A Little Time and a Keyboard: Weekend Windup: Family Fun in the Chicago Suburbs August 27-29, 2021

Weekend Windup: Family Fun in the Chicago Suburbs August 27-29, 2021

Thursday, August 26, 2021


Family Fun in the Chicago Suburbs August 27-29, 2021

Get out there and enjoy this summer weekend! Here are my picks for this weekend. Please check with each location on COVID protocols before going. It has been HOT, so remember to stay hydrated and be sensible about outdoor time.


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 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 27

August 27-29 Windmill City Festival, Batavia, live bands, pet competition, games, family activities and more

Saturday, August 28

August 28 - 29 Port Clinton Art Festival, Highland Park, 10AM-6PM, 250 artists will be showcasing an incredible range of art, meet artists, purchase art

August 28 - 29 Powtawatomi Trails Pow Wow, Shiloh Park, Zion, 10AM-10PM Sat, 10AM-5PM Sun, $8 adults, $2 children

August 28-29  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 28 Alley Art Festival, Downtown Aurora, 12PM-5PM, local artists, performers, kids activities and more

August 28 & 29 History Hike, Cantigny Park, Wheaton, 2PM-2:45PM, no registration, $10 parking

August 28 Hummingbird Sit, Sagawau Environmental Learning Center, Lemont, 1PM, enjoy learning about hummingbird habits and how to attract them to your yard

August 28 German Beer Garten, Heritage Farm, Schaumburg, 4PM-7:30PM, live music, games, admission includes one pretzel and one beer ticket (valid ID required), must register online, $8 resident, $9 non

August 28 Grayslake Color Aloft, Central Park, Grayslake, hot air balloon festival, 3PM-9PM, also live music, kids activities, Civil War era baseball game and more

Sunday, August 29

August 29 Cicadas!, Crabtree Nature Center, 1PM, learn about the cicada life cycle and how each species calls to each other, free but must register

August 29 Cantigny Park Concert Mike & Joe, Wheaton, 3PM-5PM, $10 parking

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

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