It's easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the holidays, but be sure to take a time-out to enjoy some relaxing family fun. Here are a few happenings around the area that may be worth checking out.
The Northbrook Sports Center is hosting its 30th annual Ice Skating Competition. Hundreds of skaters from more than a dozen area rinks will show off their skills Dec. 7-9 at the Rink, 1730 Pfingsten Rd.
Events throughout the weekend include Solo, Compulsories, Interpretive, Spotlight, Artistic, Couples and more.
Skaters of all ages are welcome to participate. There is no charge for spectators.
There will also be an annual Holiday Skating Recital Dec. 21 from 6-9 p.m. at the rink.
Skating school students of all levels will perform to holiday music. Skaters age three and older can register to participate in up to two routines, solo and/or group.
To register to be in the show contact the Northbrook Park District.
What’s the holidays without creating a gingerbread house masterpiece! The Park District will host a gingerbread workshop Dec. 11 from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Northbrook Leisure Center, 3323 Walters Ave.
Children can customize a pre-assembled gingerbread house with cand canes, licorice ropes, and gum drops. Pizza and soda will also be included.
Registration per adult-child couple varies. For more information check out the Park District brochure.
Check out the Winter Carnival sponsored by the Northbrook Park District. The award-winning event will take place January 12 from 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at Meadowhill Park, 1479 Maple Ave.
Enjoy family games, snowshoe obstacle course, holiday bingo, winter demonstrations, bonfire and s’mores, music, ice skating and more.
There will also be a sled decorating contest where participants can compete for prizes for best theme, best use of recycled materials, and best team effort.
Volunteers are also needed for the event. Contact 847-291-2995 to help.