Part of my Chicago winter survival strategy is embracing the chilly outdoor temps. The key to this approach is stocking up on the appropriate bundling equipment (that means long underwear, water-proof gloves, all the really warm stuff). And then get out there on doing something fun in the freezing cold. Winter is here. You can't go over it. You can't go under it. You might as well go through it (and have some fun while you are at it).
The Chicago Park District's Polar Adventure Days program is a great opportunity for outdoor winter fun. Polar Adventure Days runs from from 12 - 4 p.m. on three Saturdays, Dec. 7, Jan. 25 and Feb. 22, at Northerly Island, 1521 S. Linn White Dr., on the Museum Campus. Best of all, the program is admission free.
Polar Adventure Days offer families the opportunity to explore Northerly Island and come face-to-face with live animals, engage in winter activities, and create nature-inspired crafts. Note: This will only be fun if you follow my advice about really bundling up above.
Polar Adventure Days Highlights include:
- Various live animals will be on site to discover, such as birds of prey from Flint Creek Wildlife Rehabilitation and coyotes from Big Run Wolf Ranch.
- Dog sledding demonstrations with huskies of Free Spirit Siberian Rescue.
- Live entertainment from The Dreamtree Shakers from Old Town School of Folk Music.
- Arts and craft tables led by different organization each month for making nature-inspired creations. December features Imagine Art; January features the Art Institute of Chicago; and February features the National Mexican Museum of Art.
- Toddler zone that features outdoor “ice fishing.”
- REI winter activity station.
- Free snowshoe rental for exploration of the island if there is enough snow.
- Free hot cocoa to the first 500 participants.
Please call to confirm scheduled activities for Polar Adventure Days as activities are subject to change. For more information, call 312-742-PLAY (7529). Limited parking is available for $3, cash only, during Polar Adventure Days.
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