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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

LaGrange Park Holiday Walk and Tree Lighting

This Friday, December 2, 2011 from 7-8:45pm LaGrange Park will be lighting their Christmas tree, enjoying live entertainment and eating some food! Here's the schedule:

7pm,  Village Tree Lighting in Memorial Park (La Grange Road and Oak Avenue)
6:15-6:45pm,  Entertainment at the Village Market (415 N. La Grange Road)
7:15-8:45pm,  Chili Cook-Off at the Village Market (425 N. La Grange Road)
7:15-8:45pm,  Ben-Joseph Variety Show at the Village Market (415 N. La Grange Road)

Clarendon Hills Christmas Walk

The Village of Clarendon Hills is having a Christmas Walk this Friday, December 2 from 6-9pm.

From the chamber's website: "Uh oh, one of santa’s elves has run off with Santa’s sleigh full of gifts. Luckily, he has left clues behind as to where he has hidden his treasure. Solve the riddle and get the clue to help Santa’s elves find the sleigh in time for Christmas. One lucky winner will win a sleigh full of gifts!"

Here's the schedule:
  • 6pm, Tree Lighting at Village Hall. Emma Gordon from a Christmas Carol at Goodman Theater will be lighting the tree. Immediately after, stop at any participating business to receive a game card and solve the clues for a chance to win a sleigh full of gifts!
  • 6:30, Ice Sculpture Demonstration
  • 7pm, Santa & His Reindeer arrive at Triangle for photos. Don't forget to bring your camera!
  • 7:30, Pyrotechniq Fire Dancers

During this event there will also be holiday specials at select stores, strolling Victorian carolers, roasted chestnuts and horse-drawn carriage rides

Village of Clarendon Hills Christmas Walk
1 N Prospect Avenue
Clarendon Hills, Illinois

Hinsdale Library Book Sale

There will be a gently used book sale at the Hinsdale Public Library large meeting room this Friday, December 2, 2011 from 10am-5pm. Hundreds of books in a variety of genres will be available for purchase including fiction, nonfiction, children’s, biography, cookbooks, etc. If you purchase $10 worth of books you will receive a reusable Hinsdale Public Library tote bag.

Hinsdale Public Library
20 E. Maple Street
Hinsdale, Illinois

New Date for Hinsdale Christmas Walk

This Friday, December 2 from 4-8pm Hinsdale will have their 46th annual Christmas Walk and Storybook Village. Here's the schedule of events:

4-5pm: Meet "Cookie" the Gingerbread Man in Burlington Park
5pm: Tree Lighting Ceremony at Village Hall and Santa's Arrival by Firetruck
6-7pm: Radio Disney on Washington and Hinsdale Avenue

Throughout the festivities there will also be rides on the trackless train express and strolling character sing-a-longs.

Hinsdale Christmas Walk 2011
Streets of downtown Hinsdale and Burlington Park located on Chicago Avenue and Washington Street.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

A Thanksgiving Tradition

Every year during Thanksgiving dinner we go around the table and talk about what we are thankful for. Sometimes it's emotional, sometimes it's funny, but it is always a wonderful experience. It really makes Thanksgiving meaningful and brings joy to our celebration.

We have decided to write the list ahead of time so we can really think about it and remember everything. It's great to recap the year and remind all of us of everything that has happened. Sometimes we even end up giving thanks for negative things that have happened because in retrospect we see the good that came of it.

It has been so great to hear Elliott's list (maybe this will be the first time Allison can make a list?). Little kids think of the most simple and sincere things to be thankful for.

My mom just sent me an article that she read about the very same tradition and thought you guys might be interested... you can read it here.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Friday, November 18, 2011

Lego Train Show

It's the 10th anniversary of the LEGO® Train Show at Cantigny! They are celebrating with a private viewing and party on Saturday, December 10 from 6-8pm. Guests will enjoy the show without lines as they view the spectacular LEGO® displays and meet the builders.  Snacks, desserts and hot chocolate will be served and a cash bar will be available.

Tickets for the party are $12 for adults and $7 for children ages 3-12.  Kids 2 and under are free.  Each ticket includes a holiday keepsake and attendees receive free parking.  Tickets are limited and may be purchased at the webstore or by calling 630.260.8162.

