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Thursday
Sep132012

Weekend Spotlight: Kites, Butterflies, Cars & More

It looks like we're in for another gorgeous weekend, and there are plenty of outdoor activities to enjoy. Also, if you have your heart set on going to a U-pick apple orchard, you'll likely want to visit soon. In addition to the highlights below, make sure to check the Go West Calendar for events that might better fit your family's interests, schedule or budget.

Peck Farm Park in Geneva is hosting a free Kite Festival on Saturday. Photo by Niels Linneberg on Flickr.GENEVA: The Butterfly House at Peck Farm Park Interpretative Center is open for less than 10 more days, closing for the season on Sept. 22. The suggested donation is $2 per person or $5 per family. It's open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.

ELGIN: The monthly Family Science Night at the Elgin Public Museum is all about "flight" in September. On Friday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., there will be stations set up around the museum dealing with everything from rockets and airplanes to soaring birds and gliding monarchs. The fee is $2 per person.

BATAVIA & OSWEGO: Goodrich Quality Theater's "Free Fall Movies" series continues this weekend, with "Journey 2" showing at 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday at both the Randall 15 in Batavia and the Kendall 10 in Oswego. The movie will also be shown in a sensory-friendly manner at 9:30 a.m. at both Batavia and Oswego, with the lights up and sound down.

GENEVA: Peck Farm Park Interpretative Center is hosting a free "Kite Festival" on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be kite demonstrations, large kite flying and more. Vendors and food will be on-site. You can bring your own kite, or purchase one there. The first 200 kids will receive a free paper kite to decorate and fly on Saturday.

WHEATON: Cantigny is hosting its 7th annual Car Show on Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be vintage cars, food, entertainment and prizes. The show is included with Cantigny's regular $5 parking fee.

AURORA: Blackberry Farm is hosting its annual Fall Harvest on Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. This family-friendly event will feature interactive demonstrations of how early-day pioneers lived. Traditional foods will be available for a small fee. You'll also be able to make butter, shell corn, make corn-cob dolls and check out silver-smithing demonstrations. The Fall Harvest is included with regular admission to Blackberry Farm.

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