One of my favorite things about summer is getting to throw a blanket down the ground and watch a movie outdoors with my family on a warm summer night. This summer, the Glen Ellyn Park District has scheduled four “Movies in the Park” at four different parks. These events are FREE, and new this year, your family can arrive before the movie for a special craft project or activity.
Here’s the 2017 lineup:
- Wednesday, June 7: “Angry Birds” at Spalding Park
- Wednesday, June 28: “Secret Life of Pets” at Lake Ellyn Park
- Wednesday, July 12: “The Jungle Book” at Lake Foxcroft Park
- Wednesday, Aug. 9: “Sing” at Newton Park
Taste of Wheaton
Wheaton: The Taste of Wheaton kicked off on Thursday, but it steps into higher gear on Friday and even more so over the weekend. On Saturday, there will be special children’s activities on Hale Street from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. including a touch-a-truck, DJ, tie-dye activities, airbrush tattoos, face painting, toy clinic and more. Several of those activities will be offered Sunday as well in Memorial Park. Find more info here, and this is a map and printable schedule.
Dates: Friday, June 2 through Sunday, June 4. Event details here.
Cost: Admission to the festival is free.
Wheaton: Cantigny Park will be showing a number of movies outdoors on Friday nights this summer. First up is the recent animated hit “Zootopia,” at the bandshell at 8:30 p.m. on Friday.
Dates: Friday, June 2, at dusk. Event details here.
Cost: Included with the regular $5 weekday parking fee.
Farmers’ Market and 5K
Batavia: Saturday is the kick-off for the 22nd annual Batavia Farmers’ Market, being held on River from 8 a.m. to noon every Saturday through Oct. 28 on the newly renovated North River Street between Wilson and State streets. You’ll find free yoga, free kids activities and 35 full-season vendors (with others joining occasionally). Plus this week there is a special “Race to the Market: Opening Day 5K,” a chip-timed race in which kids (and walkers) are welcome to participate as well as adult runners. I hear there will be running vegetables! How can you miss out on that?
Cost: The farmers’ market is free to enter. The 5K race is $20 for a group of four or more.
West Chicago:The West Chicago Park District is holding its touch-a-truck event on Saturday morning in the parking lot of the Turtle Splash Water Park at 129 N. National Street. Your kids will get the experience of sitting in a fire truck, dump truck and/or police car. New this year will be child carseat check-ups, too.
Date: Saturday, June 3, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Event details here.
Oswego: The Oswegoland Park District is hosting a special daytime “Fam JAMS Concert in the Park” on Saturday morning at Hudson Crossing Park. Ben Tatar and the Tatar Tots will be performing a special set for the little ones. Also on Saturday, the Messenger Public Library is kicking off its summer reading program with an outdoor performance by Jim Gill on Saturday morning.
Date: The Fam JAMS concert is Saturday, June 3, at 10 a.m. at Hudson Crossing Park in Oswego. Event details here. The Jim Gill concert is Saturday, June 3, at 10 a.m. at the Messenger Public Library in North Aurora. Event details here.
Cost: Both concerts are free.
Bolingbrook: The annual Cavalcade of Planes is being held Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Bolingbrook’s Clow International Airport. It features aircraft to admire, both on the ground and the air, plus skydiving, formation flying, helicopter demonstrations and more.
Dates: Saturday, June 3, and Sunday, June 4, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Event details here.
Cost: In 20126, admission was cash only: $3 for adults, $1 for kids ages 5-11, free for children under 5. However, the show has added an online ticketing option (it sounds like there were long lines at the entry gates last year) with several different options available. Find more info or purchase online tickets here.
Bubblefest/Family in the Park Day
Elgin: The Elgin Public Museum is hosting is annual Family in the Park Day – plus “Bubblefest” – on Saturday in Lords Park. Starting at 11 a.m., come listen to the band Good Clean Fun. Say hello to the K9 Corps of the Elgin Police Department, visit the farm animals at Lords Park Zoo and grab a bite at the food trucks. From noon to 2 p.m., you can enjoy Elgin Public Museum’s Bubblefest. Your kids can make a bubble blower, shake hands in a bubble, make beautiful bubble art and even stand in a bubble. Museum staff will guide in bubble activities and show how you can create your own bubble activities at home.
Date: Saturday, June 3. Bubblefest is from noon to 2 p.m. Family in the Park Day is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Event details for both here.
Cost: Family in the Park Day is free. Bubblefest is $3 per child.
Aurora and Naperville: The 2nd annual Aurora Kite Festival had to be rescheduled after its original May date got rained out. It’s now taking place Saturday, June 3, from 10 a.m. to noon at Jake’s Bagels at RiverEdge Park. The city of Aurora will be giving away 100 free kites to the first 100 kids. Then on Sunday, the 11th Annual Naperville Park District Kite Fly Festival will be at the Frontier Sports Complex from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This family-friendly event features learn-to-fly lessons and demonstrations of kites of all sizes by Chicago Kite, along with food trucks, live music, kid’s activities, games and giveaways. Participants also can bring their own kites and enjoy flying them in the spacious open fields at Frontier Sports Complex.
Cost: Admission for both is free.
Outdoor Music Concerts
Geneva: The Geneva Commons is hosting its 15th annual Summer Concert Series on Sundays, Wednesdays and Fridays in June, starting June 4 and wrapping up June 28. At the Sunday evening show, Hi Infidelity will rock the hits from the ’80s and today, including Journey, Bon Jovi, REO Speedwagon, Buckcherry, Daughtry, Maroon 5 and Bruno Mars. Note that the Sunday shows are from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and the Wednesday and Friday shows are 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Date: Sunday, June 4, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Event details here.