For other ideas on how to spend your weekend, make sure to check out our Indoor Play Guide and Spring Resale Guide, which includes the Rhea Lana’s of West Chicagoland sale in Naperville that gets underway on Sunday. 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!
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 a performance by the Kennedy Woodwind Quintet at 6 p.m.
Dates: Friday, March 10, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Event details here.
Cost: Regular admission rates apply. Members get in free.
St. Patrick’s Day Parades
ST. CHARLES: Thousands of people will head to the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in downtown St. Charles on Saturday. The parade steps off at 2 p.m. at Main and 6th Street, continuing down Main and concluding at 4th Avenue. Note that the parade will proceed rain or shine. The grand finale this year features the South Shore Drill Team.
Date: Saturday, March 11, at 2 p.m. Event details here.
NAPERVILLE: The West Suburban Irish group puts on Naperville’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade, which will step off at 10 a.m. Saturday. at Naperville North High School, then head south to Jefferson Street, east to Main Street and south to Water Street.
Date: Saturday, March 11, at 10 a.m. Event details here.
WHEATON: Cantigny Park’s Robert R. McCormick Museum begins its 2017 Second Saturday series with a celebration of the 19th Amendment, which in 1919 granted women the right to vote. Visitors can make suffragette sashes and pins, and visit a mock voting booth to make their voices heard! Second Saturday is a free drop-in (open house format) program for families with a different theme each month; no registration is necessary.
Date: Saturday, March 11, from noon to 3 p.m. Event details here.
Cost: Included with regular Cantigny parking fee, which is $5 in March.
ST. CHARLES: The Kane County Forest Preserve District will be hosting Maple Sugaring Days on Saturday and Sunday at LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve in St. Charles. Naturalists from the forest preserve will teach visitors how to tap a maple tree. You can try drilling and setting a tap, watch sap simmer over an open fire as it thickens to syrup, join in on a “Sugarin’ Time” hike to learn how to distinguish maples from other trees, and then sample pure, local syrup. Plus you can check-out the interactive exhibits inside Creek Bend Nature Center.
Dates: Saturday, March 11, and Sunday, March 12, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. both days. The program is ongoing, so you can arrive anytime in the span to enjoy the activities. Event details here.
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. “Middle School: The Worst Years of my Life” is the movie this weekend.
Date: Friday, Saturday, Sunday of March 10-12 at 10 a.m. Event details here.
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 “Ice Age: Collision Course.” Participating theaters include the Elgin Cinema on Randall Road.
Dates: Friday, Saturday, Sunday of March 10-12 at 10 a.m. Event details here.