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Wheaton World Tour to celebrate city's cultural diversity

Event to offer 'world of fun' May 21 at Wheaton library, Adams Park

The annual Wheaton World Tour will be from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. May 21 at the Wheaton Public Library's West Plaza, 225 N. Cross St., and at the adjacent Adams Park in downtown Wheaton. The event will feature games from around the world.
The annual Wheaton World Tour will be from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. May 21 at the Wheaton Public Library's West Plaza, 225 N. Cross St., and at the adjacent Adams Park in downtown Wheaton. The event will feature games from around the world.

WHEATON – Wheaton's cultural diversity will be on display at Wheaton World Tour on May 21.

The event will be from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Wheaton Public Library's West Plaza, 225 N. Cross St., and at the adjacent Adams Park in downtown Wheaton.

The event will be even bigger this year, featuring games from around the world for all ages. The full name of this year's event is Wheaton World Tour: A World of Fun.

"We are going to have these World Tour tents so they can walk around and see different demonstrations and activities with different groups of people," library Director Betsy Adamowski said. "Each person who comes in will get a passport, and then they will be stamped if they go to each tent."

The library sponsors the event with the Wheaton Community Relations Commission and Wheaton Park District. There will be tents from the library and commission, as well as Dignity for Girls, DuPage County Historical Museum, Islamic Center of Wheaton, World Relief, Wheaton Sister Cities and Ole Spanish School.

Wheaton has two sister cities – Karlskoga, Sweden, and Wheaton Aston, England. Those who attend will be able to participate in a number of games, including a giant-sized version of tic-tac-toe, miniature golf, jump rope and hopscotch.

"It's more of an interactive opportunity for kids to play and play some hopscotch and do some jump rope," Adamowski said. "I don't think they do that much anymore these days."

Wheaton World Tour also will feature a DJ playing music from different countries, and food will be available for purchase from the the cafe inside the library, Cafe on the Park.

Last year's event was canceled because of rain, and Adamowski hopes inclement weather won't cancel the event again this year. But in the case of stormy weather, the event will be inside the library.

She hopes Wheaton World Tour will help improve cultural awareness.

"This is kind of a small way of starting that conversation," Adamowski said.

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If you go

What: Wheaton World Tour: A World of Fun
When: 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. May 21
Where: Wheaton Public Library's West Plaza, 225 N. Cross St., and Adams Park in downtown Wheaton
Cost: Free
Info: wheatonlibrary.org

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