August 9, 2021 at 9:35pm

⚠️ Please Note: This article was published in 2021. Visit our Events Calendar to view current upcoming events.

As the days get shorter and the summer winds down, Northbrook Park District offers two free family events for the community – an outdoor movie night and a fishing derby.

Movie in the Park, a free family evening featuring “Shrek” is planned for Friday, August 13 starting at dusk, around 8:00pm, in Village Green Park located at the corner of Meadow and Shermer roads in downtown Northbrook. Bring your blankets, chairs and snacks and relax to watch a movie under the stars.

Once upon a time in a faraway swamp, there lived an ornery ogre named Shrek (Mike Myers) whose precious solitude is suddenly shattered by an invasion of annoying fairy-tale characters. There are blind mice in his food, a big, bad wolf in his bed, three little homeless pigs and more, all banished from their kingdom by the evil Lord Farquaad (John Lithgow). Determined to save their home-not to mention his own-Shrek cuts a deal with Farquaad and sets out to rescue the beautiful Princess Fiona (Cameron Diaz) to be Farquaad’s bride. Accompanying him on his mission is a wisecracking Donkey (Eddie Murphy) who will do anything for Shrek-except shut up. Rescuing the Princess from a fire-breathing dragon may prove the least of their problems when the deep, dark secret she has been keeping is revealed.

Before the film, enjoy a special preview performance by members from the cast of “Shrek the Musical Jr,” a performance by Northbrook Theatre Community Theatre that will be performed on August 21 at 11am and 2pm at Northbrook Theatre, 3323 Walters Avenue, Northbrook. For tickets to this live theatrical performance, visit

On Saturday, August 14, don’t miss the annual Kids’ Fishing Derby at Wood Oaks Green Park, 1150 Sanders Road, Northbrook. Grab your fishing rod and join us during this exciting Fishing Derby for ages 12 and under with an adult. Additional poles are available on a first-come-first-served basis. Prizes will be awarded for the largest fish, smallest fish and most fish caught, and the first 125 children will receive a free goody bag with items provided by DICK’S Sporting Goods, Culver’s Northbrook and Lou Malnati’s. A fishing license is not needed for participants under 16 years old. Adults are not eligible for prizes. The state requires a fishing license for ages 16 and up and information can be found at Park District staff do not check licenses during the times of the event.

For more information about these free summer special events, visit or call 847-291-2993.

The Mission of the Northbrook Park District is to enhance the community by providing outstanding services, parks and facilities through environmental, social and financial stewardship.