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Family Fun for Winter Break

Before the kids head back to school take some time during winter break to get out of the house and have some fun. Here is a list of  ideas for spending some time with the kids off of the Metra, Northwest line.

1. Story time:

at Read Between the Lynes in Woodstock. The kids will enjoy having a book read to them at this cute book store on the square in Woodstock. There is no charge, and children must be accompanied by an adult. Story-time starts at 10 a.m. on Tuesdays and Saturdays and lasts about 20 – 25 minutes. If finances allow let your child have fun selecting a book and help support one of the few independent bookstores left. There are a lot of  stores and restaurants on the square to fill in the remainder of you time in Woodstock

Read Between The Lynes
129 Van Buren Street
Woodstock, IL

Woodstock Theater

2. Catch a Matinee

With so many movies out for children this season, enjoy taking the family to a matinee at one of the theaters on the train line.  The all of following theaters feature bargain matinees and are within easy walking distance from the train.

Woodstock Theater
209 Main Street
Woodstock , IL 60098
Phone: 815-338-8555

Arlington Heights Theater
53 S. Evergreen Ave.
Arlington Heights, IL 6005
Phone: 847-483-0123

Pickwick Theater
5 Prospect Ave.
Park Ridge, IL 60068
Phone:  847-604-2234

#3 Go Bowling

Habetler Bowl

Hit the lanes at one of these family friendly venues.

Habetler Bowl
5250 North Northwest Hwy.
Chicago, IL  60630
(773) 774-0500
Beverly Lanes
8 South Beverly Lane
Arlington Heights, IL 60004
(847) 253-5238
Wayne’s Lanes
109 East Church Street
Woodstock, IL 60098
(815) 337-2811

4. Arts and Crafts

Paint your own Pottery at one of these studios.

40 N. Williams St., Brinks Street Market, Crystal Lake, IL., 60014 815-444-6780

Color Me Mine
40 North Williams Street
Crystal Lake, IL  60014 (Downtown Crystal Lake Metra Station)
Phone: 815-444-6780

 Thrown Elements
260 N. Evergreen Ave.
Arlington Heights, IL 60004(Downtown Arlington Heights Metra Stop)
Phone: 847-818-1313

If An Elephant Can Paint, Inc.
6677 N. Northwest Highway
Chicago, IL 60631 ( Norwood Park Metra Stop)
Phone: 773-467-4595

5. Visit the Art Institute:

to view the Thorne Rooms. The Thorne Rooms at the Art Institute are a delight for children as well as adults. Until February 7th a number of the rooms are decorated for the holidays. There are 68 miniature rooms which accurately depict European as well as American design. These rooms were commissioned and constructed from 1932 – 1940 and are scaled 1″ to 1′. Your children will love viewing these rooms.Admission is free for children under 14. Adults $18. Children $12.
The Art Institute of Chicago
111 South Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60603

6. Ice Skating

Even if the weather outside is not cooperating you can always enoy an open skate at one of these indoor rinks.

Oakton Ice Arena
2800 West Oakton
Park Ridge, IL (Dee Road Metra)
Phone: 847-692-3359

Crystal Lake Ice House
320 East Prairie St.
Crystal Lake, IL 60014
Phone: 815-356-8500


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