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Family activities: Outdoor movie, alligators program, new feature at Bong

Family activities: Outdoor movie, alligators program, new feature at Bong


There are several activities that are perfect for families looking for late-summer fun, including the Picnic in the Park in Petrifying Springs Park (see page 3). Here are some more events:

Outdoor movie

The Petrifying Springs Biergarten, at the south end of the park near Highway JR (5555 Seventh St.), wraps up this summer’s Friday night outdoor movie series with a free showing of “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial,” Steven Spielberg’s 1982 masterpiece about a boy named Elliott and his best friend, who just happens to be an alien stranded on Earth. (That’s the extraterrestrial, dubbed “E.T.”) The film starts at dusk on Aug. 23. Bring lawn chairs and/or blankets.

Museum programs

The Kenosha Public Museum, 5500 First Ave., hosts “Museum Munchkins” programs from 9:30 to 10 Wednesday mornings. The Aug. 28 program is on alligators. This is a free program, open to preschoolers with an adult. For more information, call 262-653-4140. Coming up: the great horned owl on Sept. 4, buffaloes on Sept. 11, weasels on Sept. 18 and squirrels on Sept. 25.

Library programs

This afternoon (Aug. 22), the Southwest Library, 2419 63rd St., hosts “Pirates & Mermaids” for families with children. From 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., families are invited to the library for “a high seas adventure that sails through all things pirate and mermaid. Treasure hunts, crafts and water fun will abound.”

n The Northside Library, 1500 27th Ave., is hosting Preschool Play Lab (for ages 3-5, with a caregiver) from 10 to 11 Friday morning (Aug. 23). This program includes physical play, toys, sensory experiences, dramatic play and games.

n Tuesday morning, the Uptown Library, 2419 63rd St., hosts Kid Science Jr: My Five Senses for students in kindergarten through second grade. Participants will explore topics with experiments and science-based crafts. Find out more about programs at

Grand opening at Bong

On Saturday (Aug. 24), Bong State Recreation Area celebrates the grand opening of the Nature Explore Classroom, the first of its kind in the state park system. There will also be a silent auction, refreshments and plenty of exploring. 10 to 11:30 a.m. at Bong, 26313 Burlington Road. Programs are free, but a valid state park vehicle stickler is required.

‘Summer’s Last Fling’

The Pringle Nature Center, 9800 160th Ave. (inside Bristol Woods County Park), is hosting a Leave No Child Inside: Summer’s Last Fling Day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday (Aug. 24). Children — and adults — are invited to visit Pringle and “help us send off summer with a day of self-guided outdoor exploration. Try checking out an Explorer Pack to aid in your adventure.” This is a free program. Pringle visitors are welcome to arrive and leave as they please for “Last Fling Day.”

Giant chess set alert!

Another “Chess Night in the Park,” hosted by the Kenosha Chess Association, the Kenosha Parks Alliance and the Kenosha Library System, is Monday evening in Lincoln Park, 6900 18th Ave. Members from the Kenosha Chess Association will be available to teach, mentor or challenge players. All levels of chess ability are welcome. Bonus: A giant chess set will be on the grounds. 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the park, near the Oribiletti Center. Admission is free, and everyone is welcome.


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