Ever zip-lined while watching a BMX stunt show? Or learned to scuba dive, line dance and juggle all in the same day? Unless you’re a full-time adrenalin junkie you’re answer is probably ‘no’, but you will have a chance to switch it to a ‘yes’ at the JustPlay! Sports & Rec Festival on May 19 & 20 – and here’s the best part, all these activities are free to try.
JustPlay!, held at Carol Stream Town Center, was created for people to ‘test drive’ a new sport or hobby, such as lacrosse, pottery or kettlebell – and now has over 100 sports, activities and performances for festival-goers to take part in.
As well as the BMX stunt show and scuba diving pool, highlights at the weekend event also include a NASCAR simulator, laser tag, a 25 foot climbing wall, skills clinics from the Blackhawks Street Team and Bulls Sox Academy, reptile displays, pedestal jousting, two eurobungies, cupcake decorating and a health and fitness vendor market. Check out the website at www.justplay.org for a full list.
For the more competitive, there’s a 5k run, a bags tournament , a 3v3 adult basketball tournament, and even a photomarathon – a photo contest that tests creative, rather than physical, endurance.
JustPlay! is held on May 19 from 10am-6pm and on Sun May 20 from 11am-4pm. The JustRun! 5k is held on May 19 at 9am. Admission to the festival is free.