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Wander Woods Workday

Heller Nature Center | Highland Park, Ill.


Give back to your local community by volunteering to remove invasive species and improve habitat for native plants and animals alike. Wear sturdy shoes and clothes that can get dirty.

When: 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Cost: Free; registration required

Survival Skills

Heller Nature Center | Highland Park, Ill.

Start a survival fire, build a shelter in the woods and practice your archery skills with friends. Activities are subject to change.

When: 1-4 p.m.
Cost: $18

Keep It Moving!

Chicago Children's Museum | Chicago, Ill.


A variety of lively activities that are good for every "body."

When: 11:15 a.m.
Cost: Free with admission

Monthly Make Believe

Kohl Children's Museum | Glenview, Ill.

Themes include Sports Day (March 31), Music Day (April 28), Camping Day (May 26), and Rainbow Day (June 30).

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

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

Sun Print Workshop

Elmhurst Historical Museum | Elmhurst, Ill.


Celebrate Spring Break week by creating a beautiful sun print. Participants will use sunlight to create unique prints and learn about different photography techniques, such as those used by Lewis Wickes Hine in the Elmhurst Historical Museum’s current “Let Children Be Children” exhibit.

When: 2-3:30 p.m.
Cost: Free

Materials Science

Museum of Science and Industry | Chicago, Ill.

Learn the science behind familiar materials, like plastics and metals, explore where materials science is headed next and discover how breakthroughs in materials science have shaped our world. For the first time at MSI, an Atomic Probe Field Ion Microscope will be on display. This tool allowed scientists to image materials at an atomic level and opened up a whole new world of understanding and innovation.

Cost: Free with museum admission

The Diary of Anne Frank

Writers Theatre | Glencoe, Ill.

The production will provide a visceral insight into the realities of life in the “secret annex,” in which the tight quarters and forced intimacy serve as an ever-present reminder of the danger just outside--allowing audiences to come to know Anne and her family in a new and strikingly honest way.

When: Check website for schedule.
Cost: $55-$75

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

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