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YOUR WEEKEND+ for 4/12 to 4/18

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 YOUR WEEKEND+ for April 12 to April 18
(Thursday through next Wednesday)

Here is this week’s “YOUR WEEKEND+” which highlights our full database of events and activities for the upcoming seven day period with special focus on this weekend.

Chicago Suburban Family  –  Summer Camps, 2018 Fitness Events and Springtime Fun!

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“Things to do” for the whole family

Fleetwood Roller Rink
Fleetwood Roller Rink (established 1957). is a family owned business. Our venue hosts public skating, birthday parties (our specialty) privates and fundraisers. We promote family fun for all ages plus for “health sake, roller skate” Come visit us and join in our fun.  Instruction available every Saturday at 1 pm   Check for our ongoing specials and public skating times .

Bartlett Park District
Bartlett Aquatic Center
Outdoor Water Park
2017 Platinum International Aquatic Safety Award by Jeff Ellis and Associates for exceeding industry standards in risk management and epitomizing aquatic safety excellence.Take a wild ride at the Bartlett Aquatic Center and experience a New Way to Play! Amenities include an eight-lane lap pool with a zero-depth entry section, tube slide, lazy river, aquatic zip line, drop slide, two body slides, and spray playground, a sand-play area, and a concessions area. Available for private rentals, group outings and birthday parties. 620 W. Stearns Rd., Bartlett, IL 60103. For hours of operation and more information call 630.540.4800 or visit

Kohl Children’s Museum
Visit our Animal Secrets exhibit to discover the mysteries of animal habitats, including meadows, woodlands, and caves. Opens March 20th. Kohl Children’s Museum offers a menagerie of activities this spring, including our Habitat Park Egg Hunt on Sat, Mar 31 from 10 – 2 (weather permitting) and special Earth Day activities on Sun, April 22. Great for toddlers through age 8! Located at 2100 Patriot Blvd., Glenview. 847-832-6600. .

Village of Hinsdale Community Pool
Think Summer! Sign up now and SAVE with an Early Bird membership. The Village of Hinsdale Community Pool offers an outdoor swimming facility for the entire family! Featuring a 50-meter pool with 25-meter L shape, zero -depth walk in wading pool with play features, a sand play area, and a diving well with drop slide, 2-1M diving boards and a 3M diving board. Pool passes are on sale! Also available are 10 visit passes and Neighborly Rates! Visit for more information.

Creek Bend Nature Center
Join us on a guided hike through the preserve. Sample pure, local syrup. Plus, check-out interactive exhibits inside Creek Bend Nature Center. Bring the whole family for this fun, FREE program. Creek Bend Nature Center is located within LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve at 37W700 Dean St., St. Charles. See or call 630-444-3190.


Hoffman Estates Park District
Triphahn Ice Arena
The Hoffman Estates Park District’s ice programs are known as one of the finest in the Chicago area. The Triphahn Ice Arena is a premier regional ice facility. This state of the arena offers two NHL sized sheets of ice, which are used for our Figure Skating Academy and Wolf Pack Hockey program, as well as home to the Chicago Wolves Hockey Team. For more information, visit or call 847-885-7500.




Red Shoe Run for Donor Awareness – Sat 4/14 at 8 AM. Competitive 5K  Run + Family Fitness Walk. Rock River Valley Blood Center. 8500 E. State St., Rockford. 815-965-8751. .

  • Chicago Lakefront 50K George Cheung Memorial Race – Sat 4/14 at 7:30 AM.
  • Faraway 5K – Sat 4/14 at 9 AM. Obstacle course race. Part of Joliet Park District Run 3.1 5K 3 Ways (3-part race series; other dates 7/19 and 11/11). Joliet.
  • Fun Run in Color – Sat 4/14 at 9 AM. 5K Novelty Run. Wheaton. 630-690-4880.
  • Saw Wee Kee Spring Trail Run – Sat 4/14 at 4 PM. 4MI Trail Run. Oswego. 630.554.4425.
  • SVF Friars 5K Fun Run/Walk – Sat 4/14 at 8 AM. 1MI Fun Run and Senior Shuffle. River Forest 773-495-8157.
  • March for Babies – Orland Park on Sun 4/15; St. Charles on Sat 4/21; Arlington Heights and Lisle on Sun 4/22; DeKalb on Sat 4/28; Chicago 4/29. Benefits March of Dimes.


