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Disney on Ice among 10 things to do in the Rockford area this weekend

Have a case of cabin fever? Don’t let the winter blahs get you down. Enjoy some of the family friendly activities and events taking place in the Rockford area this weekend.

Disney on Ice: Find Your Hero

What: Disney on Ice presents “Find Your Hero,” an adventure filled with tales of heroism from your favorite Disney Stories.

When: 7 pm Thursday & Friday, 11 am, 3 pm, 7 pm Saturday, 11 am, 3 pm Sunday, 11 am Monday.

Where: BMO Center, 300 Elm St., Rockford

For ticket prices and more: https://www.disneyonice.com/

Art of the Earth: In the King’s Court

What: Learn how artists and scientists can work together to create a visual representation of a time on Earth that has never been seen before: PaleoArt. This event will demonstrate how artists interpret fossils to create a clearer picture of the life and times of the Tyrant King.

When: 11 am to 12 pm, and 1 to 2 pm Saturday

Where: Burpee Museum of Natural History, 737 N. Main St., Rockford

Cost: $15 for people 13 and older, $13 for children 4-12, $ for museum members.

For more: https://burpee.org/

Barnes Mansion tours

What: Take a walk through time while visiting the house of a prominent Rockford family, and learn about the history of the original museum.

When: 10:30 to 11:30 am, 12 to 1 pm, 3 to 4 pm Saturday, 10:30 to 11:30 am and 12 to 1 pm Sunday.

Where: Burpee Museum of Natural History, 737 N. Main St., Rockford

Cost: $17 for people 13 and older, $15 for children 4-12, $5 for museum members.

For more: https://burpee.org/

Cocoa & Company 815 Outside Hike

What: Warm up with complimentary hot cocoa before hitting the trails. Participants will explore the prairie and Rock River Birding & Hiking Trail for a total of about two miles on mostly flat, unpaved trails.

When: 10 to 11 on Saturday

Where: Nature at the Confluence, 306 Dickop St., South Beloit

Cost: Free admittance

For more: https://natureattheconfluence.com/

KidVentures: Will it float?

What: KidVentures in Science are one-day classes that pack a punch of learning and fun suitable for ages 3-6. Will It Float? What makes something float vs sink? How do boats stay afloat? Learn about the science of engineering and density and make your own boats and discover what it takes for a boat to float.

When: 10 am to 12 pm Saturday

Where: Burpee Museum of Natural History, 737 N. Main St., Rockford

Cost: $12 for members, $14 for non-members

For more: https://burpee.org/

RSO Candlelight Concert

What: The music of Rossini and Bach will be enhanced by the flicker of soft candlelight in this concert presented by seven featured musicians of the RSO. Chamber music opens up a whole new repertoire for RSO performances and allows the RSO to showcase musicians in an intimate way.

When: 4 to 5 p.m. Saturday

Where: First Lutheran Church, 225 S. 3rd St., Rockford

For ticket prices and more: https://www.rockfordsymphony.com/

The Detour Comedy Night

What: The show includes headliner Luca Ferro, main feature Tom Felline, guest feature Alex Hudec and host Tony Lisowski.

When: 8pm Saturday

Where: The Detour Bar & Grill, 1920 E. Riverside Blvd., Loves Park

Cost: Free admittance

For more: https://thedetourbarandgrill.com/

Winter Concert Series: Brady Lee

What: Songwriter, performer and multi-instrumentalist Brady Lee grew up listening to Rascal Flatts, Tim McGraw, and Keith Urban. Lee performs pop-infused anthems that showcase his soaring vocals and smooth guitar playing.

When: 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday

Where: Prairie Street Brewing Co., 200 Prairie St., Rockford

Cost: $20 in advance, $25 at the door.

For more: https://psbrewingco.com/

Local Authors Live Reading

What: Maze Books is hosting a group of local writers, poets and authors for the first live reading of the year. The event is being co-hosted by writer Emily Klonicki and musician Jon Rozman.

When: 6 to 7 p.m. Saturday

Where: Maze Books, 117 p. 3rd St., Rockford

Cost: Free admittance

For more: https://www.maze-books.com/

Stateline Splendor Bridal Expo 2023

What: Stateline Splendor Bridal Expo includes a fashion show featuring multiple bridal shops.

When: 12 to 4 pm Sunday. The fashion show begins at 2:30 pm

Where: Embassy Suites by Hilton Rockford Riverfront, 416 S. Main St., Rockford

Cost: $10

For more: https://statelinesplendor.net/

Ken DeCoster covers business news and features. Contact him at 815-987-1391, [email protected] or @DeCosterKen.

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