Kids' Events and Calendar
Upcoming Programs at Dickson Mounds Museum
The following programs are being held at Dickson Mounds Museum in Lewistown. For more information, call 309-547-3721.
Thursday, February 1, 2018, 9:30 a.m.
Adults and their tots will have fun exploring, discovering and learning on the first Thursday of the month in the Museum’s Discovery Center. Spend quality time with your tot, while each of you makes new friends. A different topic and craft will be featured each month. Registration is not required and admission is free. Participants will enjoy light refreshments. The program begins promptly at 9:30 a.m. with the program portion lasting approximately thirty minutes followed by crafts, snacks and time to explore the Museum. This program series is sponsored by Havana National Bank. The February 1, 2018, topic is “Happy Birthday Abe.” As part of the Illinois Bicentennial, tots and their caretakers will celebrate President Abraham Lincoln’s 209th birthday with Abe in attendance. David Nance of Jacksonville, a retired teacher and Lincoln impersonator, will present a program for children on Lincoln’s wilderness experiences as he travelled the Eighth Judicial Circuit of Illinois. The prairie and wildlife of Illinois will be brought to life as Lincoln spins his tales.
Fulton-Mason Eagle Day
Saturday, February 3, 2018, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Join us for the annual Fulton-Mason Eagle Day event. Activities include live raptor programs, hands-on activities and crafts for kids, and bird watching in various locations in Lewistown and Havana, Illinois. The event is free and for all ages. Visit experienceemiquon.com for information and the event schedule. The event is sponsored by the City of Havana, City of Lewistown, Forbes Biological Station, Havana Jaycees, Illinois River Biological Station, Illinois State Museum-Dickson Mounds, Therkildsen Field Station at Emiquon, The Nature Conservancy, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Illinois River Refuges Complex and Lewistown Chamber of Commerce. Activities and displays are contributed by the Astoria High School’s Environmental Club, Emiquon Audubon, Fulton County Arts Council, Havana Park District, Illinois River Scenic Byway, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Carterville, FWCP Wilmington Substation, University of Illinois Prairie Research Institute's Traveling Science Center and the University of Illinois Extension's Master Gardeners, Master Naturalists and 4-H club.
Hickory Ridge Concert Series
Saturday, February 17, 2018
For more than 20 years, people have gathered at Dickson Mounds on the third Saturday of every month for an evening of musical entertainment. Hosted by Chris Vallillo, an accomplished musician and performer in his own right, the series features Roots/Folk music and other genres offered by a talented variety of performers. The Shanties’ “New Irish” music is filled with rocked-up Irish favorites, old, new and original. Though there is nothing sweeter than an Irish ballad played by four singers, the focus is the up-tempo rowdier melodies with pop-Irish influence from Solas, Gaelic Storm, Great Big Sea and Flogging Molly to name a few. The blended singing and instrument sounds of fiddle, mandolin, whistle, guitar and the Irish (drum) bodhran create the unique acoustic rock sound of The Shanties. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. $8 adults, $5 kids. Visit this Web site
for information about the artists.
Wild Illinois History Leads Students on a Journey to Learn About History and Wildlife Conservation
The IDNR is offering a "virtual" trip for late-elementary schoolteachers, students and their parents. With a few mouse clicks, students can journey back to the earliest days of the Illinois Territory when voyageurs and Native Americans hunted the prairies, forests and rivers. Wild Illinois History
helps students in grades three through five focus on early French exploration, along with river and settlement geography. Students can learn how wildlife helped Native Americans and early settlers survive. They also can see how wildlife is a part of our lives today. A fictional French trapper in the 18th century Illinois Territory leads students on the trip. Brief story-telling slideshows are mixed with fun, interactive activities. For teachers, Wild Illinois History offers lesson plans, activities, photos, posters and correlations to Illinois Learning Standards. Try it out at http://www.wildillinois.org/