Family-Friendly Weekend Events: May 27–30

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Festivals, parades, and movies, oh my! Memorial Day weekend is upon us, and we couldn’t be more excited to unofficially welcome summer. Bolingbrook’s Memorial Day Carnival and Westmont’s Red, White, and Bar-B-Que are happening all weekend long if you’re ready for Ferris wheel rides and delicious carnival food. Most splash pads are opening this weekend if they haven’t already, so keep our Splash Pad Guide handy. Monday is full of celebrations that bring our communities together, both in celebration and to honor our military. Whatever you end up choosing, we hope you spend the weekend doing what you love most.

This planner is sponsored by North American Pizza and Culinary Academy and Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy.

Little Chefs Little Italy Kids Summer Camp

Little Chefs Little Italy Kids Summer Camp
North American Pizza and Culinary Academy
1970 University Lane
Lisle, IL 60532
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Do you have a kid who loves to cook and bake? Imagine them being able to spend part of their Summer vacation studying with a real chef! These camps will take your budding chef through a 5 day hands on culinary experience- from working with homemade doughs, making sauces and desserts to creating their own restaurant at the end!

They will learn basic kitchen and cooking skills all while learning the fundamentals of their favorite food groups- like desserts and appetizers. On the last day of the camp the parents will be invited in to taste the creations that their very own star chefs have created. Each student will go home with recipe packets for the entire week, a graduation certification and a huge boost in confidence in the kitchen.

Fun Things To Do With Kids This Weekend and Beyond

Please check the details before you go to these events to ensure you know about registration requirements and additional safety measures to maximize your family’s fun. While we do our best to keep the most up-to-date information in our calendar, last minute location or time changes do happen.

Friday

Cantigny Park is hosting their first Movie in the Park of the season if the weather cooperates! There’s also IPPL’s Family Craft Hour in Darien if you’d prefer to stay indoors.

Story Walk: Daniel Finds a Poem (Mayslake Peabody Estate, Oak Brook)
May 27, 2022 | 7:30am – 8:00pm

Nature Story Trail (Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest)
May 27, 2022 | 9:00am – 4:00pm

Spring Planting on the Farm (Kline Creek Farm, West Chicago)
May 27, 2022 | 10:00am – 4:00pm

Take and Make Fridays (Brookfield Public Library)
May 27, 2022 | 10:00am – 6:00pm

A Very Special Storytime (Waterlemon, La Grange)
May 27, 2022 | 3:30pm – 4:15pm
This week’s event is sold out, but check for future character visits.

Family Craft Hour (Indian Prairie Public Library, Darien)
May 27, 2022 | 3:30pm – 4:30pm

Memorial Day Carnival (Bolingbrook)
May 27, 2022 | 4:00pm – 9:00pm

Red, White, and Bar-B-Que (Westmont)
May 27, 2022 | 5:00pm – 10:00pm

Movie In The Park (Cantigny Park, Wheaton)
May 27, 2022 | 8:30pm – 10:30pm

IMSA Summer STEM Programs

IMSA Summer STEM Programs
Illinois Math and Science Academy
1500 Sullivan Rd, Aurora, IL 60506

Looking for fun and challenge this summer? Join the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy (IMSA) for a summer of inquiry-based learning in their STEM programs for rising 3rd-10th graders! Spark your child’s interest in STEM with programs that dive into civil engineering, space, human anatomy, app development, artificial intelligence, and molecular gastronomy.

These in-person & virtual day camps are offered in multiple locations across Illinois, including Aurora, Bloomington, Springfield, and the several Metro East locations. Financial need scholarships are available for all locations. Click here for more information about these stem-tastic opportunities for your child. Registration fills quickly so secure your spot today!

Please note that their website works better on a computer.

Saturday

Get moving on in the morning at Western Spring’s Tower Trot. Saturday is a day for creativity and exploration, so stop by Engineering Fest at Chicago Architecture Center or Oak Brook Center’s Prismatica Kaleidoscope Family Fun Day.

Story Walk: Daniel Finds a Poem (Mayslake Peabody Estate, Oak Brook)
May 28, 2022 | 7:30am – 8:00pm

WellBatavia Festival (Downtown Batavia)
May 28, 2022 | 8:00am – 12:00pm

Tower Trot (Western Springs)
May 28, 2022 | 8:30am – 10:00am

Nature Story Trail (Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest)
May 28, 2022 | 9:00am – 4:00pm

Family Chat and Play (Oak Park)
May 28, 2022 | 9:15am – 10:15am

Spring Planting on the Farm (Kline Creek Farm, West Chicago)
May 28, 2022 | 10:00am – 4:00pm

Engineering Fest (Chicago Architecture Center)
May 28, 2022 | 10:00am – 4:00pm
Register in advance.

