Lake Square, Wheaton
Age: See rating
Time: 11:00 a.m.
Description: Enjoy a movie theater with ultra comfy seating and the option to order food!
Cost: $2 per person admission
Information: Website or 630-480-9557
Special Note: Please make sure to do your own internet research on the movie to make sure it is appropriate for your youngsters.

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Saturday, December 6, 2014

Event: Free trial class at Lil’ Kickers Soccer For Kids
Town: Elgin, IL
Where: Intra Sports Complex, 37W950 Mason Rd., Elgin
Age: Kids age 18 mos. through 9 years old with parent
Time: Different soccer classes available between 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 Noon for all age groups specified. Class is 50 mins. in length.
Description: Try out a soccer class. Several different classes available by age group.
Cost: FREE
Information: Website, 847-488-0088 or lilkickers@intrasportscomplex.com
Special Note: Call or click here to register for a free trial class. You may register in advance for this event or register on-site. You will need to complete a waiver form. Please make sure your child wears comfortable clothes and sneakers for soccer activities.

Saturday, December 6, 2014
Event: Accent Kids! Make & Take Art Projects for Kids
Where: Side Street Studio Arts, 15 Ziegler Ct., Elgin
Age: All ages
Time: 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Description: Kids enjoy making holiday crafts. All supplies provided!
Cost: FREE
Information: Website or 847-429-2276

Saturday, December 6, 2014
Event: Holiday Tea
Where: Elgin Area Historical Society Museum, 360 Park St., Elgin
Age: All ages
Time: 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Description: Holiday treats, punch & tea; listen to a trio of opera singers; see Old Main decorated with holiday exhibits and enjoy ornament making!
Cost: FREE
Information: Website or 847-742-4248

Saturday, December 6, 2014
Event: Window Wonderland & Tree Lighting
Town: Elgin, IL
Where: Downtown Elgin and Civic Plaza, 150 Dexter Ct., Elgin
Age: All ages
Time: Noon to 9:00 p.m.
Description: Decorated windows; live reindeer; chestnuts; tree lighting ceremony with Santa arrival; ice skating; and music. See websites below for details.
Cost: FREE
Information: City of Elgin website, Downtown Elgin website
Special Note: City Skate outdoor ice skating rink: *Rink hours – 12:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.; Warming shelter hours are 12:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. See special note below for more info. on times. Please call 847-931-6140 for daily update on ice conditions and most current schedule. No hockey playing is allowed, which includes skating with a hockey stick.

Saturday, December 6, 2014
Event: Winter Open House
Town: Elgin, IL
Where: Elgin Police Department, 151 Douglas Ave., Elgin
Age: All ages
Time: Noon to 4:00 p.m.
Description: Child fingerprinting, McGruff, tactical response team, facility tours, hot chocolate/cider/coffee, kids photo “selfies,” coloring table
Cost: FREE
Information: City of Elgin website

Saturday, December 6, 2014
Event: Celebrate the Seasons: Holiday Festival
Town: Wheaton, IL
Where: Cantigny Park, 1S151 Winfield Rd., Wheaton
Age: All ages
Time: 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Description: Live reindeer, ice carving demonstrations, children’s craft, music, face painting ($1), sleigh rides ($1), Santa & Mrs. Claus and more!
Cost: $2 per car parking fee only
Information: Website or 630-668-5161

Saturday, December 6, 2014  (*repeats Sun.)
Event: Dickens in Dundee
Town: East and West Dundee, IL
Where: Throughout. Please see website for complete details
Age: All ages
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. today
Description: Christmas parade, Santa, petting zoo and more. See schedule for more events.
Cost: FREE
Information: Website or 847-551-3800

Saturday, December 6, 2014 (*repeats Sun.)
Event: The Adventures of Chuck & Friends (Rated G, 60 mins.)
Town: Wheaton, IL
Where: Studio Movie Grill, 301 Rice Lake Square, Wheaton
Age: See rating
Time: 11:00 a.m.
Description: Enjoy a movie theater with ultra comfy seating and the option to order food!
Cost: $2 per person admission
Information: Website or 630-480-9557
Special Note: Please make sure to do your own internet research on the movie to make sure it is appropriate for your youngsters.

SUNDAY
Sunday, December 7, 2014

Event: Skate with Santa
Town: Hoffman Estates, IL
Where: Triphahn Ice Arena, 1685 W. Higgins Rd., Hoffman Estates
Age: All ages
Time: 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Description: Ice skate with Mr. & Mrs. Claus! Santa will be available for photos after skating, so bring your camera. Cookies and hot chocolate will be provided.
Cost: FREE (free skate rental also!)
Information: Website or 847-885-7500
Special Note: For your safety, please do not bring cameras onto the ice.

Sunday, December 7, 2014
Event: Dickens in Dundee
Town: East and West Dundee, IL
Where: Throughout. Please see web site for complete details
Age: All ages
Time: 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. today
Description: Make a Christmas ornament, visit with Santa, refreshments
Cost: FREE
Information: Website or 847-551-3800

Sunday, December 7, 2014
Event: The Adventures of Chuck & Friends (Rated G, 60 mins.)
Town: Wheaton, IL
Where: Studio Movie Grill, 301 Rice Lake Square, Wheaton
Age: See rating
Time: 11:00 a.m.
Description: Enjoy a movie theater with ultra comfy seating and the option to order food!
Cost: $2 per person admission
Information: Website or 630-480-9557
Special Note: Please make sure to do your own internet research on the movie to make sure it is appropriate for your youngsters.