WOODRIDGE – School is almost out and the weather is starting to feel seasonable.
When making plans for summer fun, don't forget some of the special events taking place in Woodridge.
Besides being close, most of these events have the advantage of being free.
1. Kick back for Movies Under The Moon
WHAT: Load the family in the minivan, grab some blankets and lawn chairs and kick back for family-friendly flicks shown on the lawns of Woodridge parks.
WHEN AND WHERE: Movies will be shown on various Fridays – beginning this Friday – at different parks throughout the summer, all beginning at 8:45 p.m.
INSIDE SCOOP: Show up early at 7:30 p.m. for crafts, give-aways, raffles and games before each movie is shown.
FOR MORE: The full line-up of movies and locations is listed on Page 5 of the park district's summer guide, which can be viewed here: shawurl.com/1793.
2. Follow tradition with the Woodridge Jubilee
WHAT: The annual summer festival organized by the village and park district is back for its 31st year with a carnival, live music and a variety of food.
WHEN AND WHERE: Wednesday, June 11 to Sunday, June 15; at the corner of Woodridge and Center drives. Parking is available at the Town Centre and the Community Center.
INSIDE SCOOP: Thrill-seeking youngsters can get unlimited rides from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday for $20. Those unafraid of crowds should attend Saturday evening, when the Jubilee will host a trio of solid bands and cap off the night with a Fireworks Spectacular at 10:30 p.m
FOR MORE: Visit www.woodridgeparks.org/Jubilee.htm or check back next week for our preview story.
3. Cool off with water fun
WHAT: Cypress Cove Aquatic Park is open for the season and has a slate of special activities planned, while the Hobson Corner Park Splash Pad offers a simpler way to cool down.
WHEN AND WHERE: Hours at the aquatic park, 8301 S. Janes Ave., vary and can be checked on the park's website. The splash pad, 2910 Hobson Road, is open daily from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., depending on weather conditions.
COST: Aquatic park season pass fees vary and those interested should call 630-353-3300 for more information. The splash pad is free.
FOR MORE: Visit www.cypresscove.org for membership information and a schedule of special events and activities.
4. Jam out with the Summer Concert Series
WHAT: Six popular local bands will bring tunes to Woodridge parks for the free Summer Concert Series.
WHEN AND WHERE: Musical acts entertain from 7 to 8:30 p.m. every Wednesday from June 18 to July 30, excluding July 2. Locations vary.
INSIDE SCOOP: Cover band The Sempletons, led by former 7th Heaven lead singer Keith Semple, will be a highlight of the concert series on July 16 at Mending Wall Park.
FOR MORE: The full line-up of bands is listed on Page 6 of the park district's summer guide, which can be viewed here: shawurl.com/1793.
5. Join the cancer fight
WHAT: Twenty-five teams have already raised nearly $25,000 for the Relay For Life of Downers Grove and Woodridge, the American Cancer Society's annual fundraiser.
WHEN AND WHERE: 5 p.m. Friday, June 27 at Downers Grove North High School, 4436 Main St., Downers Grove
INSIDE SCOOP: It's not too late to form a team or jump on an existing team. Those interested in joining the cause can attend an event rally at 6 p.m. this Tuesday in the DGN cafeteria.
FOR MORE: Visit the event page at shawurl.com/1799.
6. Fourth of July fun returns
WHAT: Woodridge will host its 46th annual Fourth of July Picnic followed by the annual fireworks show hosted jointly with Downers Grove and Darien.
WHEN AND WHERE: The picnic will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 4 at Castaldo Park. Fireworks will launch around 9:30 p.m. at Zigfield Troy Golf Course.
INSIDE SCOOP: The village and park district will celebrate their 55th and 45th anniversaries at the picnic, respectively, with prize giveaways. This year's fireworks show will be 25 minutes long. For the best view of the show, stake out a spot from the parking lots along 75th Street.
7. Camp out ... no road trip needed
WHAT: The Woodridge Park District invites families to bring their camping gear to Hawthorne Hill Woods for a Family Camp Out.
WHEN AND WHERE: 6 p.m. Aug. 8 to 8 a.m. Aug. 9 at Hawthorne Hill Woods.
INSIDE SCOOP: Park district staff will provide hot dogs and chips during a cook-out. After the sun sets, campers can roast marshmallows over a camp fire.
COST: Cost is $8 for residents and $12 for non-residents. Children under 1 are free.
FOR MORE: RSVP by calling the park district at 630-353-3300.