Summer entertainment takes center stage at the Wheeling Park District
The Wheeling Park District free Summer Entertainment Series kicks off on Friday, June 4, at 7:00 pm, with Boy Band Night at the Heritage Park Performance Pavilion. Bring a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy this live tribute to pop sensations like the Backstreet Boys, NSYNC, New Kids on the Block, Boys II Men, One Direction and many more.
These Friday Night Headliner Concerts are scheduled once a month through August. For a complete listing of summer entertainment, visit www.wheelingparkdistrict.com.
Sounds of Summer Concerts at the Heritage Park Performance Pavilion are scheduled every Sunday at 5 p.m. starting June 6, with Mariachi Monumental De Mexico showcasing their best traditional mariachi repertoire. On June 13, Howard & the White Boys bring the funk, R&B and rock styles that have become the trademark of these Chicago blues veterans. The Four C Notes hit the stage on June 20 to recreate the music of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons as the Midwest's only tribute band to this iconic group. On June 27, treat yourself to the spot-on sounds of Mellencougar, the premier John Cougar Mellencamp tribute band. Sunday evening concerts continue through Aug. 1. For a complete listing, visit the park district's website.
Movies in the Park take place once a month under the stars at the Heritage Park Performance Pavilion and feature some pre-movie entertainment for the younger set. On Thursday, June 24, bring the family for a showing of "The Croods: A New Age." In this sequel, discover whether the Croods and the Bettermans can put aside their differences to fight the common enemy and live to tell the tale. Arrive by 8 p.m. for a meet-and-greet with Woody from Toy Story.
If ever there was a summer to disengage from electronic devices, this is it! Unplug at the Park is a series of free Wednesday evening events that take place at various area parks from 5 to 7 p.m. Join family, friends and neighbors June 9 at Heritage Park. Istvan & His Imaginary Band perform an irresistible mix of interactive rock 'n' roll, country, pop-punk and sing-alongs that get kids rockin' and head-boppin'. On June 16 at Husky Park, professional magician Gary Kantor amazes young and old with close-up magic tricks. Meet at Pleasant Run Park on June 23 for the WOW Bubble Show. Really BIG and really small bubbles make this a fascinating, hands-on spectacle. To witness some serious kite flying, come to Mark Twain Park on June 30. Let the professionals at Chicago Kite show you how it's done. Unplug at the Park continues through August. For more information, visit the website.
Special Events for all ages are taking place throughout the summer. Those who are at least 55 years of age are invited to Bingo at the Community Recreation Center on Wednesday, June 16, 1-2:30 p.m. Register by June 9 for 10 games and the chance to win exciting prizes.
Take in a movie while you swim! Join us for Flick 'n' Float at the Family Aquatic Center on Friday, June 18, at dusk. Spend the evening in the pool with family and friends watching Sonic The Hedgehog as he defends planet Earth, with his friend Tom, from the evil genius Dr. Robotnik. Located at 105 Community Blvd., in Wheeling, this outdoor water park opens each day at 10 a.m., weather permitting.
Kids Fest is all about the kids! Join us at the Heritage Park Performance Pavilion for this free event on Saturday, June 19, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Perfect for ages 3-10 years, kids' games, crafts and entertainment by the world-renowned Ralph's World are featured.
The Community Recreation Center (CRC) is located at 100 Community Blvd., in Wheeling. For more information, visit www.wheelingparkdistrict.com.