The fest-within-West Fest runs on Saturday and Sunday and features many activities including train rides, bouncy houses, bean bag toss, ring toss, balloon darts, football toss, bottle toss, photo booth and an obstacle course. The Kid Fest Stage is booked by the Beat Kitchen and features a family-friendly lineup from Mary Macaroni to the Environmental Encroachment Marching Band. 100% of proceeds benefit Talcott Fine Arts and Museum Academy.
Embark on an adventure of the senses as you explore Lincoln Marsh.
Learn to identify dragonflies and damselflies by color and behaviors. Bring binoculars; a limited amount of binoculars are available to borrow.
Unearth the world of crayfish and find out where these secretive creatures can be found at the prairie.
Explore the city's stories with your family through interactive activities, make-and-take crafts, music, performances, and more. April 12 and July 12: Prairie. Imagine what Chicago looked like before it was a city. Investigate the prairie plants that used to grow here: from gigantic flowers to far-reaching fields. May 10 and Aug. 9: Maps. Use a compass and connect artifacts to where they came from in the city. Follow clues and share stories. June 14: Artifacts. Find out what artifacts say about the city and its people. Touch, look, and talk about objects from Chicago’s past with your family.
Make a Curious George craft and have a chance to purchase two of George's favorite reads, Curious George Takes the Train or Curious George Visits the Library. Book proceeds benefit the DuPage County Historical Museum.
Experience an outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Participants learn to navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates to find the geocache (container) with a riddle and coordinates to their next clue. The group that obtains all the geocaches wins a prize.
Part of the Kraft Kids Concert series. Park opens at 11 a.m.
Find out who lives in the pond and creek. Using dip nets, catch and release aquatic creatures. All equipment is provided. Wear clothes that can get wet and dirty.
Ride bikes, tricycles and big wheels on a path that is 1.246 miles long. Each child receives a yellow T-shirt and there will be "SAG stops (support and gear)" for snacks and drinks.