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Lisle's Eyes to the Skies Festival brimming with fun kids' activities

Jun 09, 2016 09:56AM ● By Neighbors Magazines
There's something for kids of all ages in the Children's Area at this year's Eyes to the Skies Festival in west suburban Lisle.  

The popular fest that features hot-air balloons shows and rides, music, food, arts & crafts, carnival rides and more returns for its 34th year  on Friday-Sunday, July 1-3, to Lisle's Community Park, 1825 Short Street.  For the complete daily schedule of Children’s Area activities for kids, please visit

NEW in 2016 will be three (3) half-hour "MOTO MANIACS" motocross stunt shows each afternoon.  
In addition, kids are encouraged to get creative and dress as their favorite heroic character on Saturday, July 2, which has been designated as the fest's "Superhero Day."  

Other Children's Area highlights include…

(Performance Hours: 2:30-7:30 p.m. on Friday; Noon-7:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday)
In addition to daily motocross shows, over the fest's three-day run there will be more than 30 performances on the children's stage (several acts perform on multiple days). Among them are a juggler show, sing-alongs, magic shows, School of Rock performances, Hawaiian dancers, a reptile show, ice cream eating contests and more. 

(Hours: Noon-6:00 p.m. on Friday and Sunday; Noon-5:00 p.m. on Saturday)
The eclectic vendor mix (more than 20 booths) includes everything from minor league baseball's Schaumburg Boomers and Wheaton's Cosley Zoo to Odyssey Fun World and the LEGOLAND Discovery Center. There's also indoor sky diving, knockerball (with a nominal fee), face paintings, science and art activities, games, martial arts, balloon twisting and much more.
Organizing this year's activities for kids was Tina Nelson, the fest's Children's Area chair who, with assist from her own kids, programmed the entire area.    

General Fest Info…
  • Festival hours: Noon-11:00 p.m. all three days. 
  • General festival admission: $8 for adults. Children 6 years of age and younger are free.
  • General information/updates: 
The fest is presented by the Lisle Eyes to the Skies Festival Committee with proceeds benefiting six local charities and business organizations.