We've been stuck in the house hiding from the cold for too long, so it's time to get out this weekend and have some fun!

Temps will finally be on the rise this weekend, so take the family and check out these local events:

  • Rockford Icehogs vs. Milwaukee Admirals - Friday, 7p.m. at the BMO Harris Bank Center - Free blanket giveaway for the first 2,500 fans - Get tickets online at icehogs.com or by phone at 815-968-5222.
  • Friday Night Movies: "Gnomeo and Juliet" - Friday, 7p.m., Doors open at 6:30p.m. - Community Building Complex of Boone County at 111 W First St. in Belvidere - Free admission, popcorn, and ice cream - Get more info at belviderechamber.com
  • "We Choose Health" Event - Saturday, 11a.m. to 2p.m. - Discovery Center Museum at 711 N Main St. in Rockford - Interact with medical students from Illinois College of Medicine to find your pulse, test your reflexes, and learn ways to stay healthy - $8 admission, free for museum members - For more info call 815-963-6769 or visit discoverycentermuseum.org
  • Music of the Movies : The Genius of John Williams - Saturday, 7:30p.m. - Coronado Performing Arts Center at 314 N Main St. in Rockford - Performance by the Rockford Symphony Orchestra - Tickets are $22 - $60 plus fees, $7 for students - Get tickets online at coronadopac.org
  • Aldeen Winter Touring Center Grand Opening - Saturday, 10a.m. to 4p.m. - Aldeen Golf Course at 1902 Reid Farm Road in Rockford - Featuring half price rental equipment for cross-country skiing and snow shoeing (or bring your own), plus guided tours on the trails.
  • Professional juggler and entertainer, Jason Kollum - Saturday, 11a.m. - J.R. Sullivan Theater in the Nordlof Center located at 118 N Main St. in Rockford - Free admission - More info at rockfordpubliclibrary.org or by phone at 815-965-7606.
  • Winter Bird Walk - Saturday, 8:30 to 10:30a.m. - Klehm Arboretum and Botanic Garden at 2715 S Main St. in Rockford - Family friendly walk to identify the birds of the arboretum with local bird expert, Dan Williams - Free admission for members - More info at klehm.org.
  • Belvidere High School Winter Cheer Classic - Saturday, 9a.m. - Belvidere High School at 1500 East Ave. in Belvidere - Belvidere Bucs host 46 competitive cheerleading teams from Rockford-Chicago area - $7 admission - For more info call 815-547-7552.