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Wayne's Weekend - Free Fun For The Family

Updated 8:03 AM CDT, Thu, Jul 15, 2010

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Looking for something fun to do with the whole family.. and for free?? Here's all the information you need!
All-Encompassing Links:
www.kidwinks.com - great website with searchable listings for free events all over the Chicagoland and northwest Indian area
example: searchable free weekday events:


www.chicagokids.com - Save money while having fun! Our summer fun guide for kids in the Chicago area is packed with information on FREE destinations like museums, zoos, farms, nature centers, indoor play spots and more.


Fun Events:

Free Family Fun

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***Ultimate LEGO Architects Build-A-World Weekend - Part of: www.chicagokids.com
Mies van der Rohe’s S.R. Crown Hall
3360 S. State St.
Chicago, IL 
(708) 848-1976
The Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust invites families to join in the creation of a large scale LEGO environment Saturday, July 24 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Mies van der Rohe’s spectacular S.R. Crown Hall, a National Historic Landmark. The event is free and children will create structures of their own imagination culminating in a new 3,000 square foot street grid community. The LEGO city-scape will be open to the public beginning Sunday, July 25 1p.m. to 4 p.m. through the following week.
Children will collaborate on city skyscrapers, residential housing, stadiums, concert halls and government buildings within a landscape of rivers, roads and trees. All participants will receive electronic photos of themselves with their creations as well as a photo of the completed project.


***One Year Anniversary Celebration Concert with Jim Gill

Children’s Museum in Oak Lawn


5100 Museum Drive 
Oak Lawn , IL 60453
(708) 423-6709

Let's get comfortable listening to the interactive, musical performance of Jim Gill! Bring your lawn chairs, blanket, or sleeping bag and join us outside of the museum for a musically interactive good time! Anyone who has ever attended one of Jim's concerts knows that rather performing for the children and parents, Jim leads them to sing and play together.
Cost: FREE
Ages: All ages


***The Municipal Park System

City and Suburbs
On Going 

Lincoln Park Zoo
Lincoln Park Conservatory
Garfield Park Conservatory
Millennium Park
Holstein Park 
Grant Park
Humboldt Park
Portage Park
Windy City Fieldhouse
South Shore Cultural Center
McGuane Park


***The Kids Table
On Going
A place where parents and kids come to cook and learn how easy it can be to eat well at every age.
***Corn Fest 2010
Friday August 20 – Sunday Aug 22
DeKalb Corn Fest
DeKalb Taylor Municipal Airport
***Kidfest (part of Corn Fest)
Kid Fest at Corn Fest offers free musical entertainment for young children and their families. This year's entertainment features an exotic animal rescue show with Monkeys and More.

There will be an inflatable moon walk and free rides for kids.
Kid Fest will be held on Friday, August 20th at the Community Stage at DeKalb 
Taylor Municipal Airport. Face painting begins at 5:30 p.m.
Free fun inflatables located just west of the carnival by the community stage,Kid Fest is presented by DeKalb Corn Fest


***Art Fest for Kids (part of Corn Fest)

Art Fest for Kids is an event sponsored by the Kishwaukee Family YMCA on Saturday August 22th from 11am to 3pm and Sunday August 23th from noon to 3pm.
YMCA Day Camp Counselors will lead younger Corn Fest attendees in a variety of hands-on and FUN art activities. Parents are welcome to join the fun and participate alongside their children!
***Walking with Dinosaurs - The Arena Spectacular 
Allstate Arena
6920 N. Mannheim Road
Rosemont, IL 

Dinosaurs once again roam the earth in a spectacular theatrical arena show, WALKING WITH DINOSAURS – The Arena Spectacular, based on the award-winning BBC Television Series. WALKING WITH DINOSAURS – The Arena Spectacular is now on tour in North America and will perform for one week only.
The show depicts the dinosaurs’ evolution, complete with the climatic and tectonic changes that took place, which led to the demise of many species. With almost cinematic realism, WALKING WITH DINOSAURS has scenes of the interactions between dinosaurs, and the audience sees how carnivorous more dinosaurs evolved to walk on two legs, and how the herbivores fended off their more agile predators.
The history of the world is played out with the splitting of the earth’s continents, and the transition from the arid desert of the Triassic period is given over to the lush green prairies and forces of the later Jurassic. Oceans form, volcanoes erupt, a forest catches fire -- all leading to the impact of the massive comet, which struck the earth, and forced the extinction of the dinosaurs.
Cost: $19.50 - $69.50
***Wacky Quacky Duck Splash & Carnival of Fun
3001 Wisconsin
Berwyn, IL 

The Berwyn Park District’s Carnival of Fun activities will end with the annual Wacky Quacky Duck Splash at 5:45 pm. Hundreds of cute little plastic ducks will race down the creek at Proksa Park.

