Family Friendly: All eyes to the sky for Botanic Garden Kite Festival

The Chicago Botanic Garden will host its tenth annual Kite Festival on Aug. 9 and 10.
The Chicago Botanic Garden will host its tenth annual Kite Festival on Aug. 9 and 10.

There will be high-flying objects at the Chicago Botanic Garden’s tenth annual Kite Festival, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 9 and Sunday, Aug. 10 at 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe.

“We’re bringing in the Chicago Fire Kite Team, which is a professional team that flies their kites to music — very much like the Blue Angels, only with kites,” said Scott Fisher of Gift of Wings, organizers of the event. “They’re the number one kite flying team in the country.”

Sixteen-year-old Elizabeth Gordon will do solo kite routines.

“In addition to the kite performers, we’re going to have something that we call ‘Kids’ Mad Dash,’” Fisher said. “The first 35 kids that sign up will receive a free kite. Whoever gets their kite the highest in 60 seconds will win a great prize.”

Every child can create a small kite. “They can color the kite and we’ll help them put it together,” Fisher said, “and the kites will take to the sky.”

For details, call (847) 835-5440 or go to chicagobotanic.org/calendar/event/kite_festival.

WEDNESDAY WIZARDRY

Your family can enjoy the tale of “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” under the stars Wednesday, Aug. 13 at Bent Park, Central and Cowper, Evanston, as part of the city’s Movies in the Park series. The film will be screened after sunset.

For details, call (847) 448-4311 or go to cityofevanston.org.

CAR-TOONS?

Kids will use a cardboard box to make a car, then decorate and climb inside it to watch cartoons at Drive-In Movie, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 14 at Wilmette Public Library, 1242 Wilmette Ave. The event is for children ages 4-7, with an adult. Cookies will be served.

For details, call (847) 256-5025 or go to www.wilmette.lib.il.us.

SEE POOH AND TIGGER, TOO

Three classic A. A. Milne tales about Winnie-the-Pooh will be presented by American Eagle Productions, 10:30-11:15 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 23 at the Book Market at Hangar One, 2651 Navy Blvd., Glen Town Center, Glenview. Registration for “The World of Pooh” begins on Saturday, Aug. 9.

For details, call (847) 729-7500 or go to www.glenviewpl.org.

WHO’S A HERO?

That’s what kids will discuss at a special Hometown Hero Storytime, 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 9 at Barnes and Noble, 1630 Sherman Ave., Evanston. First, they will hear the book, “Cars and Trucks and Things that Go!,” and then decide if firefighters, police officers, teachers or even kids can be heroes.

For details, call (847) 424-0848 or go to www.barnesandnoble.com.

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