Weekend Events May 19-21

Are you looking for fun, family friendly events for this weekend? Look no further. My picks include Chocolate Fest, Antique Fire Truck Show, Kite Day, Touch-a-Truck and more.

 

Friday, May 19

We’re rolling out the red carpet and hoping that you’ll join us for a fun night watching the new hit movie “Sing”. Feel free to bring your blanket and pillow.

Rated PG, running time 110 minutes. Registration required. No Library Card Required.


Photo credit: visitlonggrove.com

Only at Chocolate Fest do life’s most delectable cravings come together with live music to conjure up a time bygone. It’s where children roam the village in search of chocolate treasures (during the Chocolate Scavenger Hunt) while parents zig zag after them in and out of boutiques hunting for their own hidden gems. Fun, interactive activities for children include pie-eating contests, potato sack races, the bubble show and more.

Hours: Friday 11 am to 11 pm, Saturday 10 am to 11 pm, and Sunday 10 am to 6 pm.

Admission: $5 per person per day, kids 12 and under get in free.

Location: Downtown Long Grove, 308 Old McHenry Rd, Long Grove, IL 60047


Every weekday morning from 10 am to 12 pm Pinstripes offers Kids Club Bowling.  Kids bowl for $3 per hour with a $3 shoe rental and parents bowl free! Please limit four kids (12 & under) per adult. Reservations recommended.


Saturday, May 20

Dinosaurs are roaring back to life at Brookfield Zoo! They’re bigger and better than ever and they’ve brought some of their mythical dragon friends. The zoo’s new Dinos & Dragons will feature 17 animatronic creatures, including the Stegosaurus, Apatosaurus, Tyrannosaurus rex, and Chinese dragon.

Along the winding outdoor path, guests of all ages can explore the origins of myths and legends through culture, literature, and paleontology that is illustrated on engaging signage. Inside a tented area, zoogoers can get up-close views of live reptiles, including a Komodo dragon, seen for the first time at Brookfield Zoo!

The temporary exhibit will also have hands-on activities, as well as a dinosaur dissection lab, dino dig boxes, and an excavation site.

Exhibit will be open from May 6 – September 17, 2017.

Admission to Dinos & Dragons:

$5 Adults ($2.50 for Members)
$3 Children ages 3 to 11 ($1.50 for Members)
$3 Seniors 65 and over. ($1.50 for Members)

Photo credit: Chicago Zoological Society


Residents and their friends will be able to stop in and see more than a dozen fire service vehicles from multiple eras while enjoying complimentary refreshments. FREE event.

Location: Station #1, 22222 North Pepper Road, Lake Barrington


Come to Cosley Zoo to discover more about endangered species both in Illinois and from around the world. Learn about Cosley Zoo’s efforts to protect the Illinois endangered Blanding’s Turtle, and how you and your family can make a difference for some of these amazing animals. Live animal interactions will take place throughout the event. No registration required. Regular admission rates apply.

Location: 1356 North Gary Ave., Wheaton, IL 60187


Contests, raffles, crafts and a mass kite launch highlight the annual Statewide Kite Fly and Touch-A-Truck events.

Touch-A-Truck features a variety of trucks and vehicles to climb, sit and play on. Parental supervision is required. FREE event.

Location: Springfield Park, 269 Springfield Dr, Bloomingdale, IL 60108


The purpose of the Open House is to show residents the different responsibilities of the Public Works Department in a fun and entertaining way.

The Open House features prizes, a tour of the Public Works facility, rides in the Department’s aerial trucks and street sweepers, a children’s Fun Fact Hunt, and a wide range of displays demonstrating how the Village’s water system, sewer system, parkway trees, buildings, streets, and vehicles are maintained.  Kids can meet PW Paws, the Mount Prospect Public Works Department mascot.  Refreshments will be provided.
Location: 1700 West Central Road, Mount Prospect

Touch-A-Truck display is a community event for children of all ages.

Come and experience a variety of trucks that you can see, touch, hear and even climb on certain vehicles.
There will be multiple events scheduled throughout the morning which will draw large amounts of residents and children.
Community Health Fair, Bike Safety Checks, Bike Registration, Pooch, Pet & Pedal Parade, Climbing Wall, Kids 100-Yard Dash.
Location: Juno Parking Lot and Mountain View Adventure Center, Algonquin and Wolf Roads, Des Plaines

Get a chance to see, touch and climb through a variety of different vehicles! Bring the entire family to this event and don’t forget your camera. Touch A Truck will take place in the South Parking Lot; which is located behind the Huntley REC Center. This is a FREE event. No registration is necessary. Lots of giveaways!

Location: 12015 Mill Street, Huntley, IL 60142


  • Kite Day in Glenview, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Bring a kite, make a kite, fly a kite! Children and families, come out and play. Demonstrate your flying abilities and get some high-flying tips from our experts. Make your own kite kits will be available. For more information, call 847-724-5670. FREE event.

