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Tuesday
Apr012014

An Interview With Alex Tyler of Goldfish Swim School in St. Charles

The snow has finally melted, Easter is just a few weeks away, and many park districts have their early-bird swim passes on sale now. So it is definitely time to start thinking about summer, swimming and water safety.

I'm so pleased to have Goldfish Swim School of St. Charles as one of my sponsors. Goldfish Swim School offers state-of-the-art aquatic facilities dedicated entirely to indoor swim classes and programs for children ages 4 months and up. The St. Charles school is located at 3455 Legacy Boulevard, just east of Kirk Road and south of Route 64. You can follow its Facebook page to keep up to date on news and events, and the school's "family open swims" (open to the general public) are included on the Go West Calendar.

Next week, I'll share with you a video tour of the beautiful facility, along with footage of the enthusiastic Goldfish teachers interacting with their students. But first, I wanted to let owner Alex Tyler answer a few questions about the Goldfish philosophy and why he thinks swimming lessons are so important for young children.

 

Wednesday
Oct232013

Giveaway: Four Tickets to 'Monster-Free Zone' at the KC Scaregrounds

Updated on Saturday, October 26, 2013 at 1:28AM by Registered CommenterTara Burghart

If you've driven by the Kane County Fairgrounds in the last month, you've probably seen the signs for the "KC Scaregrounds," a 3D Haunted House. Now in its third year, it has original ghoulish artwork by Disney's Haunted Mansion artist! Images are further brought to life by scary professional monster-actors hiden in the darkened maze with spooky sounds and eerie lighting.

For the past two years, local artist Joe Rodriguez has refreshed the 3D paintings, adding more haunting visuals. Photo courtesy of Steel Beam Theatre.

The KC Scaregrounds is actually the primary fundraiser for Steel Beam Theatre. Located in downtown St. Charles on Main Street, Steel Beam is a non-profit organization that has brought semi-professional theater to the Fox Valley for 13 seasons now. Steel Beam offers about a half-dozen shows each year for adults, but it has a "Kid's Stage Season," too. This year, shows for children include "The Frog Princess," "Babe The Sheep-Pig," and "Tiny Thumbelina."

Currently the children's show is "Legend of Sleeping Hollow," which runs through Nov. 2. Keeping with the Halloween spirit, this tale of a headless horseman is told in a fun and comical way.

But back to the giveaway for Go West readers. 

The KC Scaregrounds will be open on Friday and Saturday evenings (Oct. 25 and Oct. 26) from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Tickets are $15; participants must be over 13 or accompanied by an adult. Group sales and special events are also available. To learn more, you can "like" the KC Scaregrounds Facebook page or follow it on Twitter at @KCScaregrounds with the hashtag #ifyoudare.

For younger kids, Steel Beam is offering a special "Monster-Free" 3D viewing on Sunday, Oct. 27, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. There will be treats for costumed children. 

Tickets for the "Monster-Free Zone" are usually $10 for adults and $5 per child. But this week, I have a "family four-pack" to give away to the Monster-Free zone. It will allow one family up to four free admissions to the "Monster-Free Zone" this Sunday, Oct. 27, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

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Monday
Aug192013

Go West Giveaway: Win a Month's Worth of Lessons at Goldfish Swim School in St. Charles

I’m so pleased to welcome a new sponsor to Go West Young Mom — Goldfish Swim School. Even better, Goldfish is going award a lucky reader a month’s worth of free classes for one of her children!

I’ll tell you how you can enter the giveaway soon, but first, a bit about Goldfish Swim School, and its new facilities in St. Charles and Naperville.

Goldfish Swim School offers state-of-the-art aquatic facilities dedicated entirely to indoor swim classes and programs for children ages 4 months and up. There are small classes sizes – a maximum 4:1 student to teacher ratio – and two heated indoor swimming pools kept at 90 degrees.

The St. Charles school is scheduled to open at the end of this month, and it’s located at 3455 Legacy Boulevard, just east of Kirk Road and south of Route 64. You can follow its Facebook page to keep up to date on news and events.

