Category: Family Fun

Things for families to do in Barrington

334. Twelve Days of ChristKindlFest Countdown DAY FOUR: Kids Activities!

 Opening day of Barrington ChristKindlFest is this Thursday, December 4th.  The 4-day fest is packed with fun for all ages with shopping, international food & drink, live music and entertainment.  But #4 on our list of 12 reasons not to miss ChristKindlFest is all of the KIDS ACTIVITIES they have in store at the this year’s fest!
From carnival rides & cookie decorating to face painting & crafts to visits with Santa & his reindeer, there will be no shortage of fun things for children to do at ChristKindlFest.  Here’s a look at all of the planned kids activities……

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210. Carnival Happens! 27th Annual Grove School Carnival Opens Friday

 The 27th annual Grove Avenue Elementary School Carnival opens in Barrington this Friday and, if you have kids, this is one summer event you DO NOT want to MISS!  Volunteers with the school’s PTO have planned a great event to benefit school programs and the theme this year is CARNIVAL HAPPENS :)!
For the first time, they’ll have a photo booth at this year’s event and all of your favorite carnival activities will be back!
They’ll have face painting, games and rides like the Motorbikes and Dragon Train for little ones.
Plus the popular big kid rides will be back like the Yo Yo Swings, the Tilt-a-Whirl and the Super Shot.
In addition to the rides, there will be games, prizes, live music, dance performances and great carnival food including Noodles & Co. mac ‘n cheese, pizza, chicken breasts, salad w/dressings, Starbucks coffee, funnel cake, cotton candy and much more!
All are invited to Carnival Happens at the Grove School campus (908 S. Grove in Barrington).  Here are the dates, times and a look at the schedule of events……

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254. KIDS CLUB: Pumpkin Carving Photo Contest

 It’s the first week of the month and that means it’s time for another KIDS CLUB challenge.  We also have five winners to announce from last month’s “What if You Were President?” contest, which we’ll get to in just a minute.  But first, let’s talk about this month’s contest.   This is one you can do with your whole family!  It’s a Pumpkin Carving Photo Contest and it’s a great way to show off your Jack-o-Lantern creations.

Here’s how it works.  After you carve your pumpkins this month, just take a picture once it’s all lit up and upload it in the form you’ll find below.  We’ll share your photos and announce the winners when we debut our next KIDS CLUB contest in the first week of November.  The winners will receive a gift certificate to purchase toys at Learning Express in Lake Zurich.
Which reminds me that we still have to announce our winners from last month’s “What if You Were President…” contest.  We have FIVE WINNERS for this one who all submitted great answers to this question:
If you were the President of the United States of America, what would you do to make our country a better place?
We were so excited to read our entries to this one!  Each of our five winners will receive a $20 gift certificate to make purchases at Learning Express Toys in Lake Zurich.  Here’s what our young winners say they’d do if they were President……

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185. Barrington 4th of July Fest & Brat Tent – At a Glance

 The Fourth of July festivities begin in Barrington this Friday, June 29th, so get ready for the return of the Barrington Brat Tent, 4th of July Parade, great food, fun for families and live concerts over the next six days.

The Brat Tent is all set up and ready to go for the six-day celebration and the schedule is packed with a great variety of fun activities for kids and adults. Here’s a look at what’s going on daily to help you plan your trips around your favorite festival features……

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154. Discover “Princess Shayna’s Invisible Visible Gift”

 For the first time since publishing her children’s book, Princess Shayna’s Invisible Visible Gift 15 years ago, Tower Lakes author, Sheila Glazov, will have the honor of watching a musical rendition of the story brought to life on stage this Sunday night.  Performers with Lake Zurich’s Trilogy School of Performing Arts have prepared a special interpretation of the book, which is a “family fairy tale” about a young princess created to help children of all ages build self esteem.

The musical version of Princess Shayna’s Invisible Visible Gift was adapted shortly after Sheila published the book’s second edition to include paragraphs about bullying in schools.  She wrote the story as a “fairy tale version” of her popular adult book examining behavior and relationships called, What Color is Your Brain?  A Fun and Fascinating Approach to Understanding Yourself and Others.…

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149. Go the Distance with Mom this Mother’s Day

 Flowers, shmowers! Instead of giving your mom that ‘same old’ spring bouquet this Mother’s Day, why not give her a pair of running shoes and a spot in this weekend’s Mother’s Day 5K Run/Walk ;). It’s happening Sunday morning on the streets of Barrington and it’s a fun experience you can share while helping a non-profit raise $8,000 for cancer research.

The Gateway for Cancer Research’s 3rd annual Mother’s Day 5k Run/Walk is expected to be even bigger than last year’s event.  Gateway donates 99 cents of every dollar raised towards research for cancer cures, and they’re focusing Barrington’s May 13th event on raising funds specifically for breast cancer research.
The event will begin and end at 200 Spring Street in Barrington……

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145. KIDS CLUB: Brand New Barrington Area “Kids 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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