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Stories at the Lake

Lake Katherine Nature Center and Botanic Gardens | Palos Heights, Ill.

Lake Katherine educator Marian Sinkus reads aloud from nature-themed children's book Who's Awake in Springtime? by Phillis Gershator and Mim Green. Plus, enjoy fun activities.

When: 4 p.m.

After School Adventures: “Thomas Edison”

Des Plaines History Center | Des Plaines, Ill.

Thomas Edison is best known for the electric light bulb, but there are more than 1,000 U.S. patents in his name. In honor of this great inventor, create a beautiful battery-operated STEM project.

When: 3-5 p.m.
Cost: $3, $2 members


Adler Planetarium | Chicago, Ill.

Kids ​can ​land ​on ​the ​Moon, ​explore ​the ​surface ​of ​Mars, ​and ​shoot ​past ​asteroids—all ​while ​in ​their ​pajamas! ​Features ​educator-led, ​hands-on ​science activities, ​shows ​​in ​the ​Grainger ​Sky ​Theater, ​and ​award-winning ​exhibitions. ​​Light ​snacks, ​continental ​breakfast, ​two ​sky ​shows, ​and​ telescope ​observing ​(weather ​permitting) ​are ​included. Feb. 5,           March 4 and 11, April 1, May 6, June 3.


When: 5 p.m.-8 a.m.; 6-10 p.m. evening only
Cost: $60, $30 evening only

Mothers Day Tea

Little Beans Cafe | Chicago, Ill.

Enjoy tea and snacks, a craft, chair massages and swag bags, followed by playtime.

When: 10 a.m.-noon
Cost: $20 one mom and child, $25 one mom and 2 kids

Cinderella... After the Ball

Marriott Theatre for Young Audiences | Lincolnshire, Ill.

Come witness Cinderella's quest for happily ever after as she and her besties, Rapunzel and Sleeping Beauty, take matters into their own hands to save the kingdom from the villainous Pinocchio. Girl power abounds in this world premiere musical tale that is sure to delight children and adults alike with its toe tapping music and quick witted humor.

When: 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m. on select days. Check website for excluded dates
Cost: $17.23

Cinco de Mayo Celebration

Pump It Up Chicago | Chicago, Ill.

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with Mexican music and inflatable fun, plus a pinata at the end of the event. Reservations are recommended.

When: 5:30-7 p.m.
Cost: $12

CineYouth Festival

Columbia College | Chicago, Ill.


Festival showcases films made by international students 22 and under, many from the Chicagoland area. The full screening schedule will be announced April 7.

When: Check website for schedule.
Cost: Free

The Week of the Young Child

Wheaton Park District | Wheaton, Ill.

Celebrate The Week of the Young Child with an ice cream social featuring ice cream, live music, crafts, safety presentations and a book fair (6-7:30 p.m. April 29). Plus, a Sensational Senses Nature Hike, Kindergarten Cookery and Don’t Worry, BEE Happy at Toohey!

Cost: Check website

Mother's Day Gift Making

Bead in Hand | Oak Park, Ill.

Build a bird’s nest pendant to give this Mother’s Day. This pendant is a delightful weaving of wire around beads that evokes an image of a cozy nest. Choose beads to represent family members or birthstones. Beads and chain cost extra.

When: 1-5 p.m.
Cost: $5 per item includes wire.

Ribbit! The Exhibit

The Morton Arboretum | Lisle, Ill.

The Exhibit showcases 23 whimsical, larger-than-life frog sculptures fashioned from copper. The copper sculptures are created by North Carolina artist J.A. Cobb. Each frog has his or her own name, story and personality.

Cost: Free with arboretum admission

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