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Top Picks For Kids: February 14-16, 2014

The Mommy's Top Weekend Picks
The Mommy's Top Weekend Picks

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Happy Valentine’s Day Weekend! In honor of this festive holiday, my family will be indulging in our traditional heart-shaped pancakes for breakfast and ending the day with chocolate fondue complete with a variety of fun things to dip! Whatever your plan is, make sure to show those who are dear to you just how much you care about them. A simple phone call can mean so much!

In my Top Picks for this weekend, you will find fun places to bring your kids in the following towns: Algonquin, Bartlett, Bloomingdale, Crystal Lake, Elgin, Geneva, Hoffman Estates, Schaumburg, St. Charles, and Wheaton. Best of all, they are all FREE or CHEAP! Please note that all of the events listed are drop-in and require no registration. And if they ask who sent you…tell them The Mommy did!

DISCLAIMER: The events posted below may change due to weather and other crazy circumstances, so I do encourage you to phone and/or check event information before heading out.

FRIDAY
Friday, February 14, 2014
Event: I ”Heart” Valentine’s Science Night
Town: Elgin, IL
Where: Elgin Public Museum at Lords Park, 225 Grand Blvd., Elgin, IL
Age: All ages
Time: 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Description: Learn about the science of Valentine’s Day with themes including flowers, heart anatomy and chocolate. Explore through the hands-on stations and try out some experiments.
Cost: $2 per person
Information: Web site or 847-741-6655

Friday, February 14, 2014
EventValentine’s Day Celebration Under The Stars
Town: Crystal Lake, IL
Where: Praireview Education Center, 2112 Behan Rd., Crystal Lake, IL
Age: All ages
Time: 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Description: Fireside storytelling, puppet show, nature activities, hike under the moon and more.
Cost: FREE
Information: Web site

Friday, February 14, 2014
Event: Studio Movie Grill Toons Series: ”Care Bears: A Belly Badge for Wonderheart, The Movie” (G, 65 mins.) *(repeats Saturday, Sunday & Monday)
Town: Wheaton, IL
Where: Studio Movie Grill, 301 Rice Lake Square, Wheaton
Age: See rating
Time: 11:00 a.m.
Description: Watch a family-friendly movie with comfortable seating and the option to order food that will be brought to you before or during the movie
Cost: $2 per person; plus $1.50 per ticket if booked online (for advance seating reservations–but not necessary)
Information: Web site or 630-480-9557

SATURDAY
Saturday, February 15, 2014

Event: Gail Borden ‘Maker’ Fair
Town: Elgin, IL
Location: Gail Borden Public Library, 270 North Grove Ave., Elgin, IL
Age: All ages
Time: 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Description: Come out to the library’s first ‘Maker’ fair that showcases the talents of children, teens and adults. See jewelry designers, paper artists, toy ”hackers” and more. Enjoy ”making” with the hands-on ’Maker’ stations!
Cost: FREE
Information: Web site or 847-742-2411

Saturday, February 15, 2014
Event: Hickory Knolls Discovery Days: “Extinct is Forever”
Town: St. Charles, IL
Where: Hickory Knolls Discovery Center, 3795 Campton Hills Road, St. Charles
Age: All ages
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Description: Learn about once-common animals through a variety of indoor activities and displays
Cost: FREE
Information: Web site or 630-513-4399

Saturday, February 15, 2014
Event: Kids Dream Winter Film Series – “Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters″ (PG) (repeats Sunday, but note time change)
Town: Elgin, IL
Where: Marcus Cinema, 111 S. Randall Rd., Elgin
Age: See rating
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Description: Enjoy a movie and enjoy concessions specials!
Cost: $2 per person
Information: Web site or 847-622-1000

Saturday, February 15, 2014
Event: Michaels Kids Club Craft Fun
Town: Multiple store locations including: Algonquin, Bloomingdale, Geneva, Hoffman Estates and Schaumburg, IL
Where: Michaels Stores
Age: Kids ages 3+
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (30 mins. in length starting every 1/2 hour)
Description: ”Heart Painting” craft
Cost: $2 per person
Information: Web site

Saturday, February 15, 2014
Event: Studio Movie Grill Toons Series: ”Care Bears: A Belly Badge for Wonderheart, The Movie” (G, 65 mins.) *(repeats Sunday & Monday)
Town: Wheaton, IL
Where: Studio Movie Grill, 301 Rice Lake Square, Wheaton
Age: See rating
Time: 11:00 a.m.
Description: Watch a family-friendly movie with comfortable seating and the option to order food that will be brought to you before or during the movie
Cost: $2 per person; plus $1.50 per ticket if booked online (for advance seating reservations–but not necessary)
Information: Web site or 630-480-9557

SUNDAY
Sunday, February 16, 2014
Event: Kids Dream Winter Film Series – “Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters″ (PG)
Town: Elgin, IL
Where: Marcus Cinema, 111 S. Randall Rd., Elgin
Age: All ages
Time: 11:00 a.m.
Description: Enjoy a movie and enjoy concessions specials!
Cost: $2 per person
Information: Web site or 847-622-1000

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Event: Studio Movie Grill Toons Series: ”Care Bears: A Belly Badge for Wonderheart, The Movie” (G, 65 mins.) (repeats Monday)
Town: Wheaton, IL
Where: Studio Movie Grill, 301 Rice Lake Square, Wheaton
Age: See rating Time: 11:00 a.m.
Description: Watch a family-friendly movie with comfortable seating and the option to order food that will be brought to you before or during the movie
Cost: $2 per person; plus $1.50 per ticket if booked online (for advance seating reservations–but not necessary)
Information: Web site or 630-480-9557

Sunday, February 16, 2014
Event: Horse-Drawn Sleigh Rides
Town: Wheaton, IL
Where: Danada Equestrian Center, 3S507 Naperville Rd., Wheaton
Age: All ages
Time: 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Description: Sleigh rides are 12-15 mins. long and depart every 20 minutes behind the main barn.
Cost: $5 per adult; $2 for ages 5 – 12; Children under age 5 ride FREE
Information: Web site or 630-668-6012
Special Note: Cash or checks only

MONDAY
Monday, February 17, 2014
Event: Interactive “Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory” Movie
Town: Elgin, IL
Where: Gail Borden Public Library, 270 North Grove Ave., Elgin, IL
Age: All ages
Time: 1:00 p.m.
Description: Enjoy this classic movie that includes the opportunity to sing along with costumes encouraged!
Cost: FREE
Information: Web site or 847-742-2411
Special Note: Children younger than age 12 need to bring an adult

Monday, February 17, 2014
Event: Studio Movie Grill Toons Series: ”Care Bears: A Belly Badge for Wonderheart, The Movie” (G, 65 mins.) 
Town: Wheaton, IL
Where: Studio Movie Grill, 301 Rice Lake Square, Wheaton
Age: See rating
Time: 11:00 a.m.
Description: Watch a family-friendly movie with comfortable seating and the option to order food that will be brought to you before or during the movie
Cost: $2 per person; plus $1.50 per ticket if booked online (for advance seating reservations–but not necessary)
Information: Web site or 630-480-9557

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