Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Wednesday Weekend Windup {Kites, Puppets, Earth Day and More!}



So, it appears if the weather just can't make up its mind! We had such a lovely taste of spring--and then---let's just hope it comes back. There are plenty of fun events this weekend--some indoors, some outdoors. It looks like it may rain on Saturday, so check on outdoor events before going out. Sunday looks like it should be 58 and sunny. I will take that! When we went hiking this weekend, we noticed a number of wildflowers have blossomed so I put two wildflower walks on the list for Sunday. One my personal goals is to learn a little more about identification in the near future!


Here are our picks for the weekend:

ROAD TRIP: Racine and Kenosha are hosting art studio tours this weekend which will give visitors an inside look at the "laboratories" of local artists! Sounds like a great experience! Check out our previous post for more info.

Continuing:
Saturday, April 25
  • April 25 Earth Day Celebration, Village Green, Northbrook, 8:30AM - 12PM, over 50 Earth-friendly vendors with products and ideas for your life and home, there will be a cleanup at 8:30AM and a tree planting at 11AM, free admission
  • April 25 Barb Sorenson Acoustic Pop/Rock Concert, Christie's Dairy Delights, Palatine, 8:30AM-10:30AM and 12:30PM-5:00PM, free with purchase of coffee or ice cream
  • April 25-26 Wood Carvers Show, Cantigny Park, Wheaton, fine art exhibit of one of a kind woodcarvings, wood burning art and more, collectibles, Sat 9AM-4PM, Sun 10AM-4PM, free admission, $5 for parking
  • April 25 Kite Fly, Margreth Riemer Reservoir, Palatine, 10AM, free, free kites to first 100 children, raffles CHANGED TO 10AM ON MAY 9 DUE TO RAIN THIS SATURDAY
  • April 25 Astronomy Day, Technology Building at Lake County College in Grayslake, 10AM-4PM, variety of family activities like comet making, walking tour of a scale model of the solar system, observing through telescopes, table of activities for younger kids, and more, also and evening star party 7PM-10PM weather permitting, all activities are free
  • April 25 Open House at Big Run Wolf Ranch, Lockport, 10AM-4PM, meet some native animals, music, food and more, $6 admission pp
  • April 25 Spring Extreme Block Party Family Expo and Taste, Vernon Hills HS Field House, 10AM-3PM, local vendors, samples from local eateries, reptile show, engineering for kids, facepainting, mini golf, demos, raffles and more, free admission!
  • April 25 Party for the Planet, Cosley Zoo, Wheaton, 10AM-2PM, learn about conservation efforts involving nature and wildlife, have a piece of Earth Day cake, Wheaton residents free, nonresidents $5 pp, $4 per senior
  • April 25 The Tale of Peter Rabbit with Mark Nichol's Puppet Place, The Book Market, The Glen Town Center, Glenview, 10:30AM-11:15AM, must register online, free!
  • April 25 Earth Day Celebration, Golf Mill Shopping Center, Niles, 11AM-2PM, storytime, decorate a planter, Groot recycling truck, more, free!
  • April 25 Family Kite Fly, Century Park, Vernon Hills, 11AM-1PM, free, bring your own kits or purchase one for $6
  • April 25 Andy Head's Wonderfully Wacky Juggling Show, Mt. Prospect Public Library, 11AM-11:45AM. juggling, unicycling and comedy, free but you must register
  • April 25 Mt. Prospect Irish Fest, Emerson and Busse, Mt. Prospect, 1PM-11PM, Irish music and dancers, food vendors, Irish item vendors, free admission 
  • April 25 1865 Street Festival, Cook and Station Streets, Barrington, 3PM-10PM, Barrington celebrates 150 years with a vintage family fair with a calliope, penny farthing cyclist, reenactors, pony rides and much more, admission is free, see our previous post for more details, rain date 4/26/15 EVENT HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED TO APRIL 26 2PM-8PM DUE TO RAIN
Sunday, April 26
  • April 25-26 Wood Carvers Show, Cantigny Park, Wheaton fine art exhibit of one of a kind woodcarvings, wood burning art and more, collectibles, Sat 9AM-4PM, Sun 10AM-4PM, free admission, $5 for parking
  • April 26 Spring Wildflower Walk, Trailside Nature Museum, River Forest, 1PM, learn about the delicate blooms of the woodland wildflowers, free but must register by calling 708-366-6530by 4/24, Ages 8 and up
  • April 26 Flying 4 Kids Family Kite Fly and Picnic, Bock Neighborhood Center, Schaumburg, 1:30PM, bring a picnic and a kite for some spring fun, $ helps support the Park District Youth License Plate Program, $7 residents/ $10 non, adults free, kite kits included in registration fee, register at www.parkfun.com, event held rain or shine, wind or no wind
  • April 26 Wildflower Walk, River Trails Nature Center, Northbrook, 1:30PM, learn about wildflowers on a guided walk, free
  • April 26 1865 Street Festival, Cook and Station Streets, Barrington, 2PM-8PM, Barrington celebrates 150 years with a vintage family fair with a calliope, penny farthing cyclist, reenactors, pony rides and much more, admission is free, see our previous post for more details, rain date 4/26/15
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