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

Guest Blog Post: Mommy by the River

Welcome to my Top Picks for the weekend of May 23 through 25, 2014 (with a Monday BONUS!). What’s on my bucket list for this weekend? Plant flowers–barbeque–movie night–pick up Grandma from airport–buy summer essentials–enjoy the retail sales–church–clean and organize–theme park fun and–bargain hunt at neighborhood garage sales. How about you? Whatever is on your list, make sure to spend a few moments this Memorial Day weekend remembering those who have served our country at a great cost to their lives…and then enjoy the holiday’s unofficial summertime kickoff!

In my Top Picks this weekend, see Alpacas from the Muirhead family farm (Elgin); plus, experience South Elgin’s Fox River Trolley Museum’s Trolley Rides, Barrington’s Fine Arts Festival and much more! Best of all, they are all FREE or CHEAP! And if they ask who sent you…tell them The Mommy did!

DISCLAIMER: 
 
Although we are careful to report accurate dates and times as they are provided, 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, May 23, 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 is FREE
Information: Web site or 847-531-7030

Saturday, May 24, 2014
Event: Meet the Alpacas at the Summer Reading Kickoff
Town: Elgin, IL
Where: Rakow Branch, 2751 W. Bowes Rd., Elgin
Age: All ages
Time: 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Description: Meet real alpacas! Hear a local alpaca farmer talk about the care of these animals.
Cost: FREE
Information: Web Site or 847-531-7271

Saturday, May 24, 2014
Event: Pioneer Farm Baby Animals Event (*repeats Sunday)
Town: Hampshire, IL
Where: Pioneer Farm, 17N400 Big Timber 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, May 24, 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: Create a craft!
Cost: $2 per person
Information: Web site
Special Note: It appears that you must now pre-register. Put in your zip code and select a store.

Sunday, May 25, 2014
Event: Model Railroad Club Train Display
Town: Huntley, IL
Where: Sun City Del Webb, 12880 Del Webb Blvd., Huntley
Age: All ages
Time: 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Description: View the Kishwaukee Valley & Eakin Creek Model Railroad Club’s elaborate, fully operating train display
Cost: FREE
Information: Web Site or 847-669-2392
Special Note: Outdoor train display is contingent on weather. Information has been confirmed via phone, since details on Sun City’s web site is minimal (scroll all the way to the bottom). On campus, follow the signs to the trains.

Sunday, May 25, 2014
Event: Fox River Trolley Museum (*repeats on Mon.)
Town: South Elgin, IL
Where: Fox River Trolley Museum, 361 S. LaFox St. (Route 31), South Elgin
Age: All ages
Time: 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Enjoy a nostalgic trip on an “old-time” trolley. The round-trip takes 30 mins. between Castlemuir (South Elgin) and Blackhawk Station in the Jon Duerr Forest Preserve. The trolley trains operate half hourly between these stations
Cost: $4 adults; $3 seniors (age 65+); $2 kids (age 3 to 11). Kids under age 3 ride FREE.
Information: Web site or (847) 697-4676

Sunday, May 25, 2014
Event: Pioneer Farm Baby Animals Event
Town: Hampshire, IL
Where: Pioneer Farm, 17N400 Big Timber 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

Monday, May 26, 2014
Event: Fox Valley Trolley Museum
Town: South Elgin, IL
Where: Fox River Trolley Museum, 361 S. LaFox St. (Route 31), South Elgin, IL 60177
Age: All ages
Time: 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Enjoy a nostalgic trip on an “old-time” trolley. The round-trip takes 30 mins. between Castlemuir (South Elgin) and Blackhawk Station in the Jon Duerr Forest Preserve. The trolley trains operate half hourly between these stations
Cost: $4 adults; $3 seniors (age 65+); $2 kids (age 3 to 11). Kids under age 3 ride FREE.
Information: Web site or (847) 697-4676

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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