Weekend Spotlight: May 19-21, 2017, Sponsored by the Gone Fishin’ Derby in Glen Ellyn

Thursday, May 18th, 2017 by

Do your kids love to fish, or want to learn more about fishing? This Weekend Spotlight is being brought to you by the Gone Fishin’ Derby, being held the morning of Saturday, June 17, in Lake Ellyn Park in Glen Elllyn.


During this catch-and-release derby, participants will have an hour to catch as many fish as they can! Trophies will be awarded for Largest Fish Caught, Smallest Fish Caught, Most Fish Caught and Best Dressed Fisherman.


This event is open to all ages, but all children must be accompanied by an adult. Fee is per child ($10 for residents of the Glen Ellyn Park District, $15 for non-residents) and includes bait, snacks and activities. Fishermen must supply their own fishing poles.


Pre-registration is required, and the registration deadline is June 10. This event is limited to the first 50 registered participants. You can find more info, and start the registration process, here.





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 19, from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Event details here.

Cost: Regular admission rates apply. Members get in free.



Endangered Species Day

Wheaton: Spend Saturday morning or afternoon at Cosley Zoo and discover more about endangered species in Illinois and around the world. Learn about the zoo’s efforts to the protect the Blanding’s turtle, endangered in Illinois since 2009, and how local residents can make a difference. Live animal interactions will take place throughout the event. No registration required; regular admission rates apply.

Date: Saturday, May 20, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Event details here.

Cost: Kids enter the zoo for free. Adult members of the Wheaton Park District are free, as well. Non-resident adults are $7, non-resident seniors are $6.


Just Play!

Carol Stream: JustPlay! is a sports and recreation festival in Carol Stream that offers dozens of free activities to thousands of participants. All activities are designed to encourage people of all ages and backgrounds to get active, have fun, try new activities and have a memorable day in the Chicago suburbs. Choose from dozens of interactive activities, demonstrations and performances in the six Activity Zones: Action Zone, Performance Arena, Kids Zone, Sport Court Zone, Water Sports Zone and Public Safety Zone. JustPlay! is held at Ross Ferraro Town Center at the corner of Gary Ave and Lies Rd in Carol Stream, Illinois. The festival site is just a few minutes south of Army Trail Road and a few minutes north of North Avenue.

Date: Saturday, May 20, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Event details here.

Cost: Free.


Kite Fly and Touch-a-Truck

Bloomingdale: Contests, raffles, crafts and a mass kite launch highlight the annual Statewide Kite Fly and Touch-A-Truck events on Saturday at Bloomingdale’s Springfield Park. Sponsored by the Illinois Association of Park Districts, the kite fly raises awareness of the Park District Youth License Plate Flying 4 Kids program. Sales of Flying 4 Kids license plates go to park districts and recreation agencies to provide innovative, after-school programming for Illinois youth. Bring your own kites or kites will be available for purchase. Touch-A-Truck features are variety of trucks and vehicles to climb, sit and play on. Parental supervision is required.

Date: Saturday, May 20, from 10 a.m. to noon. Event details here.

Cost: Free.


Origami in the Garden 

Lisle: The Morton Arboretum’s new “Origami in the Garden” exhibit is a series of large-scale metal sculptures inspired by the Japanese art of paper folding. Appearing for the first time in the Chicago area and created by Santa Fe-based artists Kevin and Jennifer Box, the exhibition will feature installations, gallery works, and the Box’s own compositions as well as collaborative works with some of the world’s top origami artists. To celebrate the opening weekend of the show, there will be live performances and activities inspired by Japanese culture. Most events will occur in the Children’s Garden from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Date: Saturday and Sunday, May 20-21, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Special activities mostly in the Children’s Garden. Event details here.

Cost: Included with regular admission to the Morton Arboretum.


Civil War Days

Naperville: Naper Settlement will be transformed this weekend into a Civil War encampment where visitors can meet famous figures of the past and experience firsthand a turbulent time period in our nation’s history. Hundreds of re-enactors participate, staging a battle complete with raging cannons and marching infantry. Learn how the nation changed through the insights of famous people who made a difference in history. An annual tradition at Naper Settlement for over 25 years, the family-friendly event features food, fun and shopping on “Sutler’s Row” for traditional Civil War-era reproduction products.

Date: Saturday and Sunday, May 20-21, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. The battle takes place at 2:30 p.m. each day. Event details here.

Cost: $15 for adults, $10 for youth (ages 4-12.) Under 4 years of age and Naper Settlement members are free.