A Little Time and a Keyboard: Weekend Windup: 15 Family Fun Events in the Chicago Suburbs August 14-16, 2020

Weekend Windup: 15 Family Fun Events in the Chicago Suburbs August 14-16, 2020

Thursday, August 13, 2020

 Weekend Windup: 15 Family Fun Events in the Chicago Suburbs August 14-16, 2020

Weekend Windup: 15 Family Fun Events in the Chicago Suburbs August 14-16, 2020

The weekend is nearly here and the number of events we can enjoy safely seems to be increasing as we adjust to the new normal! Her are my 15 picks for this weekend in the Chicago suburbs! Please make sure you register if needed and follow safety protocols:


Ongoing through September 20 Butterflies and Blooms, Chicago Botanic Garden, 10AM-5PM, reserve timed entry with Chicago Botanic Garden, tickets for event will be at a ticket booth in the garden, Adults: $8, Seniors: $7, Children (3–12 yrs): $6 Children (2 and under): Free, Members receive $1 off each price Garden Plus members are free on Wednesdays, parking is $30 per car (free for members); social distancing measures are being practiced, masks are required in the Butterfly Enclosure

Ongoing through August 31: Ongoing through August 31: Wilmette History Mystery Tour: https://www.wilmettehistory.org/ Download clues or visit the museum for a booklet and solve a mystery! The museum is open Sunday-Thursday 1PM-4:30PM; those under 13 that solve the mystery qualify for a free Lou Malnati's personal pizza.

Ongoing Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Outdoor Tours; it is preferred that you order tickets online: https://flwright.org/

August 1 through September 1:Elmhurst Clue Game, download game and travel around Elmhurst looking for clues, use your deductive reasoning to determine the suspect, object and location, free, those with correct answers will win a museum swag bag!

Ongoing - third Saturday in September, Butterfly House, Peck Farm, Geneva, must wear a mask, social distancing protocols in use and must be honored, $2 per person, $5 per person, Monday - Saturday 10AM-4PM; Sunday 12PM-4PM

Ongoing through October 11 Model Railroad: Landmarks of America at Chicago Botanic Garden, 10AM-5PM daily, enjoy trains as they travel through vignettes of iconic spots in America, the display incorporates a fantastic number of plants within the scenes, please reserve timed entry for the gardens, parking $30 per car on weekends (free for members), there are separate admission fees for the railroad garden.

Saturday, August 15:

August 15 Hummingbird Fest Live, Sagawau Environmental Learning Center via Facebook Live, 9AM-12PM, see hummingbirds up close, witness catching, banding and releasing by a pro, learn about hummingbirds, free

August 15 Nature Walks at Fullersburg Woods; 45 minute walks starting on the hour at 9AM, 10AM, 11AM, 12PM, 1PM and 2PM, $2 per person, must wear a mask and maintain 6 foot distances from others, those under 18 must be accompanied by and adult, registration not required

August 15 Backyard Yoga with Hop Along Yogi Kids Yoga, Arlington Heights, 10AM-10:30AM, $8 per class, must register, space is limited, must follow social distancing requirements, to register: https://www.hopalongyogi.com/classes

August 15-16 Lincolnshire Art Walk,  10AM-5PM, free but reserving tickets is required, there will be timed entry, masks are required, social distancing required, please see website for more requirements

August 15 Secret Salamanders Facebook Live from Little Red Schoolhouse, 11AM-12PM, free

August 15 Daddy's Home Drive In Movie, Highwood, movie begins at 8:30PM, parking starts at 7PM, tickets must be pre-purchased on Eventbrite, proceeds support Celebrate Highwood, $40 per car

Sunday, August 16:

August 16 Spectacular Snakes Facebook Live from Little Red Schoolhouse, 11AM-12PM, free

August 16 Hummingbird Sit, Sagawau Environmental Learning Center, Lemont, 1PM, free, view and learn about hummingbirds, must wear mask and practice social distancing, must register, call 630-257-2045. 

August 16 Hummers Galore, Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington Hills, 1PM, take a short 1 mile hike while learning about ruby-throated hummingbirds, free but you must register by calling 847-381-6592, masks and social distancing required

Or how about canoeing at Busse Woods? Learn about the experience here:

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