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Highland Park Fourth Fest

Highland Park, Ill.

Enjoy carnival rides, a petting zoo and pony rides, picnic games, live music and food at Highland Park's Fourth Fest.  Fireworks will be held at dusk at Wolter's Field.

When: 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Cost: Admission is free, wristbands for unlimited rides and games are available an early bird rate of $15.00; price the day of the event will be higher

Jack Axe Games & Festival

St. Charles, Ill.

The Games include a 1.5 mile course where competitors encounter 15+ obstacles that is focused in on strength and endurance. All obstacles can be scaled to one's ability. Festival includes live music, bouncy house and scavenger hunt, beer and food tent, food vendors, small farmers market and Jack Axe Game Zone.

 

When: Check website for schedule. Aug. 29-30.
Cost: Check website for cost

Beach Blizzard

Oak Lawn Park District | Oak Lawn, Ill.

Tunes are played by a DJ while kids play on a snow hill outside of Central Pool. There will be a hula-hoop contest, water balloons and pool games. Then head over to the Ice Arena for Open Skate from 3-5 p.m. Bring mittens and bathing suit.

When: Noon-3 p.m.
Cost: $7

Winnetka Fourth Fest

Winnetka Park District | Winnetka, Ill.

FREE  

Winnetka's celebration kicks off with a parade at 10 a.m. followed by family friendly events on the green at 11 a.m. including kids' games and races. The real Fourth Fest begins at 6 p.m. with face painting, bouncy houses, slides and fireworks. Fourth Fest will be located at Duke Childs Field. Events on the green will be located at the Villaga Green.

When: 6 p.m.
Cost: Free

Fairy Tale Ball

Berwyn Public Library | Berwyn, Ill.

FREE  

An afternoon of performances, games, activities, face painting. Explore the dark fairy meadow, see our royal alchemist conduct mystical experiments, say hello to Rapunzel in her real life tower, help the three little pigs construct their houses, and more. Costumes welcome.

When: 2-4 p.m.
Cost: Free

Nature Connects: Art with Lego bricks by Sean Kenney

The Morton Arboretum | Lisle, Ill.

Marvel at 13 larger-than-life displays created from nearly half a million Lego bricks. Walk the Arboretum’s tree-lined grounds on the east side to find nature-themed sculptures crafted by Lego artist Sean Kenney, including a monarch butterfly boasting an eight-foot wingspan and an enormous hummingbird sipping nectar from a colorful trumpet flower.

 

When: 7 a.m.-sunset
Cost: Free with admission

Butterflies & Blooms

Chicago Botanic Garden | Glencoe, Ill.

Outdoor butterfly garden where visitors can immerse themselves with hundreds of live tropical butterfly species from around the world. A field guide is available to help visitors identify dozens of species in the exhibition. Visitors can also observe butterflies hatching through a window into the pupa emergence room.

When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., weather permitting.
Cost: $6, $5 seniors, $4 kids 3-12. Discounts for members and combination tickets available.

Festival of Flight

Brookfield Zoo | Brookfield, Ill.

Fly high with excitement while you watch trained birds soar, swoop, and dive as they demonstrate their natural flight abilities. Vultures, hawks, parrots, a hadada ibis, and a variety of other bird species will demonstrate natural behaviors as they fly overhead and interact with the audience and the host of the show. Guests will see a trumpeter hornbill catching objects, African white-necked ravens collecting cash for conservation, and more. Three shows are offered daily.

Cost: Free with zoo admission

Hamill Family Wild Encounters

Brookfield Zoo | Brookfield, Ill.

Features a variety of multisensory interpretive experiences such as narrative illustrations, art and sculptures, audiovisual media, and hands-on interactives, many facilitated by the zoo’s staff. Guests can meet the zoo’s animal ambassadors, including a prehensile-tailed porcupine, savannah and serval cats, a screaming hairy armadillo, tamandua (a small anteater), a two-toed sloth, a great horned owl and other birds of prey, and a variety of reptiles and amphibians. Plus, see Nigerian dwarf goats, llamas and alpacas, reindeer, red pandas, wallabies and emus in special habitats or visit one of the largest aviaries in North America.

Cost: $5, $3 kids 3-11 and seniors, free kids under 3

Boats

Chicago Children's Museum | Chicago, Ill.

Kids immerse themselves in a nautical experience of their own invention, complete with docks and an assortment of boats. Toddlers to tweens will be inspired to create their own lake-faring scenarios, like steering the ship, kayaking, hoisting a sail, or dropping a fishing line to catch ‘the big one.’ The exhibit includes a dock with a bait and tackle shop, a kayak, sailboat and two-level work boat with a wheelchair-accessible lower cabin (complete with bunk and a kitchen prep area) offering countless opportunities for kids to envision themselves as a cook, rescuer, biologist or whichever role they choose.

Cost: Free with museum admission
 











 
 
 
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