It's going to be a great weekend to enjoy the nice Fall weather and family fun in our community. The SIFamilies calendar is full of activities. Here is a sampling of some of our favorites.
It;s going to be a great weekend to enjoy the beauty of southern Illinois and appreciate all it has to offer. The SIFamilies calendar is full of activities. Here is a sampling of some of our favorites.
Fall Festivals continue this weekend. Along with other scheduled special events, and SIU's annual Homecoming, it's going to be a fun weekend!
Inside, outside and all around the region, there are some fun activities especially designed with kids in mind!
Halloween is still more than 2 weeks away but it doesn't mean we can't get into the "spirit".
Run, walk or just take a drive. There is nothing like the "Great Outdoors" of Southern Illinois!
Need some more ideas- check out the full activity calendar at SIFamilies.org . And if you know of something not included in our listing, let us know!
And remember when it comes to family...
Today's little moments, are tomorrow's precious memories!
It's going to be a busy weekend in southern Illinois.... here are some of the highlights.
There are plenty of activities especially for kids and our list keep growing!
Fall Festivals are filling up the calendar, even though it still feels like Summer!
Looking for a bargain? You are in luck this weekend!
Farmers Markets, music performances, outdoor activities and more fill out this weekend's calendar Check it out at www.sifamlies.org.
Whatever you choose to do this weekend, take time to spend with your family!
Its going to be beautiful :"Indian Summer" weekend. And by the looks of our calendar its going to be a busy one. Here are this weekend's highlights
For more events, scheduled today ( and everyday) throughout the region to to
One look at the Events Calendar and you will see this is going to be a GREAT weekend in Southern Illinois. The combination of beautiful weather and a long list of activities to choose from .... what a great combination! When you look at the list, you will understand why we couldn't pick out our favorites
In addition to the Farmer's Markets in Carbondale, Marion, Golconda and Herrin, today's event calendar includes the following highlights....
Cache River Days in Ullin
McLeansboro Fall Festival
Enchanted Princess Breakfast at Walkers Bluff (tickets required)
Carterville Free fair
Puka FREE Family Fun Fair- Carbondale
Cedarhurst Craft Fair- Mt Vernon
Riverside Art Wine and Blues Festival in Murphysboro
Ridgway Popcorn Festival
Art in The Park in Vienna
Butterfly RoundUp- Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge
Art and Craft fair in Ava
Dog Day at the Pool
Veterans on Parade- Marion
Popeye Festival- Chester
Kids in the Wood- Giant City Park
Living History at Fort Massac in Metropolis
2017 Saluki Season Football opener in Carbondale
Josh Gracin concert in Marion
Gospel Concert Highlight the Tallys in Benton
Stride Pro Wrestling in Marion
Have a great Saturday- and don't forget to check out the www.sifamilies.org events calendar often to help plan your family's activities!
Wow, the week has gone by so fast. It's hard to believe the weekend is already here- but we are GLAD it is. Here are some of highlights ( family friendly, or course) from this weekend's event calendar.
Friday August 4th
The weekend starts out great with a Back to School Party in Benton at the Franklin Hospital. It starts at 10:00 am and runs until 2:00 pm In addition to school supply giveaways there will be food, vendors and inflatables. There is no charge for the event.
If you live near Sesser ( or feel like a drive) there is a FREE music in the park event starting at 7:00 pm . The park is a great place to spend the evening in Metropolis where the movie " Movie in the Park is scheduled in Metropolis at Massac State Park to begin at 7:30
It's peach time and the village of Cobden is celebrating this year's peach crop with its annual Peach festival. The festival kicks off this evening with the Queen contest, carnival and free entertainment.(the Magnatones) which begins at 6pm.. F
Saturday August 5th
Saturdays are always busy days in southern Illinois and this Saturday is no exception.
Back to School events are scheduled in Carbondale, Marion, DuQuoin, Norris City, Harrisburg and West Frankfort. All are designed, with kids in mind, and will also help get your kids ready for school.
