Thursday, September 11, 2008

Celebration of Summer

We had a wonderful time last Sunday at the Celebration of Summer at Ravinia. For those of you not from the Chicagoland area, Ravinia is a concert venue specializing in classical music. They are famed for their outdoor pavilion and their inexpensive lawn seats. Many a wonderful picnic has been shared under the stars while listening to fantastic music.

The Celebration of Summer is a free (donation of non-perishable food suggested) afternoon full of children's activities and performances. (In fact, Vito directed a show for Child's Play Touring Theatre that performed at the event.) The lawn is dotted with bouncy houses, balloon artist and craft activites.

There are rides and games for the children as well as an instrument "petting zoo" where kids can get hands-on experience. Performances are happening on various stages throughout the park the entire afternoon.

As you can tell, Sophie REALLY loved the train. I think she rode it about five times.

She also had a great time in the Sesame Street bouncy house. (Morgan, the old pro as inflatables, surprised us all by scaling a huge inflatable climbing wall and sliding down the opposite side without even blinking. We were all so impressed that we completely forgot to take a picture!)

We'll definitely take take next year to attend the Celebration of Summer. And, I think we're going to try to picnic more often as well!

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