Please do not despair if you are staying in town during the holiday break, even though the frozen snow is beginning to look like glazed icing on a stale cake and is expected to turn to grey slush in due time. There are plenty of things to do in Lake Forest and Lake Bluff indoors and out, and there are plenty of people around doing them. Here are a few options—if you know of other stuff to do, please add a comment to this story or send your ideas to [email protected]
Basketball in Lake Forest: The Lake Forest Recreation Center gymnasium is open for drop-in basketball throughout the break. Call for an up-to-date schedule before you drop in: 847-234-6702.
Basketball in Lake Bluff: The LB Park District maintains open gym hours for basketball and volleyball in its Rec Center gymnasium. Click here to access the park district's schedule, or call 847-234-4150 for updated hours.
Volleyball: The Lake Forest Rec Center is offering a Winter Break Youth Volleyball Camp for kids in grades Kindergarten through 8th grades. Dates are Dec. 29-30. Times are 8 a.m.-9 a.m. k-2nd grades; 9 a.m.-10:30 3rd-5th grades, 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. 6th-8th grades. Fees vary by age. For more info, call Anthony Anaszewicz at 847-615-4335.
Acting: The Academy at Citadel Theatre offers a four-hour acting intensive class that will keep kids busy on Jan. 3 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at CROYA, 400 E. Hastings Road, Lake Forest.
Little Kid Fun: LF Rec Center offers to keep the 3- to 6-year-old set busy Dec. 29, 30 and 31 with a workshop that uses cooking, art, science and play. At Everett Park, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call 847-615-4394.
Family Fun: Kids of all ages can come in to make a 2009 calendar at the Lake Bluff Library, 123 E. Scranton Ave. The library is offering this drop-in program during Dec. 26-31, or until supplies run out. Library hours are Monday and Thursday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Special New Year's Eve hours are 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (it's closed New Year's Day).
Exercise: Tell your boss to wait, get a sitter for the kids, procrastinate putting the decorations away: You need to work out. Yes, you! Here are some links to local fitness centers:
- Lake Bluff Rec Center: take an exercise class, do some yoga, run on a treadmill, play platform tennis …
- Lake Forest Fitness Center: buy a holiday pass; try Zumba; lift weights; work on cardio-vascular health …
- Lake Forest Health & Fitness Center of Lake Forest Hospital: swim, learn pilates, take strength-training classes, do some aerobics…
Cross-Country Skiing and Snow Shoeing: The golf courses and
nature preserves are gorgeous dressed in their frosty gowns. If you've
got the gumption but not the equipment, you can rent snow shoes and
cross-country skis from the Lake Forest Parks & Recreation
Department. They'll even give you a lesson. Call Edward Gudas at
847-615-4386. Ask about the conditions—warmer temps are going to turn
the snow to slush.
Ice Skating in Lake Forest: The city
provides a free outdoor ice-skating rink at West Park (the rink at
Everett Park is closed due to infrequent usage). Guarded hours at West
Park during the holiday break are Monday-Saturday 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
and Sunday 12 to 10 p.m. Please call 847-234-6702 ex # 4 for ice rink
conditions. It was closed Friday due to the weather, but check back
Ice Skating In Lake Bluff: The Village operates a
free outdoor rink at Artesian Park. It was closed Friday due to soupy
ice conditions. But next week things are supposed to freeze up again.
Visit the Village's website for skating safety tips.
Sledding in Lake Bluff: The Park District has a lighted sledding
hill near its facility at 355 W. Washington, Lake Bluff. Definitely place a call
to 847-234-4150 for hours and hill conditions. It is no fun to sled on slushy snow! (For fun, check out this video from last winter, which was posted on YouTube by "mnicolet."
Sledding in Lake County: The Forest Preserve operates two sledding
hills at Old School Forest Preserve and Lakewood Winter Sports Area. Click here for hours, locations, rules and more.