Location: Gallery Park, 2500 Chestnut Ave., Glenview, IL 60026


Learn about children’s celebrations in Japan during this special weekend of activities. Listen to koto harp and shakuhachi flute music, enjoy traditional folk tales, and watch a tea ceremony. Kids of all ages can make projects to celebrate the traditional Girls’ Day and Boys’ Day—design a kimono-clad paper doll, create a miniature carp kite, construct an origami samurai helmet, and more at family-friendly, hands-on stations.

Location: 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe, IL 60022


Only at Chocolate Fest do life’s most delectable cravings come together with live music to conjure up a time bygone. It’s where children roam the village in search of chocolate treasures (during the Chocolate Scavenger Hunt) while parents zig zag after them in and out of boutiques hunting for their own hidden gems. Fun, interactive activities for children include pie-eating contests, potato sack races, the bubble show and more.

Hours: Friday 11 am to 11 pm, Saturday 10 am to 11 pm, and Sunday 10 am to 6 pm.

Admission: $5 per person per day, kids 12 and under get in free.

Location: Downtown Long Grove, 308 Old McHenry Rd, Long Grove, IL 60047


Our little skaters can have fun skating and playing with riding toys and big bouncy balls.  This program is good for children 10 years old & under.

Admission is $6.00 per person and includes skate rental. Parent pays the admission even if they won’t need skates. Babies in strollers are free.


Enjoy a horse-drawn wagon ride through Heritage Farm as staff relates information about the farm, animals and the history of Schaumburg’s farm families. Dress for the weather. Tickets are sold on a first-come, first-served basis the day of the ride and no earlier than 15 minutes before the start time. Tickets are $3/person; children 3 and under are free.


Ree Drummond, brings us the first book in a brand-new picture book series with stories inspired by life on the ranch entitled Little Ree! Activities to follow.


Every Saturday, from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm, Lakeshore Learning Store in Palatine (and other locations) invites kids ages 3 and up for a free crafts.  No reservation required.

 


Children 3 and up can enjoy a quick project and take home a finished masterpiece. Sign up in store or online, or just drop in. Parent or guardian must remain on premises during the event. Fee is $2 per child.

Photo credit: classes.michaels.com


Sunday, May 21

Celebrate Schaumburg’s German heritage with a police-guided one-hour tour of its bikeways. This bike tour is over five miles. Beginners and riders with training wheels are not advised to participate. FREE event.

Location: Meet at Blackwell Elementary School, 345 N Walnut Lane, Schaumburg


Learn about children’s celebrations in Japan during this special weekend of activities. Listen to koto harp and shakuhachi flute music, enjoy traditional folk tales, and watch a tea ceremony. Kids of all ages can make projects to celebrate the traditional Girls’ Day and Boys’ Day—design a kimono-clad paper doll, create a miniature carp kite, construct an origami samurai helmet, and more at family-friendly, hands-on stations.

Location: 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe, IL 60022


Only at Chocolate Fest do life’s most delectable cravings come together with live music to conjure up a time bygone. It’s where children roam the village in search of chocolate treasures (during the Chocolate Scavenger Hunt) while parents zig zag after them in and out of boutiques hunting for their own hidden gems. Fun, interactive activities for children include pie-eating contests, potato sack races, the bubble show and more.

Hours: Friday 11 am to 11 pm, Saturday 10 am to 11 pm, and Sunday 10 am to 6 pm.

Admission: $5 per person per day, kids 12 and under get in free.

Location: Downtown Long Grove, 308 Old McHenry Rd, Long Grove, IL 60047


Enjoy a horse-drawn wagon ride through Heritage Farm as staff relates information about the farm, animals and the history of Schaumburg’s farm families. Dress for the weather. Tickets are sold on a first-come, first-served basis the day of the ride and no earlier than 15 minutes before the start time. Tickets are $3/person; children 3 and under are free.


Dinosaurs are roaring back to life at Brookfield Zoo! They’re bigger and better than ever and they’ve brought some of their mythical dragon friends. The zoo’s new Dinos & Dragons will feature 17 animatronic creatures, including the Stegosaurus, Apatosaurus, Tyrannosaurus rex, and Chinese dragon.

Along the winding outdoor path, guests of all ages can explore the origins of myths and legends through culture, literature, and paleontology that is illustrated on engaging signage. Inside a tented area, zoogoers can get up-close views of live reptiles, including a Komodo dragon, seen for the first time at Brookfield Zoo!

The temporary exhibit will also have hands-on activities, as well as a dinosaur dissection lab, dino dig boxes, and an excavation site.

Exhibit will be open from May 6 – September 17, 2017.

Admission to Dinos & Dragons:

$5 Adults ($2.50 for Members)
$3 Children ages 3 to 11 ($1.50 for Members)
$3 Seniors 65 and over. ($1.50 for Members)

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