Weekend Spotlight: April 7-9, 2017

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For other ideas on how to spend your weekend, make sure to check out our complete guides to Easter Egg Hunts and Unique Easter Easter Egg Hunts, as well as the Mud Free Play Guide. Also, sign up for the free Go West email newsletter to stay “in the loop” on free activities, special events and insight into making the most of your family time this spring. I promise you won’t regret it!



Touch a Truck

ST. CHARLES: The Kane County Farm Bureau’s annual Touch-a-Tractor event is held outside and inside the farm bureau at 2N710 Randall Road in St. Charles (near Costco). There will be antique tractors, modern farm equipment and activities for kids including pedal tractors, a farm zoo, farm-themed movies, balloon animals and more.

Dates: Friday, April 7, from noon to 4 p.m., Saturday, April 8 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, April 9, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Event details here.

Cost: Suggested donation of $2 per adult or $5 per family.



Family Fun Night

NAPERVILLE: Family Fun Friday Nights at the DuPage Children’s Museum are designed to give busy families the opportunity to take advantage of its extended hours on Fridays during the school year. The Museum is open until 8 p.m., and visitors can enjoy a full museum experience with the whole family, including a special activity or performance on most Friday nights. This week, the special event is “Book Comes to Life – Fairy Tales.”

Dates: Friday, April 7, from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Event details here.

Cost: Regular admission rates apply. Members get in free.


First Fridays

AURORA:  First Fridays in Downtown Aurora invites the community to enjoy art, music, food, theater, and more on the first Friday of the month. All events are free and art is for sale. It’s the only evening that SciTech Hands on Museum in downtown offers free admission (from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.) and special activities for families. The Aurora Regional Fire Museum is another good option, check out its new Children’s Discovery Room! Also, this week, AKA Dance at 14 W. Downer Place will be offering a free kids dance class from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and $1 popcorn.

Dates: Friday, April 7, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Find more info here.

Cost: Free.


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Weekend Movies

BATAVIA AND OSWEGO: Goodrich Quality Theatres continues its “Weekend Morning Movies” series this week. The series runs through April 30. Each movie will be shown at 10 a.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Ticket are $1 a person. “Kubo & the Two Strings” is the movie this weekend.

Date: Friday, Saturday, Sunday of April 7-9 at 10 a.m.  Event details here.

Cost: $1.


Kids Dream

ELGIN: Marcus Theatres continues its “Kids Dream Family Fun Series” on Friday, Saturday and Sunday mornings at 10 a.m. this spring. Tickets are $3 each. Up next is “Secret Life of Pets.” Participating theaters include the Elgin Cinema on Randall Road.

Dates: Friday, Saturday, Sunday of April 7-9 at 10 a.m. Event details here.

Cost: $3.


Hug a Tree

LISLE: With Arbor Day coming soon, the Morton Arboretum is offering special craft activities in the Children’s Garden in April. Your kids can make “terrific tree masks” to take home – this is a self-guided activity. Before or after your stop at the Children’s Garden, your kids can play in “Nature’s Kitchen” near Parking Lots 20 or 21.

Dates: Saturday and Sunday, April 8-9, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Event details here and here.

Cost: The craft activity and Nature’s Kitchen is included with regular admission to the Morton Arboretum.


ST. CHARLES:  The St. Charles Park District will host its annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 8 at 10 a.m. Staff will be placing 16,000 eggs in Pottawatomie Park, located at 8 North Avenue, for the big event. Children, ages 9 and under, start lining up by 9:45am. Participants meet at the entrance gate to the River View Miniature Golf Course. Parents are asked to keep children behind all lines and wait for the signal in order to avoid false starts and to be fair to everyone. Participants are asked to bring their own baskets to collect the eggs; please limit your child to 10 eggs. Remember to bring your camera, too. This is a free event. Find more info here.


ELBURN: The Elburn Lions Club sponsors an Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 8, at 10 a.m. The egg hunt is free, and starts at 10 a.m. with registration at Elburn Lions Park. Donuts, coffee, hot chocolate and orange juice will be available for purchase starting at 9:30 a.m. Everyone is welcome to attend, but the egg hunt (at 10:30 a.m.) is for kids 10 and younger. You can find more info here, or call 630-544-0236.


NORTH AURORA: The 6th annual Mooseheart Easter Egg Hunt will take place on Saturday, April 8, on the school stadium’s turf. This is a free event, open to toddlers through 8 years old. Gates open at 10 a.m. and the hunt is scheduled for 11 a.m. Other activities scheduled to take place include pony rides, a petting zoo, face painting and bounce houses. The Easter Bunny will be available for visits, too, so bring your camera. Find more info here or call 630-906-3601.


