Did you know that May
Sponsored by KidsPeace, National Family
Month honors strong, supportive families that help kids
grow. Nowadays, the term "family" encompasses more than
just mothers and fathers. Grandparents, siblings,
relatives and caregivers alike play important roles in the
healthy development of children.
May is a time to reexamine what
it means to be family. With school ending and summer
vacations ahead, now is the time to plan fun events that build
memories to last a lifetime.
Ho Hum...We're bored.
Chocolate, Jelly Beans,
Illinois and Wisconsin are hot
spots for factory tours!
Grove Confectionary offers daily tours, Monday through
Thursday, in Buffalo Grove, Illinois. Learn how
chocolates are made as well as a brief history of the
confectionary. View sculpted chocolate and
production and packaging facilities. The tour
ends in the factory store where purchases can be made at great
discounts. Educational and delicious!
If jelly beans are more your
style, tour the Jelly
Belly facility in Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin.
Hop aboard the Jelly Belly Express train for a tour of
the warehouse and distribution center. Experience not
just how jelly beans are made but also candy corn, taffy,
gummies and more.
Cheesecake is a Chicago institution! Tour
the 62,000 square foot award-winning bakery and see
how a cheesecake is made from start to finish,
including research and development, mixing, baking, decorating
and packaging. Can't make it to Chicago? Try their
For more information about
other factory tours in Illinois and Wisconsin, including
John Deere, Harley Davidson, Honey Acres,
Natural Ovens, Sprecher's Brewing (root beer!),
Trek Bicycle Corporation, go to http://factorytoursusa.com/.
Spend the night under the stars
with your favorite dinosaurs
you know that some Chicago museums offer overnight stays
for families? Special hands-on activities are
planned throughout the evening, guaranteed to engage
The Adler Planetarium hosts Astrovernights, which can
fulfill scout badge requirements. View the stars
through special high-powered telescopes and enjoy a show
in the Sky Theater. Sleeping under the stars takes
on a whole new meaning!
The Museum of Science and Industry
sponsors Snoozeums where you can explore
the museum exhibits after-hours. Sleep under the
Boeing 747, next to the Fairy Castle or by the Toy
The Field Museum offers Dozin' with the Dinos where
kids can prowl the museum exhibits with flashlights and
sleep under a towering Native American totem
Famous Children's Author
Wednesday, May 2 at 7:00
The Wauconda Area Library
will host a special visit from award-winning children's
author and illustrator, Betsy Lewin.
Families, teachers and art enthusiasts, alike, will
enjoy this special event!
Ms. Lewin will discuss
her picture books, share slides of her artwork and
demonstrate her drawing techniques. Children who
attend the program will receive drawing supplies and
have an opportunity to draw along with Betsy.
Books will also be available for purchase and signing.
Betsy Lewin has composed
or illustrated numerous children's books, including
Clack, Moo: Cows That Type, which received the
Caldecott Honor Award in 2000.
To register for this event, please contact
Children's Services at 847-526-6225 ext. 212.
Funding for this program is generously provided in part
by the Friends of
And the Wauconda Area Library is going on
Wednesday, May 30!
Set to a joyous score
featuring jazz, ragtime, gospel and blues, this story of
hope, the healing power of love and a celebration of
life, is not to be missed! Departing from the
library at 5:15 p.m., tickets are $85.00 per person and
include door-to-door deluxe motor coach transportation,
a boxed lunch on the bus and "dress circle"
Payment must be made at the time of
registration, in-person at the Adult Services Reference
Desk. No refunds
Library 801 N.