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 30 through June 1, 2014. Did I say June? It’s time to celebrate summer in a big way. It’s my goal to keep you busy with fun if you aren’t already committed to graduations, parties and the like. And if you are already planning for Father’s Day, feel free to check out one of my Amazon Father’s Day ads. I’m happy to help you get that item checked off your list. Plus, it helps support this blog!

In my Top Picks this weekend, you’ll have the option to get a taste of the arts at Fringe Family Fun in downtown Elgin;Experience the Spring Valley Country Fairin Schaumburg or try out the new Pavilion Aquatics Center in Elk Grove Village 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.

Saturday, May 31, 2014
Event: Gilberts Community Days (*repeats Sunday)
Town: Gilberts, IL
Where: Rte. 72 & Center Drive. Designated parking area at Dundee Middle School, located on Rte. 72, 1/2 mile from the intersection of Randall Rd.
Age: All ages
Time: 12:00 Noon to 10:00 p.m.
Description: Carnival rides (fee), kids craft & activity tent, petting zoo, face painting, magic truck, music, food vendors
Cost: FREE
Information: Web site or 847-428-2861
*Special Note: Please note that this event began on Thursday, May 29; however, The Mommy recommends attending on Saturday or Sunday, as those days have the most kid-focused activities.

Saturday, May 31, 2014
Event: Family Fringe Fun
Town: Elgin, IL
Where: Side Street Studio Arts, 15 Ziegler Ct., Elgin
Age: All ages
Time: 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Description: Outdoor games, artistic performances, juggler, face painting, BBQ, art projects, bubble station, sidewalk chalk & paint art, cupcake decorating, veggie painting and more.
Cost: FREE
Information: Facebook or 847-429-2276

Saturday, May 31, 2014
Event: Pioneer Farm Baby Animals Event (*FINAL DAY)
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 31, 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, June 1, 2014
Event: Fox River Trolley Museum
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, June 1, 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 will be running on Sundays throughout the summer, but is contingent on weather. On the campus, trains will run in the backyard of the MiIlgrove Woodshop, 13400 Sun City Blvd. Look for the sign “Trains are Running” at the entrance to the baseball field parking lot.

Sunday, June 1, 2014 (*)
Event: Gilberts Community Days
Town: Gilberts, IL
Where: Rte. 72 & Center Drive. Designated parking area at Dundee Middle School, located on Rte. 72, 1/2 mile from the intersection of Randall Rd.
Age: All ages
Time: 12:00 Noon to 6:00 p.m.
Description:  Carnival rides (fee), kids craft & activity tent, petting zoo, face painting, magic show, music, food vendors
Cost: FREE
Information: Web site  or 847-428-2861
*Special Note: Please note that this event began on Thursday, May 29; however, The Mommy recommends attending on Saturday or Sunday, as those days have the most kid-focused activities.

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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