Adopt a duck for a chance to win $500 

Saturday, July 17, 2010, 2PM – 6PM
Child and Parent Date, Family 
Carnivals / Fairs / Festivals 
***Jumping Jack Program
City of Chicago

Each year, an estimated 350,000 people have the opportunity to get to know Jack. Community event planners know it better as the Jumping Jack program, the popular entertainment attraction for kids. This inflatable playground, provided by the Mayor’s Office of Special Events, is available for free, delighting children at more than 5,000 community events all summer long.

Applications for the Jumping Jack will be available at the Mayor's Office of Special Events in February 2010. Applications must be received at least 10 days prior to the event. The Jumping Jacks are scheduled on a first come first serve basis.
Applications for Saturdays should be submitted as early as possible. Due to the popularity of this service, the Mayor's Office of Special Events encourages applicants to have multiple backup dates in case the original date requested is not available.
Some general rules to keep in mind include:

The Jumping Jack is scheduled for 60 minutes within your allotted time span. An additional 30 minutes in each time span is used to setup and take down the equipment.

One application per organization.
Sites located outside of Chicago city limits will not be serviced.
The Jumping Jack is not intended for birthday parties or for private use.
The Jumping Jack is intended for outdoor use only.
The Jumping Jack can not be set up in rain, drizzle or on wet pavement or grass.
It is the responsibility of the person/organization requesting the Jumping Jack to secure the necessary street closure permit from the Alderman's office, remove parked vehicles from the block, insure proper adult supervision for all children and supply electrical power to operate the equipment.
The program, established in 1969, is the longest running program of its kind.
To request a Jumping Jack Application, email the Mayor's Office of Special Events at moseinquiry@cityofchicago.org
***Angel Dunklin Ishmael 
07/17/10 8:15 PM Movies in the Parks - Hotel For Dogs (PG) Paschen Park FREE 
07/17/10 8:15 PM Movies in the Parks - Raiders of the Lost Ark (PG) Jonquil Playlot Park (c/o Wrightwood Park) FREE 
07/17/10 8:15 PM Movies in the Parks - The Wiz (G)* Brainerd Park FREE 
07/18/10 8:15 PM Movies in the Parks - Little Big League (PG)* Beverly Park FREE
***Millennium Park Tours
Learn more about Millennium Park, through one of its many free tour options that begin in May, including guided tours by Chicago Greeters and tours of the Lurie Garden led by volunteer University of Illinois Extension Master Gardeners.

Millennium Park Family Fun Festival
Free Daily entertainment for kids.
Heirloom Farm Tours

***Jane Addams Hull-House Museum 

Bring the kids to these green-thumbs-up, foodie-pleasing and free tours happening at the Hull-House Museum's eco-friendly Heirloom Farm, featuring on-site heirloom and organic vegetables, plants and produce. Stop by for a visit, a tour, with a group or just with your own gang. Call 312-413-5353 for tour details. and of course Lincoln Park Zoo, Garfield Park Observatory, Music without borders at Millennium Park. Also kids can bowl free all summer

1801 Butterfield Road | Downer's Grove, IL 60515 | 630.512.0990 | www.carluccirestaurant.com


Carlucci Hosts Kids Weekend
Friday, July 23 - Sunday, July 25; Petting Zoo: Sunday, July 25 from 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Kids “Make-Their-Own” Pizza and Dessert: $5 each; Kids’ Menu: Items vary from $4 – $5; and Sunday Petting Zoo: FREE (Carlucci diners only)
Families are invited to Carlucci Restaurant in Downers Grove for a special Kids Weekend July 23 – 25.  All weekend long, kids will be invited to “make-their-own” pizza and dessert for $5 each.  In addition, Carlucci will offer a Children’s Menu featuring Spaghetti & Meatballs, Chicken Fingers with Fries, Pizza and more for $4 – $5.  As a special treat, Carlucci will offer diners FREE admission to a Petting Zoo on Sunday, July 25 from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM, set up on their patio, complete with 12 farm animals including donkeys, sheep, bunnies, ducks and more.


HOURS: Mon.-Thurs. 11:30 AM-9:30 PM | Fri.: 11:30 AM-10:30 PM | Sat.: 4:30 PM-10:30 PM | Sun. 4:30 PM-10:30 PM


848 N. State Street | Chicago, IL 60610| 312. 252. 9946 | Other locations include: Bolingbrook, Deer Park, Lincolnshire, Northbrook and Warrenville | FOR ALL LOCATIONS AND HOURS, visit www.goroma.net 

Kids Eat Free
Every Sunday at all Go Roma locations
Kids eat free off the Kids' Menu
Every Sunday, families are invited to Go Roma for "Kids Eat Free".  Go Roma's kid's meals are normally $4.49 for children under twelve and feature fresh and healthy options perfectly portioned for youngsters like Cheese Pizza, Chicken Strips and Potato Stix, Bowtie Pasta with Marinara Sauce and Mac n' Cheese.  All come with a cookie and a choice of apple juice, soda or milk.

