Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Wednesday Weekend Windup {Labor Day Weekend Family Fun}


Ferris Wheel on a sunny day


How is it possible that Labor Day is here already? At least we can soften the blow with some fun family events! Here are my pick for this weekend:
Ongoing:
  • April 8-September 25 Ribbit! The Exhibit, Morton Arboretum, Lisle, 23 larger-than-life copper frog sculptures of frogs performing different activities throughout the arboretum, free with admission, $14 Adults ages 18–64, $12 Seniors ages 65+ , $9 Youth ages 2–17 (discounted admission on Wednesdays)
  • May 28-Sept 5 Butterflies and Blooms opens at Chicago Botanic Garden, 10AM-5PM, enjoy immersing yourself in the live butterfly exhibit, adults $6, seniors $5, kids $4 (3-12), 2 and under free, discount for members, packs available, $25 parking per car on weekdays, $30 weekends if not members
  • July 9-Labor Day Bristol Renaissance Faire, Bristol, WI, Saturdays, Sundays and Labor Day, see website for schedule and tickets
Thurday, September 1:
  • September 1-5 Buffalo Grove Days, Buffalo Grove, entertainment, carnival, craft fair and more, see schedule
Friday, September 2:
  • September 2-5 Last Fling, Naperville, live music, family fun land, carnival, parade, check website for more details and ticket prices, entertainment stage is free
  • September 2-4 Harvard Hot Air Balloon Fest, balloon flights Fri, Sat and Sun evenings and Sat & Sun mornings, glows each evening, $5 per car, $10 for oversized vehicles, weather permitting, see website for more details, times, etc., bring your lawn chair and blanket
  • Also, Buffalo Grove Days.
Saturday, September 3:
  • September 3 Bird Walk, Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest, 10AM, all levels of birding experience welcome, a few binoculars are available to borrow, free
  • September 3-4 Country Fair, Kline Creek Farm, West Chicago, 10AM-4PM, enjoy an old fashioned country fair, free admission
  • September 3-5 Irish Days, Long Grove, Irish Dancing, Music, Gaelic Heritage tent, food, Irish Days Dog Competition, find a leprechaun and more, see schedule
  • September 3-4 Civil War Encampment, Graue Mill, Oak Brook, 11AM-4PM, 10th Illinois Regiment and their families depict what life was like in a Union military camp, firing demos, drills, cooking and more, free admission
  • Also, Buffalo Grove Days, Last Fling and Harvard Hot Air Balloon Fest.
Sunday, September 4:
  • September 4-5 Fox Valley Folk Festival, Island Park, Geneva, storytelling, yodeling, concerts, instrument demos, ghost stories, craft demos and more, free admission
  • September 4 Stroll Through a September Prairie, Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington, 1PM, join us for a 2 mile walk along Phantom Prairie to view goldenrods, sunflowers and more, free
  • Also, Buffalo Grove Days, Last Fling, Civil War Encampment, Country Fair, Irish Days and Harvard Hot Air Balloon Fest.
Monday, September 5:
  • September 5 Old Fashioned Picnic in the Park, Woodland Trails, Mount Prospect, 10AM-3PM, inflatables, petting zoo, mini golf tourney, kids' craft area, Kids' Coins Splash and more, free admission
  • September 5 Creature Feature, River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook, 1:30PM, get up close and personal with one of the animals at River Trail, free
  • Also, Buffalo Grove Days, Last Fling, Fox Valley Folk Festival and Irish Days.

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