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2015 Time Travelers Bus Tours
On Wednesday, May 20th, from 8am until 4:30pm we'll be visiting some historical and unique churches in the Lemont and Lockport area. Included in the tour will be; Old Congregational Church/Gladys Fox Museum (Lockport), St. Dennis Catholic Church (Lockport), St. James at Sag Bridge Church (Lemont), Old Stone Church (Lemont), Hindu Temple of Greater Chicago (Lemont) Lunch is included at the historic Public Landing Restaurant in Lockport! Tour Admission: $75 Museum Members / $85 Non-Members Registration must be received by May 11th - Space is limited! Time Travelers Bus Tours are made possible by a joint venture of the Joliet Area Historical Museum and Heritage Corridor & Convention Visitors Bureau.
Clean Sweep - Lockport
Meet at the South Public Landing Parking Lot, 10th St at the Canal, to clean and plant the downtown (bring gloves). Free t-shirt and lunch to volunteers and a prize drawing for participants. Sponsored by Main Street Lockport.
Memorial Day Family Potluck Campout / Kayak Tour
Gourmet Potluck Campout Glamping-style with movie and a full hot breakfast. We bring/do everything so you can kick back and relax! If you have never kayaked before try the guided tour also. They are a great way to informally introduce you to the sport of kayaking. The trips are approximately 2 hours in length.
Memorial Day Boogie
Memorial Day Boogie at Skydive Chicago! No registration fee. Take advantage of awesome organizing and entertainment to kick off the Summer season! Skydive Chicago offers the best entertainment in the Midwest. The 220-acre resort offers camping, canoeing, hiking, fishing and swimming, all onsite. Stop by today.
Naperville Park District Frontier Kite Fly Festival
Enjoy gigantic kites, exciting demonstrations, stunts and hands-on activities. Plus live music, games and giveaways! Enjoy live performances by Neuqua Valley High School Steel Band, Andrew Huber and Élan Dance Company! This is a free event for the whole family. Naperville Convention & Visitors Bureau, Meatheads Burgers & Fries and Eye Level are the proud sponsors. Location: Frontier Park; Time: 10:00am-4:00pm.
Joliet Slammers Baseball Opening Night
Join the Joliet Slammers for affordable, family fun all summer long! Parking is free or you can take the train to beautiful Silver Cross Field located in downtown Joliet, IL. Special promotions for this event include Opening Night festivities and two dollar tickets ($2 Tuesday)! The Joliet Slammers are a professional baseball team based in Joliet, IL that play in the independent Frontier League. Home games are played at Silver Cross Field in Joliet. They are the 2011 Frontier League champions.
Star Wars Scavenger Hunt
Join in the fun at the Star Wars Scavenger Hunt at the Joliet Area Historical Museum. Children and families are invited to find all 20 of the original Star Wars figures plus a special bonus figure hidden throughout the Museum's galleries! All participants get a Star Wars game card. Time: 10:00am - 5:00pm.
Mother's Day Swim at Challenge Fitness Pool
Challenge Fitness Pool in Lockport will offer Mother's Day Swim at Challenge Fitness for all ages, Sun., May 10 from 1pm-4pm. All mom's swim free. Regular admission applies to other swimmers. For more info., visit www.lockportpark.org or call 815-838-3621, ext. 0.
One Room Schools
Grundy County Historical Society is hosting Michele Micetich, who will present, “One Room Schools.” The program will be on Tuesday, April 28, 2014 at 7pm and will be held at the GCHS Museum in the Canal Port Community Center on West Illinois Avenue. All visitors and members are welcome to attend. Reservations are not necessary and there is no fee. Country schoolhouses were tiny gems located according to federal land grant law in each township's "section 16 ". Grundy County had 98 of these country schools. Which landowners provided section 16 land? How did a township finance its school? Who were the teachers? What did getting an education mean in this era? Photographs and stories of our county's country schools, teachers and students, plus some details on standards and the history of particular schools as examples, will be presented. Maps and artifacts will be on display. The presenter welcomes attendees to share their own experiences with our country schools.
Pixie Fairies and Pirates on the Farm
Join us this year for our 2nd annual Pixie Fairies and Pirates on the Farm from 10am-1pm on Saturday, May 16th! Siegel's Cottonwood Farm is a 4th generation working family farm. Each season the Siegel's have a different way for you to enjoy visiting there farm and spending time out in the country fresh air. In the Spring, come on out and see the largest variety of Annuals, Perennials, Vegetables, Herbs and Fresh Baked Pies. Pre-register today at www.siegelscottonwoodfarm.com.
