Sorry, Kids, No Sledding this Weekend

February 03, 2012

Last year at this time, Chicago was blanketed in almost two feet of snow and no one did much of anything over the weekend but shovel.

The Chicago Botanic Garden has seen flowers and trees bud this winter due to this mild weather.

This winter is much different, despite the weather people’s predictions that it was going to be even worse. So far, the 2011-12 winter is the warmest on record since 1931-32.

The kids aren’t thrilled; they want to play in the snow. Me? I’m grateful for the mild weather every day.

Meanwhile there’s plenty to do around Chicagoland with or without the kids this weekend. There won’t be snow, but one of these events could end up enriching your life.

Have a good one!

Hot Cocoa Party: The Neighborhood Giving Project is hosting an event where kids can play and enjoy treats while learning about this Oak Park-based organization, which inspires kids to do projects that will help the community. The party will be held at Scoville Park, 800 W. Lake St., Oak Park, in front of the library, on Saturday, Feb. 4 from 3:30 to 5 p.m.

Cold & Flu Fixers: Herbal Teas & Baths to Support Wellness: Find out how to make custom herbal tea and bath blends you can use at home while learning about the plants historically used to promote wellness during the cold and flu season at this free workshop on Saturday, Feb. 4 from 1 to 3 p.m. at North Park Village, 5801 N. Pulaski, Chicago. Registration is required: Call 312-744-5472 to reserve your spot.

Garden Buddies Family Event: Celebrate the winter season with hands-on projects that explore snow, soil, plants and animals in the winter on Saturday, Feb. 4 from 10 a.m. to noon at Kilbourn Park, 3501 N. Kilbourn Ave., Chicago. Cost is $5 per child. Register by calling 773-685-3351.

Winter Walk at the Lurie Garden: The Lurie Garden staff will highlight the season’s best performers and explain the role of texture in a four-season garden. Registration is required for this free event, at the Lurie Garden, 201 E. Randolph St., Chicago, on Saturday, Feb. 4 at 10 a.m. Meet at the south end of the Lurie Garden boardwalk. Call 312-742-8497 to reserve your spot.

The Garage Party: Funds from this party will support the Bridge Community’s Auto Donation Program, which provides transportation to homeless DuPage County families in the organization’s Transitional Housing Program. The party will include live entertainment, drinks and food on Saturday, Feb. 4 from 7 p.m. to midnight at Gearhead European Automotive, 474 Forest Ave., Glen Ellyn. Tickets are $40 apiece.

Passions and Vanities Winter Market: Randolph Street Market’s first annual Wonderful Winter Markets is in honor of Valentine’s Day and will feature antiques, collectables and decor in the historic 1920’s Beaux Arts Plumbers Hall, 1340 W. Washington, Chicago on Saturday, Feb. 4 from noon to 6 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 5 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are $10 at the door and $8 online, there is free parking and complimentary furniture delivery within downtown Chicago.

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