It’s a good thing Barrington District 220 students are out of school for an Institute Day today because Grove Elementary’s 25th Annual Carnival starts at noon. They’re calling it “iCarnival25” this year and I’m told it’s bigger and better than ever with more food, more rides, more games and great entertainment.
Students had a chance to test some of the rides during the setup yesterday and they’re getting rave reviews this year!
This year’s Carnival offers something for everyone. There are rides like the “Dragon Train” and motorbikes along with face painting for your wee ones. And the big kid rides this year include the Yo Yo Swings, the Super Shot and the Tilt-a-Whirl. There are classic carnival prizes up for grabs with a fun selection of games. Tonight is Karaoke night from 7 to 9:30 and middle and high school musicians will perform in a Battle of the Bands from 7-9:30 tomorrow night. Bingo is scheduled for Sunday afternoon from 3 to 4 and there will be cake walks throughout the weekend. Plus, it’s a great way for kids and adults to catch up over tasty carnival eats like cotton candy, pizza, Italian beef, brats and roasted corn on the cob.
How do they pull it off? With the help of about 400 parent volunteers who are manning things like games, food, entertainment, parking and decorating. Carnival chair and Grove mom, Cori Fiddes, says it’s great to see the community come together to host a fun, no-fuss weekend. “It’s like Six Flags right out your back door without the crazy crowds. You don’t have to travel far. There are no long lines. It’s just an amazing experience to see how much the kids enjoy it and it’s really rewarding.” The money raised will pay for a wide range Grove School educational programs and a portion will be donated to Sunny Hill Elementary School in Carpentersville. The Carnival runs from noon until 10 pm today, from noon until 10 pm tomorrow and from noon until 5 pm on Sunday. (September 16-18) Everything is set up on the Grove School property, at 900 S. Grove in Barrington, parking is on-site and admission is free.
You purchase tickets for rides, games and food and you can also buy multi-day “fun passes” for unlimited access to rides from noon until 4 today and from noon until 5 on Saturday and Sunday. A sheet of 20 tickets is $20 and the fun passes cost $30 for one day, $45 for two days and $50 for three days. For a taste of the carnival, check out this fun video created last year by one of Grove’s parents and see you there!