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Get Out: Swedish Days Comes to Geneva; Family-Friendly Activities

Patch.com blogger Mommy By The River shares her picks for great family friendly events for this weekend! VISIT her blog at www.mommybytheriver.com and on Facebook!

Posted by Pamela Meek 

Welcome to my Top Picks for the weekend of June 20-22, 2014. Although we’ve already been celebrating warm weather for several weeks now, Saturday marks the official first day of summer so…Happy Summer!

Also, you have just one week left to enter to WIN tickets to the LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Chicago (in Schaumburg), so please do so here.

In my Top Picks this weekend, you won’t want to miss out on Swedish Days in Geneva. Friday has a special Kids’ Day focus! And if you are looking for a little indoor fun, there are many family-friendly movies to choose from including The Pirate Fairy,The Nut Job and Strawberry Shortcake: Berry Friends Forever! Best of all, they are all FREE or CHEAP! And if they ask who sent you…tell them The Mommy did!

DISCLAIMER: Although we are careful to report accurate dates and times as they are provided, we realize that sometimes we receive inaccurate information or events may be cancelled. We strongly encourage you to confirm the information before heading out and/or to click the link that is provided for each activity to check the details.

FRIDAY

Friday, June 20, 2014 (*event repeats Sat. & Sun.)
Event: Swedish Days: Kids’ Day (Friday Only)
Town: Geneva, IL
Where: Downtown Geneva - 3rd St. and surrounding
Age: All ages
Time: 9:00 a.m. to midnight (check web site for individual event times)
Description: There is a special focus on kids today! Various kid-friendly events taking place all day, including martial arts demonstrations; ice cream prize wheel, see a Viking Ship ($5; Kids 11 and under are FREE); mini golf ($2); creation station; performances; used book sale; food; carnival rides (fee); and more
Cost: FREE entry; See individual pricing above.
Information: Web site or 630-232-6060
Special Note: Swedish Days began on Tuesday, June 17 and continues through Sunday, June 22.

Friday, June 20, 2014
Event: Friday Family Film: The Pirate Fairy (G, 90 mins.)
Town: Elgin, IL
Where: Gail Borden Public Library, 270 N. Grove Ave., Elgin
Age: All ages, but kids under age 12 must be accompanied by an adult
Time: 10:00 a.m. to Noon
Description: Enjoy a movie!
Cost: FREE
Information: Web site or 847-742-2411

Friday, June 20, 2014 (*repeats Sat. & Sun.)
Event: Toons Series: Strawberry Shortcake: Berry Friends Forever (Rated G, 66 mins.)
Town: Wheaton, IL
Where: Studio Movie Grill, 301 Rice Lake Square, Wheaton
Age: All ages, though geared for the younger set
Time: 11:00 a.m.
Description: Enjoy a family-friendly movie in comfortable seats with the option to buy food
Cost: $2 per person
Information: Web site or 630-480-9557

Friday, June 20, 2014
Event: Movie in the Park: “Frozen”  (PG, 102 mins.)
Town: Huntley, IL
Where: Huntley Park District, Deicke Park, 11419 S. IL Rte. 47, Huntley
Age: See rating
Time: Fun activities start at 7:00 p.m.; movie begins at dusk
Description: Enjoy a movie! Refreshments will be available for purchase. Bring your chairs and blankets.
Cost: $2 per person
Information: Web site or 847-669-3180

SATURDAY

Saturday, June 21, 2014 (*repeats on Sunday)
Event: 7th Annual Little Boots Rodeo
Town: Elk Grove Village, IL
Where: Intersection of Arlington Heights Rd. and Devon Avenue, Elk Grove Village
Age: All ages
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Description: Kids can participate in non-competitive rodeo events via punch card (fee); however, there are “ala carte” events that fit my CHEAP criteria. They include: wagon rides / pony rides / railroad camel rides ($2-3 each); bronco rides / petting zoo / lasso / jail (FREE) and more!
Cost: FREE entry; individual general public events are $2 – $3 each– see above
Information: Web site or  630-766-8980

