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Fairy Tale Forest

Heller Nature Center | Highland Park, Ill.

Hike through an enchanted forest, build a house for fairies and gnomes, and construct a magical forest creature to bring home.

When: 1-2 p.m.
Cost: $8

Read and Build

Chicago Architecture Foundation | Chicago, Ill.

After a storytelling session of design-focused children’s books, members of the education department lead young children and their caregivers in creating a project based on the subject of the story. Guests will explore architecture, design and the city of Chicago, and work with others to build something to take home. April 1: The Most Magnificent Thing; May 6: What do you do with an Idea?; June 3: Iggy Peck, Architect!

When: 10-11 a.m.
Cost: $5

Doctor for a Day

Kohl Children's Museum | Glenview, Ill.

Take the worry out of going to the doctor by exploring the healthcare field through a series of fun art projects that de-mystify the scariness of doctors, shots, X-rays and more. The Chicagoland Association of ChildLife Professionals will be on hand for painting with syringes, X-ray decorating, finger cast making and other medical themed activities.

When: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Cost: Free with museum admission

Super Hero Week

Wonder Works | Oak Park, Ill.

Come dressed in your favorite superhero (or villain) costume and get ready for an adventure of heroic proportions! Design your own superhero logo, mask, and more to create the perfect secret identity. Practice your super-strengths with obstacle courses, puzzles, and more.

When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Cost: Free with museum admission

Music, Movement and Mindfulness with Ms Carol

Wonder Works | Oak Park, Ill.

Experience the majesty of music and movement intertwined with mindfulness with this hands-on muli-disciplinary experience guided by Ms Carol Swann. Children develop and improve their music ability, motor coordination and social skills through music, creative play and storytelling.

When: 11-11:30 a.m.
Cost: Free with museum admission

Easter Week Activities

Swedish American Museum & Brunk Children's Museum of Immigration | Chicago, Ill.

Kids and adults alike will have fun learning about all the fun Swedish Easter traditions from creating Easter trees with feathers to dressing up as witches.

When: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Cost: Free with museum admission

Des Plaines History Center | Des Plaines, Ill.

Students will learn about material drives in World War II and how they are similar to and different from recycling today. Everyone will make a craft out of recycled material that honors the memory of veterans. Program lasts two hours. For children, ages 5-12, with an adult.

When: 1-3 p.m.
Cost: $3 per child for non-members, $2 for members

The Addams Family

Mercury Theater | Chicago, Ill.

THE ADDAMS FAMILY-The Musical features an original story, and it’s every father’s nightmare. Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family. A man her parents have never met. And if that weren’t upsetting enough, she confides in her father and begs him not to tell her mother. Now, Gomez Addams must do something he’s never done before — keep a secret from his beloved wife, Morticia. Everything will change for the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday’s “normal” boyfriend and his parents.

When: See website for performance times.
Cost: $25-$45

Spring Break Staycation

Wheaton College | Wheaton, Ill.


Includes interactive arts events, scavenger hunts, performed drama, story time, and open gym activities. Children must be accompanied by their caregivers. Activities take place on campus at the Billy Graham Center Museum, Community School of the Arts, Sports & Recreation Complex, and Wade Center. For more information, call 630.752.5909.

When: 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Cost: Free

Eco-Explorers: Knee-High Naturalists

Naperville Park District | Naperville, Ill.

Develop your child’s natural curiosity about the world with these interactive nature programs. A different theme is featured each week with hands-on activities, hikes, stories and crafts. Dress for the weather. March 4: Maple Syrup Time; March 11: Time to Migrate; April 8: Egg-Venture.

When: 1-2:15 p.m.
Cost: $20, $13 resident

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