Festival features food, entertainment, kids' play area, polka parade and pierogi eating contest.
The northwest side's cozy Jefferson Park neighborhood throws its annual community party with food, music, arts/crafts and activities for kids.
The festival kicks off with a Parade of Sail. Then, starting Thursday, ticketed guests have the opportunity to view, tour and even sail away on participating vessels.
Listen to stories, meet special PBS guests Miss Lori and Mister Brandon, and visit with Clifford the Big Red Dog.
Play with static electricity made with balloons and hair and discover tricks you can play with it. You can also play with toys powered by current electricity from batteries and transformers. Plus, lots of magnetic construction materials to build with and magnets to explore the art-room sandbox-see what sticks to magnets, and what does not.
Come invent something amazing in the Invention Incubator. Includes pre-owned electronics to tinker with, and other materials to let your inventive juices go wild. Take home your creation at the end of the program. No previous invention experience needed.
Kids, parents and friends will be singing, dancing and sneezing during this lively performance by nationally-known singer and musician, Jim Gill. The concerts will be part of the kickoff for Jim’s Nationwide Campaign for Play and will feature original clap-along, sing-along silly musical games from his new recording as well as active favorites such as Spin Again and Jim’s Silly Dance Contest. After you enjoy this delightful musical experience, create and use sound makers you can take home.
Travel by motor coach to Vulcan Quarry in Sycamore, Illinois. Collect Silurian and Ordovician Period fossils in shale and limestone. Collectable fossils include: brachiopods, cephalopods, corals, crinoids, gastropods and more.
Enjoy a free movie every Friday at dusk. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the outdoors. June 10: Finding Nemo; June 17: Frozen; June 24: Inside Out; July 1: Minions; July 8: Home; July 15: Peanuts: The Movie; July 22: The Good Dinosaur; July 29: Kung Fu Panda 3; Aug. 5: Wreck-It Ralph; Aug. 12: Pixels; Aug. 19: Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip; Aug. 26: TBD; Sept. 2: The Muppets Wizard of Oz.
Build your very own boat out of cardboard and duct tape, race it and let the best boat win.