Cobden's Peach festival continues with a 5K run and a parade that starts at 4:30. In addition to the festival activities, traveling to Cobden will give your family opportunity to explore this special, diverse community. The Union County Museum in Cobden plans to have extended hours during the Cobden Peach Festival. The museum is scheduled to be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, Aug. 4-5 – those are dates of the Peach Festival. The museum is located along South Appleknocker Street in downtown Cobden.The museum plans to present a special exhibit titled “Southern Illinois Sports.” which features photographs of sports teams from various eras and locations.
Daddys and daughters can have a special night out together in Benton at the Father Daughter Dance scheduled a t the Benton Civic Center beginning at 6:pm. It is a fundraiser for CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) and tickets cost $40.
Travel to the Cache River Wetlands Visitor Center in Cypress to learn about "Bats in Illinois" . Learn where they live, how common they are, their importance to the environment, and methods used to research and monitor their activity.
The FREE indoor program starts at 6:30pm and is followed by an optional field trip to experience evening emergence of bats.
Parents, need a little time for themselves and the Varsity Center is offering some great new music programs on the weekend on their balcony stage. Tonight's offering is
"Chicago-born acoustic guitarist and film composer Andreas Kapsalis will be featured in a concert on the Balcony Stage at The Varsity Center Aug. 5. Andreas’ performances include a unique 10-finger playing style, which has brought him before audiences around the world. Tickets are only $10 and drinks ( alcoholic and non-alcoholic) are available for purchase.
Always a great time, the Crab Orchard Kennel Club is sponsoring its annual AKC Dog Show both yesterday and today (August 5th and 6th) at the Pavilion in Marion
Admission is $5, children 10 and under are Free. Over 600 dogs representing more than 130 different breeds will be competing for the coveted title of Best in Show both days. A judging program with breed ring times will be available at www.onofrio.com. There will be special clinics available by appointment only, concessions, and vendors selling dog-related items. Only dogs entered in the show will be allowed in, no strollers or baby carriages will be allowed for the safety of children and dogs.
Although school is just around the corner, the region's pools and beaches are still open for business. Think about spending the day at one of the many community pools or beaches.
Its a great way to spend time together.
Enjoy your weekend and remember to make www.sifamilies.org your families source for regional information.
It's hard to believe it's already the last weekend of July. These long hot days show us Summer is here for awhile, but the many Back to School events around the region remind us that the start of school is just around the corner.
Weekend's are a great time for families to experience things together and take advantage of the many great events throughout the region. Here are some of our favorite scheduled this weekend.
Friday July 28th
SPIN in Murphysboro is sponsoring a FREE Fire Safety day from 12:00pm- 5:oo pm. Murphysboro fire safety officer Bobby Alexander will demonstrate by climbing up to great heights, he'll talk about fire saftey and let the kids try on the fireman uniform. Free meal.of grilled hots dogs, chips and soda will be provided.
Friday evening, bring your whole family out for free games, music, and food to the Back to School Bash in Carterville. Sponsored by the Love and Truth Church, the event will be held at the Carterville Community Center at 120 N Greenbrier from 6:00pm-9:00pm. There will be free school supplies and free basic haircut for kindergartners through seniors
Families in Harrisburg won't be thinking of school as they watch "the Goofy Movie: " beginning at 7:30 pm at Bill Trees Memorial Park Pool. Admission is $5 per person or $20 per family.
Back in Carbondale, It's going to be a beautiful evening for the monthly Fourth Friday Night Fair at the city's Town Square Pavillion. This month they will celebrate Americana with a Vintage Fashion Show by GeekBetty Vintage and More and Classic Cars! Music will be by Sarah Lannom and Hey Honey. As always, there will be kids' activities, a food court, merchandise vendors and BYOB. The Fair begins at 6:00 pm and ends at 9:00 pm.
Saturday July 29th
Make today the day you decide to become an "outdoor family" and join others at Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge for a "Geocaching Adventure" Bring the family to the Refuge's first B.O.F. Geocaching adventure . This FREE event is scheduled to begin at 10:00 am.
