A day of outdoor activities, featuring an aerial yoga demonstration, group walks and runs, bike riding and hikes to learn about the edible plants that grow at the Arboretum. Participate in a stroller fitness demonstration and let the kids join the fun with a Tree Pose Yoga program in the Children’s Garden.
Learn about the summer festivals (matsura) celebrated
in Japan during this special weekend of activities. Listen to
performances of Kokyo Taiko (Taiko drumming) and Chicago Koto Group
(koto harp), enjoy traditional storytelling from Anne Shimojima,
and watch a tea ceremony by the students of Dr. Nakashima. Kids of
all ages can make projects to celebrate summer-create a paper fan,
make a kite, and gyotaku fish prints at family-friendly, hands-on
A full-scale reenactment on the historic grounds of Blackberry Farm, featuring simulated battles between Union and Confederate soldiers. Guest speakers and interpreters stage numerous demonstrations of 1800s-era war life, including a special “Meet the Lincolns” on Saturday that features a conversation with President and Mrs. Lincoln. Games and toys of Civil War days highlight each day.
Laura Doherty is celebrating the release of her third children's CD, “In a Heartbeat.” The band will rock with their signature breezy folk-pop sound. Lawn seating; chairs and blankets welcome.
Get to know a few of the museum's amphibians while learning about what makes an amphibian unique. Students observe live animals and participate in a hands-on activity.
Vintage trolleys and trains run in conjunction with South Elgin Riverfest Express.
Event is filled with food, drinks, music, entertainment and the best thoroughbreds in the country. Includes performances by the Jesse White Tumblers, singer Johnny Vincent, the National Anthem sung by Jim Cornelison and colors presented by Marine Air Control Group-48.
At 44,000 square feet, Vertical Endeavors Glendale Heights will be the largest indoor climbing facility in the U.S. Includes 3,500 square feet of bouldering surface, 59 top ropes, 30 auto belays and 93 lead/top rope routes totaling more than 180 anchors for climbing. Enjoy Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, free climbing, meet & greets with professional climbers, food from Best Truckin’ BBQ; climbing demos, lessons, clinics and more.
Part of the Kraft Kids Concert series. Park opens at 11 a.m.
The first 500 guests get an exclusive Boxcar goodie bag. Bring a printout of this event listing plus a used book donation for Open Books (www.open-books.org) for admission of two guests.