5 things to do in DeKalb County: Yoga for kids (with bunnies), live music at Whiskey Acres and more

For information on Independence Day weekend festivities, check out our full list of Fourth of July events here.

1. The Kids Yoga: Happy Body, Healthy Mind (with bunnies): Monday July 5 in Franklin Township Park on Third Street in Kirkland.

Part of a local yoga series for children scheduled through August 23.

The group will meet at the covered stage each Monday and then set up for class in a nice open spot in the park. Children should bring a yoga mat or towel, clothes that are weather-appropriate and comfortable, as well as water and snacks if needed. All children are welcome. Yoga instructor Kara Schrabacker asked that a parent or guardian stay nearby if a child has special needs that require more individual attention than she can provide during a group class.

Walk-ins or drop-ins are welcome, too. Please try to keep drop-offs and pick-ups within the 10 minute range of when class begins and ends to make this as seamless and stress free as possible!

Monday, June 5th’s class will be extra special, with bunnies brought courtesy of Clucking Clarks from 4:30 to 5 p.m. for the kids to play with.

Class schedule is as follows:

3:30 to 4:30 p.m. – ages 5 to 8

5 to 6 p.m. – ages 9 to 12

6:30 to 7:30 p.m. – adult basics

Cost is $15 per child per class or $10 each if bringing more than one.

Payment can be made via paypal @kara.schabacker@gmail.com or venmo@Kara-D-Schabacker.

2. Live Music at Whiskey Acres to kick off the holiday weekend: Friday, July 2 and Saturday, July 3 at Whiskey Acres Distilling Co., 11504 Keslinger Road, DeKalb

Friday, July 2: 3 to 8:30 p.m., with a tour at 6 p.m.: Food by The Filthy Hog food truck, live music by Unscheduled Tour

Saturday, July 3: t:30 to 8:30 p.m., tours at 4 and 6 p.m. Food by Oak + Swine, live music by Bill Glaysher and Al Sochacki.

Closed on Sunday for Independence Day.

3. Mural Painting ‘Reading Colors Your World’ Tuesday, July 6 at 11 a.m. at the DeKalb Public Library, 309 Oak St., in DeKalb

Help the DeKalb Public Library color our world, here at the library!

The walls have been looking bare through the pandemic. To help liven them up, library staff will be decorating murals celebrating Summer Reading to hang up in the children’s department, and staff invite the public to help.

This multimedia mural will have a pre-drawn design, and each participant will get a piece of the mural to decorate. Decorating will take place in the library’s courtyard, under a tent. If it rains, the event will be canceled. Space is limited to eight individuals, ages 8-12. Register online at dkpl.org. For information about this event or for help with registration, contact Amanda at amandah@dkpl.org or at 815-756-9568, ext. 3350.

4. Tour the Ellwood Mansion, 420 Linden Place in DeKalb on Friday, July 2 at 2 p.m. and Saturday, July 3 at p.m.

The Ellwood House Museum is a historic site situated on ten acres of parkland in the heart of DeKalb, Illinois. The museum campus consists of seven historic structures, including the 1879 Ellwood Mansion and 1899 Ellwood-Nehring House, four gardens, and 6,000 square feet of exhibit space in the Patience Ellwood Towle Visitor Center, a converted and expanded 1912 multi-car garage. Originally built for barbed wire entrepreneur Isaac Ellwood, the mansion was home to three generations of the Ellwood family from 1879 to 1965. In 1965, the Ellwood Mansion was given to the DeKalb Park District by Mrs. May Ellwood and her three children. In 2011, Mrs. Shirley Nehring donated the Ellwood-Nehring House to the non-profit Ellwood House Association, Inc. Today the Ellwood House Association and the DeKalb Park District operate the entire site as a museum.

Tours are offered by appointment only at 1 and 2 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays. To book a tour, call 815-756-4609 or click here at least one day in advance of your intended visit.

Participation is free.

5. K-2 Crew: Ice Cream Storytime on Tuesday, July 6 at 11 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. (program).

Participation is free at the Sycamore Public Library, 103 E. State St., in Sycamore.

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