Carnival promises wintry fun
Enjoy the annual Winter Carnival.
Updated: January 3, 2013 1:44PM
Free horse-drawn carriage rides, ice sculpture demonstrations and ice skating — if the weather cooperates — are some of the attractions at Northbrook Park District’s Winter Carnival, 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12 at Meadowhill Park, 1479 Maple Ave.
Leisure Services Supervisor Tiffany Greene called the annual carnival “a great way to celebrate the season and enjoy the community.” Greene noted that new activities are added to this free event every year. This year, these will include snow painting and snowball pitching, if there’s enough snow.
There will also be sled dog demonstrations, games, a snowshoe obstacle course, a sled decorating contest and music provided by a disc jockey. When you get hungry, you can head to a bonfire for s’mores and hot apple cider.
“We think this year’s activities will thrill everyone,” Greene said.
The Illinois Park and Recreation Association honored the Northbrook Park District’s Winter Carnival as an outstanding special event.
For details, call (847) 291-2995 or visit www.nbparks.org.
A young Chinese girl disguises herself as a man in order to go to war in her father’s place in “Mulan.” The 88-minute, G-rated, film based on an ancient Chinese folktale, will be shown at 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 4 at Evanston Public Library, 1703 Orrington Ave.
For details, call (847) 448-8600 or visit www.epl.org.
REALLY BIG SHOW
You’ll have a silly, sensational time at the Big Balloon Circus with Smarty Pants and Miss Dena,. 11 a.m. to noon or 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 5 at Wilmette Public Library, 1242 Wilmette Ave. Afterwards, your kids can pose with the performers. Pick up free tickets at the Youth Services desk on performance day.
For details, call (847) 256-5025 or visit wilmette.lib.il.us.
Once a month, your child can have hands-on fun at Kids’ Craft Day at the Northbrook Public Library, 1201 Cedar Lane. The next session is Saturday, Jan. 5. Drop in anytime between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.
For details, call (847) 272-6224 or visit www.northbrook.info.
You and your children, ages 4-10, will learn how to turn plants and old paper scraps into paper at Papermaking with Plants, 9:30 to 11 a.m. or 1 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19 at the Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. Your sheets of paper will be textured, scented and colored. Cost is $22 per nonmember child, 20 percent less for Garden Plus members. Register soon because classes fill quickly.
For details, call (847) 835-6801 or visit www.chicagobotanic.org. ~.