Here are a few highlights for this weekend. Make sure to check out the Go West Calendar for events that might better fit your family's interests, schedule or budget.
CELEBRATE WHEATON: The Taste of Wheaton runs through Sunday with food, music, art, carnival rides, craft booths and live entertainment. The activities center around Memorial Park in downtown Wheaton.
BUBBLES EVERYWHERE: Elgin Public Museum will host its annual "Bubblefest" on Saturday from noon to 2 p.m. Your kids will be able to make a bubble blower, shake hands in a bubble, stand in a bubble and make their own bubble art. This is an outdoor event, so dress for the weather. The fee is $2 per person.
MULTICULTURAL FUN: The Gail Borden Public Library in Elgin is celebrating the beginning of its summer reading program and the opening of its summer exhibit (called "Children Just Like Me") with a cultural extravaganza. There will be food tastings, crafts, games, music, dance and cultural performances. The free event is Saturday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. "Children Just Like Me" examines the lives of 11 children from around the world, using hands-on activities.
GO COUGARS: The Kane County Cougars are hosting the Peoria Chiefs through Monday, with games on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. (fireworks afterward); on Sunday at 1 p.m. and Monday at 6:30 p.m. Saturday's game will feature events honoring the late great Chicago Cub Ron Santo.
WE LOVE A PARADE: The 3rd annual North Aurora Community Parade, organized by the North Aurora Mothers Club, will take place on Sunday at 2 p.m. with a theme of "Keeping it Green." The parade will step off at Clocktower Plaza on the corner of Randall and Oak Streets, proceed east on Oak, south on Adams Street, east on Route 56, and end at North Aurora Island Park on the riverfront. Following the parade, the North Aurora River District Alliance will sponsor a Post-Parade Party with food vendors, family-friendly activities, and the annual Rubber Duck Race.