For other ideas on how to spend this spring weekend, make sure to take a look at our complete guides to community garage sales (Oswego is hosting its sale this weekend, as well as the Mill Creek subdivision in Geneva and Batavia) and the Mud Free Play Guide. And if you haven’t registered your kids for any summer camps yet, you’ll want to take a look at this.
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! Finally, I hope all the moms out in Chicagoland enjoy a very Happy Mother’s Day!
BATAVIA: It’s Touch-a-Truck Day in Batavia on Friday! This popular, free event will be held from in the parking lot of the Eastside Community Center at 14 N. Van Buren Street. Parent supervision is required and cameras are highly recommended. Can’t make this one? Check out our Touch-a-Truck Guide for more events all spring and summer long!
Date: Friday, May 12, from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Event details here.
ELGIN: Curious about the natural world around you? Bring your family to Elgin Public Museum’s Science Night! Different stations will be set up around the museum for kids and their parents to experience themed, hands-on demonstrations and scientific experiments. No registration necessary.
Dates: Friday, May 12, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Event details here.
Cost: $2 per person.
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 giant birthday cake.
Dates: Friday, May 12, from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Event details here.
Cost: Regular admission rates apply. Members get in free.
AURORA: On Saturday morning, the Fox Valley Park District is hosting a Family Kite Day at Prisco Community Center in Aurora.
Date: Saturday, May 13, from 10 a.m. to noon. Event details here.
Cost: $3 per person. Children 2 and under are free.
LOMBARD: It’s Lilac Time in Lombard! This suburb’s Lilacia Park dates back nearly 100 years and features 700 lilacs and is the site of the town’s annual Lilac Time Festival. The park is open from dawn to dusk. Note that Saturday is “Kids Day” and will include a “teddy bear picnic” and a concert by Miss Jamie’s Farm between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Sunday features a Mother’s Day concert starting at 2 p.m. featuring Blast from the Past.
Date: Daily through May 21. Find a detailed calendar of events here.
Cost: There is no fee to enter the park, but pre-registration and/or a fee can be required for certain events during the festival.
International Migratory Bird Day
GLEN ELLYN: The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County invites birdwatchers to mark the spring migration during “International Migratory Bird Day” on Saturday morning at Willowbrook Wildlife Center in Glen Ellyn. The free event features a variety of activities for kids and adults throughout the morning, including a family bird walk and a bird-banding demo. Visitors should bring binoculars if possible; a limited number will be available for loan.
Date: Saturday, May 13, from 8 a.m. to noon. Event details here.
Mother’s Day Craft
ST. CHARLES: Blue Goose Supermarket is hosting a a Mother’s Day Craft Kids Party on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Kids can decorate a flower pot and card, and moms will get a free carnation.
Date: Saturday, May 13, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Event details here.
WEST CHICAGO: Come join the West Chicago Public Library as they share the culture and tradition of henna art on Saturday afternoon. Henna is a form of artistic hand painting practiced in many cultures around the world. Now its your turn to have the opportunity to see various henna techniques practiced and go home with your own beautiful design. Henna is not permanent, but instead stains the skin. They ill be using a special henna paste that may stay on the skin for 1 to 3 weeks.
Date: Saturday, May 13, from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Event details here.
Cost: This is a free event.
NAPERVILLE: If you’re looking for a show to take the kids to, Spotlight Youth Theater is performing “Godspell” with a children’s cast this weekend at the Compass Auditorium in Naperville.
Dates: Friday, May 12 at 7 p.m., Saturday, May 13, at 11 a.m. and Sunday, May 14, at 3 p.m. Event details here.
Cost: Tickets range from $12 to $14.