We have a wonderful, wintery weekend ahead of us here in Chicago! Check out all our cool (and cold!) city has to offer:

Get your kiddos excited about science with Science Night Out! You can enjoy an evening out while your kids learn in a hands-on environment at The Laboratory. Each Science Night Out includes a pizza dinner too! This week’s Science Night Out is: Glow-in-the Dark Science. Experience the science of how things glow in the dark through phosphorescence and chemiluminescence. Students will participate in hands-on chemistry to create their own things that glow; including glow sticks, glowing creatures, and some surprises! The event is on Saturday, February 23 from 6:30 to 8:15 pm and is geared towards kids from 5-12 years old. Tickets are $40 ($20 for members) and can be purchased here.

Bring the whole family for Fire & Ice at Maggie Daley Park! It’s on Saturday, February 23 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm.  This fabulous, free event features ice skating (bring your own or rent them), frozen art activities like ice painting and crafts, snow cones, fire pits, s’mores, and a performance by Full Moon Drumming. The event is co-sponsored by Chicago Parks Foundation, Full Moon Jam Foundation, and Joseph Guzman- The Chicago Astronomer.

There are so many ways to give back to your community in 2019. Explore them all at The Chicago Volunteer Expo, this Sunday February 24 from 10 am to 4 pm at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. Whether your passion is the environment, the arts, or social justice, you’ll find a volunteer opportunity waiting for you! Over 100 nonprofit organizations from all over the city will be in attendance. There will be special spots at the Expo where you can: turn plastic grocery bags into sleeping mats for the homeless in partnership with New Life for Old Bags; bring a canned food donation for the food drive with the Friendship Center; and create cards for kids in the hospital to uplift their spirits through Cardz for Kidz. Admission is free! Pre-registration is recommended, but not required. Complete yours here.

Have fun enjoying all the wonders of winter at the Chicago Park District’s annual Polar Adventure Days at Northerly Island! The event is free and takes place this Saturday, February 23 from 12-4 pm. Explore Northerly Island, come face-to-face with live animals, engage in winter activities, and create nature-inspired crafts. You’ll tour the new Northerly Island Natural Area; see Siberian huskies, wolves, and other live animals; make nature-inspired winter crafts; see birds of prey from Flint Creek Wildlife Rehabilitation; sip hot cocoa; and enjoy treats at the SAFE + FAIR healthy snack station. There will also be raffle prizes and giveaways! Find more information here.

Take a break from the outdoors and warm up at the Chicago Whiskey & Wine Festival! The festival is this Saturday, February 23 at Old Crow Wrigleyville and features sessions from 12-3 pm, a VIP hour from 3:30-4:30 pm, and 4:30-7:30 pm. The VIP hour includes access to the evening session as well. Your ticket includes admission to the tasting event, a souvenir tasting glass, 15 tasting tickets, tastings of a variety of whiskeys and wines, entertainment, and more! Beverages and food from Old Crow will also be available for purchase. There’s a limited number of tickets left, so snag yours here!