Summer fun for little ones
Three months of family-friendly events in central Illinois
Glow Run/Walk 5K
May 11, 7-9:30pm Fri. Hosted by the Ronald McDonald House Teen Council. $30 for adults 18 and up; $20 for students 12-18; free to kids 12 and under. rmhc-centralillinois.org. 528-3314. Hope Pavilion, Southwind Park, 4965 S. Second St., 788-2310.
Community Car Seat Check
May 11, 9am-12pm Fri. Learn about child passenger safety and have car seats checked for proper use and installation by certified car seat safety technicians. Sponsored by Springfield Fire Department and SIU School of Medicine ThinkFirst. Springfield Fire Department Station #1, 825 E. Capitol Ave., 788-8474.
May 12, 10am-3pm Sat. Families enjoy exciting activities such as an outdoor cooking demo, archery, camp crafts, climbing wall, yard games, balloon artists, face painting, food and more. $5 per person; $5 extra for climbing wall. 888-623-1237. Camp Widjiwagan, 71 Wienold Lane, 529-2212.
May 12, 7:30pm Sat. Final performance of the season by the Sangamon Valley Youth Symphony and Sangamon Valley Civic Orchestra, under the direction of Matthew Sheppard. $10 adults, $5 students, free to ages 12 and under. svys.org. Hoogland Center for the Arts, 420 S. Sixth St., 523-2787.
May 18, dusk, Fri. Part of the Springfield Park District’s concert and movie series. Bring lawn chair or blanket. Free. springfieldparks.org. 544-1751. Thomas Rees Memorial Carillon, 1740 W. Fayette Ave., 546-3853.
8K Trail Run and Kids’ Fun Run
May 19, 7:30am Sat. 4.97-mile rolling, sometimes flat loop starting and ending in Lincoln Memorial Garden, plus a children’s fun run at 9am. $35 for 8K; $6 for kids’ fun run. lincolnmemorialgarden.org. 502-3992. Lincoln Memorial Garden, 2301 E. Lake Shore Dr., 529-1111.
Springfield Area Highland Games
May 19, 8am-11pm Sat. Featuring pipe and drum bands, athletics, Highland and Irish dancing, vendors, exhibitors, food and drinks, clan tents, a children’s area, band tent and much more. $10 adults, $5 ages 6-12, free to children under 6 and veterans. centralillinoiscelts.com. Chatham Community Park, 731 S. Main St., Chatham, 793-8355.
Old Capitol Art Fair
May 19-20, 10am-5pm Sat, 10am-4pm Sun. One of the most popular juried art fairs in the country. Featuring original art, entertainment, food, children’s tent and more. Free. socaf.org. Old State Capitol, 1 Old State Capitol Plaza, 785-9363.
May 19, 11am-11pm Sat. Annual celebration features a parade, entertainment, dancing, vendors, food, drink, a children’s area, teen lounge and more. Presented by the Springfield Phoenix Center. Free. springfieldpride.org. Downtown Springfield, 528-5253.
Flags at Camp Butler
May 26, 8-9:30am Sat. Help area scouts and veterans place flags on the graves of veterans, rain or shine. Take-down is May 29 at 8am. email@example.com. Camp Butler National Cemetery, 5063 Camp Butler Road, 492-4070.
Legacy of Giving Music Festival
Jun 1-2, Fri-Sat. Featuring bands on five stages, plus a vendor fair, kids’ area and more. Proceeds to charity. $5. logmusicfest.org. Downtown Springfield.
Happy Camper Trail Race
Jun 2, 8-11am Sat. 2.5- and 5-mile trail races plus a kids’ fun run in support of Lake Springfield Christian Assembly’s new property, Cypress Cove. $25 for 2.5-mile race; $40 for 5-mile race; no charge for fun run. lscacamp.org. 529-2625. Lewis Memorial Acres, 399 S. Koke Mill Road.
Annual Cops and Bobbers Fishing Clinic
Jun 3, 8-11am Sun. For ages 7-12. Hosted by the Springfield Police Department and Springfield Park District. Free. Southwind Park, 4965 S. Second St., 753-0702.
Sangamon County Fair
Jun 12-17, Tue-Sun. Featuring a carnival, contests, nationally recognized entertainment acts, rodeo, agricultural exhibits and more. $10, ages 4 and under free. sangcofair.com. Sangamon County Fairgrounds, 316 W. Birch St., New Berlin, 488-2685.
The Emoji Movie
Jun 15, dusk Fri. Part of the Springfield Park District’s concert and movie series. Bring lawn chair or blanket. Free. springfieldparks.org. 544-1751. Comer Cox Park, Capitol Avenue and Martin Luther King Jr. Drive.
Chatham American Legion
Jun 21-23, 5-11pm Thu, 5pm-12am Fri, 12pm-12am Sat. An old-fashioned street festival featuring food, beverages, live entertainment, carnival rides and family fun. Free admission; $20 per wristband for unlimited rides. chathamlegion.com. 483-4084. Chatham Town Square, 101 W. Mulberry, Chatham.
Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Jr.
Jun 22-24, 28-30, 8pm Fri-Sun, 8pm Thu-Sat. Musical production starring more than 50 local students. Directed by Adam Power. $15 adults, $13 seniors, $10 children under 12. theatreinthepark.net. Theatre in the Park, Lincoln’s New Salem State Historic Site, 15588 History Lane, Petersburg, 632-5440.
Jun 22-24, 27, Jul 1, 8:30pm Fri-Sun, 8:30pm Wed-Sun. Directed by Andrew Maynerich and Morgan Kaplan. Sponsored by Edward Jones. themuni.org. The Muni, 815 E. Lake Dr., 793-MUNI.
Jun 28-30, Thu-Sat. Family-friendly fair featuring a stunt show, car show, BBQ cookoff, pageants, carnival, pet show, petting zoo, live entertainment and much more. Free. Chestnut St., Assumption.
Capital City Celebration
Jul 1, 11am-12am Sun. Featuring fireworks, music and entertainment for all ages. Hosted by the Springfield Jaycees. springfieldjaycees.net. Fourth and Capitol streets, Downtown Springfield.
Fourth of July Blast
Jul 4, 6am-10pm Wed. A full day of fun, including a fishing tournament, 5K and fun run, parade, Kid Zone, flea market, fireworks display and more. jacksonvilleil.org. Nichols Park, 319 Holken Brink Dr., Jacksonville, 243-5678.
Fourth of July Carnival
Jul 4, 9:30am-1pm Wed. Featuring a picture booth, bounce house, games for all ages, face painting, snowcones and more. Hosted by Boy Scout Troop 210. $7 per wristband. Jerome United Methodist Church, 1570 Reed Ave., 546-2241.
Clara Irwin’s Strawberry Party
Jul 4, 5-8pm Wed. Featuring entertainment, fresh strawberry confections, live music, games and a group reading of the Declaration of Independence. ileshouse.org. Elijah Iles House, 628 S. Seventh St., 492-5929.
Morgan County Fair
Jul 11-15, Wed-Sun. Carnival, food, talent show, pageant, livestock, tractor pulls, live entertainment and more. $4 adults; $2 kids 8-12; free for kids under 8; half-price admission for all and free to seniors on Sunday. themorgancountyfair.com. Morgan County Fairgrounds, 110 N. Westgate, Jacksonville, 245-6800.
Cardinals Kids Clinic
Jul 12, 12:30-5:30pm Thu. Learn baseball fundamentals from former St. Louis Cardinals players. For ages 7-13. $85. springfieldparks.org. Lincoln Park, Fifth Street and Sangamon Avenue, 544-1751.
Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
Jul 13, dusk Fri. Rated PG-13. Part of the Springfield Park District’s concert and movie series. Bring lawn chair or blanket. Free. springfieldparks.org. 544-1751. Rotary Park, Iles Avenue and Archer Elevator Road.
Legally Blonde: The Musical
Jul 13-15, 18-22, 8:30pm Fri-Sun, 8:30pm Wed-Sun. Directed by Anna Maisenbacher. Sponsored by UCB. themuni.org. The Muni, 815 E. Lake Dr., 793-MUNI.
Warrensburg Corn Festival
Jul 26-28, 4-10pm Thu, 4-11pm Fri, 6am-11pm Sat. Family-friendly festival featuring live music, a 5K run, bicycle fun ride, parade, bounce houses, craft vendors, food vendors, Maddox sweet corn, car show, BBQ cookoff and much more. Free. WarrensburgCornFestival.com. 433-0822. Warrensburg Village Hall, 155 E. Main St., Warrensburg, 672-3222.
Downhome Music, Beer and Art Festival
Jul 27-28, 12am-11pm Fri-Sat. Local bands playing original songs on multiple stages, craft beers, local vendors, kids area and more. Admission. downhomemusicfest.com. Downtown Springfield.
DAR Ice Cream Social
Aug 2, 3-12pm Thu. Featuring delicious desserts and big band entertainment. $6. jacksonvilleil.org. 243-5678. Governor Duncan Mansion, 4 Duncan Place, Jacksonville, 245-2626.
Aug 3-5, 8, 8pm Fri-Sun, 8pm Wed. Directed by Carly Shank. Sponsored by RSM. themuni.org. The Muni, 815 E. Lake Dr., 793-MUNI.
Disney’s Black Panther
Aug 3, dusk Fri. Rated PG-13. Part of the Springfield Park District’s concert and movie series. Bring lawn chair or blanket. Free. springfieldparks.org. 544-1751. Kiwanis Park, Stanton Street.
Abe Lincoln Car Show Spectacular
Aug 4, 8am-4pm Sat. Includes ground and air displays, police and veterans tribute and more. Car show features all makes and models. Spectators free. 553-5271. Knights Action Park, 1700 Knights Recreation Dr., 546-8881.