Here's a look at what's coming up, so be sure to mark them on your calendar.
"Water Game Show Challenge," 1:30-3 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17, for ages 55 and older; and 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 18, for ages 8 and older. Teams will compete in timed trials that feature some of the mysteries of water.
"The Magic of Water," 2-3:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, and Sunday, Feb. 19. Observe demonstrations showing water’s unique properties, and participate in fun, logic-defying science experiments. Make and take home your own little piece of magic. The program is for ages 8 and older.
"Gyotaku: The Art of Fish Printing," 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23, and 1-3 p.m. Sunday Feb. 26. Discover this historical Japanese art form and make your own Gyotaku print using fish replicas. The free program is for ages 12 and older. Registration is required; call 815-722-9470.
"Film Festival Friday," 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24. Water-themed films will be shown hourly, starting on the half hour. Registration is not required for the free, all-ages program.
"Watercolor Painting Workshop," two sessions are scheduled for 10 a.m.-noon and 1-3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 25. Learn the fundamentals of watercolor painting and create a piece of art to take home. All materials will be provided. The program costs $10 and is for ages 18 and older. Registration is required by Feb. 18; call 815-722-9470.
"Meet an 18th Century Fur Trader," 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday, March 3. Meet Andre, a French voyageur and learn about life as a fur trader in the 18th century.
"Boating Safety Q&A," noon-2 p.m. Saturday, March 4. Drop in to talk to representatives from the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary about boating safety. Forest Preserve staff will be on hand to answer questions about boating in the forest preserves.
"Prairie Tides – Discover Illinois & Michigan Canal History," 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Sunday, March 5. View a Canal Corridor Association movie on the history of the I&M Canal. The movie will be shown hourly on the half hour.
One "Water|Ways" related program will be held at the Channahon Park District’s Arrowhead Community Center, 24856 W Eames St.: "Mussels, Moonshine, Music – Mississippi Valley Migrants in the 20th Century," 6:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 2. Learn about the thousands of Americans who lived and worked along or on the rivers of the Midwest and upper South. The free program is for ages 10 and older. Registration is required; call 815-722-9470.
The traveling "Water|Ways" exhibit – which examines the significance of water in the human experience – will be on display through March 11 at Four Rivers, located at 25055 W. Walnut Lane, McKinley Woods. The exhibit is made possible by the Smithsonian Institution's Museum on Main Street Program and Illinois Humanities.
Exhibit hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday; 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Thursday; and noon-5 p.m., Sunday. (On Thursday, February 16, the exhibit will be open from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.)