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Wild Fest

Big Run Wolf Ranch | Lockport, Ill.

Experience wildlife with Big Run Wolf Ranch, Jim Nesci's Cold-Blooded Creatures, Save Our American Raptors, Incredible Bats, Exotic Wildlife Sanctuary, K-9 Guardian Dog Demonstration and Fox Valley Wildlife Center. Concessions available for purchase.

When: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Cost: $8, $5 kids 12 and under

Sap's Rising

River Trail Nature Center | Northbrook, Ill.


Walk in the sugar maple forest as winter comes to an end to learn about the sweet history of maple syrup making.

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

Underground Railroad Hike

Sand Ridge Nature Center | South Holland, Ill.


Learn about Black History Month with an educational display and interactive history hike. An imaginary journey follows an Underground Railroad route used in Illinois in the mid-1800s.

When: 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Cost: Free

February Free Days

Brookfield Zoo | Brookfield, Ill.


Admission is free on Saturdays, Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursday through the month of February. Admission to Hamill Family Play Zoo is also free.

Cost: Free, parking fee applies

Da Vinci Inventor Fair

DuPage Children's Museum | Naperville, Ill.

Create your own invention or try to recreate one of Da Vinci’s famous works – then test your creations in “Invention Challenges.”

Cost: Free with museum admission

Jeanie B! Concert

Wonder Works | Oak Park, Ill.

Jeanie B offers sophisticated music for sophisticated listeners.

When: 4-5 p.m.
Cost: $11, $8 members

Mars-Di Gras Celebration

Adler Planetarium | Chicago, Ill.

Be transported to the Red Planet and experience first-hand what it would be like to live, work, and play on Mars. Activities include the Mars-Di Gras parade with jazz band, Martian masquerade masks, a Martian obstacle course, bean bag toss, crater drop challenge, Mars Glider Mission, Rover robotics, scavenger hunt, selfie spot and Mars Encounter hands-on challenges.

Cost: Free with museum admission


Legoland Discovery Center | Schaumburg, Ill.

Two weekends of free giveaways, costume character meet-and-greets and themed scavenger hunts and builds. Activities include a Batmobile build-and-test station and gadget building in the Master Builder Academy’s bat cave.

Cost: Free with admission


Chicago Symphony Orchestra | Chicago, Ill.

The world’s foremost taiko ensemble Kodo returns to Symphony Center for a thunderous performance that explores the limitless possibilities of traditional Japanese drumming with precision, dexterity and speed.

When: 3 p.m.
Cost: $30 and up

Little Miss Ann Band CD Release Party, Concerts for Kids!

Beat Kitchen | Chicago, Ill.

Little Miss Ann has enjoyed national acclaim and a fervent following for her upbeat, down-to-earth and interactive folksy kids music. Her fifth album, "Keep On," is the result of a collaboration with children’s music newcomer Amy D. Join Ann, Amy and her band as they play songs from their new album.

When: Noon-1 p.m.
Cost: $6; $7 at the door

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