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Arbor Weekend Celebration

The Morton Arboretum | Lisle, Ill.

Celebrate Arbor Day in the Children's Garden by planting tree seeds, investigating tree cookies and going on a hunt for five unique trees throughout the garden.

When: 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Cost: Free with admission

Nature & Literature Festival

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


Features guest speaker Dennis Downes, writing booths, create-a-poem wall, author and photography exhibits, kids' art projects, a literary-themed hayride and food vendors.

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

Wading and Scooping

Lincoln Marsh Natural Area | Wheaton, Ill.

Lincoln Marsh is alive with frogs, tadpoles, aquatic insects, turtles and a host of other critters. Wade along the wetland edge, equipped with nets to catch and study the wildlife of this valuable ecosystem. All creatures are released at the end of program. Bring an extra pair of shoes and a towel for clean up. Kids must be accompanied by a registered adult.

When: 10-11 a.m. April 29; 1:30-2:30 p.m. May 21
Cost: $9.50, $7.50 resident

Arbor Day Celebration

Forest Preserves of Cook County | Chicago, Ill.


Celebrate the grandeur of trees and learn why they’re vital to our community and our world. Enjoy tree planting, tree climbing, tree ID hikes and more.

When: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Cost: Free

Family Night Out

DuPage Children's Museum | Naperville, Ill.

An evening of play and learning for children with special needs and their families, focusing on autism spectrum and other sensory processing disorders. This after-hours event allows for a time to experience the Museum in a calmer, less crowded environment. Some lighting and sound will be muted and additional sensory activities and cool down spaces will be provided.

When: 5:30-8 p.m.
Cost: Free; registration required

Bison Feeding

Elgin Public Museum | Elgin, Ill.

Kids and adults have the chance to participate in the morning feeding of the Zoo's year-round residents: the deer, elk and bison. Participants meet at the museum to learn a little about the natural history of these hooved animals from Marge Fox, museum educator. Afterward, everyone will walk to the Lords Park Zoo. Contact the museum to reserve a spot.

When: 7 a.m.
Cost: $2, $1 kids

Astronomy Day

Discovery Center Museum | Rockford, Ill.

Celebrate National Astronomy Week with free planetarium shows, star maps, and star crafts. Check out the inner workings of a telescope and take a close-up look at our star, the Sun, with the Rockford Amateur Astronomy Club.

When: 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Cost: Free with museum admission

Spa Chemistry: Bubble Bars

The Laboratory Chicago | Chicago, Ill.

Students use chemistry (and math skills) to create their own Bubble Bars.

When: 6:15-9 p.m.
Cost: $40, $36 members


Hofbrauhaus Chicago | Rosemont, Ill.

A month-long Maifest celebration featuring a variety of authentic German entertainment and Maifest food specials. In addition to Hofbräuhaus Chicago’s daily entertainment schedule, Maifest will bring German dance troupes, brass bands to the Haus.


Speedcubing Chicago: Rubik's Cube Competition

Chicago Children's Theatre | Chicago, Ill.

Speedcubers of all ages will gather at Chicago Childrens Theatre (100 S. Racine) for events that test their ability to solve cubes of all sizes. In addition to the original 3x3x3 cube, events will include contests for the larger 5x5x5 cube and specialty puzzles such as the Pyraminx and the Megaminx. Register at

When: 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Cost: $10; registration required

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