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 snooze.When: 10:30 a.m.-noon
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.When: 1-2:30 p.m.
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 purchase.When: 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
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.Cost: Free with admission
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 calendars.Cost: Free with admission
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 children "milk."Cost: Free