With a cherry on top: 5 sweet ice cream events

We’re strong believers that ice cream is an all-season treat, but it’s undeniable that nothing tastes better on a scorching summer day than a double scoop of some frozen goodness. Fortunately, this month is custom-made for the ice cream lovers among us. Check out these five sweet events that guarantee family fun … with a cherry on top.

Everything’s gone DIY nowadays, even ice cream. At Animal Day for Families, kids can get hands-on experience making goat’s milk ice cream, gathering eggs, milking goats and checking the worm boxes. All that manual labor’s sure to work up an appetite! $20. 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Aug. 6. Angelic Organics Learning Center& Farm, 1547 Rockton Road, Caledonia. (815) 389-8455.

Party like it’s 1959! The Rock ‘n’ Roll Ice Cream Bash is all about ice cream in the age of the sock hop, complete with backyard games, photos, face painting—and ice cream making, of course. Your iPad-obsessed kids won’t be able to resist the vintage fun. $3, $2 members. 1-3 p.m. Aug. 17. Des Plaines History Center, 781 Pearson St., Des Plaines. (847) 391-5399.

As far as we can tell, there won’t be any Scripture reading at this Sundae School, unless it’s the gospel of Ben& Jerry. Kids 3 and up can make their own ice cream from scratch, then turn it into a sundae that rivals your local parlor’s finest. $2. 10 a.m.-noon. Aug. 18. Spring Valley Nature Center& Heritage Farm, 1111 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg. (847) 985-2100.

Just how fast can you scarf down ice cream without falling prey to the dreaded brain freeze? Find out at Homewood’s Giant Block Party, which features an ice cream eating contest, in addition to a water balloon toss for the more headache-averse. Free. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Aug. 20. Hickory Road, between Dixie and Martin, Homewood. (708) 798-3000.

If you’ve ever wondered what ice cream was like before Dairy Queen, the Picnic Supper, Barnyard Dance& Ice Cream Social is for you. This throwback evening includes wagon rides, live music and square dancing, plus ice cream sundaes with all the fixin’s. 4-8 p.m. Aug. 27. Historic Wagner Farm, 1510 Wagner Road, Glenview. (847) 657-1506.

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