145. KIDS CLUB: Brand New Barrington Area “Kids Fest”

Barrington Kid Fest

There’s a new event happening in Barrington tomorrow that’s all about encouraging kids to get outside, explore nature and have a blast while breathing fresh air.  Three local organizations are coming together to host the first ever Barrington Kids Fest at Citizens Park and they have a long list of exciting outdoor activities planned for the day.

This is the first year that the Barrington Breakfast Rotary Club, the Barrington Park District and the Leave No Child Inside initiative of the Greater Barrington and Lake Zurich areas are joining forces to create a unique Barrington Area Kids Fest.  They’ve decided to combine the 11th annual Community Kite Fly and the 2nd annual Family Nature Fest to form one all-encompassing outdoorsy festival and it’s totally FREE and open to all kids and families in the community.

A ton of local groups, organizations and businesses are supporting the event to provide families with action-packed recreational and educational activities designed to get everyone moving and active.  In addition to your kites, be sure to bring your bikes this year. One of the tomorrow’s highlights will be a family bike adventure through Cuba Marsh led by Barrington cyclist, Bob Lee…

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137. Meet Dude the Hunter & Author/Illustrator, Sue Daly

Post - Dude the Hunter

Have you heard? Dude, the real-life beagle from the brand new children’s book, Dude the Hunter, will be at Norton’s U.S.A. on Lageschulte Street in Barrington this Saturday with local author and illustrator Sue Daly! Sue will be signing copies of her new book, with the little star by her side. The event lasts from 2 to 4 p.m., so be sure to come by and get your copy signed—and possibly licked by Dude— tomorrow.

Sue is a Barrington resident, children’s book author and an accomplished illustrator known for her works drawn with pen-ink.  In fact, you might already be familiar with Sue’s art…

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53. Get Lucky at the Summer Duck Race & Pool Party

Annual Duck Races in Barrington, Illinois

Don’t let summer sneak away without taking part in one of Barrington’s most popular parties of the season. The 18th Annual Duck Race and Pool Party is happening tomorrow and there are hundreds of rubber ducks resting in Barrington tonight before they take the plunge during tomorrow’s big event.

Annual Duck Races in Barrington, Illinois
Photo Courtesy of Barrington Photographer and "Citizen of the Year", Bob Lee

With more than 150 prizes on the line, the stakes are high for tomorrow’s duck races. Your kids will have a blast at this end-of-summer bash which doubles as a fundraiser to help Illinois children facing serious illness. Here’s how it works…

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52. Save the Lives You Love at National Night Out

National Night Out in Barrington, Illinois

Our new baby turned two weeks old yesterday. With three kids under three in our house, events like tonight’s sixth annual National Night Out at Citizens Park in Barrington are beginning to take on new meaning.  Barrington police have played a big part in the planning and it’s designed to be a fun way to learn things that can save the lives of the people we love.

If you’ve ever worried about things like bike and train safety, stranger danger, your kids and drugs, how to keep them safe behind the wheel or as the passengers of other teen drivers, National Night Out will help bring you a little peace of mind. Whether your kids are little like ours or in the midst of their teens, they’ll definitely walk away from this party armed with new skills to help keep them out of danger.

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41. July 4th Barrington Brat Tent Returns with a Bang

Barrington Fourth of July Brat Tent Festivities

The Brat Tent entrance will blast open today to celebrate four days of July 4th festivities in downtown Barrington. The 27th Annual Barrington Fourth of July celebration will feature a packed schedule of entertainment for kids, families AND adults. We’ll be sharing fun details and the full events schedule in the coming days here at 365Barrington.com, but one of today’s highlights will be the festival’s opening performance this afternoon by OD TAPO IMI.

Barrington Fourth of July Brat Tent Festivities
OD TAPO IMI - Photo Courtesy of Rob Dicker

OD TAPO IMI is a Chicagoland band whose name is an acronym for “Oil Drums That Are Pounded Out Into Musical Instruments”.  They’re known for their Caribbean-style beats and best described as “Jimmy Buffet Meets Blue Man Group.”

OD TAPO IMI will light up the Barrington Brat Tent stage at 12:30 this afternoon with a powerful mix of vocals, steel drums, percussion, guitars and horns playing all genres of popular music with a unique tropical twist. But they’re just a delicious appetizer for a great list of highlights planned for Barrington’s Fourth Festivities this year.

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27. Meet & Encourage Barrington’s Youngest Artists

Children's Activities at the Barrington Art Festival

The people in charge of this weekend’s Barrington Art Festival are shining a spotlight on the area’s youngest artists this year. For the first time, they’re devoting a section of the festival to youth artists who will be displaying their works for sale and there will also be a children’s art activity area where kids of all ages can slip on a smock, roll up their sleeves and create their own masterpieces.

Children's Activities at the Barrington Art Festival

The family fun is totally FREE and it will definitely be a highlight of this year’s festival!

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23. Explore Citizens Park at Family Nature Fest

Family Nature Fest in Barrington, Illinois

Want to get outside and explore nature with your kids tomorrow? There’s a full schedule of exciting activities planned for all ages during Family Nature Fest from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 21st at Citizens Park in Barrington.

Family Nature Fest in Barrington, Illinois

There will be an interactive fitness trail set up for tomorrow’s festival, along with exciting fitness-themed games, activities and classes. Everything is designed to encourage kids and their families to turn off the TV and instead get outside with nature, have fun and get fit.

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335. Cowboy Up for the Lil’ Dudes & Darlins’ Dance

Barrington Park District Lil' Dudes and Darlings Dance

Calling all cowboys and cowgirls! It’s time for your kids to slip on their boots and grab their hats for an evening of dinner, dancing and good old Western fun. The Barrington Park District is hosting the first ever “Lil’ Dudes and Darlins’ Dance” this Friday.  It’s fun for the whole family and y’all want to be there.

Barrington Park District Lil' Dudes and Darlings Dance

Your kids can two-step, line dance, square dance and more to a great lineup of country music favorites on Friday night and here’s the lowdown on how the hoedown will go-down.

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