Marianne Naughton

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Skokie's Snowy February Fundraiser

Every year the Skokie Park District holds a weekend fundraiser early in February, with lots of outdoor activities including indoor dining fun for the whole family, with delicious chili (they serve around a roaring fire).  This special event is great for the whole family, and the fun takes place at Emily Oaks Nature Center. The nature center's boundaries are a 13 acre Savanna that also offers year-round classes, playground, wild flower garden, pond, meeting rooms, and interactive Woodland Wander Inn for yearly fun.  Great place to hold special kids birthday parties, your special group activities, great for nearby schools, and also a special unique place to hold business (for those that love getting back to nature).  The center is a proud recipient of a REI Conservation Grant, and many boast about it being a great place for youth groups and community involvement for special events or volunteering activities all throughout the year. Contact online or call 847-674-1500 for further information for events coming up later..

On February 10th & 11th, 2018 the Skokie Park District will host their "Annual Winter Chilly Fest" at Emily Oaks Nature Center located at 4650 Brummel Street, Skokie, IL.  This fundraiser will have families celebrating: by eating chili indoors in the rustic room overlooking the frozen pond, enjoy hot cocoa & marshmallow roasting around an outdoor campground, take a hayride, view ice sculpting, participate with crafts, ice skating, snow games, and snowshoeing are some of the activities they have lined up on this winter-time family fun event. 


They have mentioned needing help on both days inside and out from 3pm - 8:15pm to run this special event.  To donate or volunteer for this upcoming winter-time event, please contact Frannie at Chicago Fun Volunteers link at .  Visit website for pricing at and find out planned menu items for your family (items like vegetarian or turkey chili) and other items they will provide, especially for the tiny and sometimes picky eaters in your group.  Remember that all activities are subject to weather permitting,  and dressing appropriately is a must.  It may be very cold and hats with mittens are needed to make this a safe and enjoyable place for the whole family to have  fun.  It also will be taking place under the stars, for those that stay outdoors braving the weather, to enjoy a late night outdoors wintery time of their life, a memory they surely will never forget.  

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