Sigh. I'm a bit bummed that Halloween is over. What about you? Well, to lift our spirits, here's a few higlights from the Go West Calendar. And of course check out the calendar for events that might better fit your family's interest, schedule or budget. Soon enough, we'll have Thanksgiving events to look forward to!
KIDS WORKSHOP: The monthly Home Depot Kids Workshop is this Saturday at stores in locations including Geneva, Aurora, Bartlett, Naperville and South Elgin. This is a free, hands-on workshop, designed for kids ages 5 through 12, offered from 9 a.m. to noon. In addition to the newly constructed project kid, each child receives an orange apron, a commemorative pin and certificate of achievement. This month, the project is a "Tabletop Ship."
DIAS DE LOS MUERTOS: The city of Aurora is celebrating the "Day of the Dead" on Saturday at both Water Street Mall and at Nido Art Studio. For the second year, Jose Torres is throwing a welcoming Day of the Dead celebration along downtown’s Water Street Mall from 1 to 6 p.m. There will be Aztec dancers, alters, music, food and more. Rain location is Aurora Township Youth Center on Gale Street. Nido, a local art studio at 514 Terry Ave. in Aurora, is celebrating Day of the Dead with all ages from 6 to 10 p.m. See art from neighborhood children, local artists and more. The events are free.
HEADLESS HORSEMAN: This is the last weekend for the Steel Beam Theatre's production of "Legend of Sleepy Hollow," part of its "Kids' Stage" schedule. Performances are Friday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for students. Although the headless horseman can be a scary fellow, in this production, it's played in a comical way.
LIGHTS UP SOUND DOWN: Goodrich Quality Theaters will be showing the new animated film "Free Birds" this weekend as part of its series devoted to families and children with autism and sensory issues. The movie will be shown at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday at both the Kendall 10 in Oswego and the Randall 15 IMAX in Batavia. Regular matinee prices apply.
FREE ART: This one makes a regular appearance in the Weekend Spotlight, but only because it's such fun, offered every single Sunday afternoon and totally free! The "Awesome Art Afternoon" at Water Street Studios in Batavia (and now also St. Charles) allows families to spend time creating art together. There's always a project ready for you to try, and a staff member on hand to offer guidance. It's best for ages 3 and up accompanied by a parent. This drop-in session is held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Sundays.