Four months of fun things to do
August-November kids activity calendar
Back to school
Aug 10, 1-4pm. Resource fair and kids learn-and-play event featuring giveaways of children’s backpacks, shoes and haircuts. Pre-registration required. Free. contactministries.com. Contact Ministries, 1100 E. Adams St., 753-3939.
Illinois State Fair
Aug 10-20. So much to do we can’t list everything. Food, entertainment, midway with carnival and games, exhibitions and more. Admission. illinois.gov/statefair. Illinois State Fairgrounds, 801 Sangamon Ave., 782-6661.
Aug 11-13, 16-20, 8:30pm. 1971 musical by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey with additional songs written by John Farrar. Tickets: $15 and $17 reserved, $10 and $12 lawn. themuni.org. The Muni, 815 E. Lake Dr., 793-MUNI.
Pizza at the splash pad
Aug 12. Enjoy a pizza lunch and fun at the splash pad. Bring your swimsuit and towel. $5 residents, $7 non. springfieldparks.org. Erin’s Pavilion, Southwind Park, 4965 S. Second St., 753-0702.
Bike and Hike Days
Aug 13-16, 20-23 27-30, Sep 3-6, 10-13, 17-20, 24-27, 8am-3pm. Sun, 4-6pm Mon-Wed. Enjoy safe recreation and minimized vehicular traffic. Hosted by Springfield Park District. Free. springfieldparks.org. Washington Park, 1501 S. Grand Ave. W., 544-1751.
Aug 19, 6-8pm. Evening picnic features baseball activities and an 8pm screening of Field of Dreams. Ballpark food and drinks for purchase. Free. PresidentLincoln.illinois.gov. Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum, 212 N. Sixth St., 782-5764.
State Fair outing
Aug 20. Meet at Erin’s Pavilion for a fun, all ages outing to the Illinois State Fair. Hosted by Springfield Park District. $5 residents, $7 non; price does not include lunch. springfieldparks.org. 503-4576. Erin’s Pavilion, Southwind Park, 4965 S. Second St., 753-0702.
Aug 25-27, Sep 1-3, 8pm Fri-Sat, 2pm Sun. Hit Broadway musical and recipient of seven Tony Awards. Directed by Craig Williams II. $18, $20. hcfta.org. Hoogland Center for the Arts, 420 S. Sixth St., 523-2787.
Clayville Art Fair
Aug 26, 10am-5pm. Second annual fair includes numerous artists and various media including paint, watercolor, photography, pottery and more. Donations. clayville.org. 481-4430. Clayville, Route 125, Pleasant Plains, 572-4984.
Clayville Folk Music Festival
Aug 26, 12-11pm. Sixth annual folk music festival features two stages of amplified and unamplified music. Food, soft drinks, beer, wine available. $5 per person or $20 per family. clayville.org. 725-6179. Clayville, Route 125, Pleasant Plains, 572-4984.
Parents night out
Sep 2, Oct 7, Nov 4, 6-8:30pm. Kids age 6-12 play, swim, dance and enjoy story time. Bring your swimsuit. Pajamas welcome. $10 members, $20 public. Pizza available $1 per slice. springfieldymca.org. Gus and Flora Kerasotes YMCA, 4550 West Iles Ave., 679-1625.
Labor Day Ducky Derby
Sep 4, 10-11:30am. Rubber duck derby in support of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Illinois. Ducks start at $5 each. Free to spectators. rmhc-centralillinois.org. Knights Action Park, 1700 Knights Recreation Dr. 546-8881.
Sep 9, 9am-12pm. Boys and girls ages 11 and up learn how to care for babies and what to do in case of emergency. Refreshments provided. Registration required. 788-3333. Memorial’s Center for Learning and Innovation, 228 W. Miller St., 545-6314.
Art Spectacular at the carillon
Sep 9-10, 10am-5pm Sat, 10am-4pm Sun. Ranked in “Best 100 Art Shows in the Country” by Sunshine Artist magazine. Fifty professional artists with artwork in a variety of mediums. Music, food and more. Free admission to art fair; Kids’ Place costs $1.25 per child. carillon-rees.org. 787-3532. Washington Park Botanical Garden, 1740 W. Fayette Ave., 546-4116.
Kids Night Out
Sep 9, Oct 14, Nov 11, 6:30-9:30pm. Activities include swimming, art, games, dance and more. Bring your swimsuit and money for concessions. $10 members, $20 public. springfieldymca.org. YMCA, 701 S. Fourth St., 544-9846.
Movie in the Park: Fantastic Beasts
Sep 15, 7pm. Movie rated PG-13. Part of Springfield Park District’s concert and movie series. Bring lawn chair or blanket. Free. Concessions for purchase. springfieldparks.org. Rotary Park, Iles Avenue and Archer Elevator Road, 544-1751.
