All Things Airplanes: Read, Do, and Go!

Wings Over Waukegan, Lake County’s very own air show, is coming up soon! In anticipation of the big event, we’re thinking about all things aviation here at Little Lake County. Whether you have airplane fanatics like me, or you’re just looking for something fun for the kids, prepare for the big show with books to read and projects to do before you go see the show!

Aviation Week Activities


Check out August’s Bookshelf for many different kids’ aviation books. Our family favorite is Planes Go by Steve Light.

Steve Light is a favorite author in our house. We had Planes Go pre-ordered, and we were not disappointed when it was finally released. Although it is a simple board book, kids of all ages will enjoy the illustrations, unique format, and the author’s challenge to verbalize the sounds of different types of aircraft.


When it comes down to it, sometimes my kids just want to draw! I can pull out the craft box and toilet paper rolls, but all they want is paper and crayons. Now don’t get me wrong, I love a good Pinterest project, it’s just that sometimes I’m not up for all of that. Why not just sit down at the table with your kids and follow these simple instructions for drawing an airplane. I was quite impressed with our finished products.


Why not make them a plane? There is a great tutorial over at The Pinning Mama using cardboard boxes. She made these supper cute plane “seats” for a viewing of Disney’s Planes. I don’t know that I would get carried away with spray painting. I’d probably let my kids decorate their planes themselves with crayons or (if I’m feeling really brave) paint. If your kids are more likely to be a pilot than a passenger in their cardboard planes, Small Fry has a plan to build a cardboard plane they can “fly.”

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Wings over Waukegan is the annual air show that takes place at the Waukegan Air Field. Get the details here.



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About Holly Garvey 151 Articles
Stay-at-home mom who works! On again/off again work in family real estate business, babysitter, dog rescue and historical society volunteer all while chasing my new-found dream to be a writer.I live in Antioch with my husband, Jake, and kids, Cecilia (5) and Mark (3), and our dog Isabella. I'm an aspiring vegan (I cheat a lot), Jazzercise addict and runner. As a family, we love to travel and spend time outdoors. I love to go antique shopping and garage sale-ing, cook, and read in my (rare) free time.

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