Budget-friendly fun: Go fly a kite at Wheaton's Cantigny

  • Fly a kite at Cantigny in Wheaton.

    Fly a kite at Cantigny in Wheaton.

  • Learn to identify various types of frogs at the Creek Bend Nature Center in St. Charles.

    Learn to identify various types of frogs at the Creek Bend Nature Center in St. Charles.

  • Folk singer and songwriter Sally Barris performs at the Maple Street Chapel in Lombard.

    Folk singer and songwriter Sally Barris performs at the Maple Street Chapel in Lombard. Courtesy of Sally Barris

Updated 4/14/2015 2:54 PM

Let's go fly a kite

Look to the skies as Cantigny hosts its Family Night Out Kites program. Bring a kite of your own or make one on-site. Representatives from the Chicago Kite shop will display various kites. Plus, guests can fly their own kites on the parade field at Cantigny, 1S151 Winfield Road, Wheaton. Free with paid $2 parking fee. cantigny.org. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 17



Flea, Craft & Thrift Extravaganza

Browse through and shop for handcrafted goods, collectibles, antiques, thrift-store items and baked goods at the two-day Flea, Craft & Thrift Extravaganza in Glenbard South High School's Field House, 23W200 Butterfield Road, Glen Ellyn. Free admission. gsboosters.com. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, April 18-19

Fabulous Frogs!

Learn to identify various frogs from their songs and physical characteristics at the naturalist-guided Fabulous Frogs! hike at the Creek Bend Nature Center, 37W700 Dean St., St. Charles. Participants should be prepared to get muddy and wet. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Free, but registration is required. (630) 444-3190 or email programs@kaneforest.com. 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, April 18

Outdoor Story Time

Put on your walking shoes for this story time: A storyteller from Lake County's Cook Memorial Public Library District will lead a half-mile walk during the Outdoor Story Time program at Capt. Daniel Wright Woods, St. Mary's Road at Everett Road, Libertyville. The group will stop along the trail for stories and poems. Park in the lot nearest to the entrance. To register, call (847) 362-2330 or see webres.cooklib.org. 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 18

Coin show

See rare coins and collectible paper money at more than 250 booths with exhibitors from 40 states at the Central States Numismatic Society's 76th Anniversary Convention at the Schaumburg Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center, 1551 N. Thoreau Drive, Schaumburg. Free admission. centralstates.info. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday, April 23-24, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 25

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Gospel harmonies

Take in the harmonies of the College of Lake County's Gospel Choir, also featuring soloists and instrumentalists, during its annual concert in the C-Wing Auditorium (C005) on the college campus, 19351 W. Washington St., Grayslake. Because of the quiet nature of many selections, this concert is not appropriate for children younger than 3. Admission is $3-$4. (847) 543-2300 or clcillinois.edu. 7 p.m. Friday, April 17

Byrd and Barris

Folk singers and songwriters Jonathan Byrd and Sally Barris team up for a concert at the Maple Street Chapel, 220 S. Main St., Lombard. Musician Johnny Waken will join them on the saw and mandolin. $15. (630) 627-0171 or maplestreetchapel.org. Tickets may be purchased at the door with cash or check. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 18; doors open at 7 p.m.


See a screening of the 1946 drama "Gilda," starring Rita Hayworth, Glenn Ford and George Macready, at the Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena Blvd., Aurora. Admission is $1 per person. paramountaurora.com. 7 p.m. Monday, April 20

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