The Naperville school is scheduled to open Sept. 3, and it is located at 1688 Quincy Avenue, south of Aurora Road and just to the west of Ogden Avenue. Its Facebook page is here.

Photo courtesy of Goldfish Swim School.

Goldfish instructors are Red Cross certified, and Goldfish is a member of the United States Swim School Association. Each building features an air-conditioned viewing gallery for parents to watch lessons. The schools offer introductory parent-tot programs, beginning swim lessons and advanced pro-level lessons. There will also be a recreational swim team, weekend birthday parties and open swim times for families. Registering for swim lessons is easy and available online.

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Monday
Jul082013

Easy Outing: Primrose Farm in St. Charles

Primrose Farm is another one of those places where you show up and you think "Hmmm .. that's all there is to do here?" And then next thing you know, it's two or three hours later, and you're leaving with a couple happy, exhausted kids, pleased that you spent lots of quality time outdoors hanging with animals — and that you spent not a single dime. Read on for more about how you can plan a successful outing back to the 1930s.

Name: Primrose Farm, owned and operated by the St. Charles Park District. While the farm dates back to 1860, it has been revived to operate as a farm would have in Kane County in the 1930s. 

Location: The farm is located in northwest St. Charles — about 2.5 miles west of Randall Road — at 5N726 Crane Road, just south of where Crane meets Bolcum. I recommend taking a look at a map beforehand, and also using GPS if you have it. I drive by the entrance to the farm every single time I visit, and have to turn around. Parking is available at the main entrance off Crane Road — drive past the garden plots, down a gravel road and continue to the parking area near the farm yard. Note that the farm shares the general area with Primrose Farm Park, which has ball fields and community gardens. But you'll want to park near the horses in the farmyard.

Primrose Farm sits on about 100 acres. Photo by Tara Burghart.

Hours: The farm grounds are open from dawn to dusk, weather permitting. If you want to view the daily farm chores, you can take a look a look at this Daily Schedule

Admission: Admission to Primrose Farm is free. However, there are a number of special activities and programs that you can register for (or even drop-in for) that do cost a fee. (See below for info.)

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Monday
May132013

Summer Guide 2013: $1 Movies in St. Charles in June, July and August

A number of movie chains host offer free, or nearly free, children's movies in the summer. 

One of those is Classic Cinemas, which recently released the lineup for its "Wednesday Morning Movie Series." Each Wednesday morning from June 12 through Aug. 7, Classic Cinemas will show a family-friendly film (rated G or PG) with admission of $1 per person.

The showtime is 10 a.m. but the doors open at 9 a.m. and you're encouraged to come early to meet costumed characters and participate in games and fun activities. 

Classic Cinemas will take reservations for groups of 15 or more (the series is popular with summer camps and daycare programs), and the group rate of $5 per person includes admission, a Kiddie Combo and reserved seating.

Classic Cinemas has theaters all over northern Illinois, including the Charlestowne 18 Theatre at Charlestowne Mall in St. Charles. Other Classic Cinemas participating include those in Carpentersville, Elk Grove Village, Fox Lake, Oak Park, Freeport, North Riverside, Naperville, Kankakee, Downers Grove, Woodstock and Elmhurst.

Here's the lineup for the Classic Cinemas' Wednesday Morning Movie Series for Summer 2013. Stay tuned for info on more cheap or free family-friendly movie options this summer! And of course you'll find them all listed on the Go West Calendar

June 12:  "Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted " (Rated PG; 93 minutes)
June 19: "Hotel Transylvania" (Rated PG; 91 minutes)
June 26: "Ice Age: Continental Drift" (Rated PG; 88 minutes)
July 3:  "Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days" (Rated PG; 94 minutes)
July 10: "Rise of the Guardians" (Rated PG; 97 minutes)
July 17: "Hotel For Dogs" (Rated PG; 100 minutes)
July 24: "Muppets From Space" (Rated G; 87 minutes)
July 31: "Escape From Planet Earth" (Rated PG; 89 minutes)
August 7:  Surprise Movie (Rated PG; 89 minutes)