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Sunday picks: Get the kids stoked for Thomas

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  • Crowds gather to cheer for Thomas The Tank Engine as the Illinois Railway Museum in Union.

    Crowds gather to cheer for Thomas The Tank Engine as the Illinois Railway Museum in Union.


Animated train: If your little ones love all things associated with "Thomas the Tank Engine," then you shouldn't miss the Day Out with Thomas events starting this weekend at the Illinois Railway Museum, 7000 Olson Road, Union. $21. (866) 468-7630 or or 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 17

Festival of the Horse & Drum: Head to the Festival of the Horse & Drum, a multicultural, multimedia equestrian festival geared to horse lovers of all ages at the Kane County Fairgrounds, 525 S. Randall Road, St. Charles. The fest features demonstrations, a pow wow and more. $15 adults; $7.50 for children ages 6 to 15; free for ages 5 and younger. (630) 377-2252 or 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 17

Beatles bash: The 38th Annual Fest for Beatles Fans promises the chance to buy memorabilia plus performances by artists of a similar vintage like Mickey Dolenz of The Monkees, Peter Noone of Herman's Hermits and more on this weekend at the Hyatt Regency O'Hare, 9300 W. Bryn Mawr Ave., Rosemont. $46 Friday; $69 Saturday or Sunday. (847) 696-1234 or noon to midnight Sunday, Aug. 17

Get up and go: The DuPage Children's Museum co-sponsors Naperville Plays!, which features all sorts of vintage games and activities for families today at the co-hosting venue of Naper Settlement, 523 S. Webster St., Naperville. $12; $11 seniors; $8 kids ages 4-12. (630) 420-6010 or or 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 17

Pickling Party: Learn how 19th-century families used pickling to make their food last at a Pickling Party at the historic Durant House Museum in the LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve, on Dean Street one mile west of Randall Road on Route 64, St. Charles. (630) 377-6424 or 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 17

Jazz in Fountain Square: The gypsy-jazz band Alfonso Ponticelli and Swing Gitan performs at an outdoor concert in Long Grove's Fountain Square, at Robert Parker Coffin and Old McHenry roads in downtown Long Grove. Free. 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 17

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