Kids Eat Free at Go Roma Warrenville: Sunday- Thursday All Summer Long
Now through Labor Day Weekend; Lunch & Dinner; Dine-in Only
Kids 12 and Under Eat Free with Purchase of Adult Entree
Go Roma’s flagship Warrenville location is giving parents and kids what they want all summer long – kids eat free from the fresh Kids’ Menu with the purchase of an adult entrée Sunday through Thursday through Labor Day Weekend. (28361 Diehl RoadWarrenvilleIL 60555(630) 393-7662; Hours: Mon-Thurs, 11 AM – 8:30 PM | | Fri, 11 AM – 9:30 PM | Sat, 12 PM – 9:30 PM | Sun, 12 PM - 8 PM)


CHICAGO LOCATION HOURS Mon-Thurs, 11 AM - 9 PM | Fri, 11 AM - 10 PM | Sat, 11:30 AM - 10 PM | Sun, 11:30 AM - 9 PM


8 E. First St. | Hinsdale, IL 60521 | 630.734.9400 | www.ilpoggiolohinsdale.com 


Kids Eat Free Sundays at Il Poggiolo
Every Sunday from 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Guests save some cash and enjoy fresh Italian fare at Il Poggiolo in Hinsdale.  Every Sunday from 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM, kids eat free from the Kids Menu with selections including Spaghetti & Meatballs, Penne Alfredo, Chicken Fingers, Cheese Pizza and Hamburgers.  Up to 4 children per table.


HOURS: LUNCH, Monday-Friday: 11:30 AM - 2:30 PM, DINNER, Monday - Thursday: 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM, Friday & Saturday: 5:00 PM - 11:00 PM, Sunday: 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM 

871 E. Algonquin Rd | Schaumburg, IL 60173 | 847.397.3100 | www.madmarksmysticpizza.com


Free Kids Sundaes at Mad Mark's
All month long in July; Thursday, July 1 – Saturday, July 31
$3.95 for Create-Your-Own-Pizza, FREE Ice Cream Sundae
Mad Mark’s Mystic Pizza invites guests to celebrate National Ice Cream Month all month long in July with complimentary kid’s ice cream sundaes.  Kids who create their own pizza from the Mad Mark’s Kid’s Menu will receive a complimentary ice cream sundae for dessert.  For $3.95, kids will enjoy the interactive pizza making process, when dough, pizza sauce and cheese are delivered right to their table.  Price includes one pizza topping.

Mad Mark's Magical Mondays
Every Monday
Kids 12 and Under Eat Free after 4:00 PM with paying adult, Limit 2 children per table
Every Monday evening, families are treated to a free live magician, James Danden, in the restaurant from 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM.  After 4:00 PM, kids eat free from the kids menu with a paying adult.  Kids menu selections include Homemade Mac 'n' Cheese, Barbecued Ribs, Love Me Tenders, PBJ Sandwich, Rigatoni Pasta, Mac 'n' Cheese Pizza and more.

HOURS: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00 PM - 1:00 AM | Friday and Saturday: 4:00 PM - 3:00 AM 

1150 Willow Rd | Northbrook, IL 60062 | 847.480.2323 | www.pinstripes.com
100 West Higgins Rd | South Barrington, IL 60010 | 847.844.9300 | www.pinstripes.com


Free Live Blues and Jazz at Pinstripes
Every Friday and Saturday from 7:30 PM - 12:00 AM
Pinstripes Bowling, Bocce and Bistro invites guests to enjoy some of Chicago’s best live blues and jazz every Friday and Saturday night at both the Northbrook and South Barrington locations.  Featured performers include Audley Reid (internationally recognized, contemporary jazz saxophonist), Ray Silkman (accomplished Saxophonist, touted as “one of the best saxmen in the business”), and Marty Sammon (keyboardist for the legendary Buddy Guy).  Guests are also invited to play an active role in the performance when they will be offered the rare opportunity to play or sing with these musical legends.  

Sunday Kids Eat Free at Pinstripes
Every Sunday after 5:00 PM
Pinstripes invites families in for Sunday dinner where kids 12 and under eat free off the kids' menu after 5:00 PM.

HOURS: Monday-Thursday: 11:30 AM – 11:00 PM | Friday: 11:30 AM – 12:00 AM | Saturday: 10:00 AM – 12:00 AM | Sunday: 10:00 AM – 11:00 PM | Sunday Brunch: 10:00 – 2:00 PM

First Published: Jul 14, 2010 8:23 AM CDT

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