Another Back to School Bash is being held- this time in Marion. The Whiteash Freewill Baptist Church will be passing out 300 backpacks filled with school supplies for grades K-6th, and be passing out school supplies for 7th and 8th grade. Lunch and free haircuts will also be available. . Everyone is welcome and a ticket is required to get the backpack/school supplies. They will be passing out tickets for the school supplies beginning at 10:30. Children must be present to receive backpack or school supplies.
If your kids love Superheroes, Princesses or special characters it will be worth the drive to take them to Paducah's 2nd Annual Pretty Super Meet and Gree t. The FREE event runs from 10am- 4pm .Families are encouraged to stop at the gazebo located at 2nd Street and Broadway to pick up a free autograph book with a pen while supplies last. There will be over 3 dozen costumed characters including Alice in Wonderland and the Mad Hatter, Batman, Belle, Captain America, Captain Hook, Captain Jack Sparrow, Cat Woman, Cinderella and Prince Charming, Dead Pool, Elsa and Anna, Fairy Queen Nyla, Iron Patriot, Jasmine, Joker, Michaelangelo, Moana, Rapunzel, Peter Pan and Wendy, Pocahontas, Power Rangers, Snow White, Spider Man, Star Lord, Supergirl, Superman, Thor, Tiana,, Tinkerbell, and Wonder Woman. Several Wizard of Oz characters will be in the lobby of the Carson Center from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Other activities and kid friendly food are also available, some with a small charge
In Carbondale, check out Mommy and Me Yoga beginning at 11:00 am at Bella Sofia Threads . Cost is $15 and tickets are available online
The Valier Fire Department is hosting a Family Fun Day from 11am-6pm at the Valier Community Center. There will be food, inflatables, Dunk tank (dunk a firefighter for $5),Cornhole tournament ($20/team) and more. Bring the family and have a fun day at the Valier Family Fun Day!
Families expecting or having young babies are encouraged to attend the Baby's Best Start Fair at the University Mall in Carbondale Beginning at 1:00 pm, this FREE event offers family resources, medical supplies, infant development information, and car seat safety demos. Door prize drawing will be at 2:45PM!
Talented student actors from throughout the region make up the cast of Singing in the Rain at Mcleod Theater on SIUC's campus. The All Southern High School Theatre Project. celebrates its 20th anniverarys with this classic production. and promises a fun night for the entire family. Perfformances are schedule Saturday July 29 at 7:30 PM and Sunday July 30 at 2:00 PM. Tickets are $20 adult / $10 Student / $8 12 & under.
Your family can learn more about Night Sky Astronomy with Rend Lake College instructor, Greg Hollmann at the Rend Lake Visitor Center in Benton. Greg will point out the bright stars and constellations as he captures your attention with stories of ancient mythology and modern science that relate to the night sky. Participants will have the opportunity to make their own star wheel and view planets and stars through a telescope! This FREE program starts at 7:30 pm and is a program you don't want to miss!
Sunday July 30th
Family fun continues at the Bill Trees Memorial Park Pool in Harrisburg as community members "give back" sponsoring a FREE family swim from 1:00pm- 3:00pm. The event is free to all ages and concession will be open to purchase snacks. All park and pool rules apply.
Last, but not least, families are invited to attend the FREE Summer Pops Concert at John A Logan in Carterville. The John A. Logan College Community Band will perform a variety of music from jazz (Duke Ellington & Sonny Rollins) to classic rock (Chicago & Queen) to Hollywood (George Gershwin & John Williams). Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Free Admission For more information contact Student Activities & Cultural Events at email@example.com or 618-985-2828 Ext. 8287.
These are just a few of our picks. Remember the events listed on the sifamilies.org calendar is always a "work in progress" and we strive to include as much information as possible to help keep your family strong. Enjoy your weekend - it is shaping up to be a GREAT one!
We all look forward to the weekend and this one is going to be a hot one. Check out some great things happening in our region that you and your family may enjoy today. Friday July 21st.