St. Charles Fine Arts Show (Downtown St. Charles)
May 28, 2022 | 10:00am – 6:00pm

Museum Campus Exploration Day (Isle a la Cache, Romeoville)
May 28, 2022 | 10:00am – 4:00pm

DuPage County Arts Festival
May 28, 2022 | 10:00am – 11:00pm

Museum Trek (Museums at Lisle Station Park, Lisle)
May 28, 2022 | 10:30am – 11:30am

Memorial Day Ceremony (La Grange Park)
May 28, 2022 | 11:00am – 12:00pm

Red, White, and Bar-B-Que (Westmont)
May 28, 2022 | 1:00pm – 10:00pm

Prismatica Kaleidoscope Family Fun Day (Oak Brook Center)
May 28, 2022 | 1:00pm – 3:00pm

Memorial Day Carnival (Bolingbrook)
May 28, 2022 | 1:00pm – 9:00pm

Family Movie (Downers Grove Public Library)
May 28, 2022 | 2:00pm – 4:00pm

Family Campout (Camp Shabbona Woods, South Holland)
May 28 – 29, 2022 | 4:00pm – 9:00am
Reserve spots in advance.

Twilight Voyage (Wheaton)
May 28, 2022 | 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Reserve spots in advance.

Summer Fireworks (Navy Pier, Chicago)
May 28, 2022 | 9:00pm – 9:30pm

Sunday

You can get moving on Sunday morning, too, with Westmont’s Race to the Flag or a more casual stroll through St. Charles Fine Arts Show. There are spots available at Blackberry Farm’s Superhero Day VIP, too.

Story Walk: Daniel Finds a Poem (Mayslake Peabody Estate, Oak Brook)
May 29, 2022 | 7:30am – 8:00pm

Race to the Flag (Westmont)
May 29, 2022 | 8:00am

Superhero Day VIP (Blackberry Farm, Aurora)
May 29, 2022 | 9:00am – 11:00am
Reserve tickets in advance.

Nature Story Trail (Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest)
May 29, 2022 | 9:00am – 4:00pm

Spring Planting on the Farm (Kline Creek Farm, West Chicago)
May 29, 2022 | 10:00am – 4:00pm

St. Charles Fine Arts Show (Downtown St. Charles)
May 29, 2022 | 10:00am – 5:00pm

Red, White, and Bar-B-Que (Westmont)
May 29, 2022 | 1:00pm – 8:00pm

Memorial Day Carnival (Bolingbrook)
May 29, 2022 | 1:00pm – 9:00pm

Sunday Makebreak (Michael’s Craft Stores)
May 29, 2022 | 2:00pm – 4:00pm

Bone Appétit (Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest)
May 29, 2022 | 3:00pm

Outdoor Concert (Cantigny Park, Wheaton)
May 29, 2022 | 3:00pm – 5:00pm

Monday

Memorial Day is full of parades, picnics, and ceremonies. We hope you’ll find a way to honor members of our armed forces this Monday.

Story Walk: Daniel Finds a Poem (Mayslake Peabody Estate, Oak Brook)
May 30, 2022 | 7:30am – 8:00pm

Memorial Day Parade and Picnic (Downtown River Forest)
May 30, 2022 | 9:30am – 11:00am

Memorial Day Parade and and Post-Parade Military Ceremony (Downtown Elmhurst)
May 30, 2022 | 9:30am – 10:30am

Armed Forces Day (Burr Ridge Village Hall)
May 30, 2022 | 10:00am – 11:00am

Memorial Day Parade and Services (Downtown Western Springs)
May 30, 2022 | 10:00am – 12:00pm

Spring Planting on the Farm (Kline Creek Farm, West Chicago)
May 30, 2022 | 10:00am – 4:00pm

Memorial Day Service (Westchester)
May 30, 2022, 10:00am

Memorial Day Parade (Lisle)
May 30, 2022 | 10:00am – 11:00am

Story Time at Kline Creek Farm (West Chicago)
May 30, 2022 | 10:00am – 12:00pm

Memorial Day Parade (Downtown Naperville)
May 30, 2022 | 10:30am – 11:30am

Memorial Day Parade (South Holland)
May 30, 2022 | 11:00am – 12:00pm

Memorial Day Parade (Wood Dale)
May 30, 2022 | 11:00am – 12:00pm

Memorial Day Carnival (Bolingbrook)
May 30, 2022 | 1:00pm – 5:00pm

Willowbrook Happy Hour (Willowbrook Wildlife Center, Glen Ellyn)
May 30, 2022 | 4:00pm – 5:00pm
Reserve tickets in advance.

Want to look ahead to next week?

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We hope you found some family-friendly fun in our list of weekend events in the western suburbs of Chicago! This list is updated every week and sent out in the Kidlist emails. (Click here to sign up if you haven’t already.)

We love local businesses, libraries, park districts, villages, and organizations- they plan great events for all of us to enjoy. If you are hosting an event or know of an event that should be on our list, click here to submit it to the Kidlist calendar!

We strive to be the most comprehensive source for family fun, which is why you’ll always see so many weekend events listed. It would definitely be easier to just list the details for a few events and call them “the best weekend events for families”, but we recognize that everyone has different interests. Not to mention, sometimes I’m in the mood to go to a huge festival, and sometimes I’d rather go to a low key storytime at the library. I’m sure I’m not the only one who feels that way. That’s why we work hard and spend a lot of time to find everything going on in our area so you don’t have to!

We hope you find it helpful and we are open to suggestions. The Kidlist Team always talks about how we can improve and evolve to meet your needs, so let us know!

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