Saturday, June 21, 2014 
Event: Character Caravan
Town: Schaumburg, IL
Where: Woodfield Mall – Grand Court, 5 Woodfield Mall, Schaumburg
Age: 8 and under with adult to accompany them
Time: Noon to 2:00 p.m.
Description: Meet well known mascots from our area including: FireZone — Chief Charlie- the Fire Chief of Fun! LEGOLAND — Bertie, the LEGO® Minifigure; Medieval Times — The King’s Brave Knight and many more! Goody bags for the first 500 kids; win prizes!
Cost: FREE
Information: Web site

Saturday, June 21, 2014 (*repeats Sun.)
Event: Toons Series: “Strawberry Shortcake: Berry Friends Forever” (Rated G, 66 mins.)
Town: Wheaton, IL
Where: Studio Movie Grill, 301 Rice Lake Square, Wheaton
Age: All ages, though geared for the younger set
Time: 11:00 a.m.
Description: Enjoy a family-friendly movie in comfortable seats with the option to buy food
Cost: $2 per person
Information: Web site or 630-480-9557

Saturday, June 21, 2014 
(*repeats Sun.)
Event: Swedish Days
Town: Geneva, IL
Where: Downtown Geneva - 3rd St. and surrounding
Age: All ages
Time: Check web site for individual event times
Description: See a Viking Ship ($5; Kids 11 and under are FREE); creation station; performances; used book sale; food; carnival rides (fee); and more
Cost: FREE entry; See individual pricing above.
Information: Web site or 630-232-6060

SUNDAY

Sunday, June 22, 2014
Event: Kids Dream Series (Movies)
Town: Elgin, IL
Where: Elgin Marcus Theatres, 111 S. Randall Rd., Elgin
Age: All ages
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Description: The Nut Job (PG – 86 mins.)
Cost: $2 per person
Information: Web site or 847-622-1000
Special Note: Concessions specials also available: $2.50 popcorn & $2.50 fountain drinks

Sunday, June 22, 2014
Event: Toons Series: Strawberry Shortcake: Berry Friends Forever (Rated G, 66 mins.)
Town: Wheaton, IL
Where: Studio Movie Grill, 301 Rice Lake Square, Wheaton
Age: All ages, though geared for the younger set
Time: 11:00 a.m.
Description: Enjoy a family-friendly movie in comfortable seats with the option to buy food
Cost: $2 per person
Information: Web site or 630-480-9557

Sunday, June 22, 2014
Event: 7th Annual Little Boots Rodeo
Town: Elk Grove Village, IL
Where: Intersection of Arlington Heights Rd. and Devon Avenue, Elk Grove Village
Age: All ages
Time: Noon. to 6:00 p.m.
Description: Kids can participate in non-competitive rodeo events via punch card (fee); however, there are “ala carte” events that fit my CHEAP criteria. They include: wagon rides / pony rides / railroad ($2 each); camel rides ($3); petting zoo / lasso / jail (FREE) and more! See Svengoolie today!
Cost: FREE entry; individual general public events are $2 – $3 each– see above
Information: Web site or 630-766-8980

Sunday, June 22, 2014
Event: Swedish Days
Town: Geneva, IL
Where: Downtown Geneva - 3rd St. and surrounding
Age: All ages
Time: Check web site for individual event times
Description: See a Viking Ship ($5; Kids 11 and under are FREE); creation station; performances; used book sale; food; carnival rides (fee); and more
Cost: FREE entry; See individual pricing above.
Information: Web site or 630-232-6060

Do you know of any great events happening in the suburbs this weekend? Let the community know about them in the comments section. 

Jeff walsma June 23, 2014 at 06:20 PM
DIDN,T GO it was the same as last year and the year before that and the year before that. Heck i don,t know when the last time it was that they changed it up a bit. Got out of town lol
Geneva Non-parent June 24, 2014 at 08:39 AM
But your blog says you went to the parade.
frank p June 24, 2014 at 10:41 AM
Have they ever looked at closing down the streets around the courthouse to traffic and setting up more activities in the streets? A beer garden on James where you could have a drink and actually hear the stage would be great. I'm sure im not the first to think of this, is there a reason it doesn't happen?

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