Guest Blog Post: Top Picks for Families to do in the Area

Guest Blog Post: Mommy by the River

Hello readers! It has been so much fun meeting many of you at places that I write about each week. But some have told me that you didn’t know I had several giveaways during the month of March. How sad!

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In my Top Picks for this weekend, you will find fun places to bring your kids in the following towns: Algonquin, Bartlett, Barrington, Bloomingdale, Carpentersville, Elgin, Elk Grove Village, Geneva, Hampshire, Hoffman Estates, Schaumburg, South Elgin, St. Charles and Wheaton. Best of all, they are all FREE or CHEAP! Please note that all of the events listed are drop-in and require no registration with the exception of theHome Depot Kids Workshop. And if they ask who sent you…tell them The Mommy did!

DISCLAIMER:  Information on these events and activities is obtained through press releases, word of mouth, newspapers, publications and reader submissions. Although we are careful to report accurate dates and times as they are given to us, we realize that sometimes we receive inaccurate information or events may be cancelled. We strongly encourage you to confirm the information before heading out and/or to click the link that is provided for each activity to check the details.

Friday, April 4, 2014
Event: Tot Time Open Swim
Town: Elgin, IL
Where: The Centre, (Adventure Island Pool) 100 Symphony Way, Elgin
Age: Kids age 6 mos. through five years with adult
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Description: Enjoy an open swim time with your little ones
Cost: $3/R or $4/NR; adult accompanying child is FREE
Information: Web site or 847-531-7030

Friday, April 4, 2014
Event: Fun & Fitness Friday
Town: Elgin, IL
Where: Eastside Recreation Center, 1080 E. Chicago St., Elgin
Age: Kids age 5-13 years for several activities; Demonstration for all ages
Time: 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Enjoy a variety of programs including: Martial Arts demo (all ages); Drop-in soccer (5-13 yrs.); Lego Club (5-13 yrs.); Fitness Center (14 yrs.+)
Cost: FREE
Information: Web site or 847-931-6123

Saturday, April 5, 2014
Event: Home Depot Kids Workshop
Town: Multiple Store locations including: Bartlett, Carpentersville, Elgin, Elk Grove Village, Schaumburg, South Elgin
Where: Home Depot Stores in Various Towns
Age: Kids age 5 to 12
Time: 9:00 a.m. to Noon
Description: This month’s workshop: Build a birdbath/birdfeeder from the new FOX film, “Rio 2″ in theaters April 11. Kids receive a Home Depot apron, pin and workshop kit to create on site.
Cost: FREE
Information: Web Site
Special Note: Registration is required. See web site to sign up!

Saturday, April 5, 2014
 Event: Pioneer Farm Baby Animals Event (*repeats Sunday)
Town: Hampshire, IL
Where: Pioneer Farm, 17N400 Big Timer Rd., Hampshire
Age: All ages
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Description: Hold baby lambs, goats, piglet, chicks and calf. Watch sheep being sheared!
 Cost: $5 per person; $12 per family of 4; $20 per family of 5
Information: Web Site or 847-683-2863

Saturday, April 5, 2014
Event: Michaels Kids Club Craft Fun
 Town: Multiple store locations including: Algonquin, Bloomingdale, Geneva, Hoffman Estates and Schaumburg, IL
Where: Area Michaels Stores
Age: Kids ages 3+
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (30 mins. in length starting every 1/2 hour) Description: ”Whimsical Works of Art!” Create a painting on canvas
Cost: $2 per person
Information: Web site

Sunday, April 6, 2014
Event: Activate Elgin’s March into Health Grande Finale
Town: Elgin, IL
Where: Centre of Elgin, 100 Symphony Way, Elgin
Age: All ages
Time: 9:00 a.m. to Noon
Description: Walk with the mayor, then enjoy face painting, bike safety checks, prizes, live music and a healthy breakfast with Chef Jeff!
Cost: FREE
Information: Web Site or 847-931-6123

Sunday, April 6, 2014
Event: Pioneer Farm Baby Animals Event
Town: Hampshire, IL
Where: Pioneer Farm, 17N400 Big Timer Rd., Hampshire
Age: All ages
 Time: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Description: Hold baby lambs, goats, piglet, chicks and calf. Watch sheep being sheared!
Cost: $5 per person; $12 per family of 4; $20 per family of 5
Information: Web Site or 847-683-2863

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Mommy by the River

About Mommy by the River: My name is Pamela. I’m a mommy who lives by the Fox River in Elgin, IL who has longed for a local resource that would tell me WHERE to go with my child that costs me either nothing or nearly nothing. Full Bio