Looking for an out-of-this-world adventure without having to venture too far off-the-beaten path? The St. Charles Park District hosts day trips to a wealth of extraordinary attractions that are just waiting to be discovered around the corner or down the road. And with park district-provided transportation, participants get to sit back, relax and let the adventure begin. Ideal as family fun or as a distinctive alternative to a standard dinner-and-a-movie date, these day trips will earn entertainment organizers “high fives” for originality.
Ever wonder about the back story behind some of St. Charles’s most iconic buildings and homes? Who owned that Victorian that never fails to conjure up images of ladies in hoop skirts and men with beards? Was that brick building on the corner always a trendy restaurant or did it have a former life as a law office or bank? The answer to these and other questions about the city’s history and residents can be answered during the “Trolley Tour of Downtown St. Charles” taking place on Sunday, April 8, from 12 to 1 PM. Perfect for newcomers and long-time residents alike, this narrated excursion offers glimpses into the early history of St. Charles, with an emphasis on the residential and commercial architecture that gives our city its signature charm. The round-trip tour departs from the Pottawatomie Community Center. Light refreshments and non-alcoholic beverages are available on board the trolley and guests age 21 and older may bring their own adult beverages to enjoy. The cost is $25 for residents, $38 for non-residents.
Felting is one of the hot new craft trends, and aspiring felters can learn about this fun fiber art during the “Felting at the Alpaca Farm” excursion, part of the Adult Activity Center’s “Funtastic Fridays” regular series of area day trips. Join park district naturalist Jeanette Joy on this visit to the farm of Susan Waldron to meet the alpacas she raises and view the artistic, hand-dyed clothing and accessories she creates from their wool. Waldron will demonstrate her felting technique and give participants an opportunity to try their hand at it. Even if one is not into the fiber arts, this outing is a great opportunity to interact with these engaging animals. The “Felting at the Alpaca Farm” trip takes place on Friday, May 4 from 9:30 AM to 1:30 PM. Round-trip transportation to the Elgin-area farm is provided by the park district with an on-your-own-lunch at the Elgin Public House Restaurant. Participants must be able to climb a flight of stairs to enjoy Waldron’s second-floor studio. The cost of the trip is $29.
For those who want to emphasize the “active” in activity, two excursions to area sports-themed facilities take traditional games to new levels. Try your hand at Whirlyball on the “Adventure Awaits – Cybersport” outing sponsored by the Adult Activity Center on Monday, April 23, from 10 AM to 2 PM. Transportation is provided to K1 Speed in Addison where players can try their skill at this mash-up of lacrosse, basketball and hockey from behind the wheel of custom-designed Cyber Cars. Though it sounds sports-heavy, not to worry – no athletic experience is necessary. All that’s needed for two teams of up to 5 players each is to come with the desire to have fun. Registration ends March 26 and the cost of $18 includes transportation and one hour of play.
Duffers to dedicated players can challenge their golf game and determine their skill levels with a trip to Top Golf on Sunday, May 20. Players hit microchipped golf balls that can track each shot’s accuracy and distance and earn points for hitting specified targets on the outfield. Fun for the whole family, the outing takes place from 11 AM to 2 PM, with time out for a light lunch. Participants can choose to meet at Top Golf, located at 3211 Odyssey Circle in Naperville, or, for an additional $6 fee, take round-trip bus transportation from Pottawatomie Community Center. Advance registration is required by April 8. The cost of this trip is $58.
For more information about any of this spring’s unique day trips, visit the park district’s web site at www.stcparks.org.