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

Guest Blog Post: Mommy by the River

Fall is in the air! And I love it! There is so much to enjoy this season: Beautiful trees! Apples and pumpkins and gourds…oh my! Hayrides and bonfires! Little ones dressed up in costumes! And my son’s pending 5th birthday. What’s not to love?

In my Top Picks for the weekend of September 27-29, 2013 you will find fun-filled events to bring your kids to in the following towns: Barrington Hills, Crystal Lake, Elgin, Geneva, and Huntley. Best of all, they are all FREE or CHEAP! Enjoy!Please note that although some of the events listed continue for several days, I have highlighted dates that are especially kid-friendly with a pink note since kids are the focus of my blog events.

DISCLAIMER: The events posted below may change due to weather and other crazy circumstances, so I do encourage you to phone and/or check event information before heading out. Please note that all of the events listed are drop-in and require no registration. And if they ask who sent you…tell them The Mommy did!

Friday, September 27, 2013
Event: 
Family Film- “Super Buddies”
Town: Elgin, IL
Where: Gail Borden Public Library, 270 N. Grove Ave., Elgin
Age: All ages (see special note)
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Description: Disney’s Super Buddies description HERE. Rated G, 81 mins.
Cost: FREE
More information: Web site or 847.742.2411
Special note: Seating is limited. Kids under age 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

Saturday, September 28, 2013
Event: ”Elgin Fire Barn No. 5 Museum Open House”
Town: Elgin, IL
Where: 533 St. Charles St., Elgin
Age: All ages
Time: 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Description: Explore the fire barn at their annual open house and step back in time! See vintage helmets and uniforms, badges, motorized vehicles, a vintage ”steamer” pumper fire engine and more. Many antique fire trucks and even a vintage ambulance will be on display that you can sit on/ring the bell. Elgin Police Dept. will be doing free fingerprinting. Purchase a hot dog/chips/drink combo for just $3!
Cost: FREE & CHEAP
More information: Web site or 847.697.6242

Saturday, September 28, 2013
*Event: “Fall Fest” (begins Friday and continues thru Sunday)
*NOTE: date listed for this event offers more for kids

Town: Huntley, IL
Where: Huntley Park District, 12015 Mill St., Huntley (throughout)
Age: All ages
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. (but after 5:00 p.m. $5 fee–see web site for more details)
Description: Petting zoo, pony rides, straw maze, hayrides, pumpkin patch, library book sale, Radio Disney, carnival (fee), car show, tractor show, scarecrow contest, live music.
Cost: FREE (except after 5:00 p.m.–see web site for more details)
More information: Web site or 847.381.6592
Special Note: Many events take place at Deicke Park–see my blog entry on this GREAT playground/park and do it all!

Saturday, September 28, 2013
Event: ”3rd Annual Harvest Fest”
Town: Elgin, IL
Where: Gail Borden Public Library, 270 N. Grove Ave., Elgin
Age: All ages
Time: 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Description: Crafts, games, music and fall treats
Cost: FREE
More information: Web site or 847.742.2411

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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