Programs share love for earth, animals and fun
Everyone will feel the love this February with a variety of St. Charles Park District programs to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Whether it’s making crafts at Hickory Knolls Discovery Center, date night at Primrose Farm or training to become frog monitors, all ages are sure to find a way to spend quality time with their loved ones.
Children and Families
Together with your children, attend the Love the Earth Wild Wednesdays February series at Hickory Knolls. From 9:30-10:15am witness your child’s imagination ignite as you build crafts from recycled materials together; meet and pet animals; and participate in other interactive activities.
Or share your love for animals the week of Valentine’s Day with a lineup of educational critter visits also at Hickory Knolls. During Animals Love Valentines from 10:30-11:30am Tuesday, February 12, through Friday, February 15, staff will introduce children to a different critter each day including the turtles, snakes, bunnies and bugs that call Hickory Knolls home.
Looking for a kid-free Valentine’s Day date? The park district has you covered. From 5-9:30pm Friday, February 15, Hickory Knolls will transform into a campsite for the Valentine’s Evening Camp for children ages 6-12. While you and your spouse enjoy a night out, campers will be entertained with nature-themed activities, crafts, pizza and critter visits.
Friday Live is another drop-off option for date night. From 6:30-10pm every Friday children in grades 3-6 let loose with open gym, dance floor and DJ, game rooms and more. Or extend the fun with Pre-Friday Live Dodgeball at Dusk at 5pm. Attendees should come dressed for a Pajama Party February 8, and be ready to play or watch the Wii Wipeout Tournament February 15. Prizes will be awarded for top Wii players.
If you’re tired of “dinner and a movie” dates, consider a unique evening on Primrose Farm from 7-9pm Friday, February 8. Cozy up by the fire in the summer kitchen as you munch on appetizers and desserts and sip refreshments. Enjoy making a home décor piece together and snuggle up on a romantic wagon ride around the farm, appreciating the peaceful rural setting and quality time.
If your teen would rather ignore Valentine’s Day, the Underground Teen Center is the place to be. No candy hearts, romantic music or pressure to be in a relationship during the Anti-Valentine’s Day Party from 6-8pm Thursday, February 14. It will be just like any other day at the Underground, hanging out, playing games, eating pizza and watching movies.
Love will be in the air during frog mating season later this month, and that’s where you come in. Don’t worry, kissing frogs is not required but learning to identify different species and listening for various mating calls is the purpose of frog monitor training from 10am-12pm Saturday, February 16, at Hickory Knolls.
All ages are welcome and experts even will engage children in frog calling and other froggy activities. Well-equipped with frog knowledge, your data will help guide the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum in regional conservation planning and local land management.
The animal knowledge doesn’t stop there, as Hickory Knolls will host the Great Backyard Bird Count the next day from 1-4pm Sunday, February 17. No experience is necessary, as Kane County Audubon members will help guests identify species. Bring the whole family to track birds from the expansive windows inside the center, or venture outside for a guided hike to record findings.
All bird data is collected by Cornell University to study the different trends in species and population, and find best practices to protect birds and the environment.
For more information, fees and to register visit www.stcparks.org