More on Mondays, a weekly list of free family events in Naperville

It's a new week. We're all tired from the weekend, but wondering how are we going to keep the kids busy with fun activities. In today's environment cost effect or even free activities rank high on the list of possibilities.

Below is a list of upcoming activities in the Naperville area that are free or have minimal cost for you and your kids. With all these possibilities, everyone should be able to find something to their liking.

Week of August 17, 2009

Tuesday, August 18 Story Time at Fullersburg Wood. This event is presented by the Dupage Forest Preserve. Participants 6 and under with an adult will explore insects, birds and other surprises during the guided hike. After the hike there will be stories and songs. The event will run from 10 am until 11 am.

Tuesday August 18 Millennium Carillon Summer Recital Series presents a free concert on the lawns surrounding the tower. Families are encouraged to bring picnics and other snacks. These concert will be held rain or shine (unless there is lightning). These concerts showcase local and national carillonneurs in this concert series.

Friday, August 21 Rolling on the River is presented by the Naperville Park District. Andrew Huber will perform a solo acoustic performance. His concert will be held on the Riverwalk at the pavilion near Jackson Avenue and Webster Street. The performance will run from 7:00 p.m. till 9 p.m.

Saturday, August 22 - Lowes Build and Grow Clinic. This event is open to first grade through fifth grade. This week's activity is creating a school bus, perfect for back to school week. To participate in this clinic, children have to sign up at or visit your local Lowes store for more details.

Saturday, August 22 - Tiny Great Performances, Mark Dvorak perform ace at the DuPage Children's Museum. Saturday at 10:30 am Mark Dvorak will perform folk music. This performance is free with museum admission and no pre-registration is required.

Saturday, August 22 - Star Hike. The DuPage Forest Preserve is offering a night of star gazing. Participants will learn the stories behind easy to find constellations. The program is for children 10 and up and must be accompanied by an adult if under 18. The program runs from 8:00 pm until 9:30 p.m. Registration is required.

Sunday, August 23 - Settlement Sundays. Every Sunday during the summer, Naper Settlement is offering free create your own sundaes. Besides the sundaes, Naper Settlement has other hands on activities included with admission.

Do you have an event that you would like included in my list? Email me at and I'll include it in next week's list of events.

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