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Mystery, excitement at Primrose Farm

The St. Charles Park District is offering several Cabin Fever programs to keep kids having fun this winter.
The St. Charles Park District is offering several Cabin Fever programs to keep kids having fun this winter.

Primrose Farm is your cure for cabin fever this winter.

From an outdoor tracking game that dates to the early 1800s to a whodunit mystery, three new events will add excitement to your winter.

“We hope that players will step out of their comfort zones to participate in these new events that challenge their mind in exciting and immersive ways,” program supervisor Emily Lambillotte said. “It’s also a great way to bring unexpected friends together through team bonding in each of the games.”

So step out of the house to experience one, two or three of the Cabin Fever events, starting with Hares and Hounds from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 7. During this outdoor game, you and your team will use the farm property to test your tracking skills

Do you have what it takes to be a hare? You’ll leave a paper trail (of compostable shredded paper) around the farm while trying to reach the finish line before the hounds catch up. Or maybe you’re more cut out to be a hound, hunting for the hares before they reach the end?

The fee is $7 for residents and $11 for nonresidents.

In the next Cabin Fever event, you’ll test your problem-solving skills during a mystery party game, Christmas Sweater Who Done It, from 5 to 7 p.m. Dec. 14.

Wearing your ugliest Christmas sweater, you’ll be assigned a character, talking points and questions to ask upon arrival. Play your part and keep everyone guessing as you and the others try to solve the mystery of who kidnapped Santa Claus.

A prize will be given to the ugliest of the ugly sweaters.

The fee is $15 for residents and $23 for nonresidents.

The final Cabin Fever event of the season, Werewolves, will take place from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Feb. 1. Similar to the game “Mafia,” Lambillotte said it follows a courtroom-style drama in which players have to argue for their innocence and present evidence of guilt from other parties.

The fee for Werewolves is $10 for residents and $15 for nonresidents.

All Cabin Fever events are for ages 8 and older. To register, visit www.stcparks.org. For information, call Emily Lambillotte at 630-513-4382.

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