Disney on Ice in Rockford
    Disney On Ice will have eight performances over five days starting Thursday, Jan. 11, 2024, at the BMO Center in Rockford. (Photo provided by Disney on Ice)
    By Kevin Haas
    Rock River Current
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    ROCKFORD — This weekend you can take in the magic of Disney of Ice, and then you can take the kids to do some ice skating of their own.

    Those are just a few of the ways you can spend your weekend, which will be a three-day weekend for some workers as the nation commemorates Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday.

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    Here are a dozen things you can do this weekend in the Rockford area:

    Disney on Ice

    Elsa Disney on Ice
    Elsa and other Disney characters will be part of Disney on Ice: Into the Magic from Thursday, Jan. 11, 2024 through Monday, Jan. 15, 2024, at the BMO Center in Rockford. (Photo by Kevin Haas/Rock River Current)

    About: Disney on Ice comes to Rockford for eight performances of “Into The Magic” over the course of five days. The show features hosts Mickey and Minnie Mouse and characters from “Moana,” “Frozen,” “Coco,” and “Beauty and the Beast,” among others.

    Where: BMO Center, 300 Elm St., Rockford


    • 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 11
    • 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 12
    • 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13
    • 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 14
    • 1 p.m. Monday, Jan. 15

    Cost: Starting at $20

    Tickets: Go HERE

    Ladies Night at Rooted

    About: Rooted, The Face Place and Wonderland Sweets host an evening centered on local women-owned businesses and self-care. There will be giveaways and complimentary bubbly to sip while shopping. You can also get permanent jewelry from Linkt, clothing from B Jones and more.

    Where: Rooted, 1408 N. Main St., Rockford

    When: 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 11

    Info: Facebook event page HERE

    Ars Pvblica: The Muse

    About: The latest installment of Ars Pvblica explores “the muse” as its theme. Jenny Mathews, the 2022 Rockford Area Arts Council’s Artist of the Year, musician Micky Torpedo, writer and author Rachel Leon and dance duo Caitlyn and Meghan Bailor perform along with special guest Zoe Hart, a graduate flautist of The Music Academy in Rockford.

    Where: The Underground, 418 E. State St., Rockford

    When: 6:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 12

    Info: Facebook event page HERE

    Paraiso comedy night

    About: Chicago stand-up comedian Xavier Lamont headlines this free comedy show. It also features Jack McWilliams and is hosted by Marcos Lara.

    Where: El Paraiso, 5518 N. Second St., Loves Park

    When: 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 12

    Cost: Free

    Ice rink disco night

    About: The Belvidere Township Park District will host a disco-themed skating night at Riverside Ice Arena.

    When: 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 12

    Where: Riverside Ice Arena, 369 Leonard Court, Belvidere

    Cost: $5 for adults; $3 for ages 4 to 17; free for age 3 and younger; $5 for skate rental; $3 for bobby rental

    Info: Go HERE, or call 815-547-9557

    MLK State of the Mind address

    State Rep. Maurice West speaks Monday, Jan. 8, 2024, at Rockford University about the MLK State of the Mind address taking place on Saturday. (Photo provided by Rockford University)

    About: The first MLK State of the Mind Address aims to shed light on critical issues of mental health and trauma within our community. It’s put on by state Rep. Maurice West, MENtality Unchained, Rockford University, The Jane Addams Center, Rockford Forum Series and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated. Community leaders from various sectors will be involved in the discussions surrounding mental health challenges.

    Where: Rockford University’s Maddox Theatre, 5050 E. State St., Rockford

    When: Noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13

    Cost: Free

    To RSVP: Facebook event page HERE

    Hope & Anchor comedy night

    About: Headliner Alex Tsakanikas brings his mix of absurdism and storytelling to this weekly comedy show. The show also features Jerry Tran and Casey Larwood. It’s hosted by Dan Garcia.

    When: 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13

    Where: Hope & Anchor, 545 McKinley Ave., Loves Park

    Cost: $10

    Reservations: Call 815-633-2552

    Info: Go HERE

    ‘Vampire Lesbians of Sodom’

    About: West Side Show Room is celebrating its 10-year anniversary by bringing back its very first play, “Vampires Lesbians of Sodom.” The campy and occasionally crude burlesque-style comedy is about two vampiresses whose paths first collide in ancient Sodom.

    Where: West Side Show Room, 1414 N. Main St., Rockford

    When: 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 11; 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. Friday, Jan. 12; 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13

    Cost: Free.

    Tickets: Go HERE

    Frosty Friday skate

    About: Frosty Friday public skate happens every week through April. There is music from a DJ and concession food specials.

    Where: Carlson Ice Arena, 4150 N. Perryville Road, Loves Park

    When: 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday

    Cost: $10 for all ages, includes skate rental

    Rockford Card Show

    About: A variety of collectible cards, sports memorabilia, autographs and other collector’s items will be available from an array of vendors from across the Midwest. You can buy, sell or trade at this event.

    When: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13

    Where: IBEW Local 363 Henry Miller Hall, 6820 Mill Road, Rockford

    Info: Go HERE

    The science of snow

    About: Children are invited to investigate the science of snow with a team from Nature at the Confluence. The event includes a nature walk, story time and an indoor snack. It’s designed for children ages 4-6 and their caretakers and siblings.

    When: 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 13

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

    Cost: $3

    Info: Go HERE

    Nature Game Day

    About: Cozy up indoors with nature-themed games, puzzles and crafts for all ages during Family Nature Game Day. Nature trivia will take place at 2 p.m. with prizes on the line.

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

    When: 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, Jan. 15

    This article is by Kevin Haas. Email him at khaas@rockrivercurrent.com or follow him on X at @KevinMHaas or Instagram @thekevinhaas and Threads @thekevinhaas

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