Family Friendly: Clarendon Hills’ Cardboard Boat Regatta will bring out creativity, competition

The Cardboard Boat
The Cardboard Boat

Cardboard and duct tape. That’s all participants can use to create their vessel for the inaugural Cardboard Boat Regatta, 9 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 9 at Lions Park Pool, 100 Byrd Ct., Clarendon Hills.

“It’s a great event for kids to be able to work in teams to build their boat,” said Laura Reinke, aquatics manager for Clarendon Hills Park District. “They need a group of up to five, with two captains to paddle the boat through the course. We’ll have a staff member or two in the water that they need to paddle around.”

The boats can be decorated but not with paint or any other hazardous materials. Washable markers, crayons and colored duct tape are acceptable.

The Most Creative Craft, the Fastest Vessel and the Titanic will all be awarded prizes. A continental breakfast will be served following the event.

There is a $20 fee per boat. The registration deadline is Friday, Aug. 1.

For details, call (630) 323-2626 or go to www.clarendonhillsparkdistrict.org.

SHOW YOU CARE

The Caring Community Kitchen will benefit from the proceeds of a Community Fun Night and Talent Show, Friday, July 25 at Downers Grove Community Church, 6600 Fairview. Your family should have a great time with children’s games, a bounce house and cookout at 6 p.m.; a performance by the Snake Man at 6:40 p.m.; a 7 p.m. talent show and an 8 p.m. bonfire with s’mores.

For details, call (630) 969-3320 or go to dgcc.org.

TROPICAL SOUNDS

Families are invited to pack a picnic and enjoy Hinsdale Public Library After Dark, 6-8 p.m. Sunday, July 27 at 20 E. Maple St. You’ll sit on the Memorial Hall Lawn and hear the sounds of Kent Arnsbarger’s steel drum music. Drinks and snacks will be provided.

For details, call (630) 986-1976 or go to www.hinsdalelibrary.info.

SURPRISES IN STORE

You never know whether you will be doing food science, microgardening, dancing or blowing bubbles at Friday Family Antics. Check out this weekly fun event at 2 p.m. July 25 at Westchester Public Library, 10700 Canterbury St.

For details, call (708) 562-3573 or go to www.westchesterpl.org.

THINK TANK

What Do You Do with an Idea? That will be the question at a special storytime, 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 29 at the Oak Brook Barnes and Noble, 297 Oakbrook Center. The Discover and Learn Event will be based on Kobi Yamada’s book.

For details, call (630) 684-0586 or go to www.barnesandnoble.com.

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