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Weekend Spotlight: March 11-13, 2016

Friday, Mar 11th, 2016 by

Here are some of the highlights of the weekend ahead. Please click on the links to find full details. And if the events below don’t fit your schedule, budget or interests, check out the Go West Calendar for lots more options, including a number of open gyms, open swims and drop-in activities at local libraries. Plus, there are several resale events being held this weekend, too.

 

 

Friday, March 11

 

Weekend Spotlight-March 11-13, 2016

ELGIN: Marcus Theaters holds a “Kids Dream Winter Film Festival” that continues this weekend with a showing of “The Peanuts Movie” on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 10 a.m. Admission is $3 a ticket. More info here.

 

BATAVIA & OSWEGO: Goodrich Quality Theaters has a “Weekend Morning Movies” series running through May 1. It will feature family-friendly movies shown at 10 a.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at GQT locations in Oswego and Batavia. Tickets are $1 each unless you get free ones through their Frequent Movie Goer Club. This week, the movie being shown is “Goosebumps.” Find more info here.

 

NAPERVILLE: The DuPage Children’s Museum will be hosting a Family Fun Friday Night, designed to give busy families the opportunity to take advantage of its extended hours. The museum is open until 8 p.m. and visitors can enjoy a full museum experience with the whole family. Regular admission rates apply.

 

 

 

 

Saturday, March 12

 

VARIOUS: Smithsonian Magazine’s “Museum Day Live” is an annual event in which participating museums across the country open their doors to anyone presenting a Museum Day Live ticket for free, along with a guest. This year, Museum Day Live is being held Saturday, March 12, and about 20 museums in Illinois are participating. You do have to register for an account to receive your ticket. More info here.

 

ELGIN: Marcus Theaters holds a “Kids Dream Winter Film Festival” that continues this weekend with a showing of “The Peanuts Movie” on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 10 a.m. Admission is $3 a ticket. More info here.

 

BATAVIA & OSWEGO: Goodrich Quality Theaters has a “Weekend Morning Movies” series running through May 1. It will feature family-friendly movies shown at 10 a.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at GQT locations in Oswego and Batavia. Tickets are $1 each unless you get free ones through their Frequent Movie Goer Club. This week, the movie being shown is “Goosebumps.” Find more info here.

 

ST. CHARLES: The Kane County Forest Preserve District will be hosting Maple Sugaring Days on Saturday, March 12, and Sunday, March 13, 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. The event runs from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday and is ongoing, so you can arrive anytime in the span to enjoy the activities. This is a free program. (Note: A lot of visitors often show up right at 1 p.m., so if it works for your family to arrive even 30 minutes later, you might find it less crowded.)

 

ST. CHARLES: The very popular St. Patrick’s Parade takes place in St. Charles this Saturday, starting at 2 p.m. along Main Street/Route 64 between 6th Street and 4th Avenue. There will be Irish dancers, Irish music, floats and more. Beforehand, there will be a “St. Patrick’s Dance Show” at 10 a.m. at the Arcada Theatre. Several local dance studios will be performing. The St. Charles History Museum is hosting a “Cookies and Crafts” event for kids before the parade from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. The parade is a big event for downtown St. Charles, and a lot of streets ends up being closed for staging. So before you head out, take a look at this list of parking restrictions and road closures (it’s from 2015; 2016 hasn’t been posted yet), and plan to arrive early!

 

GENEVA: The Fox Valley Astronomical Society is hosting a free stargazing party on Saturday night at Peck Farm Park in Geneva. The lecture will be held at 7 p.m., the stargazing begins at 7:30 p.m. In the event of inclement or cloudy weather, the stargazing portion will be canceled. Dress for the weather!

 

 

Sunday, March 13

 

 

ELGIN: Marcus Theaters holds a “Kids Dream Winter Film Festival” that continues this weekend with a showing of “The Peanuts Movie” on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 10 a.m. Admission is $3 a ticket. More info here.

 

BATAVIA & OSWEGO: Goodrich Quality Theaters has a “Weekend Morning Movies” series running through May 1. It will feature family-friendly movies shown at 10 a.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at GQT locations in Oswego and Batavia. Tickets are $1 each unless you get free ones through their Frequent Movie Goer Club. This week, the movie being shown is “Goosebumps.” Find more info here.

 

ST. CHARLES: The Kane County Forest Preserve District will be hosting Maple Sugaring Days on Saturday, March 12, and Sunday, March 13, 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. The event runs from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday and is ongoing, so you can arrive anytime in the span to enjoy the activities. This is a free program. (Note: A lot of visitors often show up right at 1 p.m., so if it works for your family to arrive even 30 minutes later, you might find it less crowded.)

 

OAK BROOK: The DuPage County Forest Preserve District is hosting Get Sticky! Maple Syrup Sunday on Sunday, March 13, at Fullersburg Woods in Oak Brook. You’ll take a 75-minute guided stroll through the woods and discover the sweet secret of turning sap into syrup. This event is open to all ages and costs $10 per person. You’ll need to register in advance – either online or by calling 630-850-8112. Find more info here.

 

OSWEGO: Little White School Museum in Oswego will offer “Historical Puzzle Fun” on Sunday from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Walk-ins are welcome, and this is best for kids ages 3 and up. It’s a free event.