Find out why and how some animals sleep through this time of
year while others brave the challenging conditions of the season.
Dress for a hike to spot any of the ones that choose not to
Learn more about local wildlife and how they live through
hands-on activities and some outdoor time to develop our skills.
Dress for a hike.
Local fishing experts reveal the tips and tricks of ice fishing
through free instruction and live demonstrations. Kids enjoy games
and activities or roasting marshmallows and a live DJ plays music
and announce prizes. Food and hot beverages available to
Hundreds of objects and documents from the exclusive private
collection, together with a rare collection of first editions of
his most famous works, tell the story of how Charles Dickens and
his characters became enduring cultural icons. Interactive and
multi-media displays and personal effects take visitors through a
chronological tour of the life, literature and legacy of Dickens.
View his personal traveling inkwell, take a ride in an early
century carriage, and learn about the memorable characters, stories
and themes of his famous tales through games, time period puzzles
and Dickens' own personal Facebook page.
A special extra exhibit which encompasses the classic Dickens
tale A Christmas Carol. Stroll through a mid-1800s street
to learn how Dickens influenced the look and feel of the holiday
season, and view a private collection of vintage cards and
Interactive learning centers include a barn slide, apple
orchard and chicken coop. Maggie, a life-sized
fiberglass milking cow sponsored by Golden Oaks Farm in Wauconda,
will be the focus of the new exhibit. Maggie is over five feet tall
and features a working udder that recirculates the water that