The Lego Train Show will run 9am-4pm on both Saturday, December 10 and Sunday, December 11. The show itself transforms the entire Cantigny Visitors Center into a virtual wonderland for LEGO® fans.  Le Jardin, the Visitor Center’s restaurant and banquet room, is home to the primary LEGO® diorama where creative new elements are added each year.  Secondary displays and a free craft activity occupy the building’s main gallery area and meeting room.

The show is produced by the Northern Illinois LEGO® Train Club and is the group’s largest annual event in terms of floor space and attendance.  Last year’s exhibit attracted more than 6,000 visitors over two days!

Brickmania, a seller of custom model building kits, will be making its second appearance at Cantigny.  Likewise for The Great Chicago Kiddie Express, a trackless train that will chug around outside the Visitors Center each day from 11 am to 3 pm.  Ride tickets will be $1 each or free for kids under 2.

Show admission is free with paid parking of $5 per vehicle (or $2 before 10 am). Cantigny will waive the parking fee for anyone bringing a new and unwrapped toy for the Marine Toys for Tots drop boxes inside the Visitors Center.

While at Cantigny Park, guests are invited to stop by the Robert R. McCormick Museum where seven thematic Christmas trees are on display, each decorated by a different nonprofit organization from DuPage County.  Visitors can vote for their favorite.  Admission to the museum is free.

Cantigny Park
1S151 Winfield Road
Wheaton, Illinois 60189
(630) 668-5161

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Jingle Mingle

Burr Ridge Village Center is having a holiday celebration this Saturday, November 19 to kick off the season. There is going to be lots of activities... here is the schedule of events:

4:30pm: horse drawn carriage rides, Santa's Workshop, activities for kids
6pm: parade begins
6:15pm: Christmas tree lighting ceremony
6:30pm: Storytime and Santa visits in Barbara's Bookstore. Santa will be available until 7:30- bring your camera!

There will also be a raffle where you can will a $500 Burr Ridge Village shopping spree! Most of the stores will have something free to offer during the festivities, like candy canes, hot chocolate, wine samples... the list goes on and some will have discounts.

Burr Ridge Village Center
701 Village Center Drive
Burr Ridge, IL 60527
(630) 654-2782

Monday, November 14, 2011

Gingerbread House Class

Whole Foods Market Hinsdale is having a Gingerbread House Class! Ages 4-12 are welcome (along with any parents and grandparents) to come on Thursday, December 8th from 4:30 to 5:30pm to decorate an assembled gingerbread house from their bakery.

The gingerbread house is $19.99 which you purchase at the register, the class and all the trimmings to decorate the house for your holiday table are free. Sign up at the Customer Service desk by December 4th to reserve your place in the class and let them know how many children you are bringing!

Whole Foods Market
500 E. Ogden Avenue
Hinsdale, IL 60521
(630) 986-8500

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Giveaway: Free Go Mama Fitness Class

Now that the weather is getting colder it's time to figure out how you are going to exercise indoors with your little ones! Go Mama Fitness is an exercise class that encourages moms to bring their babies in strollers (and their toddlers even if they aren't in a stroller). You can get a great work out, spend time with your kids and meet other moms! It's a combination of stretching, cardio (running/walking around the track), toning and strengthening muscles. At the end they focus on abs and then a cool down.

Classes are held at the LaGrange Park District Mondays and Wednesdays from 9:30-10:30am

Here are the details:
536 East Avenue
La Grange, Illinois
(708) 352-1762

The awesome instructors, Theresa and Chris, are offering {kidlist} readers the opportunity to win a free class! Follow the instructions below and enter today. :)

(Want to find out about more about exercising with your kids? Check out this link: Exercise)

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Cosley Zoo: Festival of Lights

Cosley Zoo in Wheaton will display over 20,000 twinkling lights and holiday displays November 25 - December 30 from 9am to 9pm. Admission is free and the zoo hours are extended during this Festival of Lights.  (The lighted displays come on at 3pm every day.)

Besides checking out the animals, you can buy hot chocolate, Christmas trees, handmade wreaths or pine garlands to benefit the zoo.

Cosley Zoo was voted 'Best Small Zoo' by Chicago Magazine this year and is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).

Cosley Zoo
1356 N. Gary Avenue
Wheaton, Illinois
(630) 665-5534