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Summer is back with a vengeance, you didn’t think she’d let us off that easy did you?
 Luckily there’s plenty of fun things to do this weekend in the Rockford area to take full advantage of the weather.
Remember, always check with the hosting organization for the most up to date information before heading out.

If you would like to add your event to this list or work with Rockford4Kids to be a Featured Event, let us know!

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Drop In Storytime

September 22 @ 10:30 am – 11:00 am

Children of all ages and their caregivers are invited to join us for stories, songs, and crafts.

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Oktoberfest 2017

September 22 @ 5:30 pm – 11:00 pm

Join us for the 4th Annual Oktoberfest in Downtown Beloit! Enjoy music by Killer Cars WI from 5:30 – 7:30 pm then our headliner Cold Sweat and the Brew City Horns take the stage from 8 – 11 pm.

Live Music – Beer Tent – Food & More! Gates open at 5:30 pm on State Street in Downtown Beloit! Admission $5; ages 4-12 $1; under 4 free.

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Autumnal Equinox Campfire at Silver Creek Biodiversity Preserve

September 22 @ 6:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Autumnal Equinox Campfire at Silver Creek Biodiversity Preserve
Friday, September 22, 2017
6:30 p.m.
Silver Creek Biodiversity Preserve
Leader: Mary, 815-938-3204

Stroll the trails at 6:30 p.m.; campfire at 7:30. S’mores and water will be provided. Bring a lawn chair and flashlight. Carpool from the Staples lot at 5:45 p.m. The preserve is about 2 miles south of Leaf River in the southwest corner of the intersection of Leaf River Rd. and West Grove Rd. Parking is off of Leaf River Rd. (S. Main St. crosses HWY 72 in Leaf River and becomes Leaf River Rd.). If weather is questionable, call Mary at 815-938-3204.

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Autumn Pioneer Festival

September 23 @ 9:00 am -September 24 @ 4:00 pm

Travel back to the 1800’s and learn about the lifestyles and crafts of the day. Watch a blacksmith working at his forge, talk to voyageurs, settlers and buckskinners. Explore a wigwam in the Native American area, visit two authentic 1800’s log cabins and a one room schoolhouse. Enjoy the sights as you tour the grounds on a horse drawn wagon. Learn to throw a tomahawk, use a cross cut saw and play old time games. Listen to live music throughout the day. Sample apple butter and bean soup cooked over an open fire. Food vendor offerings include prairie chicken, buffalo stew, pie and ice cream, doughnuts, popcorn, old fashioned root beer and lemonade.

These are just a few of the many fun activities offered at the festival. Admission is free. Donations cheerfully accepted.

Autumn Pioneer Festival hours:
Saturday, September 23- 9a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday, September 24- 10a.m. – 4 p.m.

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Kid’s Nature Hike: First Day of Fall

September 23 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Kid’s Nature Hike: First Day of Fall
Saturday, September 23, 2017
10 a.m. – noon
Oakdale Nature Preserve, 4433 S. Cranes Grove Rd., Freeport, IL
Leader: Juliet Moderow, 201-233-0946

The autumn equinox is September 22. Let’s celebrate the first day of fall by being outside.
We will take a hike around Oakdale and use nets and jars to collect insects along the way. All organisms will be observed briefly and released immediately for their safety. Open to kids of all ages. Parents must be present with the children during the event.

Kids should dress appropriately for the weather (long pants recommended) and should wear waterproof shoes or boots that can get wet in case we look for aquatic organisms. Sign-ups are required. Contact leader Juliet Moderow at 201-233-0946 to register and/or if weather is questionable. Meet in the parking lot near the Mogle Center by 10:00am. Hike will start promptly on time.

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Ryan Jury SwedishAmerican Health Fair

Family Health Fair

September 23 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Families and children of all ages are invited to attend the FREE health fair that will teach families and children new ways to be active, make good choices and stay healthy. The event will feature kid-friendly “fun-n-fit” activities for children of all ages. Physicians and dieticians from SwedishAmerican Medical Group will be on-site to provide health information and answer questions and families can browse a variety of healthcare booths. Additionally, kids can meet SAM, our SwedishAmerican mascot, and enter into a drawing to win a brand new bike and other fun raffle baskets.

The health fair is FREE and open to the public. For further information, please contact the Ryan Jury Child Development Learning Center at (779) 696-9501.

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What are you playing in the Rockford area this weekend?
Let us know in the comments below!

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