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Chicago Memorial Day Wreath Laying Ceremony and Parade

Chicago Memorial Day Parade | Chicago, Ill.


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.

When: Wreath Laying: 11 a.m. Parade: noon
Cost: Free

Dip In the Pond

Trailside Museum of Natural History | River Forest, Ill.


Dip Trailside Museum's nets into the pond to discover what interesting creatures lurk in the depths. Rubber boots available, or bring your own.

When: 1-2:30 p.m.
Cost: Free

Music Together Family Sing-Along

Mayslake Peabody Estate | Oak Brook, Ill.

Enjoy a fun morning sharing songs, rhymes, movement and instrument play with Music Together teachers from Oak Brook and Elmhurst.

When: 11 a.m.
Cost: $40 family, $12 individual

National Turtle Day

Kohl Children's Museum | Glenview, Ill.

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.

Cost: Free with museum admission

It's Time To Plant The Garden

Wonder Works | Oak Park, Ill.


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.

When: 8 a.m.-noon
Cost: Free

Singing-A-Round FAM JAM

Greenhouse Theater Center | Chicago, Ill.

Celebrate spring with rounds and harmony singing at Greenhouse Theater Center.

When: 4-5:30 p.m.
Cost: $15 family, $10 in advance

Family Field Day

St. James Farm | Warrenville, Ill.


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.

When: 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Cost: Free; fees for some activities

Little Scribe

Oriental Institute Museum | Chicago, Ill.


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.

When: 1-4 p.m.
Cost: Free

Gem, Mineral, Fossil & Jewelry Show

Chicagoland Gem and Mineral Association (CGMA) | Wheaton, Ill.

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.

When: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. May 23; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. May 24
Cost: $5, $3 seniors and students, free service personnel and kids under 13

Pacmans 35th Birthday Bash

Woodfield Mall | Schaumburg, Ill.


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.

When: 5 p.m.-midnight
Cost: Free

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