The wreath laying ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. at the Eternal Flame on Daley Plaza. The parade kicks off at noon and proceeds south on State Street from Lake Street to Van Buren Street. Participants include many area high schools' Drum and Bugle Corps as well as many veterans groups.
Dip Trailside Museum's nets into the pond to discover what interesting creatures lurk in the depths. Rubber boots available, or bring your own.
Enjoy a fun morning sharing songs, rhymes, movement and instrument play with Music Together teachers from Oak Brook and Elmhurst.
Celebrate the inhabitants of the museum’s newest live animal display, Turtle Rock! The museum will be doing special turtle-themed artwork, having turtle story time and doing slow-paced “turtle motion” races.
Stop by to lend a hand for the beginning of a great year of growing and learnnig. Families who stop by to help will receive free admission to the museum that day.
Celebrate spring with rounds and harmony singing at Greenhouse Theater Center.
See all that DuPage forest preserves have to offer at this open house featuring a new trail and spots for picnicking. Visit with District naturalists, interpreters, rangers and volunteers and discover a great variety of nature-oriented programs. Watch horse and riding demonstrations, dog obedience and field trials and dairy demonstrations. Other activities include pony rides, hay-wagon rides, fishing, archery instruction, barn tours and live music.
Learn how writing began, how it changed over time, and how it changed the world forever through this hands-on program. Kids ages 9–12 help us “evolve” a writing script, while kids ages 5–8 take part in an interactive tale that describes how the alphabet was created and how it evolved. Try your hand at two of the world's most ancient written languages, from Mesopotamia and Egypt, and go on a tour of ancient writing in the galleries. Presentations and guided writing-themed tours begin at 1:30, 2 and 2:30 p.m.
Chicagoland's largest retail and wholesale show for rockhounds features educational guest speakers, silent auctions, door prizes and a Kids' Room with free mineral specimens for kids. Shop for rocks, gems, minerals, crystals, handmade jewelry, beads, tools and supplies, more. See hands-on demonstrations of jewelry making, geode cracking, gold panning, fossil preparation, wire wrapping and more.
Free bowling and games await PAC-Fans all day Friday and a special event on Friday evening from 7pm-midnight will include gaming industry VIP’s, DJ and live performances of the 1982 hit song “PAC-MAN Fever” by the original artist, Jerry Buckner of Buckner & Garcia. Bowling, table tennis, air hockey, classic video games and of course, PAC-MAN will all be free to play. Chicago bakery Toni Patisserie will present the official birthday cake to PAC-MAN.