WCL: Sue Zeiler from Chicagokids.com

The holidays are over, but the kids still need to be entertained. Joining WCL today was Sue Zeiler from chicagokids.com who gave us some ideas on where to take the family this January.



POLAR ADVENTURE DAYS at Northerly Island 12-4pm on January 21, and February 18 Northerly Island is located on the Museum Campus near the Lake by Soldier Field. At Polar Adventure Days, held once monthly in the winter months, families can watch ice sculptors, create nature-inspired crafts, hear live entertainment from Old Town School of Folk Music, try out free snowshoeing (weather permitting), meet Siberian Huskies and other live animals. Parking is $3.

Right in the heart of downtown, there is free ice skating at The McCormick Tribune Ice Rink in Millennium Park. The rink is open through March 11. You can bring your own skates, or you can rent skates for $10. In the suburbs...Park districts and their nature centers offer lots of great free options for cross country skiing, winter nature walks, snow showing and more. One great winter trail...

WILLOWBROOK WILDLIFE CENTER in Glen Ellyn. This is one of the nicer trails for kids in the winter, as it offers some indoor and outdoor areas to explore, and because there are actually animals on site that have been rescued and are either recovering or they can't go back into the wild on their own. So kids can see animals, and then explore a 1/2 mile trail through some different types of winter scenery including woodlands, open space and a pond.

HELLER NATURE CENTER -WINTER ACTIVITIES AND JANUARY 26 WINTER ASTRONOMY EVENT - NIGHT SKY VIEWING. (and February 25) Heller Nature Center is part of the Park District of Highland Park. They offer a variety of outdoor activities like cross country skiing, and also some outdoor events. Weather permitting on January 26, you can attend this free stargazing event, and go outside and use Heller's super powered telescope to view the moon, the stars and Jupiter.

SLEDDING IN NAPERVILLE - and SNOWBOARDING Naperville Parks offer a great variety of free outdoor activities. One great sled hill is at Rotary Hill, which overlooks the downtown area and you can sled with a view of the downtown area. And Naperville has one park with a hill that's exclusively for snowboarding - Weigand Riverfront Park allows NO sleds, only snowboards.

TUBING AT MOUNT HOY In the Blackwell Forest Preserve in Warrenville Mount Hoy is a landfill that closed a few decades ago, and when there's more than 3" of snow, you can tube on it. You do need to rent a tube there, for $4. Old school - there's no indoor area, but there's a fire at the bottom where you can warm yourself up. You need to get to the top of the hill on your own power, no lift.