Mexican Heritage Week Celebration: September 13–18

National Hispanic Heritage Month begins on Wednesday, September 15, and we’re celebrating with a week of fun activities for families! Join us as we celebrate this rich culture!

Beaded Chili Pepper and DIY Guitar Craft
Monday, September 13
Create a beaded chili pepper and DIY guitar. Pick up materials at the Children’s Services Desk, while supplies last.

Coiled Pot Craft
Tuesday, September 14
Make a clay pot inspired by the book The Pot That Juan Built. Pick up materials at the Children’s Services Desk, while supplies last.

Painting Ceramic Mini Donkey (in person)
Wednesday, September 15, 4:15 p.m.
Children and caregivers are invited to paint a colorful ceramic mini donkey together. Registration required; register now.

Mini Piñata Craft
Thursday, September 16
Create a mini piñata with colorful tissue paper and a premade base! Registration required; register now.

Parent and Child DIY: Mexican Art (in person)
Friday, September 17, 4:15 p.m.
Families will color beautiful symmetrical floral designs found in Mexican folk art together. Registration required; register now.

Mini Movin’ & Groovin’ (in person)
Friday, September 17, 9:30 a.m., 10:15 a.m. & 11 a.m.
Ages 8 months–5 years with an adult
Get your little ones movin’ & groovin’! Registration required; click the times above to register for that session.

Family Movin’ & Groovin’ (in person)
Saturday, September 18, 1:30 p.m. & 2:15 p.m.
Get ready to move and groove to music, rhythms, songs and more that are perfect for the whole family! Registration required; click the times above to register for that session.


Just for Adults

Day of the Dead Marionettes (in person)
Tuesday, September 14, 7 p.m.
Come paint and create a Day of the Dead marionette as you learn about the history and traditions of the holiday. Registration required; register now.

More Ways to Celebrate

Read a Book about Mexican culture or heritage
Attend a community event

Attend El Grito Bolingbrook
Saturday, September 11, 1–11 p.m.
The Hispanic community of Bolingbrook is planning the event on the occasion of the Mexican Independence Day “El Grito”. There will be live music, traditional food and handcraft vendors. Our greatest interest is for our Hispanic community to pass our culture not just to our children but to our future generations. This is a free, family event.

Attend the Frida Kahlo: Timeless Exhibit at College of DuPage
Now–September 12
Presented by the Cleve Carney Museum of Art and the McAninch Arts Center at the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, IL, this comprehensive presentation of the life and works of the artist Frida Kahlo will feature 26 original pieces as well as an immersive historical exhibit that provides a framework of the life, circumstances and events that led to Kahlo becoming one of the most important painters of the 20th century and of our time.

Get Involved with The Southwest Suburban Immigrant Project
Southwest Suburban Immigrant Project (SSIP) is a social impact organization committed to community organizing for the rights of immigrants in Chicago’s southwest suburbs through education, civic engagement, and advocacy.