Thurs., Dec. 31, 10 a.m.–noon
Darien Inflata – Palooza & Rootbeer Floats
Darien Sportsplex, 451 Plainfield Road, Darien
This event will benefit “Feed My Starving Children.”
Come jump with us as we support a good cause! Spend the night using our big inflatables, playing on the soccer field and enjoying root beer floats. SOCKS MUST BE WORN TO PARTICIPATE.
Age: 12 & under. All children must be accompanied by an Adult
$5 per person for unlimited inflatable FUN!
$1 per rootbeer float
Sat., Jan. 2, 10 a.m.-noon
Snowshoe Hike Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center Willow Springs
Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, 9800 Willow Springs Rd., Willow Springs
Learn how to use snowshoes as we explore the wonderful winter world outside ( requires a minimum 4″ snow base). Ages 8 and up. Registration required. Limit 20. 708-839-6897. FREE.
Sat., Jan. 16, from 9-3 p.m.
Planes, Trains, & Automobiles Plastic Kit & Model Railroad Show and Swap Meet
Conveniently located approximately 6 blocks north of I-55 and the Cass Avenue exit, St. John Lutheran Church at 7214 South Cass Avenue in Darien will host an extensive show and swap meet . It will offer model enthusiasts exhibits and merchandise galore, whatever mode of transportation they prefer. This is not a plastic model contest. There will be at least two operating model railroad layouts and over 60 vendor tables selling plastic model kits and model railroad-related items on two levels of a building that is fully handicapped accessible with an elevator and is adjacent to a large parking lot. The family-friendly event will also offer food and raffle prizes. Admission is $5.00 for adults (18 years and older) and $2.00 for youth (12 to 17 years old). Children under 12 and Scouts in uniform are FREE! Proceeds will help support the St. John Youth Group’s trip to the LCMS National Youth Gathering in New Orleans in July 2016. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org, call 630-969-7987, or visit www.sjlcdarien.org.
Sat., Jan. 16, 10:30 a.m.
Snowman Building Contest
Downers Grove Museum, 831 Maple Ave., Downers Grove
With your team, bring your props and creativity as you compete for one of three prizes for “Best Traditional Snowman”, “Most Creative Theme”, and “Best Dressed Snowman”! Individuals can enter, or teams of up to 5 members. Individual fees are the same as the team fee. Building starts at 10:30am and judging will begin at noon. Enjoy hot chocolate during the awards presentation! Weather permitting.
Wed., Jan. 20, 6-8 p.m.
Darien Rotary Club Open House
The Darien Rotary Club will be holding an open house at the Q-Bar & Grill, 8109 S. Cass Ave., Darien.
Sat., Jan. 23, 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Bolingbrook Park District Winterfest
This FREE family event will be at the Annerino Community Center, with outdoor activities held at Central Park, both located at 201 Recreation Drive, Bolingbrook.
Enjoy outdoor and indoor activities including Max, the Alaskan Malamute from Plummery Tails! We’ll also have story time from Fountaindale Public Library and the Hockey Puck Shoot from Rocket Ice Arena. Activities include: inflatables, photo booth, climbing wall, spin art, storytime, tattoos, cookie decoration station, indoor snowball fight, Max the dog from Plummery Tails, Fire Pit, snowball/tennis ball slingshot, snowman building contest, hockey slap shot from Rocket Ice, archery, Danceforce performance, Illusions gymnastics and storm cheerleading performance, open gymnastics.