Would you believe it if I said there was 4 days of summer fun that the whole family would enjoy, merely steps from your front door? Imagine as the smell of fried food, corn on the cob dripping in butter and lemonade smack you in the face; lights and sounds of games and rides, a familiar band you followed in college graces the stage. Where are you? The community carnival! We love spending the weekend at Mundelein Community Days, our family always has the best time. I think it’s a perfect stay-cation ever, the best part was: I didn’t have to plan a thing.
For Kids: There are the classic rides, crafts galore, junkfood, a fantastic parade and the silliest photo op of all – the watermelon eating contest!
For Moms: Last year I did a free yoga class (and I don’t know about you, but I can always use more yoga, calm, stretching, time in my life), zumba, tai-chai. The local Flowerama passed out red carnations to all the moms along the parade route. I heard a favorite college band (Mike and Joe) and got very nostalgic.
For Dads: Bean Bags and Beer. Need I say more?
For All: The carnival! The lights and excitement of games and rides make you feel like a kid again. We ran into neighbors we haven’t seen in years, tried a new local restaurant, snacked on old favorites like Bill’s Pizza, enjoyed a very long parade and cheered runners from the 5K. Friendly police, firefighters and politicians fill up any empty space on the carnival grounds. I’m not sure if it’s nostalgia or déjà vu but there’s something really comforting about pretending to be a kid again and seeing all the kids smile on the silly train ride or ride the Ferris wheel.
Carnival games: Not my favorite, I know what you’re thinking. Yes, my kids both won a goldfish, I will let you know when we celebrate “sushi’s” 10th birthday. I hear these things live forever. But even 6′ teenagers are kind-of cute when they are trying to win a teddy bear for their girlfriend.
My 6-year old brought his own money, he was playing the last game with his last two dollars. He missed the ball and then the teenager running the game said “hey kid” threw him another ball and let him try again on the house, he smacked it and won a rainbow bear for his cute 6-year old female partner in crime, It was something out of a coca-cola commercial.
During the parade I heard a small group of girls say “here come the princesses” and the pageant winners were coming down the road. It melted my heart.
Community events nowadays are when neighbors meet neighbors and when you get to celebrate the wonderful town that you live in. Often times we sit back and do nothing, we’re afraid, scared or shy. But when everybody around you is celebrating it’s hard not to catch the fever and become more outgoing and join in the celebration. So I challenge you this summer and fall to head out to your community events especially the carnivals and art festivals and meet some new neighbors and have fun with the people around you!
Get your Fried Oreoes and more at this year’s Community Days!
Updated for 2015:
Thursday, July 2 12:00 – 11:00 p.m.
Friday, July 3 12:00 – 11:00 p.m.
Saturday, July 4 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.
(5K run at 8:00 am and Fireworks at 9:30 p.m.)
Sunday, July 5 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.The parade will be held on Sunday, July 5th at 2:00 p.m. down Hawley Street from Village Hall to Mundelein High School.
The festival will in the lot at Seymour and Courtland. See the Mundelein Community Days website for more information and a full schedule of events and performers.