LaSalle Canal Boat - Opening Weekend
The Canal Corridor Association, which manages the LaSalle Canal Boat, is delighted to announce the Opening Weekend of our 2015 LaSalle Canal Season, April 24th-26th. This season is particularly special, as we will be introducing the newest member of our team; an energetic, 12 year-old mule we've come to call "Larry Jr." Larry was born in Windsor, IL, (just north of Galesburg) and has spent the last 3 years right here in LaSalle. He is incredibly friendly, loves apples, and is very fond of children. Larry will be joining veteran mule "Moe" this summer and fall as they delight visitors and locals alike, re-enacting Illinois history, canal boat in tow. In order to make sure everyone has a chance to meet Larry Jr. and experience the canal boat ride, the Canal Corridor Association is proud to announce that all kids under ten ride free with the purchase of an adult ticket all opening weekend! The Canal Corridor Association preserves history, protects nature and open space, and creates destinations where people can learn and have fun in the I&M Canal National Heritage Corridor, from Lake Michigan in Chicago to the Illinois River in LaSalle-Peru.
3rd Annual Holistic Pet Festival
We are thrilled to announce Blackbird's 3rd Annual Holistic Pet Festival. We have an amazing line-up of Holistic Vets & specialists that will be speaking at this year's event. Plus, the list of Holistic minded vendors and area rescues is already building! Stay tuned to our website and Facebook page for more updates and fantastic announcements! We are currently looking for volunteers for the event. If you love pets and are interested in lending a helping hand, please contact Sara at 815-941-9311 or email@example.com. Educational and Inspirational Presentations! We will have a dynamic trio speaking at this year's event. Read about these amazing women making changes in our pet's lives in our press release here. The event is open to the public and is free! The first 100 attendees will receive a complimentary goodie bag packed with inspiration. To commemorate the event, you can purchase a Festival t-shirt for $20. T-shirt orders will be taken until April 15th at Blackbird’s Bowl, Natural Pet Foods & More located at 221 Liberty St in Downtown Morris.
Ride the Rock
"Ride the Rock" is a free, family 16-mile bike ride and festival hosted by the Forest Preserve District of Will County and presented by CenterPoint Properties, the event's title sponsor for 2015. This event is returning for its ninth year on Saturday, May 16, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Lower Rock Run Preserve - I&M Canal Access in Joliet. The ride will begin at I&M Canal Access, located on Hollywood Road (Houbolt Road), 0.25-mile south of I-80, in Joliet.The event is open to all ages, but is recommended for individual riders of at least 11 years of age. In addition to bringing their own bikes, all riders are urged to wear safety helmets and to bring drinking water. Pre-register now on Eventbrite! Pre-registered riders will be able to check in at 9 a.m. at the event. The first 1,000 pre-registered riders to check in will receive a free T-shirt. (Please note that size choice is not guaranteed.) Pre-registration will end at midnight on Thursday, May 14. Family at Ride the Rock On-site registration will be available at the event, but riders who register at the event will not be able to check in until 9:30 a.m. On-site registrants will not receive T-shirts.
Bluegill Music Festival
March 16, 2015 - Bluegill Music Festival will lunch its inaugural event on July 4, 2015 for a one-day festival packed with some of country music's hottest acts. The all-day festival will be complete with Southern Illinois' largest fireworks display, along the shores of the Rend Lake Dam, in Benton, IL. The lineup includes Eli Young Band, LoCash, Clayton Anderson and more exciting acts to be announced. Tickets will go on sale this Friday, March 20th and can be purchased at www.bluegillfest.com and at Black Diamond Harley Davidson. Drawing fans from around the country, including Illinois, Missouri, Kentucky, Tennessee and Indiana, the festival is at the intersection of some of the nation's most dedicated country music fans. Bluegill Music Festival will feature nationally recognized BBQ vendors from around the country. Interactive entertainment for fans will also include activations, like: bags, washers, bubble soccer, Illinois longest slip n' slide, helicopter rides from Black Diamond Harley Davidson, a mechanical bull, a kids area with a large inflatable slide and the "Bluegill Lagoon", featuring a 60 x 100' VIP beach, with cabanas, private wading pools & lounge area. Additionally, Southern Illinois' largest fireworks display will begin at 9:30pm, and is free for all guest.
