Sweet Corn Fest

Janessa Emerson displays a full hand of corn on the cob to share with her family, including her niece Maya Emerson, left, at the 2017 Sweet Corn Festival. The event returns Saturday and Sunday at the Jerry Smith Produce and Pumpkin Farm.

There are several activities that are perfect for families looking for late-summer fun, including a festival, free outdoor movies and museum and library programs:

Farm festival

The Sweet Corn Festival is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday (Aug. 10-11) at the Jerry Smith Produce and Pumpkin Farm, 7150 18th St. Admission is $5. Activities include a bounce pillow, hayrides, a petting zoo, tire mountain, access to a playground, music and karaoke. Pony rides and face painting are available for an additional fee. For more information, visit www.smithpumpkinfarm.com/events/sweet-corn-fest.

Outdoor movies

The Petrifying Springs Biergarten, at the south end of the park near Highway JR (5555 Seventh St.), continues its Friday night outdoor movie series with a free showing of “Avengers: Endgame.” The film starts at dusk on Aug. 9. Bring lawn chairs and/or blankets.

Also on Friday night, the “Movies in the Park” series of free outdoor movie screenings wraps up its season in Twin Lakes with the animated film ”Coco.” The free movie will be shown in Lance Park, 55 Lance Drive. The movie starts at dusk (about 8 p.m.). Bring a lawn chair or blanket. Concessions and bathrooms are available.

Perseids meteor shower

Pringle Nature Center, 9800 160th Ave., is holding a viewing session for the Perseids meteor shower from 9:30 to 11 p.m. Saturday (Aug. 10). The Perseids is one of the best meteor showers to observe, producing up to 60 meteors per hour at its peak. The year’s shower is expected to peak Saturday into early Sunday morning. The cost is $5, and registration is required. For more information, call 262-857-8008.

Programs at Bong

Bong State Recreation Area, 26313 Burlington Road, is hosting a Knee-High Naturalist program from 10 to 11:30 this morning (Aug. 8). Children ages 3 to 5 are welcome to this nature program, with the theme “Wonderful Water.” Note: Program will go on regardless of weather but topic may change.

Coming up on Saturday (Aug. 10) are two programs: “Animal Detectives,” 10 to 11 a.m. Participants will hike in search of tracks and signs to uncover the secret lives of animals. “Horsing Around,” 4 to 5 p.m. Visitors can met the horses of Diettrich Farm “as Lynn and friends share the joys and tips of horse ownership and care.” Programs are free. A vehicle admission sticker is required to enter Bong. For more information, call 262-878-5600 or visit www.bongnaturalistassociation.org.

Museum programs

The Kenosha Public Museum, 5500 First Ave., hosts “Museum Munchkins” programs from 9:30 to 10 Wednesday mornings. The Aug. 14 program is on butterflies. This is a free program, open to preschoolers with an adult. For more information, call 262-653-4140. Coming up: moths on Aug. 21 and alligators on Aug. 28.

Also at the Public Museum are Sunday Curiosity Carts. Every Sunday from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., visitors are welcome to “drop by the Field Station for interactive experiences with museum education staff.” A new activity is chosen each week. These programs are all free and open to the public. For more information, visit museums.kenosha.org/public.

Library programs

The Southwest Library, 7979 38th Ave., is hosting preschool storytimes at 9:30 and 10:30 Friday morning (Aug. 9), with preschool parties at 10 and 11 a.m.

The Uptown Library, 2419 63rd St., is hosting a “Diary of a Wimpy Kid Party” from 3 to 4 p.m. Monday (Aug. 12) for students in kindergarten through fifth grade. Kids are welcome to “celebrate this popular book series with games and crafts — but don’t get the Cheese Touch!”

The Southwest Library hosts “Brown Bag Movie Fun: The Little Mermaid,” 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday (Aug. 13). The 1989 animated film will be shown at this event, for families with children. Families are invited to “bring your lunch to enjoy while you watch a great family film.”

“Edible Play Dough and Silly Putty” is offered 2 to 3 p.m. Tuesday (Aug. 13) at the Simmons Library, 711 59th Place, for students in kindergarten through fifth grade. Participants will “make Play Dough and silly putty that’s good enough to eat.” Note: This event is in the downstairs children’s area and requires the use of a spiral staircase.

Tuesday evening, a Teen Beach Party (for students in grades six to 12) is 5 to 6 p.m. at the Southwest Library. Teens are invited to “take the party to the beach, play in the sand and splash in the water. We’ll be doing ’90s style sand art, tie-dye and saltwater painting — and will finish with an outdoor water fight.” Bring your own squirt guns, though some will be provided. The libraries host several programs every week. Find out more at www.mykpl.info.

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