Here are some highlights of the weekend ahead. This is also the last weekend for the “Kids Ride Free” promotion on Metra. For free (or nearly free) fun in the water, check out the Go West Splash Park Guide. A trip to a farmer’s market or a French market can make a great family activity. This is a list of pools open through Labor Day. And make sure to 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 summer. I promise you won’t regret it!
Projects for Kids
Various: Home Depot stores across Chicagoland host a free Kids Workshop on the first Saturday of every month for children to create a variety of projects. Participating children also leave with an apron and a pin. Read our recent “Insider’s Guide to Kids Workshops at Home Depot” to get the skinny on what you and your kids can expect at this fun program. This month, kids will be creating a pencil case just in time for the start of school.
Dates: Saturday, Sept. 2, from 9 a.m. to noon. Event details here.
Geneva: The Kane County Cougars have just a few regular-season games left at Northwestern Medicine Field in Geneva this season. They’ll be hosting the Peoria Chiefs in Midwest League action, with games Saturday night, Sunday night and Monday afternoon. The games on Saturday and Sunday will feature fireworks, with Saturday having a “Star Wars” theme and kids eating free on Sunday, among other promotions. Find more details on individual promotions here.
Dates: Games are Saturday, Sept. 2, at 6:30 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 3, at 6:30 p.m. and Monday, Sept. 4 at 1 p.m. Event details here.
Cost: Ticket prices vary.
A Summer Festival
Naperville: The Naperville Jaycee host the community festival “Last Fling” every year in downtown Naperville over Labor Day weekend. There’s music, entertainment, a carnival, a Labor Day parade and a “Family Fun Land” at Naper Settlement, including dancers, exotic animals, storytime, magic, martial arts performances and more.
Dates: Friday, Sept. 1 through Monday, Sept. 4. Find a special events schedule here, info on the Labor Day parade here and a detailed schedule for Family Fun Land, which is open Saturday through Monday, here.
Cost: Admission to the festival is free. A $5 per family donation is encouraged when entering Family Fun Land tp support the Jaycees. Admission to the Main Stage requires a ticket, which is $25 and up on Saturday and Sunday.
Yorkville: The annual Hometown Days Festival is held in Yorkville every year in Beecher Park over the Labor day weekend. This year, it will feature the “Ultimate Air Dogs Competition,” as well as musical entertainment, carnival rides, food, a family area with bounce houses and a touch-a-truck show, a car show and more.
Cost: Admission is free on Friday. A $2 festival admission after 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Children under 5 are free all weekend.
Fun in the Country
West Chicago: You’re invited to experience a fair from DuPage County’s agricultural past at Kline Creek Farm. At the annual “Country Fair,” you’ll learn about 1890s technology, you can visit the Midway for games, award-winning animal exhibits and farm implements, plus enjoy an authentic flea circus and special guest performances.
Cost: Admission is free. There are small fees for some activities, such as horse-drawn wagon rides available for $5 per person. (Kids under 5 are free on the wagon.)
Batavia: Batavia MainStreet is hosting its annual “Downtown Batavia Block Party – Taste of Batavia” on Sunday, featuring a classic car show, pie bake off, free kids area and more. The fun will take place on North River Street and the Riverwalk.
Cost: Free admission to the kids area. Food will be available for $3 tastings and alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks will be available to purchase, too.
Afternoon Musical Concerts
Wheaton: Cantigny Park has a doubleheader of concerts this weekend, with Bopology performing selections from the “great American songbook” on Sunday and the Northwest Concert Band performing on Labor Day.
Dates: Sunday, Sept. 3, and Monday, Sept. 4, both at 3 p.m. Event details here.
Cost: Included with the regular $10 weekend/holiday parking fee at Cantigny.