A Little Time and a Keyboard: Weekend Windup: Family Fun in the Chicago Suburbs July 23 - 25, 2021

Weekend Windup: Family Fun in the Chicago Suburbs July 23 - 25, 2021

Thursday, July 22, 2021


Family Fun in the Chicago Suburbs July 23 - 25, 2021

Another glorious summer weekend is ahead! Here are my picks for family fun in the Chicago suburbs this weekend:


May 8 - October 10 Model Railroad Garden open at Chicago Botanic Garden, Adults: $8, Seniors: $7, Children (3 – 12): $6 Children (2 and under): Free Members receive $1 off each price Garden Plus members get in free on Wednesdays, tickets are at ticket booth in front of exhibit and have timed entry, must also reserve time to visit gardens and purchase parking online, parking: $25 per weekday, $30 on weekends

May 31 - September 6 Butterflies and Blooms, Chicago Botanic Gardens, 10AM-5PM, $25 parking during the week, $30 on weekends, tickets adults $8, seniors $7, children (3-12) $6, children 2 and under free, members $1 off, garden plus members free on Wednesdays, 10 visit pas $50 per members, $60 non members, must reserve timed-entry to garden, tickets for exhibit are at booth

May 22 - September 18 Butterfly House at Peck Farm in Geneva is open Monday - Saturday 9AM-5PM, Sunday 12PM-5PM, suggested donation $2 pp or $6 per family, masks and social distancing required.

May 14 - August 29 To the Moon Snoopy Soars with NASA, Elmhurst History Museum, learn how Snoopy was part of NASA's Manned Flight Awareness safety program, learn about the Apollo program and more, free

Ongoing Naper Settlement is open to the public Tuesdays - Saturdays 10AM-4PM,, Sundays 1PM-4PM, adults $12 pp, seniors 62+  $10, kids ages 4-12 $8, Naperville residents (with proof of residency), children under 4 and Naper Settlement Members are free. Also, visit the new Answering the Call: Naperville at  War exhibit focusing on WWII.

Ongoing Human + Nature at Morton Arboretum, Lisle, stunning natural sculptures to help connect people with trees, the exhibition includes 5 incredible sculptures, included with normal admission

Ongoing through Labor Day Local Art Pop Up at Izaak Walton Park in Prospect Heights

Ongoing Von Bergen's Sunflower Mazes, Hebron, ongoing as long as there are blooms, ticket reservation recommended, $12 per adult, $10 per child on weekends, $8 and $6 week days, $1 processing fee per ticket

Ongoing Richardson Farm Sunflower Festival,  Spring Grove, Wednesdays-Sundays, $12 pp Wed-Fri, $15 pp Sat & Sun, includes one free sunflower, see website for more info

Ongoing - September 16 Par Excellence Redux at the Elmhurst Art Museum. This fun new interactive exhibit features 9 mini golf holes designed by both local artists and artists throughout the country. The exciting new exhibit honors the original Par Excellence exhibit at the Art Institute of Chicago in 1988. You must reserve a tee time. $10 per adult, $8 per senior, $5 for children and free for kiddies under 5.

Friday, July 23

July 23-25 Alpine Fest Lake Zurich

Saturday, July 24

July 24 - 25 Military Through the Ages, Cantigny Park, Wheaton, 10AM-4PM, military encampments spanning the ages from Ancient Rome through Vietnam, $10 parking

July 24  Egg Collecting, Kline Creek Farm, West Chicago, 10:30AM-11AM, register and collect eggs to bring home, $15 pp

July 24 & 25 Glencoe Fine Arts Festival, downtown Glencoe, 10AM-5PM

July 24 Theatre on the Prairie, Bowes Creek Woods Pavilion, 3PM, production by Janus Theatre, Main Street by Sinclair Lewis, tickets online, suggested donation $10

July 24 & 25 Walking Plays: Johnny Appleseed Folk Society, Morton Arboretum, Lisle, 6PM, $25 adults, $15 kids, reduced rates for members

July 24 Shakespeare in the Park, Festival Park, Elgin, 7PM-9PM, outdoor presentation of a Midsummer's Night Dream, free, bring lawn chairs

Sunday, July 25

July 25 The Buzz on Bees, River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook, 10:30AM, visit the center's beehive and meet a beekeeper, free but must register

July 25 International Bog Day at Volo Bog State Natural Area, Volo Bog, 12PM-4:30PM, meet with artists, bog tours, live music and more, free

July 25 A Pleasant Sunday Afternoon, Frances Willard House, Evanston, 3PM, recreation of 19th century literature and music sharing, donation suggested

July 25 Theatre on the Prairie, Bowes Creek Woods Pavilion, 3PM, production by Janus Theatre, On the Verge by Eric Overmyer, tickets online, suggested donation $10

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