A Little Time and a Keyboard: Weekend Windup: Chicago Suburbs Family Fun August 20-22, 2021

Weekend Windup: Chicago Suburbs Family Fun August 20-22, 2021

Thursday, August 19, 2021

Chicago Suburbs Family  Fun August 20-22, 2021

The weekend is upon us! I know a lot of us are slowly getting back to our normal routines with school starting. Good thing there is plenty of fun this weekend! 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 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.

Apple Orchards:

Royal Oak Farm Orchard in Harvard with an Apple Tree Maze open (starts August 21)

Stade's Farm and Market in McHenry (starts August 21)

Kuiper's Family Farm in Maple Park (starts August 28)

Jonamac Orchard in Malta (opens August 25)

All Seasons Orchard Woodstock (opens August 28)

Goebbert's Farm in Pinegree Grove (opens August 28)

Friday, August 20:

August 20 -21 Grayslake Summer Days, live music, carnival games, parade and more, see website for schedule

August 20-22 56 Music Fix in Mount Prospect, live music events throughout the village, see schedule, artisan fair on August 21 12PM-5PM, see schedule

Saturday, August 21:

August 21 Hummingbird Fest, Sagawau Environmental Learning Center, Lemont, 9AM-12PM, viewing and activities, there will be live banding on FB Live

August 21 Back-to-School Adventure Day, Rolling Knolls, Elgin, 9AM-12PM, fishing, archery, obstacle course and more, (ages 17+ must have valid fishing license to fish), free

August 21 Bug Fest, Red Oak Nature Center, Batavia, 9AM-1PM, bug themed activities and games, search for bugs at stations, tickets online, $2 per adult, $5 per child

August 21-22  Farmhouse Museum Tours, Kline Creek Farm, West Chicago, 10AM-4PM, learn what it was like to live on the farm and how farms served as building blocks of the rural community, free

August 21 Barrington Family Fun Expo, Citizens Park, Barrington, 12PM-4PM, kids activities, mini horses, live music and more, free

August 21 Tour Viking  -- The Viking Ship in Geneva, 1PM-4PM, $7 pp age 18+, children free, must wear mask and social distance, must register for a time

August 21 - 22  Walking Plays: Johnny Appleseed Folk Society, Morton Arboretum, Lisle, 6PM, $25 adults, $15 kids, reduced rates for members

Sunday, August 22:

August 22 Uke Fest, Aurora, 12PM-6PM, live music, workshops and more, see eventbrite for tickets and fees

August 22 GPS Scavenger Hunt, River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook, 11AM-3PM, call to reserve a time slot, free

August 22 Hummers Galore, Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington, 1PM, take a short walk to look for and learn about the ruby-throated hummingbird, free but must register

August 22 Cantigny Park Summer Series: Think Floyd, Wheaton, 3PM-5PM, $10 parking

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

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