This coming weekend is often deemed the "kickoff" weekend of summer. Barbecues are scheduled, there are parades to watch and fairs and festivals are popping up. This year I am pretty excited about summer. We have plenty of fun plans. However, it will be interesting to look back come Labor Day and see how many we accomplished!
There are a number of fun events happening this weekend. We picked out a few that look particularly intriguing.
***Memorial Day Parades***
If you are looking for a Memorial Day parade to attend, take a look at these local resources:
Visit Lake County.
Friday, May 24
Chocolate lovers, big and little, may want to swing by the Burlington Chocolatefest in Burlington, WI. I know that this event is a little out of our normal range, but it is a holiday weekend and who can resist chocolate! The event will be ongoing May 24-27. You will want to check the website for specific times. There will be demonstrations, chocolate eating contests, vendors, a carnival and more. Admission is $7 per adult, $2.50 children 5-12. Additionally, there are $6 tasting tickets and tickets for the carnival must be purchased. You will also want to check the website for more info on pricing.
Saturday, May 25 and Sunday, May 26
The Barrington Art Festival will be held in Downtown Barrington from 10AM-5PM on May 25 & 26. The event will include art, food, kids activities and music. Admission is free! Barrington is a cute place to walk around with some interesting shops and restaurants. Norton's U.S.A. will also be holding a plant exchange on May 25 at 3PM, so may want to add this to your Barrington outing. Check Norton's U.S.A. for details.
The Bass Pro Shops Go Outdoors Event will be held at the Bass Pro Shops in Gurnee May 25-26. The free event will include a Daisy Shooting Range, a metal detector treasure hunt, a scavenger hunt and crafts. Times vary-check the schedule.
Pirate's Cove is open this weekend! Pirate's Cove preseason days will be held May 25-27. The children's theme park is located in Elk Grove Village. If you have not visited before, the park is excellent for the under 8-year-olds! Admission costs $11 nonresident child, $9 resident child and adults are free! You can bring a picnic to Pirate's Cove for lunch or purchase something from their snack bar to make a day of it.
Susanna Farms in Lake Villa will host Memorial Day on the Farm May 25-27 from 11AM-4PM. The fun will include hay rides, bozo buckets, totem pole painting, gardening demonstrations and more. The event is free! The snack shop and gift store will be open for purchase. Also, there will be a gong meditation Saturday evening from 5PM-6PM. The meditation costs $25 pp. You will need to register for the meditation.
The Chicago Swim School will be having a free event Saturday from 2PM-5PM in honor of Swim Safety Month. Learn pool safety, practice skills in the pool, enjoy a bounce house and more. Check Chicago Swim School for more info.