For other ideas on how to spend this spring weekend, make sure to take a look at our complete guides to community garage sales (Batavia is hosting its sale this weekend) and the Mud Free Play Guide. Rhea Lana’s of Fox Valley is holding its spring/summer consignment event starting on Sunday through May 12 in Naperville; check this out for advice on how to make the most of your shopping trip. And if you haven’t registered your kids for any summer camps yet, you’ll want to take a look at this.
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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 “Summer Camp Preview.”
Dates: Friday, May 5, from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Event details here.
Cost: Regular admission rates apply. Members get in free.
GLEN ELLYN: Fire trucks, a police car, a garbage truck, a tow truck, a steamroller and more will be on hand at this Touch-a-Truck event that gives kids an opportunity to explore and learn about big, motorized vehicles. New this year will be a horn-free hour from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. especially for those who don’t care for loud noises. There also will be giveaways and a raffle. Sponsored by the Glen Ellyn Park District, admission is free to this event. Because parking is limited at Maryknoll Park, a newly added free shuttle bus service will pick up and drop off visitors parked at the Roosevelt Glen Corporate Center, 799 Roosevelt Road.
Date: Saturday, May 6, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Event details here.
Free Comic Book Day
VARIOUS: This Saturday is Free Comic Book Day, when participating stores and libraries around North American give away comic books for free. Some have specific hours, some will give away comic books while supplies last. Participating libraries include ones in St. Charles, West Chicago, Oswego and Batavia, as well as a number of comic books shops all over suburban Chicago.
Date: Saturday, May 6. Hours vary. Event details here.
Go Fly a Kite
WHEATON: The Wheaton Park District’s Go Fly a Kite event will be held in Wheaton’s Graf Park on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Chicago Fire Kite Team will be performing demonstrations at noon and coordinating a number of kite flying activities for participants. You can bring your own kite from home, or purchase one at the event. Concessions will be available.
Date: Saturday, May 6, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Event details here..
Cost: This is a free event.
VARIOUS: The free Home Depot Kids Workshop will be offered at Home Depots in the area on Saturday morning. Here’s our “Insider’s Guide” on what to expect! This month, kids will build a flower pot.
Dates: Saturday, May 6, from 9 a.m. to noon. Event details here.
Paper Flowers Make and Take
OSWEGO: Since flowers have long been a Mother’s Day tradition, this “Make & Take” event is an opportunity to create different types of paper flowers to give to a special mom in your life. Stop by anytime between 12:30 and 3:30 p.m. to participate. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Pre-registration is recommended, but walk-in registration is welcome. Hosted by the Oswegoland Heritage Association. Open to children ages 3 and up.
Date: Sunday, May 7, from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Event details here.
LOMBARD: The annual Lilac Time festival in Lombard’s Lilacia Park gets underway Saturday and runs through May 21. Lilacia Park features 800 lilacs and 25,000 tulips. You can just stroll through the 8.5-acre park (next to the Lombard Metra stop) or there are a number of special events, too. According to the Lombard Parks Instagram account, the lilacs are already in full bloom!
Dates: Saturday, May 6 through Sunday, May 21. Event details here.
Cost: Free but there could be a fee for certain special events.