  • Barnyard Dash 5KSaturday, 4/28 at 8:30 AM. 5K & Pig Pen 1-miler. CARA Certified. Blackberry Farm, Aurora. 630-892-1550.
  • 15th Annual Run for the Kids: Superhero Hustle 5K Run/2 Mile Walk. Saturday, 5/5 at 9 AM. Benefits Children with. Developmental Disabilities. 830 S. Addison Ave, Villa Park. 630-620-4433. .
  • Village of Willowbrook’s 4th Annual Spring Fling 5K – 1m Kids Fun Run & Community Fair. Sunday, 5/6. Pre-race registration starts 7:30 AM Race starts 9 AM. 1m Run starts 10:00 AM. Community Fair 9 AM – Noon. Portion of proceeds to Gateway SRA Borse Community Park, 208 Midway Dr. 630-323-8215. .



With the start of Spring, now is the time to plan a great Summertime Camp experience for your children. Click on the link above for the most comprehensive listing of summer camps in the Chicago suburbs and surrounding areas!



  • ADULTS Adventures in Travel – Discussion and refreshments provided. 7-9 PM. Downers Grove Public Library. Questions, contact
  • FAMILY Disney Fans – “Dizzy for Disney” – Come celebrate everything Disney dressed as your favorite character! From the mouse to evil witches, this is a day to celebrate magical memories. 4-6 PM. Louis Joliet Mall. Plainfield Park District.
  • FAMILY Game Night – Play games and compete against other families. Pizza, drinks, and dessert will be served. Ages 4-10 with parent/caregiver. 6-8 PM. Grand Oaks Rec Center, Crystal Lake Park District. 815-459-0680.
  • TWEENS Tween Night – An evening of fun playing sports and interacting with friends with pizza. Ages 8-12. 6:30-9:30 PM. Glen Ellyn Park District.
  • CHICAGO/CITY  I Heart Halal Festival – April 13-15. Health lifestyle festival showcasing food, fashion, faith and family. Entertainment, grand bazaar of merchants, Kids Zone, health and wellness demonstrations. Chicago’s Navy Pier.


  • ADULTS Music – Nationally known folksinger, songwriter and instrumentalist in folk music Joel Mabus performs with banjo, fiddle and guitar. 6:30-9 PM. St. Tim’s Coffeehouse in St. Timothy’s Church, Skokie. 847-676-1300.
  • ADULTS Road Rally – An exciting and somewhat physically challenging four-hour scavenger hunt. Grab a team of four to six adults per vehicle and use the map and bag of clues given to you as you rely on teamwork, logic and luck to stay on track. Bolingbrook, Lisle, Naperville and Woodridge park districts combined to host event. 4-8 PM. Space limited – register by 4/9
  • FAMILY Bird Viewing – The “Raptors in your Neighborhood” program will allow you to see live birds up close. Ages 5 and up. 2-2:45 PM. Springbrook Nature Center, Itasca Park District. 630-773-2257.
  • KIDS Basketball Charity – Join Level UP Basketball for a 3v3 tournament benefitting SEASPAR’s programs for athletes with disabilities. Ages 7 and up. 9 AM-3 PM. Downers Grove Recreation Center. Register
  • KIDS Morse Messages – Learn how the Lisle Stationmaster would send and receive messages using a telegraph and write your own Morse code. Ages 4-10. 10:30-11 AM. Museums at Lisle Station Park, Lisle Park District. 630-968-0499.
  • CONCERT – Sing To Live. 4/14 7:30 PM and 4/15 4 PM.  Community Chorus will perform a tribute to the Late Greats of Popular Music. Chorus consists of individuals touched by breast cancer. Sat in Glenview and Sun in Oak Park.
  • CHICAGO/CITY  I Heart Halal Festival – April 13-15. Health lifestyle festival showcasing food, fashion, faith and family. Entertainment, grand bazaar of merchants, Kids Zone, health and wellness demonstrations. Chicago’s Navy Pier.


