Activities on Riverwalk Saturday assure Naperville’s spring fever will finally break

A view of the Naperville Riverwalk. Rich Hein/Sun-Times
A view of the Naperville Riverwalk. Rich Hein/Sun-Times

Weather permitting, spring can be expected make its official and long-awaited debut on the Riverwalk Saturday.

It appears the weather will permit, with forecasts calling for clear skies and temperatures in the mid-70’s — all but guaranteeing that the linear park in downtown Naperville will be a busy place. A variety of organizations have activities planned for the day.

Cooldown

Spring Fever Reliever, the Naperville Park District’s ode to the season, is a free celebration intended to give visitors a chance “to get outside and play after one of the coldest, snowiest winters on record,” said Brad Wilson, recreation director.

Scheduled from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., the plans include half-off kayak rentals and paddleboat rides; free tours of the Carillon; live music; an interactive demonstration and performance by Élan Dance Company; free popcorn at the Riverwalk Eatery; entertainment for kids, courtesy of ScribbleMonster; audience-participation demonstrations of Tai Chi, Kung Fu and Zumba; activities and crafts for small children; nature activities; field games; and inflatable jumpers.

Visitors also will be able to gather information about the Park District’s summer standbys: programs, camps and Centennial Beach memberships. The Riverwalk Eatery will be open, selling drinks and snacks. More information is at napervilleparks.org.

Pedal pushing

A Bike Rodeo set for 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Centennial Beach, at West Street and Jackson Avenue, will give bicyclists a chance to show their skills on an obstacle course. The “badge rodeo,” starting at 10:30 a.m., will put police, firefighters, park police, EMTs, medical staff, teachers and community members on a competitive agility obstacle course, for a timed run. Prizes and trophies are in store for the fastest among them.

Focused on bike safety, the kids’ rodeo is free for riders age 4 to 12 years old, but helmets are required. A vendor market and free bike safety checks also are part of the event, which will raise funds for the grass-roots Naperville organization Bike Bald, to help fund the fight against pediatric cancers.

The newly arrived 9/11 responding fire truck named Neptune will be officially introduced to his new hometown during the event. For information about the truck, visit napervillesun.suntimes.com.

More information about the bike rodeo and sign-up are at www.bikebald.org.

Catch it, Spot!

Novice disc-grabbers are welcome to come out with their masters for the dog disc championship event being sponsored by the Windy City K-9 Disc Club. Participating pooches must be leashed and current on their shots.

Check-in will begin at 8:30 a.m. at the Riverwalk Warming House, 736 Sindt Court. The event begins at 9 a.m.

Claws & tails

The Naperville Jaycees can’t take any more orders for this year’s lobster sale, which will host pick-up from noon to 6 p.m. in the Centennial Beach parking lot. Those who ordered before the deadline will need to come out at the assigned time and bring their confirmation form.

For those who missed the deadline, there’s still good news: the Jaycees will have baskets brimming with colorful potted flowers — perfect for Mom. Questions can be directed to jcinfo@naperjaycees.org or 630-961-9375.

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