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Summer Fun Starts Here

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The summer season is fresh and exciting and should be filled with plans and high hopes. We’re excited about finally moving our lives outdoors again. Make this summer one to remember. Get out and enjoy the many family-friendly activities we’ve gathered in this ‘summer fun’ issue.

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Boundless Adventures
Boundless Adventures is more than just a zipline park! It’s an exciting new family-friendly aerial adventure park experience for thrill-seekers, adventurers, tree-climbers, zip-liners and outdoor enthusiasts that’s coming to Wisconsin! With 120 obstacles, 20 ziplines and 9 courses with 4 different difficulty levels, there will be something for everyone! Grand Opening is on schedule for Memorial Day weekend! 9800 160th Avenue, Bristol, Wisconsin. For more information or to reserve your spot today, please visit https://boundlessadventures.net/wi-park or call 262-924-8626.
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LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Chicago
Summer starts at the Ultimate Indoor LEGO® Playground with 2 rides, 10 LEGO build & play zones, a 4D Cinema and more! Visit between May 18th and July 31st to join in on special events around our new 4D Experience “LEGO City 4D Movie: Officer in Pursuit”, the event includes building a super rescue vehicle, character meet and greets with our NEW Policeman and more! Visit chicago.legolanddiscoverycenter.com for event details and to save on tickets. 601 N. Martingale Rd. Schaumburg, IL 60173.
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Village of Lemont…Enjoy Our Scene!
No matter the season, breathtaking hills, valleys, quarries and canals frame Lemont, a quaint village 27 miles southwest of Chicago. This unexpected sanctuary is an ideal place to live, visit and experience. As we approach summer there’s no shortage of things to do in Lemont. Starting in June, Lemont Farmers Market will run every Tuesday morning, Lemont Legends Cruise Nights every Wednesday evening, and there’s even a series of Thursday evening concerts to add to the mix. And you won’t want to miss Heritage Fest, the highlight of the summer, on Saturday, July 13. Lemont is an oasis of dining, shopping, events and activities, all year long. Whatever you do this summer, come and experience Lemont, and Enjoy Our Scene! www.lemont.il.us.
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Mountain View Adventure Center, Des Plaines Park District
This challenging 18-hole mini golf course features a gold-rush mining town theme, with waterfalls, obstacles, and some rather interesting signposts. Six brand new machines in the Batting Cages, with a full range of softball and baseball pitches. Free Skate and BMX parks. Concessions and picnic shelter. A great place for parties and outings. 510 E. Algonquin Rd., Des Plaines, IL. 847-391-5733. www.DPParks.org.

Vintage Rides, Downtown Wheaton
Ice cream, popcorn, 50’s music, shiny chrome and carburetors- a great combination that makes Vintage Rides in Downtown Wheaton a favorite family outing.  Starting May 24 through August 23rd, Friday nights in Downtown Wheaton feature classic and vintage cars, trucks and motorcycles along two blocks of Front Street.  Starting at 6pm and going into the evening till 9pm, the street is filled with car enthusiasts, serious collectors and people of all ages.  While DJ Cesar ‘Poppy’ Garcia spins tune spanning the decades, hot dogs and pizza are served up on the street by Nani’s Pizza and Pasta.  2019 marks the 22nd anniversary of this popular Wheaton summer tradition. For more details go to www.downtownwheaton.com.

Downtown St. Charles
Come spend your summer in Downtown St. Charles. Starting the summer off, thousands of creative and beautiful pieces of artwork will grace downtown when the St. Charles Fine Art Show and Paint the Pavement return Memorial Day Weekend. Then join us for live music every Wednesday and Friday on the 1st Street Plaza. STC Live starts May 31 and runs until September 6. For more information on these events, visit www.downtownstcharles.org/events.

Mid-Continent Railway Museum
Mid-Continent Railway Museum – Take a step back in time! Climb aboard for a 55-minute round-trip train ride in historic railcars. Browse the museum filled with dozens of restored railcars and steam locomotives from the late 1800s and early 1900s and museum gift shop inside an 1894 depot. For more information, call 800-930-1385 or visit www.midcontinent.org. Mid-Continent Railway Museum, E8948 Museum Road, North Freedom, WI 53951.
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Reed’s Canoe Trips
Reed’s Canoe and Kayak Trips are an ideal recreational activity for groups of any size, from a family adventure to large church, school, or park district outing with an adventure close to home. The three trips we offer range in length from approximately 2 hours to a full 6 hours on the water, and are suitable for either new or experienced canoeists. Since the Kankakee River is located only an hour south of Chicagoland, even our longest trip will fit into a one-day outing! 907 N. Indiana Ave, Rt. 50, Kankakee, IL  Call for information or reservations: (815)WE CANOE or visit: reedscanoetrips.com.

Kane County Cougars
Kane County Cougars – Now in their 29th season in nearby Geneva, the Kane County Cougars have been at the forefront of affordable and family-friendly fun while providing Major League affiliated baseball. Now, a Class A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks, over 160 former Cougars have worn a Major League jersey. Every Cougars game is packed with fun, delicious food, between inning on field events as well as great baseball. Select games feature post-game fireworks and live music. The Cougars regular season schedule runs through Labor Day. For information on Weekly Specials, game tickets and Group outings visit www.kccougars.com or call 630-232-8811.
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Midwest Pond & Koi Society
The Midwest Pond & Koi Society, MPKS, are families with a common hobby: koi ponds, garden ponds, koi keeping, and plants. MPKS members range from the novice to experienced water gardener. The club has monthly meetings with topics about plants, ponds, and fish. Other activities include; auctions, a trade show, and a pond tour. You do not have to be a member to attend a meeting. Visit our web site www.mpks.org for more information.

