Activities

PLEASE NOTE: Activities and times are subject to change without notice.

Wizard Academy

Location: North Island Center (8 E. Galena Blvd.)

Potions

Professor Von Stryker will demonstrate a variety potions that will pop, fizz, smoke, and amaze! Presented by Mad Science.

Times

11:15, 11:45, 12:15, 2:15, 2:45, 3:15, 3:45

Alchemy for Adults

Learn how to brew a few magical concoctions, and leave with recipes for use in your own dungeon. Recommended for ages 16+.

Times

11:15, 11:45, 12:15, 12:45, 1:15

Magical Plants

Professor Ludwig teaches about the life stages of several magical plants! Caution: Professor Ludwig’s experiments sometimes go awry. Be prepared to laugh and learn! Presented by Aurora Botanicals.

Times

2:15, 2:45, 3:15, 3:45, 4:15

Exam Room

Test your knowledge of all things magical in our trivia contests. Each team of 5-7 wizards will need to bring one smart wand device. Wi-Fi is available for this activity.

When the Exam Room is not being used, you may find that it converts to a Room of Relaxation. Check out the cash bar operated by North Island Center and have a seat in air-conditioned comfort. 

Times

12:30, 2:00, 4:00

Wand-making

Work with our expert wandmakers to craft the perfect wand for you! Sponsored by Alderman Mike Saville.

Times

2:00 - 5:00

Bookmark Crafting

Bewitch paper into a beautiful chevron bookmark to take home.

Times

11:00 - 1:30

Potion Bottle Amulet Creation Station ($)

Create a mini potion bottle necklace. This class requires registration and an additional fee of $6/person. Register for an available time slot at the information booth in front of North Island Center. Presented by Krys DuCharme.

Paint Party ($)

Create your own wand painting! We’ll use the dot method to make patterned owls (or get spell-bound and conjure your own design). Limited spaces are available for registration at the Info booth in front of North Island Center. Additional fee of $25/painter.

Times

11:30 and 1:30.

 

Wizard Academy Outdoor Activities

Location: North Island Center (8 E. Galena Blvd.)

Gaming Garden

Folks from Fair Game (a local game store) will have a variety of games to demo, play, and purchase. Stop by to learn/play a game, and get a chance to win a copy of Harry Potter Hogwarts Battle ®!

Wizard Duels

Practice your charms and jinxes, then challenge one of our experts to a duel!

Times

12:00-2:00, 3:00-5:00

Blood drive

Save a life and get some swag! Donors will earn an exclusive badge ribbon!

Schedule an appointment in advance here. Walk-in appointments are also accepted.

Times

10:00 am - 2:00 pm

 

Stolp Avenue Activities

Location: Stolp Ave. between Galena Blvd. and Downer Pl.

Awesome Owls

Live owl program presented by Save Our American Raptors (SOAR). Sponsored by Alderman Edward Bugg.

Times

11:30, 1:15, and 3:30

Dance Performances

The Delphinium Collective will present belly dancing, sword dancing, and more.

Times

11:00, 12:45, and 4:30.

Costume Contest

Contestants must register at the information booth on Stolp and Downer by 1:45 p.m. Contestants will check in at the info booth at 2:00 p.m. Judging on the main stage will be around 2:15.

Times

Registration: 11am - 1:45pm
Check-in: 2pm
Judging: 2:15pm

Water Street Activities

Location: Water St. between Downer Pl. and Benton St.

Wizard Express

Hop aboard our mini train ride! Weather permitting. Sponsored by the Aurora Noon Rotary Club.

Quidditch

Grab a broomstick and join a team for Quidditch matches throughout the day. Sign up for your time and position at the Quidditch tent.

Times

12:00 - 4:00

Pet Adoption Event

Rover Rescue will host an adoption event. Say hello to some furry friends! Sponsored by Alderman Edward Bugg.

Times

11am - 1pm

Water Street Mall

Location: Water St. between Downer Pl. and Benton Ave.

Sorcerers’ Shops**

Over 25 vendors selling their wares to wizards of all ages.

** this location may change based on the City of Aurora’s construction timeline for Water Street Mall. If Water Street is not available for the festival, the Sorcerers’ Shops will be located on Stolp Ave., near the Main Stage

 

General Activities

Elemental Wizard Quest

Use clues to locate the Elemental Wizards throughout downtown. The first 250 guests who find each wizard will receive a badge ribbon. Present all 4 badge ribbons for a bonus prize!

Times:

11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. 

Cardboard Castle Conjuring

Location: Santori Library, 101 S. River Street

Visit our activity  room at the Santori Library. Use boxes, tape, markers, and more to collectively build a magical castle. Bring your creativity!