Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Wednesday Weekend Windup {enjoying summer}

I can't believe that summer is already coming to a close here in Chicagoland. In two weeks, my
daughter will be back in school. I am always in a state of shock this time of year. I grew up in New Jersey, so we did not go back to school until after Labor Day. I don't think that I will ever get used to it. Hopefully, the weather will be pleasant the next couple of weeks so that we can get in some more fun!

There are a lot of festivals this weekend (Yippee!!). Here is a list of some fun activities that got our attention for this weekend:

Friday, August 9

This weekend marks the Mane Event and Taste of Arlington in Downtown Arlington Heights on Friday and Saturday. The events are in advance the of the Arlington Million the following weekend. The event runs from 5PM-10:30PM on Friday and 11:45AM-10:30PM on Saturday. There will be music, food and kids activities.

Saturday, August 10

The Runaway Circus will provide some Big Top fun for kids at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library from 10:30AM-11:30AM. Kids will learn acrobatics, juggling and more at this drop in activity. The program is geared for kids 8 and up and is free!

Veggie Fest at the Science of Spirituality Meditation Center in Naperville will be a lot of fun for families from 11AM-8PM on Saturday and Sunday. There will be family activities, speakers, family meditation tent, live music, food demos and vendors. Admission is free!

You can take in some art at Art at the Glen at The Glen Town Center in Glenview from 11AM-6PM on Saturday and Sunday. Stroll through art, listen to music, watch demos and participate in kids activities. Admission is free!


Kites will be flying Saturday and Sunday at the Kite Festival at the Chicago Botanic Garden from 11AM-4PM each day. There will be kite flying demonstrations and kite making workshops. It is $25 for parking at Botanic Garden. You can walk or take a tram to festival. Check schedule for specifics.

The Jazz Patio and Wine Festival will be livening up Deer Park Center in Kildeer from 12PM-5PM on Saturday. There will be live music, face painting, balloon art and sidewalk sales. Admission is free!

On Saturday, participate in Family Yoga led by Samana Jasper at Dharma Yoga in Evanston. The event runs 2PM-3PM and is by donation with donations benefiting Creatively Caring. Please RSVP to 847-486-8000.

Enjoy star gazing? There will be a Perseid Meteor Party at the Vera Meineke Nature Center in  Schaumburg from 9PM-11PM. Enjoy the show with interpreters. There will be some telescopes (just south of nature center) to use. Bring a blanket or chair to relax. The event is free!

Sunday, August 11

Sunday is Pirate Day at Centennial Park in Park Ridge from 12:30PM-4:30PM. The fun will include peg-leg races, a search for pirate booty and more. The event is free with pool admission ($6 pp).

Take a Butterfly Hike at Sagawau Environmental Learning Center in Lemont from 1PM-2PM. The free event will allow you to take a closer look at butterflies and their habitat.

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