Here are some of the highlights for family fun this weekend. You’ll find more options that might better fit your family’s schedule, interests or budget in the Go West Calendar.
Wednesday, September 3 through Sunday, September 7
SANDWICH: The Sandwich Fair is the oldest continuing fair in the state of Illinois and is located on charming fairgrounds in DeKalb County. It features harness racing, tractor pulls, a demolition derby, a vintage baseball game, displays of antique farm machinery and musical performances. Here’s a link to the detailed schedule. General admission is $9 for adults, $5 for children ages 6-12. Kids 5 and under are free.
Friday, September 5 through Sunday, September 7
GENEVA: The Festival of the Vine is taking place in downtown Geneva through Sunday. The focus of this festival is wine and food — local restaurants have booths where you can purchase portions. There’s a wine tent, too. That action all takes place on North Fourth Street, just north of State Street. There are a few things that will appeal to kids — State Street Dance will perform excerpts from “Alice in Wonderland” and “Sleeping Beauty” at noon on Saturday at the Entertainment Stage at Fourth and State. And there is complimentary face painting (Saturday and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m.) and balloon creations (Saturday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.). But honestly this an event more about the adults than the children! Here’s a link to a detailed schedule.
Friday, September 5
WHEATON: Cantigny Park and the Naperville Astronomical Association are hosting a stargazing event on Friday, Sept. 5, from 7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. You are invited to bring your blanket or lawn chair and view planets and stars through various telescopes. You’ll learn how to identify star constellations with the naked eye. There will be a kid’s craft in the Visitor’s Center from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. (or while supplies last) and a family-friendly presentation on recognizing constellations from 7:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. The stargazing will take place on the Parade Field from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. This is a free event, included with the regular $2 evening parking fee.
Saturday, September 6
VARIOUS: stores nationwide sponsor free “Kids Workshops,” usually on the first Saturday of each month. This Saturday, the workshop will allow children from ages 5 to 12 to create a “Wizard of Oz” birdhouse. Children will also receive a kid-sized orange apron, a commemorative pin and certificate of achievement. Home Depot stores in Aurora, Geneva and South Elgin are among those participating, with the workshop getting underway at 9 a.m. New in recent months, Home Depot does ask you to register in advance in order to help the store better plan how many craft kits it needs. You can find the orange “Register” button on this page.