Little Beans Cafe - Chicago
Little Beans is a family café and imaginative indoor playground for kids. Their café boasts a delicious assortment of coffee drinks and snacks where parents can enjoy the ambiance of our comfortable café with their tiny tots. At Little Beans, kids have the freedom to play, learn, imagine and create in their custom interactive indoor village and playground. They are truly a destination that is fun for the whole family.
Princess and the Pea
A very sad Prince Valerian can't seem to find happiness! His friend the Page, his mother the Queen and her faithful Wizard try to help find the perfect Princess for Valerian to marry. He meets all the Princesses in the kingdom and finally finds one he thinks he could love. But will she pass the Queen's test? Oh no! This royal musical is fun and magical as everyone tries to decide if the PERFECT princess actually exists. For a complete list of performance dates and times visit www.thelittletheatre.org. Order tickets by phone at 217-728-7375 or online at our website.
The Wizard of Oz
Like so many girls her age, little Dorothy Gale of Kansas dreams of what lies over the rainbow. One day a twister hits her farm and carries her away over the rainbow to another world. Come join Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tinman, the Cowardly Lion and Toto as they travel the universe of Dorothy’s imagination. Including the classic songs Over The Rainbow, Munchkinland (Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead), If I Only Had A Brain, If I Only Had A Heart, If I Were King Of The Forest, We’re Off To See The Wizard
Naperville Park District Culinary: Mother/Daughter Tea Party
Enjoy your Mother’s Day weekend with a cooking class designed for mothers and daughters. The menus will include assorted finger sandwiches and lemon scones. Register child; parent is free. Please call for the sibling rate. No more than two children per adult. Registration deadline is 48 hours in advance of class date. Designed for children 4-10. Times: 11:00am-12:30pm, 95th Street Center Culinary Arts Room 303. Visit www.napervilleparks.org or call 630-848-5000 to register.
It’s 1962 in Baltimore, and the lovable plus-size teen Tracy Turnblad has only one desire -- to dance on the popular Corny Collins Show. When her dream comes true, Tracy is transformed from social outcast to sudden star. She must use her new found power to dethrone the reigning Teen Queen, win the affections of heartthrob Link Larkin, and integrate a TV network, all without denting her ‘do!
Spring Festival Fever at Grizzly Jack's
Come join Grizzly Jack's for an extended Spring festival, April 24 & 25th. This includes complimentary: Glow Party, Face Painting, Balloon Character, Family DJ & Family Trivia. Don't miss out!! Limited Availability! Discover a magical family getaway just beyond the glow of Chicago at Grizzly Jack's Grand Bear Resort. Nestled in the Starved Rock area of Illinois, Grizzly Jack's is an oasis of relaxation and adventure - a destination where water park fun meets nature.
Kids Concert Series Featuring Ko-Thi Dance Company at Ravinia
Ravinia's Kid's Concert Series will feature Ko-Thi Dance Company. They are comprised of artists trained in the history, mythology and techniques of art forms within the African Diaspora. Also enjoy the new interactive, family-friendly space on the north lawn that includes large-scale percussion instruments that will be open to kids of all ages.
Naperville Park District 2nd Annual Spring Fever Reliever
Get outdoors and join the Naperville Park District to celebrate spring! Enjoy half-price paddleboat rides and kayak rentals at the Paddleboat Quarry. Join us at the Riverwalk Grand Pavilion for free children’s entertainment and activities, live music, the Dog Disc Championships, a Bike Bald Bike Rodeo for kids and more! Visit www.napervilleparks.org to learn more. Times: 10:00am-2:00pm.
Dan Zanes & Friends at Ravinia
Enjoy the music of Dan Zanes and Friends on the new interactive, family-friendly space on the north lawn. Today's KidsLawn offers large-scale percussion instruments that will be open to kids of all ages. Dan plays songs and stories from Americas neighborhoods. Children and their parents sing, dance, listen, and learn to make music.
Union Dairy Family Day
June 28th, UNION DAIRY FAMILY DAY. Union Dairy Freeport. Time: TBA. After the Dairy Days Parade, enjoy this free family day with a bounce house, pony rides, a petting zoo and face painting.