A Little Time and a Keyboard: Weekend Windup: Chicago Suburban Family Fun August 12-15, 2021

Weekend Windup: Chicago Suburban Family Fun August 12-15, 2021

Thursday, August 12, 2021

Chicago Suburban Family Fun August 12-15, 2021

I hope that everyone is safe from the storms! It is has been a bumpy week! Fortunately, we do have some weekend fun ahead. Here are my picks:


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 - 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.

Thursday, August 12

August 12-15 Libertyville Days, arts and craft fair, carnival, live music and more, see website

Friday, August 13

August 13-15 Evanston Art Festival, August 13 12PM-5PM, August 14 & 15 10AM-5PM

August 13 & 14 Naper Nights, Naper Settlement, Naperville, 5PM-10PM, bring along your long chairs for an evening of live music and great food, August 13 Trippin Billies a Dave Matthews Band Tribute (6:00PM), Gravity a John Mayer Tribute (8PM); August 14 Sounds of Summer: Beach Boys Tribute (6PM); Mellencougar a John Mellencamp Tribute (8PM); $15 per adult, $10 per child, children under 4 free, please purchase tickets online

Saturday, August 14

August 14 Highwood Pride Fest Pride Rocks Picnic, Everts Park, 12PM-3PM, live entertainment, free

August 14 & 15 History Hike, Cantigny Park, Wheaton, 2PM-2:45PM, no registration, $10 parking

August 14-15 Walking Plays: Johnny Appleseed Folk Society, Morton Arboretum, Lisle, 6PM, $25 adults, $15 kids, reduced rates for members

August 14 Star Party, Spring Valley Nature Center, Schaumburg, 8PM-10:30PM, enjoy star related activities and take a peek at the stars in the summer sky, must register, $5 for non residents, $4 for residents

Sunday, August 15

August 15 French Connection Day, Cantigny Park, Wheaton, 10AM-4PM, traditional vendors, French goods, free art project for kids, a mime, French yard game and more, $10 parking

August 15 Fox Lake Cardboard Boat Race nd Duck Derby, 12PM

August 15 Monarchs and Music, Main Beach, Crystal Lake, 12:30PM-4:30PM, learn about monarchs and their migration, live music, free

August 15 Family Pond Paddle, Trailside, River Forest, 1PM-3PM, enjoy a family afternoon paddling on the pond, registration required

August 15 End of Summer Bash, Heritage Park, Wheeling, 1PM-5PM, food trucks, live music, games and more

Also, don't forget to check out my Chicago Suburbs Hiking List for new adventures!

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