We’re in the cold, gray days of January, so make sure to check out our Indoor Play Guide and Skating Guide for other ideas on what to do this weekend. For those planning ahead, make sure to check out our guide to Daddy-Daughter events, the first of which gets underway next weekend. Also, sign up for the free Go West email newsletter to stay “in the loop” on free activities, special events and insight into making the most of your family time this winter. I promise you won’t regret it!
Various: Just like it did with “Frozen,” Disney is putting out a “sing-along” version of its hit animated film “Moana.” Are you more excited to belt out “How Far I’ll Go,” or to try to keep up with Dwayne Johnson on “You’re Welcome?”
Date and Time: The sing-along version opens Friday in select theaters. Among area theaters where it will be playing are Goodrich Randall 15 in Batavia, the Cinemark Tinseltown USA in North Aurora, the Regal Cantera Stadium 17 in Warrenville, the Goodrich Kendall 11 in Oswego and the Century Stratford Square in Bloomingdale.
Cost: Regular movie admission prices apply.
CHINESE NEW YEAR
Naperville: It’s the year of the rooster! Explore traditional Chinese culture, create symbols of good luck, and listen to Chinese fairy tales at the DuPage Children’s Museum on Saturday. There will be a celebratory parade at the end of the day with noise makers, and you’re encouraged to wear red.
Date and Time: Saturday, Jan. 28, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the DuPage Children’s Museum in Naperville. Event details here.
Cost: Included with regular admission rates.
SLEDDING WITH THE SIBERIANS
Batavia: “Sledding with the Siberians” will feature the sled dogs of the Free Spirit Sled Demo Team. The event will be held regardless of weather and snow conditions (or lack of snow), and also feature opportunities for dog adoptions. Attendees will get an up-close view on how sled dogs train and interact with their mushers. In between demonstrations, the huskies will be available for petting and playing.
Date and Time: From 3 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 28, at Lippold Park, located at 2001 S. River St., in Batavia. All guests must pre-register. Sign up online here.
Cost: The cost is $3 per resident of the Fox Valley Park District, or $5 per non-resident, with a portion of the event proceeds going to Free Spirit Siberian Rescue, a 501(c)(3) organization.
Lisle: At Morton Arboretum this weekend, guests can watch demonstrations of husky sled-pulling and skijoring, a winter sport where the dogs pull a person on skis. Children and adults can visit the dogs and sled teams, inspect equipment, and have their pictures taken with the rigs. In addition, information will be available during the event about husky adoption.
Date and Time: Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 28-29, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Morton Arboretum, near the Visitor Center and on nearby trails. Event details here.
Cost: Included in regular arboretum admission.
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
Hampshire: Spotlight Youth Theater’s Kane County branch will be performing ‘Disney’s Beauty and the Beast Jr.” this weekend at the Central High School Performing Arts Center in Hampshire. The show features beloved songs from the film and new songs written for the Broadway version.
Date and Time: Performances include Friday, Jan. 27, at 7 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 28, at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 29, at 6 p.m. Event details here.
Cost: Tickets range from $12 to $14.
West Chicago: Unfortunately, it’s been too warm for ice to form and be cut from the pond at Kline Creek Farm’s popular annual Ice Harvest event. That said, there will still be costumed interpreters in the visitor center and next to the ice house to show off tools of this winter job and answer questions about why ice was such an important commodity in the 1890s, especially for farmers. January is also the start of lambing season, and there will be new lambs for visitors to see!
Date and Time: The Ice Harvest programming will be offered on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 27-29, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Event details here.
Cost: Admission to the farm is free.