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Park district invites families to camp out

Pitch tent Family Campout.

Pitch a tent at the Family Campout.

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Updated: June 19, 2013 1:30PM

Families can enjoy a gentle introduction to camping at Family Campout, 5:30 p.m. June 29 to 9 a.m. June 30 at the Family Aquatic Center, 635 N. Aspen Drive, Vernon Hills.

“You’re not roughing it quite as much when you’re camping here,” said Marty Walsh, recreation supervisor of the Vernon Hills Park District.

Participants pitch their tents at the center’s picnic area.

“They get exclusive use of the Family Aquatic Center through the evening,” Walsh said. “We show a movie, ‘Madagascar 3,’ we’ll have a bonfire with s’mores and, on Sunday morning, we’ll wrap it all up with a pancake breakfast.”

Families can purchase dinner at the concession stand.

“It’s an event that we try not to program too much in terms of specific activities,” Walsh said. “We want people to get the experience of hanging out together as a family.”

The cost is $40 per family. Register in person at the Sullivan Center, 635 N. Aspen Drive.

For details, call (847) 996-6800 or go to


Following a strange rabbit down his hole leads to adventure for a young girl in Emerald City Theatre Company’s “Alice in Wonderland,” 11 a.m. to noon June 22 at Vernon Area Public Library, 300 Olde Half Day Road, Lincolnshire. The program is free but registration is required.

For details, call (224) 543-1486 or go to


Families that play together. That’s the goal of award-winning songwriter, musician and singer Jim Gill. You and your children will clap, jump, dance and even sneeze along during Jim Gill’s Family Room Tour, 10 to 10:45 a.m. or 11:15 to noon June 22 at the Garlands of Barrington, 1000 Garlands Lane.

For details, call (847) 382-1300 or go to


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For details, call (815) 344-1294 or go to


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For details, call (847) 234-0636 or go to

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