All posts by Bob Cushman

Maple Syruping Traditions in March

Explore how tree sap is transformed into sweet maple syrup by attending DuPage Forest Preserve District’s March programs: “Maple Sugaring” at Kline Creek Farm or “DIY Maple Sugaring: The Basics” at Fullersburg Woods. Group size is limited to 10 in each session and will follow current... Read More

Local Indoor Pools this Winter

Oak Brook Park District Family Aquatic Center Oak Brook 630-990-4233 1450 Forest Gate Rd. Experience the best in indoor family aquatics all year! Features a waterslide, splash area with water features, adult spa, a 6-lane 25-yard lap pool and more! Pavilion Aquatics Center Elk Grove... Read More

Ice Fest in Downers Grove Feb. 13-14

The annual Ice Fest Downtown Downers Grove will be held Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 13-14. This year, the Ice Fest will look a little different but it will still be a weekend of outdoor socially distanced fun. More than 40 ice sculptures will line the streets.... Read More

Best Sledding Spots in the Suburbs

Outdoor recreation has kept us going through the COVID-19 pandemic, and it doesn’t have to stop now that the weather is cold and snowy. Here are some of the best sledding spots in the suburbs. Caboose Park, Lake Villa Township, 27908 Fairfield Road • Hill available... Read More

Bundle up for a visit to Cosley Zoo

Getting stir crazy indoors? Cosley Zoo in Wheaton remains open seven days a week this winter, offering families with a fun, safe, socially-distanced outdoor experience. On a footprint of approximately 5 acres, Cosley Zoo gives visitors an up-close interaction with nature right in the heart of... Read More

Outdoor Skating and Sledding in Naperville

Naperville Park District staff has set up the outdoor ice skating rinks for the 2020-21 winter season, however, the final step depends on nature to provide the extended period of cold temperatures needed for the ice to form a good skating surface. Typically, the ice skating... Read More

Explore Kane County Forest Preserves by snowshoe

Whether you’re new to venturing out in the cold snowy months or a seasoned pro, join Kane County Forest Preserve District’s “Exploring by Snowshoe” programs to give you the skills you need to be comfortable snowshoeing. After mastering skills like stride length, heel-toe step, and climbing... Read More

Aurora Festival of Lights

Aurora Festival of Lights opens free holiday light display The Aurora Festival of Lights — one of the largest free outdoor drive-through holiday light displays in Northern Illinois — opens for its 14th year on Friday, Nov. 27. It will feature even more dazzling displays that... Read More

Halloween Spooktacular in Schaumburg

The gym at the Community Recreation Center in Schaumburg was transformed into an alternate universe for Sunday’s family-friendly Halloween Spooktacular party. Guests enjoyed a Halloween-themed musical show. They received 3-D glasses, pumpkins with decorating supplies, goody bags for the kids, and photo opportunities with movie characters.... Read More

Drive-Thru Trunk-and-Treat

Chapelstreet Church Masterpiece Ministry, Chapelstreet Church and MyRecess Therapy will host a “Drive-Thru Trunk-and-Treat — Sensory Friendly and Allergy Free” from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, at the church’s Keslinger campus, 3435 Keslinger Road, Geneva. Dress up and drive through the row of decorated... Read More

Halloween Hoopla at Lisle Park District

Lisle Park District has a festive line up of fall and Halloween themed excitement, adapted to fit state COVID regulations to ensure safety and fun is had by all. Feeling creative? Enter our new Pumpkin Carving Contest! Kids and adults are invited to share their carving... Read More

How to Carve a Pumpkin

Think you know the latest tricks for carving a creepy pumpkin? The pros continue to push the barriers. A handful of people become professional pumpkin carvers each fall, specializing in fantastical designs. Among them are Alex Wer, self-styled “Pumpkin Geek,” who lives near Sacramento, Calif.; Scott... Read More

Oaklee’s Friday Fun Five August 14, 2020

Here are our top five at home things to do for you and your family to enjoy this weekend! Make some memories! For more great family events, see Oaklee’s  calendar of events!         Super Saturday: Animal Quest – Mount Prospect Public Library Saturday,... Read More

Oaklee’s Friday Fun Five July 17, 2020

Here are our top five at home things to do for you and your family to enjoy this weekend! Make some memories! For more great family events, see Oaklee’s  calendar of events!         Summer Reading for All Ages – Northbrook Public Library This... Read More

Best Fireworks Near Me – July 2020

The usual flag-waving, star-spangled spectacle of July 4 will be toned down quite a bit this year, the result of traditional parades, fests and many fireworks displays being canceled over COVID-19 concerns. That doesn’t mean, however, that your only option is staying home and watching “Yankee... Read More

Oaklee’s Friday Fun Five June 19, 2020

Here are our top five at home things to do for you and your family to enjoy this weekend! Make some memories! For more great family events, see Oaklee’s  calendar of events!         Jammin’ With Jane – Team Test Truck Fundraiser Friday, June... Read More

Best Nature Walks in Kane County

It’s no secret that spending time outdoors enjoying the fresh air, the smells, and sounds of nature can be rejuvenating and very good for your physical and spiritual health. Anyone wishing to partake of a little “Shinrin Yoku,” or forest bathing, this summer has a number... Read More