5 ways to welcome spring on the North Shore


Credit: Northbrook on Ice


As I write this, I’m staring out a window. It’s dark. It’s pouring rain—cold, hard rain. The air outside feels like, oh, I don’t know, about 36 degrees. But I don’t care. This post is going to be about SPRING and fun things to do in SPRING, because you know what? SPRING is going to happen, people. It is! One of these days, we’ll wake up to birds chirping under a warm blue sky, and you’ll be glad to have this handy reference for the aforementioned fun things to do. (Spring, I dare you to make a fool of me now.)


Earth and Arbor Day Celebration


Celebrate Earth Day (which technically falls on April 22) with a party in the park for the planet. Discover environmentally friendly products and tips, enjoy activities and entertainment for kids, and join forces in a community cleanup.


When: 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 21


Where: Village Green Park (Shermer and Meadow roads), Northbrook


Spring Craft and Starlite Singers Jewelry Sale


Psst, hey, dads: Mother’s Day is May 13. Get a jumpstart and find one-of-a-kind gifts, from seasonal decor to floral arrangements to jewelry. (There’ll even be American Girl clothes on hand if you need to bribe a certain little someone to keep the gift for mom a secret.)


When: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, April 30


Where: Glenview Park District, East Wing, 2400 Chestnut Ave., Glenview


Northbrook on Ice


Spend Mother’s Day weekend taking in a Northbrook tradition: a renowned ice show put on by the community’s 2018 Icettes, featuring high-level figure skating plus choreography. Fun fact(s): Northbrook on Ice has been going strong since 1969 and has been named the best amaetur ice show in the country.


When: 7 p.m. Friday, May 11; 1 and 6 p.m. Saturday, May 12; and 1 p.m. Sunday, May 13


Where: Northbrook Sports Center, 1730 Pfingsten Rd., Northbrook  Cost: $14 per online ticket


Kids Fishing Derby


Fishers 12 and younger, take your mark. And if you don’t think you’ll win for biggest fish, don’t you worry—there’s also a category for smallest fish (and most fish, if you’re feeling ambitious). Bring your fishing rod or borrow one from the park district. No fishing license required.


When: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 19


Where: Wood Oaks Green Park, 1150 Sanders Rd., Northbrook


Northbrook Park District Adult Softball Leagues


This is decidedly not my thing, but that’s OK, because it might be yours. Join a men’s or co-ed rec team designed to cater players of any and all skill levels. All teams play a 10-game season that culminates in single-elimination playoffs.


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