Looking for something to do this week? We have some suggestions, encompassing everything from running events for charity and an outdoor concert paired with tempting edibles and libations to poolside fun, an expert-led parenting seminar, and a family spectacular celebrating a quirky 1890s "Country Fair."
WHERE: Kline Creek Farm, 1N600 County Farm Road, West Chicago
WHEN: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 31 and Sept. 1
COST & INFO: Free; 630-876-5900; www.dupageforest.org
Unusual acts color an 1890s-themed "Country Fair," with acrobatic juggling by the Amazing Budabi Brothers at 10:30 a.m. and 1:45 p.m., and Professor Marvel’s Amazing Flea Circus at 11:15 a.m. and 1 p.m. World-champion gun spinner Garret Popek flashes the legendary skills of the Wild West at noon and 2:30 p.m., and artifact oddities are displayed at Dr. Jack MacRae’s Tent of Wonders at 12:45 and 3:15 p.m. Visitors can compete for ribbons, play games, see livestock, and hop on horsedrawn hay wagon rides, presented by the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County.
RUN 4 HOME
WHERE: 703 W. Liberty Drive, Wheaton
WHEN: 8 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 7
COST & INFO: Fee varies; register at www.padsrun.org or call Jennifer at 630-682-3846, ext. 2520; volunteers also sought; www.dupagepads.org
DuPagePads presents its ninth annual Run 4 Home –10K and 5K run and 5K walk – as a way to help end homelessness one step at a time. The new 10K and 5K CARA-approved course is designed to appeal to serious runners, casual joggers and walkers. The races are followed by music, refreshments and prizes. Proceeds help provide support services to individuals and families who are homeless in DuPage County, where the number of children served has risen by 39 percent compared to last year.
SOUNDS ON THE STREET
WHERE: Main Street between Hillside Avenue and Duane Street, Glen Ellyn
WHEN: 7 to 10:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30
COST & INFO: Free admission; 630-460-5000, www.downtownglenellyn.com
An al fresco night of food, drink and entertainment is promised by the third annual Sounds on the Street presented by Downtown Glen Ellyn. Streets will close at 5 p.m. for setup of stage, tables and chairs, and participating restaurants will open their doors at 7 p.m. to serve edibles and libations that patrons can bring outdoors. Restaurants include Tap House Grill, flour + wine, Santa Fe, Shannon’s Irish Pub, Cab’s Wine Bar Bistro and Blackberry Market. House of Rock musicians take the stage at 7 p.m., and the band Local Favorite headlines at 8 p.m.
WHERE: Coral Cove Water Park, 849 W. Lies Road, Carol Stream
WHEN: 1 to 5 p.m. Monday, Sept. 2
COST & INFO: Free with admission; www.csparks.org, 630-784-6100
It’s Sammy Starfish’s birthday, and he hopes to have plenty of friends join him at his birthday party at the Coral Cove Water Park on a holiday Monday. DJ GC will be at the event, along with the lifeguard crew to help celebrate, offering activities for kids of all ages. Festivities are free with entry to the water park, so swim on by and help Sammy Starfish enjoy his big day.
WHERE: Community Center, 1777 S. Blanchard Road, Wheaton
WHEN: 9:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 31
COST & INFO: $19 per person; register at www.wheatonparkdistrict.com; 630-690-4880
All children hit that age when you aren’t exactly sure how to deal with them. Thomas Phelan presents "1-2-3 MAGIC, a Parenting Seminar," on better understanding and disciplining children ages 2 to12. An expert on parenting and attention deficit disorder, he appears frequently on radio and television. He will outline steps to discipline kids without yelling, arguing or spanking, and will cover such topics as chores, practicing, homework, messy rooms and lying. Child care is provided by Kidz Kingdom for $6 per child age 14 and younger.