Don’t let the smell of new boxes of crayons and school bus sightings make you think summer is over when there is still plenty of outdoor fun on the August calendar for the St. Charles Park District.
Tuesdays may be your new favorite day of the week with the debut of Acoustic Jams in the Park. Grab lawn chairs, outdoor blankets, snacks and your favorite people to enjoy live music from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in Mt. St. Mary Park downtown St. Charles. This popular park is an ideal location to enjoy local musicians as they perform cover hits and their originals to the rustling leaves from the canopy of trees above as the sun sets along the Fox River while the stars emerge in the night sky.
“With all the foot traffic at Mt. St. Mary Park, we thought it was the perfect place to host these free performances from local musicians,” said Dan Procaccio, Recreation Supervisor.
With five Tuesdays in the month of August, there’s plenty of music to enjoy and maybe even catch Procaccio up on stage strumming along.
For those with children be sure to check out a new program, Family Art Night from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 5 inside Pottawatomie Community Center. Local businesses, artisans and individuals will have tables with activities families can complete together. Let your creative side flow at this free event. Advance registration is required. Arrive early and let your artists enjoy some of the great fun at Pottawatomie Park. Burn off some energy at the playground, make time for a family cruise on the riverboats or play some putt-putt at minigolf.
Cruising the Fox River is always an adventure. A new themed event is the epic Heroes vs. Villains riverboat journey at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 6. Guests are welcome to dress up like their favorite hero or villain and enjoy special activities including visits with some notorious characters. Tickets are required and it’s recommended to purchase in advance online at stcriverboats.com.
And while it may be fun to dress like a villain, everyone can be a hero to the environment by helping capture a local aquatic invader – the rusty crayfish. This year’s Rusty Rodeo will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 6 along Ferson Creek at Primrose Farm. These crayfish are an invasive species in Illinois waterways. Pam Otto, Outreach Ambassador for the St. Charles Park District, who is well-known for her nature columns and broadcasts, will take the reins in this free, fun program and teach participants of all ages about these critters before everyone gets a change to get down and dirty netting crayfish from the creek. Dress for getting a wee bit messy. If you have your own net and buckets, bring those along too. Awards will be presented to those who capture the most crayfish, the largest crayfish and more! After the event, enjoy visiting the animal residents at the farm.
As the sun sets a bit earlier each day, the District’s naturalists will be guiding a special walk in the dark on Saturday, Aug. 13 in Hickory Knolls Natural Area. Listen to the night noises of owls and small critters then roast a marshmallow at a campfire for a special treat. Advance registration is required. Fee is $10 for residents and $15 for nonresidents. Trails are not stroller friendly.
During the heat of summer’s hottest month, Otter Cove Aquatic Park and Swanson Pool are open with plenty of activities and amenities to enjoy. There’s still plenty of time to enjoy the days and nights making memories with family and friends while spending time with the St. Charles Park District.