  • CONCERT – Sing To Live. 4/14 7:30 PM and 4/15 4 PM.  Community Chorus will perform a tribute to the Late Greats of Popular Music. Chorus consists of individuals touched by breast cancer. Sat in Glenview and Sun in Oak Park.


  • ADULTS Meditation – Simple meditation techniques to help you live a healthier life. 7-8:30 PM. Helen Plum Library, Lombard.
  • ADULTS Bunco – Light lunch, beverages and Bunco. Ages 50 and up. 11:15AM-2 PM. Plainfield Township Community Center, Plainfield Park District. Register
  • ADULTS Craft – Create a personalized organization dry erase board or calendar using simple yet fun supplies. 6:30-8:30 PM. Naperville Public Library, Naper Blvd. Register 630-961-4100 ext 2232.
  • KIDS Magic Class –  Kids learn exciting tricks from a magician. Ages 5-12. 4 PM. Itasca Recreation Center, Itasca Park District. 630-773-2257.
  • LECTURE Environmental Policy – A long-time EPA rep will discuss the impact of environmental policy on our community. Q&A and discussion over coffee and dessert will follow the presentation. 7 PM. McCormick House, Cantigny Park, Wheaton. Register online at



ON STAGE Upcoming Shows…Get Tickets Now!

Overshadowed Theatrical Productions
Sleeping Beauty
April 6 – 21, 2018.
Adapted by Marc Robin from the Brothers Grimm’s fairy tale. In a kingdom far away, the vengeful sorceress Magenta has placed a wicked curse on the beautiful Princess Amber and only a true love’s kiss can unlock the spell and wake her before it is too late. Prince Hunter must battle dragons, scale mountains, and sail the dark sea to save Princess Amber. Will his journey allow him to make it in time to prove his love to his Sleeping Beauty? This captivating fairy tale creates excitement and thrill for its audience as they root for Prince Hunter and the fate of the beautiful princess! Filled with unconventional personalities, broken rules, and quests aplenty, this colorful, musical fairy tale is great for children of all ages! Make it a truly special activity for your family and include the Sleepy Beauty Character Breakfast on April 21st! Know of a school group that might want to attend? Ask about our school day performances on April 20th. For tickets call 630.634.2100 or visit the website at .

Rialto Square Theatre
The Rialto Square Theatre, the Jewel of Joliet, presents a wide variety of fun family shows, top concerts, comedy, theater, and other great performing arts shows.  The nearly 100-year old venue is one of the top 100 destinations in Illinois and has been listed by many media outlets as one of the ten most beautiful theaters in the country. Its live acoustics are outstanding, making for great live experiences.  The 2018 calendar is quickly filling up with an outstanding line-up of shows across all genres of music, theater, comedy and family including such acts as Jackson Galaxy (THIS WEEKEND), Engelbert Humperdink, Home Free, PJMASKS and more!  Located in the heart of downtown Joliet, the Rialto Square Theatre is easy to access from all major southwest suburb highways.  Tickets for all Rialto Square Theatre shows can be purchased at .

2018 “Stars on Ice” Tour
Every four years, the Winter Olympics not only give us a chance to celebrate and revel in our favorite athletes, but also to discover some incredible new breakout stars. The 2018 Stars on Ice tour will feature many of the skaters who were vying for a medal for the U.S. in the 2018 Winter Olympics. The Tour will arrive in Rosemont, IL on Sunday, April 29 for a 4:00 PM performance at the Allstate Arena. This year’s Stars on Ice tour will put American fans front and center to experience the best of the U.S. Figure Skating team that competed in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Tickets are now on sale starting at $25 and are available at,, the Allstate Arena Box Office, select retail locations, and by phone at 1-800-745-3000.  Limited on-ice seating is available upon request. Group discounts are available for parties of 10 or more.  Please visit for the most up to date information and show announcements.


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