Fishing for Fun- Giant City Park - 10 am
7th Annual Ridgway Barbecue Cookoff 11am- 8pm
Story Hour -Metropolis Library at 11am
Family Movie at the Library- Carterville 1pm
The Magic of the Eclipse- Abra Kid Abra- at the Carbondale Public Library 1pm
Teens in the Kitchen-Eldorado Public Library-2:oo pm-
Farmer's Market- Johnston City
Grown Up Night out- Science Center, Carbondale 5:30pm-8:30 pm
Tough Like Teddy 100 minute walk/ run- SIUC Track -5:30 pm
Family Paint Day- Harrisburg 6pm
Open Bocce- Murphysboro 6pm
Movies in the Park "Moana- Metropolis
Family Movie at the Pool - Harrisburg
And don't forget, If you are looking for a place to cool off, don't forget to check out our listing of beaches, pools and waterparks
Have a GREAT Friday!
It's great to be a kid in southern Illinois. Check out this weekend's activities and you will know what we mean. And remember, the sifamilies.org events calendar includes activities for grown-ups too!
Friday looks like it will bring some rain and, the local libraries are a great place to be.
In Carbondale, kids can use legos, duplos, recycled materials boxes, foam and other materials to create structures and buildings. The library also has a GIANT jenga game . Free Form Buildings and Games begins at the Carbondale Public LIbrary at 10am and is open to kids of all ages.
Story hour begins at the Metropolis Public LIbrary at 11:00. and FREE Family films are being shown at the Anne West Lindsey Public LIbrary in Carterville and at the Marion Carnegie LIbrary are scheduled to begin at 1:00pm. Family movie showings continue in the evening, this time at the Aquatic Zoon in Mt Vernon and Harrisburg . Check out the sifamilies.org calendar for more details.
Friday evening, live performances of the ever popular "Sister Act" will be performed at McLeod Theater in Carbondale and the lively "Suessical the Musical" will be performed at SIC in Harrisburg. Both performances will be repeated on Saturday.
We are so excited for what Saturday has in store. At the top of our list is "Fire and Ice"
presented by Live, Interactive Science of St Louis and being held at the Carbondale Public Library. Discover states of matter with exciting demonstrations & fun experiments. Open to the public, this FREE event begins at 10 am . Science fun continues into the afternoon at the Science Center in Carbondale. Local favorite Free Again Wildlife Rescue will be bringing a special guest, a barn owl, for kids to learn about. Presentation is included with admission, $5/person, children 2 and under are free, TSC members are always free. The fun kicks off at 2:00 pm
If you have young children, you probably know about Chase, Skye and Marshall. Take your child's picture with their beloved Paw Patrol characters at a "Meet and Greet" scheduled at a community benefit in DeSoto. The craft sale event is free but ticket must be purchased for the "Paw Patrol Meet and Greet". Tickets begin at $12 for one child, but prices go down when you purchase multiple tickets.
For the older kids, consider this weekend's Becoming an Outdoor Family where FREE archery lessons will be provided at the Crab Orchard Wildlife Refuge. All equipment is provided and registration is strongly encouraged.
This is the last weekend to see a performance of Pinkalicious which begins at 2:00 pm at the McLeod Theater in Carbondale. Tickets ar $14 for adults and $10 for children.
Families in the Harrisburg area have two chances this weekend to go to the Harrisburg Park Pool for FREE Sponsored by local businesses, the goal is to promote family fun and togetherness. Saturday's event is scheduled from 4:00 pm- 6:45 pm and Sunday families can swim for free from 1pm- 3pm.
Kids can clown around with Camo the Clown in Benton as he entertains and inspires them to explore the wonders of nature with his Outdoor Adventure Show! Camo educates and entertains his audience with colorful stories, props, skits, and even live animals! This program is free, open to the public, and suitable for all ages! It begins at 7:30 pm.
Sunday is supposed to be a "day of rest". Slow down the pace and enjoy just being together.How about planning a special Sunday dinner and letting the kids help in the kitchen? A Sunday picnic at one of the region's great family parks can also make the day special. Whatever you choose to do, remember that time together with family, is time worth spent.