Get Out: Skate Over to Cary's Rail Jam
Score a deal at the bike swap, explore your local Fire Station or show of your skills at the skate park – there are plenty of family-friendly events this week!
Where/When: Prairieview Education Center, 2112 Behan Road, Crystal Lake. Friday, May 13 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Why go: Leave the bedtime stories to someone else tonight – a trained storyteller will entertain you and your kids.
Where/When: Barrington Area Library, Gallery, 505 N. Northwest Highway, Barrington. Friday, May 13 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Why go: Come meet the Barrington Area Library’s featured artist Lou Taylor and view his work, titled “A Visual History of Mid-20th Century America.”
Where/When: Algonquin – Lake in the Hills Fire Protection District Headquarters, 1020 W. Algonquin Road, Lake in the Hills. Saturday, May 14 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Why go: Safety and fun is the name of the game! Families can enjoy seeing the Flight for Life helicopter, ambulance tours, a child ID clinic, car seat safety checks, a teddy bear clinic, a pet CPR class and a babysitter safety class! Some events require registration, visit www.alfpd.org for a full list of details.
Pricing: Free, some events require registration.
Where/When: Lions Park, Skate Park, 1170 Silver Lake Road, Cary. Friday, May 13 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Why go: Adults and kids alike are invited to the Cary Skate Park for an afternoon of skating. Experienced skaters will be on hand to instruct beginners, and the more advanced skaters are invited to compete in a skills contest.
Pricing: Free, ages 7 and up are welcome to skate.
Where/When: Veteran Acres Park, 431 Walkup Road, Crystal Lake. Saturday, May 14 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Why go: Looking for a new ride? Browse the used bikes for sale before summer starts, and get a great deal on bikes and equipment.
Pricing: Free to look, bike prices vary.
Where/When: St. Thomas The Apostle Catholic Church, 451 W. Terra Cotta Ave., Crystal Lake. Sunday, May 15 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Why go: Treat the family to a Sunday Brunch for a good cause! Traditional breakfast items will be served, with a lite eaters menu for the little ones.