Railroad Daze chugs into Franklin Park
Board a train display during Railroad Daze running June 7-10 at Tower Park in Franklin Park.
Updated: June 1, 2012 4:32PM
Imagine you are heading off on a cross-country adventure by rail. You and your children can start the pretend journey by boarding a train display between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday, June 9, in Tower Park, Calwagner Street and Franklin Avenue, Franklin Park. It’s one of the attractions of Railroad Daze, Thursday, June 7, through Sunday, June 10.
“We are looking forward to our annual fun-filled family celebration that will again feature a top-notch carnival, the very best in live entertainment and a unique walk-on train display, a one-of-a-kind opportunity for the area,” said Barrett Pedersen, mayor of Franklin Park. “Railroad Daze is a family-focused tradition that allows us to honor our railroad heritage and enjoy the summer weather with our friends and neighbors.”
Musical entertainment ranges from classic rock to the American English, a Beatles tribute band. A wide variety of food will be sold.
Admission to Train Daze is free.
For details, call (847) 671-4800 or visit vofp.com.
Families can pack plenty of activities into five hours during Oak Park’s Day in Our Village from 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday, June 3. Kids will particularly enjoy the summer carnival at Rehm Park, 515 Garfield, which includes old-fashioned carnival games, a Batman interactive inflatable, a balloon artist, musical entertainment and refreshments.
For details, call (708) 725-2108 or visit oakparkparks.com.
At 6 feet 7 inches, Dennis DeBondt towers over the kids in his audience but he instantly connects with them through his magic show. DeBondt will entertain families and reinforce the summer reading program message that “reading is a thrill” from 3 to 4 p.m. Monday, June 4, at the Oak Park Public Library, 834 Lake St. Pick up tickets in advance.
For details, call (708) 452-3420 or visit oppl.org.
Motivating at Maze
Kids also will be encouraged to participate in the Oak Park Public Library’s summer reading program at the Maze Branch, 845 Gunderson Ave. Inspiration will be provided from 3 to 4 p.m. Monday, June 4, by popular family entertainer Linda Robertson, a longtime Wiggleworms teacher at the Old Town School of Folk Music and a lively performer of world music. Register in advance.
For details, call (708) 386-4751 or visit oppl.org.
Your children will learn how canines can comfort and assist people during a dog show by Rainbow Animal Assisted Therapy at 3 p.m. Tuesday, June 19, at the Franklin Park Public Library, 10311 Grand Ave. Sign up soon to be assured a space.
For details, call (847) 455-6016 or visit franklinparklibrary.org.