Here are a few highlights of the weekend ahead. The Go West Calendar is pretty quiet, but it is sure to get cramped with holiday activities once Thanksgiving hits. As usual, make sure to check the Go West Calendar for events that might better fit your family's budget, interests or schedule -- they are lots of opportunities for open gyms and open swims this weekend, for instance. Enjoy!
AURORA: The Paramount Theate's production of the classic musical "Miss Saigon" continues with evening and afternoon shows this weekend, and while this show is certainly not for younger children, it would likely appeal to older teens. (It is rated PG-13.) Or, of course you could grab a friend or your spouse and have a date night! I saw the showing in its opening weekend and was very moved and impressed. Here's the glowing review it received from the Chicago Tribune. Tickets start at around $35.
BATAVIA & ST. CHARLES: On this quiet weekend, it would be a good time ot take advantage of the Awesome Art Afternoons at Water Street Studios in Batavia. It's a free opportunity, every Sunday between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., for you and your kids to drop in and make some art. WSS is also now holding Awesome Art Afternoons also at its new 2nd location at the Printlab in St. Charles. Same hours, same set-up, but many of the activities in St. Charles will feature demonstrations of various forms of printmaking technology. The Printlab is located at 117 W. Main Street in St. Charles, in the same building that houses Forever Yogurt.
NORTH AURORA: The Red Oak Nature Center holds an "Animal Encounter" nearly ever month. This Sunday, your family can learn more about turtles on Sunday starting at 2 p.m. The event is free and no registration is required ... be prepared to possibly meet a live critter!
ELGIN: The Gail Borden Library in Elgin is welcoming families to stop by Saturday between 9:30 a.m and 11:30 a.m. and learn how to create some fun ways to help get preschoolers ready to read. There will be playful learning centers set up in the community rooms. This event is free and aimed at children from age 2 through kindergarten, accompanied by a caretaker.