Clayville Fall Festival
Sep 16-17, 9am-6pm Sat, 10am-4pm Sun. Pioneer artisan and craftsman demonstrations, historic building tours, kids activities, food, period music and more. $5 adults, $3 ages 7-12, free to ages 6 and under. clayville.org. 481-4430. Clayville, Route 125, Pleasant Plains, 572-4984.
Edwards Place Fine Art Fair
Sep 16-17, 10am-5pm Sat, 11am-4pm Sun. Enjoy dozens of artist booths, live music, food trucks, beer and wine tent, children’s activities and a book sale at Springfield’s oldest art fair. Free admission. springfieldart.org. Springfield Art Association, 700 N. Fourth St., 523-2631.
Sep 16, 1pm, 3pm, 5pm. A children’s ballet presented by Springfield Dance Theatre. $12, $15. hcfta.org. Hoogland Center for the Arts, 420 S. Sixth St., 523-2787.
Fall Festival and Steam Show
Sep 22-24. See horse-powered equipment, antique tractors, gas and steam engines, demonstrations on bailing and blacksmithing, children’s activities, train rides, large flea market, food and more. prairielandheritage.com. 243-5678. Prairie Land Heritage Museum, 1005 W. Michigan Ave., 243-7262.
Golden Eagle Intertribal Powwow
Sep 22-24, 12-8pm Fri, 10am-8pm Sat-Sun. Gathering of many nations to honor and show respect to all veterans. Featuring storytelling for all ages, children’s dances, treats and gifts, handcrafted vendors, food and more. Free. VisitLitchfield.com. 851-2206. Lake Lou Yaeger, Picnic Area 4, 4 Marina Lane, Litchfield, 866-733-5833.
Healthy Kids running series
Sep 24, Oct 1, 8, 15, 22, 4pm. Positive, educational and fun introduction to running for ages 2-14. 50-yard dash, 75-yard dash, 1/4-mile, 1/2-mile and 1-mile options available by age. $35 for five Sundays, Sep 24-Oct 22. Registration. runsignup.com/hkrswilliamsvilleil. Williamsville Park, Williamsville, 725-5968.
Sep 30. Recreational fishing opportunities for those with disabilities. Hosted by Fishing Has No Boundaries, Capital City Chapter. Island Bay Yacht Club, 76 Yacht Club Road, 529-5418.
Latino scholarship awards
Sep 30, 6-9pm. Victor A. and Daisy A. Juarez Latino Scholarship Awards. UIS Public Affairs Center (PAC), One University Plaza, 206-6073.
Youth Charity Horse Show
Oct 6-8, 7am-midnight. Annual horse show features competitive showmanship and camaraderie from riders ages 18 and under. Free. youthcharityhorseshow.com. Illinois State Fairgrounds, 801 Sangamon Ave., 782-6661.
LOESS Rock, Gem and Fossil Show
Oct 7-8, 10am-6pm Sat, 10am-5pm Sun. Mineral, fossil and gem dealers gather for demonstrations, displays, digs and more. $2 adults, $1 seniors, free to children under 12 and scouts in uniform. loess.org. 622-3484. Orr Building, Illinois State Fairgrounds, 801 Sangamon Ave., 725-8047.
Oct 7, Nov 4, 11am-3pm. Themed activities and crafts for ages 5+ and their families. illinoisstatemuseum.org. 782-0061. Illinois State Museum, 502 S. Spring St., 782-7386.
Morgan horse demonstration
Oct 7, 1pm. Mississippi Valley Morgan Horse Club presents demonstrations and horse activities, educational materials for adults and kids, and time to visit with MVMHC members and horses. lincolnsnewsalem.com. Lincoln’s New Salem State Historic Site, 15588 History Lane, Petersburg, 632-4000.
Main Street Pumpkin Festival
Oct 21, 10am. Pumpkin decorating, hay rides, costume contest, pet costume contest, carnival rides, food, petting zoo, Pumpkin Playland and trick-or-treating. $5 per participant. jacksonvillemainstreet.com. 243-5678. Downtown Jacksonville, Central Park, Jacksonville, 243-5678.
Halloween at the Market
Oct 28, 8am-12:30pm. Featuring special Halloween activities for children. Free. downtownspringfield.org. 544-1723. Old State Capitol Farmers Market, 1 Old State Capitol Plaza. Old State Capitol Farmer’s Market, 1 Old State Capitol Plaza.
Oct 28-29, 9am-4pm Sat-Sun. Period-clothed interpreters demonstrate daily tasks such as candle dipping, soap making, basket making, spinning wool, fruit and vegetable preservation and more. lincolnsnewsalem.com. Lincoln’s New Salem State Historic Site, 15588 History Lane, Petersburg, 632-4000.
The Great Russian Nutcracker
Nov 4, 2pm and 7:30pm Sat. Featuring 40 professional Moscow Ballet dancers, local youth dancers and choir, plus full musical accompaniment from the Millikin-Decatur Symphony Orchestra. $10-65. millikin.edu. Kirkland Fine Arts Center, 1184 W. Main St., Decatur, 424-6318.