Christ Church
Christ Church, with locations in Oak Brook and Downers Grove, is unique in that it offers both Classic and Contemporary style worship services that welcome people from a variety of faith backgrounds. They also serve the community with robust family ministry offerings for infants through teenagers that support parents while guiding children in a loving environment. In addition, there is a wide variety of adult small groups which encourage friendships and support, as well as prayer and care offerings which help those dealing with difficult life moments. Christ Church Oak Brook | Downers Grove www.ChristChurch.us 630-654-1882 501 Oak Brook Rd., Oak Brook | 3500 Lacey Rd., Downers Grove

Holes & Knolls, Glen Ellyn Park District
“Swing” into Holes & Knolls Mini Golf for a whole lot of fun this summer! The course includes 36 holes of beautifully landscaped grounds everyone from tots to grandparents will enjoy. Plan to stay for the day as Holes & Knolls is surrounded by endless opportunities for family fun including a splash park and adventure playground. There are also snacks and ice cream in the Maryknoll Café. Address: 845 Pershing Avenue, Glen Ellyn. www.HolesAndKnolls.com.

Downtown Naperville
Visit Downtown Naperville This Summer! – Come “be in the mix” in Downtown Naperville. With our 100 shops – from national favorites to one of a kind boutiques plus over 50 restaurants, pubs, craft beer and wine bars and more, and spas and fitness boutiques, there’s something for everyone! We have movies in the park, summer concerts – and don’t miss the Painted Dog Sculptures on display around Downtown Naperville. For a list of events and details, visit www.downtownnaperville.com for or up to the minute updates, sign up to receive our weekly e-newsletter on the website or follow Downtown Naperville on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.
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Aurora Downtown
Aurora Downtown welcomes you this summer with free events for everyone to enjoy. Join us at our free summer concert series Wednesdays at the Plaza starting June 12 and our Stolp Block Party on August 2. Enjoy family-friendly events like Aurora Museums After Dark and First Fridays. www.auroradowntown.org.

Forest Preserve District of Kane County
Come camping in Kane County! You can get away from it all without spending it all. Paul Wolff Campground in Elgin and Big Rock Campground in Big Rock offer with electric and water hook-ups for RV camping, plus tent and equestrian camp sites. Both campgrounds are within beautiful Kane County forest preserves where you’ll enjoy miles of trails and other amenities. Sites range from $12 to $35 per day.  Call 630-444-1200 or visit www.kaneforest.com.

Summerfield Zoo
An up close and personal animal experience for kids of all ages!  Plenty of things to do and amazing animals!  See our animals from A (alligators) to Z (zebra).   Free animal shows daily with admission (check online schedule).  Kids can have fun feeding bottles to baby goats, take a pony, and visit the petting zoo. Free parking.  Unique gift shop and snack shop.  Just minutes from I-90 in Belvidere. www.summerfieldfarmandzoo.com.

Illinois Railway Museum
The mission of the Illinois Railway Museum is to educate the public as to our nation’s railroad and railway history by collecting, preserving, and restoring rolling stock, artifacts, structures, and related transportation equipment for display to the public; exhibiting and operating restored rolling stock and equipment on a demonstration rail line; and collecting, preserving, and maintaining a reference library of publications, technical information, and other materials regarding railroads, railways, and related forms of transportation for research and other purposes. 7000 Olson Rd, Union, IL. 815-923-4391, www.irm.org.
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Historic Wagner Farm, Glenview Park District
Step back in time this summer and experience the tranquil life of an early 20th Century farm. There’s something exciting every day. On Mondays, learn the history of the farm, on Tuesdays and Thursdays, listen to Miss Nancy’s stories on the porch, Wednesdays meet a cow or pet a chicken, and on Fridays something’s cookin’ at the Wagner farmhouse. Everyday we offer a milking demonstration and a tour of the historic farmhouse. No advance registration required. 1510 Wagner Rd., Glenview. 847-657-1506. glenviewparks.org.

On Stage

Music by the Lake
The Music by the Lake summer festival, located on the beautiful shores of Geneva Lake in Williams Bay, Wisconsin, features exciting family-friendly events from June 23 through August 10. Experience one of the crown jewels of feature animation on the big screen with live orchestra accompaniment in “Disney Fantasia Live in Concert with the Lake Geneva Symphony Orchestra” on Sunday, June 23. For more information on events or to purchase tickets, visit musicbythelake.com.

LE JARDIN ANIMé Classical Treasures presented by Salt Creek Ballet
McAninch Arts Center, College of DuPage

Salt Creek Ballet presents the celebrated masterpiece, Le Jardin Animé.  Featuring guest artist Yoshihisa Arai, courtesy of The Joffrey Ballet and beautiful solos and figurations from the corps de ballet.  Also presenting The Alarm, a contemporary piece choreographed by Eddy Ocampo and Flower Festival in Genzano.  Performances on Saturday, May 18 and Sunday, May 19. Tickets: www.atthemac.org (630) 942-4000

 

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