This kids program (Name inspired by Boys & Girls Club Teens!) is put on by the Downtown Neighborhood Association (DNA) of Elgin, and is sponsored in part by Bright Horizons, with assistance from community partners Boys & Girls Club, Centre of Elgin, Elgin Area History Museum, Elgin Public Museum, Greater Elgin Family Care Center, Side Street Studio Arts, the YWCA, and Chef Quincy Owens & NIU Nutrition Students.
The kids program will be every Thursday from June 13-August 15 (except the Fourth of July), noon – 2pm at the Downtown Elgin Harvest Market, 200 N. Grove Avenue. This activity is an effort to promote and educate students (roughly between K – 6) about healthy eating, being active, and related activities with additional focus on sustainability and agriculture, plus time to shop, talk with vendors, etc.
Open to the general public with children(adults must be with their kids) or organized kids groups (If a group contact the market in advance by filling out the their one page form, calling 847.488.1456 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org).
Noon–12:10pm: Check-In at the info booth at the Downtown Elgin Harvest Market, 200 North Grove, Elgin, IL
12:10pm: Welcome (Instructions will be given and water provided)
12:15pm – 1:30pm: Three onsite sessions (20 minutes each) which groups will then rotate to during this period of time with five minutes in between to transition to the next session.
1:30pm – 1:50pm: Free time at the market
1:50pm: Wrap-up, Q & A, take home packets!
2pm: Market Closes
More information about our sponsor and participating organizations:
Bright Horizons – is the leading provider of high-quality early education and preschool and has childcare here in Elgin. Their programs empower children from infancy on to become confident, successful learners and secure, caring people. They strive to grow young readers, scientists, artists, and explorers who are engaged and curious. Their programs invite children to approach school and academics with skills, confidence, and a drive for excellence.
Boys & Girls Club – A positive place for at risk youth grades 1st-12th to participate in activities with mentors.
containing two indoor pools, meeting spaces, childcare, indoor track and pavilion, a gym and much more!
Elgin Area History Museum – is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to preserve and interpret Elgin’s history by providing educational opportunities for residents of the city and surrounding communities. Old Main is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Through permanent and changing exhibits, the Museum brings to life Elgin’s rich heritage.
Elgin Public Museum – of Natural History and Anthropology serves the public by enhancing knowledge of the natural sciences and cultures, past and present, through the use of exhibits and interactive experiences.
Northern Illinois University – Students, enrolled in the College of Health and Human Sciences will take class work to the market on healthy eating.
Greater Elgin Family Care Center – provides quality, affordable health care for all, including those without ability to pay. We offer quality care through pediatric dental, adult dental, primary care, pediatrics, OB/GYN, and behavioral health services. GEFCC serves the area through three Elgin Locations, McHenry Community Health Center, Streamwood Community Health Center, and through partnerships with U-46, D300, Elgin Community College and Community Crisis Center.
Side Street Studio Arts – was founded as an outlet for the Elgin arts scene. Side Street’s mission is to provide an accessible space encouraging all aspects of the artistic process from creation to curation.
YWCA – Dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.