GENEVA: The Geneva Park District sponsors a free egg hunt at the Stephen Persinger Recreation Center at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 8. There are 5,000 eggs; the hunt is divided into two age groups: Ages 4 and under and 5 and up. Arrive early because parking is limited – this is a VERY popular event, and the hunt is over quite quickly. Event is held rain or shine. Find more info here.


BATAVIA: The Batavia Park District’s Easter Egg Hunt will be held at West Main Park. Participants should gather at the pavilion by 9:45 a.m. on Saturday, March 19. Children will be divided into age groups and the hunt will begin promptly at 10 a.m. Don’t forget to bring your own basket to collect your goodies. You’re also encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item or paper product for the Batavia Food Pantry. This is a free event. Parking is limited at this location. Find more info here.


WHEATON: Cosley Zoo is holding a “Busy Bunny Egg Hunt” on Saturday, April 8, from 5 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. In addition to an egg scramble, participants can meet some of the zoo’s residents and take part in other activities including a visit with the Easter Bunny. (There are various time slots for the egg hunts, based on ages between 2 and 10 years old.) The event is held rain or shine, and is outdoors, so dress for the weather. The cost is $13.50 per child ages 2-10, $5 for ages 11-adult, and free for children under 2. Registration is required and is being handled through the Wheaton Park District. You can find more info here.


WEST CHICAGO: The West Chicago Public Library hosts an old-fashioned egg roll every year in which participants receive a special treat. The Egg Roll will be on the library lawn on Saturday, April 8, at noon. Children can also make a bunny or chick craft in the library program room between noon and 1 p.m. to take home. No registration required. Find more info here. (Note: My daughter and I went to the egg roll one year and we had a lot of fun, but it started right on time if not a few minutes early. So plan appropriately!)


WHEATON: St. Matthew United Church of Christ in Wheaton is holding its Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 8, at 10 a.m. Please bring your own basket for collecting the Easter eggs. After the hunt, there will be donuts and crafts. All activities are free. The Easter Bunny will be attending the festivities and is looking forward to picture-taking. Remember to bring your camera! The hunt is planned for outside, but will be moved inside if necessary. For more information, you can call Cathy at 630-665-1236 or look here.


AURORA: Airtastic in Aurora is holding it’s 6th annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 8 from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Advance registration is required! The cost is $10 per child and includes an hour of bouncing and then hunting for eggs, each registered child will receive a number the corresponds to the egg number that they will be searching for during the egg hunt. The Easter Bunny will be available for pictures. The hunt will be outside, so dress accordingly. Advanced registration is required, find info here.


WHEATON: Cantigny will host an Easter Egg Hunt Open House on Saturday, April 8, and Sunday, April 9. The egg hunt will run continuously from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. both days and eggs will be hidden throughout the park. All guests will be given a map when they enter to help them locate the eggs. You can also visit “Mr. Bunny” at the Robert R. McCormick Museum and “Mrs. Bunny” at the First Division Museum from 9 a.m. to noon. A paint-a-bag station will be available in the Education Center for $2 per bag (useful when collecting eggs.) There is no registration required, but you’ll pay the daily parking pass at Cantigny of $5 per car. Find more info on all the activities here.


OSWEGO: Downtown Oswego will host a Bunny Hop on Saturday, April 8, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. along Main and Washington Streets. Kids are invited to bring their own baskets and collect treats from participating shops. Maps will be sold for $1 each – each participating child must have a map. The event begins at 10 a.m. with the arrival of the Easter Bunny at the Garden Faire. From there, children are invited to visit with live bunnies, take a photo with the Easter Bunny and mingle with the River the Fox mascot at they “hop” from shop to shop. Find more info here.


AURORA: St. Paul Lutheran Church at 85 S. Constitution Drive in Aurora is hosting an Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 8, at 10 a.m. Kids are encouraged to bring a basket to collect eggs and prizes This is a free community event for babies through age 12. For more info, call 630-896-3250.


GENEVA: First Baptist Church of Geneva is hosting its free Easter Eggstravaganza on Saturday, April 8, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at its West Campus. Families travel on an indoor scavenger hunt to find some of the 15,000 candy-filled eggs. There’s also an interactive experience showing the miracle of Easter. You can arrive anytime between 9:30 a.m. and 10:45 a.m; allow 45 minutes for the experience. Find more info here.


WAGON RIDE: The Fox Valley Park District is holding a “Bunny Trail Wagon Ride” at Blackberry Farm on Sunday, April 9, from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Families will enjoy the fresh spring air while traveling down the bunny trail.. Hot chocolate and s’mores will be prepared around a fire, and then everyone can take a wagon ride to a destination where kids can hunt for Easter eggs. This event is for children ages 2 and up. The cost is $8 for residents, $12 for non-residents. Registration is required. Find more info here.