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Maple Syrup Festival

Chicago, Ill.


See the entire maple syrup-making process from tapping the tree and collecting the sap, to boiling it down into syrup. Take a walk through the sugar bush, enjoy storytelling, make a maple craft, warm up by the fire, and taste real maple syrup fresh off the fire.

When: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Cost: Free

Weekend Family Class: Pizza Party

Chicago Botanic Garden | Glencoe, Ill.

Pizza has lots of ingredients from the garden—tomatoes, wheat, herbs and vegetables. Learn how these plants grow and how they are used to make pizza. Participants will plant their own herb garden to take home.

When: 9:30-11 a.m. or 1-2:30 p.m. March 25 and April 2
Cost: $24

Bug Bonanza

DuPage Children's Museum | Naperville, Ill.

Enjoy everything buggy from the grasshopper long jump, to spider web weaving, coffee filter butterflies, and more.

Cost: Free with museum admission

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University | Chicago, Ill.

A wide array of premieres, new productions, and classics. Beloved as one of the world’s most popular dance companies, Alvin Ailey’s pioneering legacy of uplifting, uniting, and celebrating the human spirit lives on in the movement of Ailey’s extraordinary dancers.

When: 7:30 p.m. March 22-24; 2 and 8 p.m. March 25; 3 p.m. March 26
Cost: $25-$95

Golden Dragon Acrobats

Paramount Arts Centre and Theatre | Aurora, Ill.

Immerse the whole family in the colorful, intense, theatrical world of Chinese acrobatics.

When: 3 p.m.
Cost: $35, $25 children 12 and under

Esconi Gem, Mineral & Fossil Show

DuPage County Fairgrounds | Wheaton, Ill.


Features exhibits from both Chicago’s Field Museum and the Lizzadro museum, member exhibits, craft demonstrations, book sales, gem, jewelry, fossil & mineral dealers as well as live and silent auctions featuring rare minerals and fossils. Plus, a kids' corner and geode cracking for kids under 16.

When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. March 25; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. March 26
Cost: Free


Navy Pier | Chicago, Ill.


An interactive work comprised of 15 largescale seesaws with special LED lighting and sound, activated through the motion of its users. When in use, the seesaws create a dynamic, ever-changing field of light and sound. Through repetition, rhythm and syncopation, the art work serves as a largescale urban instrument, intended to activate the surrounding public space and engage participants.

Cost: Free

Once Upon a Castle

Chicago Children's Museum | Chicago, Ill.

An original exhibit inviting young imaginations to create their own kingdom in a one-of-a-kind castle-themed play space. Kids hold the power to play in a castle complete with secret tunnels, a rope bridge, tower, dungeon, throne room, wizard's room, kitchen, feasting table, market and more, setting the stage for a fantastical experience where the only limit is one's imagination.

Cost: Free with museum admission

Dream with Da Vinci

DuPage Children's Museum | Naperville, Ill.

Visitors will learn the basics about Da Vinci and the Renaissance era; children will add their own ideas and voices to the exhibit. They can explore elements of flight and connect today’s technology to Da Vinci’s innovations; explore several machines and structures, from bridges to clock gears; try on the role of engineer; express themselves with different artistic mediums, from clay to crayons; and dress up in Renaissance clothing.

Cost: Free with museum admission

Children’s China: Celebrating Culture, Character and Confucius

Kohl Children's Museum | Glenview, Ill.

This interactive exhibit explores what life is like for children in China. Kids will celebrate the annual holiday, National Teachers’ Day, while learning to write “thank you teacher” in Chinese characters on a touchscreen notepad. Kids will shop in a traditional Chinese neighborhood market and then prepare a healthy meal while working in a restaurant. In the home, visitors will learn how families celebrate the Chinese New Year and participate in a daily dragon parade led by a traditional dragon headdress. Computer interactives invite children to experience the art of paper cutting, discover their lunar calendar animal and play traditional musical instruments. A key focus of the exhibit will be Confucius, the inspirational teacher and moral leader still considered to be a hero to children in China today.

Cost: Free with museum admission

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