This Weekend Spotlight is brought to you by the Father Son Picnic being hosted by the Wheaton Park District on Saturday, Aug. 19. The event will be held at Northside Park from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and will be a great father-son bonding experience. Drop-in activities from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. include canoeing, crafts, fishing and geocaching. There are scheduled events, too – including games/races at 1:30 p.m., snacks at 2:30 p.m. and a kickball game at 3:15 p.m.
Advance registration is required, and you can do that here online, or you can call the Wheaton Park District’s Lincoln Marsh at 630-871-2810 for more information. The cost is the same whether you are a resident or not: $25 for adults, $5 for children. The registration deadline is Aug. 14, so don’t delay getting your kids signed up for a memorable, end-of-summer event with their dads, grandfathers or another important male figure in their lives!
Kane County Fair
St. Charles: The Kane County Fair is underway through Sunday at the fairgrounds in St. Charles, and it features a carnival, demolition derby, 4-H shows, live music, a racing pigs show, barrel racing, bull riders and more.
Cost: Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 3-12, kids under 3 are free. Some events, such as the bull riding and barrel racing, require additional paid tickets.
Family and Movie Night at Cantigny
Wheaton: Cantigny Park will be hosting an outdoor showing of the boy-meets-creature adventure “Monster Trucks” at dusk on Friday night. But before that, as part of its “Family Night,” there will be game show-type trivia for families to play and a touch-a-truck opportunity featuring police, fire, construction and military vehicles. this is also a “Cruise Night,” so there will be cool wheels and live music by Joe Kalish.
Dates: Friday, July 21, starting at 5:30 p.m. Event details here.
Cost: Included with the regular $5 weekday parking fee.
Rolling on the River
Naperville: The Naperville Park District’s Rollin’ on the River concert series continues on Friday with a Battle of the Bands at the Riverwalk Free Speech Pavilion.
Date: Friday, July 21, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Event details here.
Geneva Arts Fair
Geneva: Downtown Geneva is hosting its annual Arts Fair on Saturday and Sunday. More than 140 artists will show their work, but it’s not clear if there are any specific activities for children.
Dates: Saturday, July 22, and Sunday, July 23 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Event details here.
Cost: Free admission.
Oak Brook: The Mayslake Peabody Estate is hosting a “Discover Maylake” open house on Saturday featuring live music, theater, art projects, hikes, archery and fishing. This 87-acre estate, which includes the 1920s Tudor Revival-style Mayslake Hall, is owned and operated by the DuPage County Forest Preserve District.
Movie Night in Aurora
Aurora: Phillips Park in Aurora has an outdoor movie series that continues into August. On Saturday, it will show the animated Pixar hit “Finding Dory” at dusk. Prior to the movie, there will be family activities including music, dancing and giveaways. Concession stands will be open; bring your chairs, blankets and bug spray!
Dates: Saturday, July 22, at 7:30 p.m. The movie will start at dusk. Event details here.
Summer Concert Series
Wheaton: Cantigny Park is featuring outdoor musical concerts several times a week this summer, and on Sunday, the band Dwayne Dopsie & the Zydeco Hellraisers will play their mix of zydeco music.
Dates: Sunday, July 23 at 3 p.m. Event details here.
Cost: Included with the regular $10 weekend parking fee.