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Alton convention bureau offering 10-day ‘Kid’Cation’ as last outing before school


ALTON – Ten days of family focused events are at the heart of the Alton Regional Convention and Visitors Bureau’s upcoming Kid’Cation event.

From July 29 through Aug. 7, the localized vacation event offers pony rides, a haunted tour, “Kid’Cation Olympics,” bald eagles up close, a “Frozen” meet and greet and several other activities. Families who stay overnight can also receive some lodging incentives to sweeten the deal.

“We know families are looking for ways to spend the last few weeks of summer before school starts up and Kid’Cation gives them unique options,” Brett Stawar, president and CEO of the convention bureau, said.

A variety of dining deals, free treats and attraction discounts are also included in Kid’Cation to ease the strain on parents’ wallets. Raging Rivers Water Park in Grafton is offering free kids admission with a paid adult admission throughout the 10-day promotion. The Grafton Harbor’s excursion boat Hakuna Matata is offering 50 percent off kid cruises on July 30 and 31 and Aug. 6 and 7. The Whole Scoop is selling kid’s Mississippi Mud Pies for a deal of $2 plus tax. Tony’s Restaurant in Alton is offering free child’s meal with the purchase of an adult meal. Old Bakery Beer in Alton is featuring root beer and beer floats for visitors of all ages. The Atrium Hotel & Conference Center is offering a special pizza overnight package.

Kid’Cation kicks off Friday, July 29, with Lucy Haskell’s Birthday celebration from 6 to 8 p.m. with pony rides, vintage games, cake, and ice cream. Also on July 29 is the premiere of the summer youth musical “Fame” performed by local actors at Alton Little Theater, which starts at 7:30 p.m..

Saturday, July 30, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., The Center for American Archeology in Kampville will be hosting a family excavation day where you can experience a unique event for the entire family

Take a kid-oriented haunted tour on Saturday, July 30 with the award-winning Haunted Alton Tours starting at 3 p.m. at the First Unitarian Church in Alton. To sign up go to At 7 p.m. get artsy with the Jacoby Art center’s Show Me Arts Youth choir performing selections from the National Peace Train 2016 tour.

Children age 12 and under will receive a free local landmarks coloring book and crayons when they visit the Alton Visitor Center, 200 Piasa St., on Monday, Aug. 1. The coloring books were designed by local artist Miriah Haring and are available while supplies last. The coloring books are sponsored by OSF Saint Anthony’s Healthcare.

On Tuesday, August 2, get all aboard at the Alton Amtrak station with Amtrak Train Days. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. get an up close and personal look at trains, train safety, and even some scale models of trains. There will be free conductors hats and train related coloring books for children. Plus, adults in attendance can register to win round trip Amtrak tickets for two to Chicago.

On Wednesday, Aug. 3, Glazebrook Park in Godfrey will host the Kid’Cation Olympics from 1 to 4 p.m..
Head to Alton’s Riverfront Amphitheater on Friday, August 5 and watch a family-themed movie on the banks of the Mississippi. The free, first-ever outdoor movie night will be held in the amphitheater and the first 50 kids ages 12 and under will receive a free Meeting of the Great Rivers drawstring bag. The movie is yet to be determined but bring blankets and chairs to enjoy a movie against the great backdrop of the river. Concessions will be available on site.

Saturday, Aug. 6, The Alton Visitors Center will host an eagle meet and greet and raptor awareness program from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.. At this free event get a close up look at the national bird and other birds of prey at this event as well.

The Lewis & Clark Confluence Tower will be the place to be to cool off from the intense August heat as it once again brings the Frozen princesses from Arendelle to the Tower for a meet and greet from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.. on Saturday, Aug. 6. Also on hand will be “Jay the Balloon Dude” who will provide “Frozen” themed balloon art to all attendees. Enjoy a Tower tour as your journey up the three levels to meet Anna and Elsa. Admission to the Tower is half price the day of the event.

The Center for American Archeology, in Kampsville kicks off its Family Dig It Weekend at 10 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 7

Also capping off Kid’cation will be Pere Marquette Lodge’s annual Peach Festival. This event will be held from 11 a.m., to 3 p.m. featuring live music, arts and crafts vendors, kids activates, education exhibits, historic lodge tours and more.

Kid’Cation is sponsored by Phillips 66, OSF Saint Francis, and Alton Memorial Hospital.

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— From the Illinois Business Journal

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