Things to do when it’s freezing outside


When the weather outside turns frightful, have no fear. There’s plenty to do for those who are afraid of cabin fever.

Go to Chicago

Grab a car and a few friends and drive to the Elburn train station. The weekend pass ticket for all Metra trains is only $5.

Go bowling

Mardi Gras Lanes, 1730 Sycamore Road, or Four Seasons Sports, 1745 DeKalb Ave., are both close. According to Four Season’s Web site, they have $1 games on Tuesdays and glow bowl from 8 p.m. to close each Saturday.

Go to a museum

The Midwest Museum of Natural History, 425 W. State St. in Sycamore, has $5 general admission and is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.

The Pierce Harley Davidson Museum, 969 Peace Road, is open upon request. According to the official Web site, the museum has “over 90 motorcycles dating back to 1918.”

Go outdoors

Russell Woods, 1350 W. Prairie Drive, has a large sledding hill in the Sycamore area. Natural Resources Educator Peggy Doty said the sledding hill becomes very popular once there is any snowfall.

“We have to put ropes up to keep people from parking in the grass,” Doty said.

Doty did not know the exact hours, but she said signs will be posted as to when the park closes. Doty also stressed that the hill is steep.

“Sled at your own risk,” she said.

Go to the theater

According to the official Web site, the Egyptian Theatre, 135 N. Second St., will show “Top Gun” at 7 p.m. Nov. 19 and “Home Alone” at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Nov. 28. Ticket prices are $6 for “Top Gun” and free for “Home Alone.”

Stay indoors

Feeling social? Get together with some friends for a board game party or movie night. If not, curl up with a good book or take time to relax and catch up on some sleep.