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Pierogi Fest

Whiting, Ind.


Festival features food, entertainment, kids' play area, polka parade and pierogi eating contest.

When: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. July 25-26, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. July 27
Cost: Free

Cold Blooded Critters

Glacial Park Conservation Area | Ringwood, Ill.

Enjoy an indoor presentation on reptiles and amphibians with live animals, then head outside for a hike to explore reptile and amphibian habitat and play games. Dress for the weather and be prepared to hike on uneven terrain.

When: 7-8:30 p.m.
Cost: $5, free resident

Curious Kids Nature Club

Lake View Nature Center | Oakbrook Terrace, Ill.

Kids make discoveries about the earth through art, play and exploration. Learn about awesome animals and their roles in nature. Dress for outdoor adventures and wear gym shoes. Meal and snack included.

When: 6-9:30 p.m.
Cost: $29, $24 resident

Chicago Open Figure Skating Competition

Glenview Ice Center | Glenview, Ill.


See the skating stars of tomorrow at this United States Figure Skating sanctioned competition which draws more than 250 participants across the Midwest and beyond.

Cost: Free

Language Stars Chinatown Field Trip

Chinatown | Chicago, Ill.

Join Language Stars on a field trip to Chinatown Square. Optional Dim Sum lunch to follow.

When: 10:30 a.m.-noon
Cost: $15, $10 additional sibling; does not include lunch

To Infinity and Beyond

Discovery Center Museum | Rockford, Ill.

Interactive event about the night sky. Invent a new constellation picture, get in the know about what’s up with NASA, sample astronaut food, pilot a “rover”, race to the planets, and more.

When: 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Cost: Free with admission

“Education for a New Humanity” –Panel and International Education Conference

The Theosophical Society in America | Wheaton, Ill.

Parents and educators can attend this conference featuring several spiritually-based educational systems. Leading representatives from the Montessori, Waldorf, Krishnamurti, Theosophical, and Raja Yoga schools will share their methods of teaching.  Plus nature educator Joseph Cornell will conduct indoor and outdoor nature activities for educators, parents and children.

When: 9 a.m.-8 p.m. daily
Cost: $100 four days; $25 one day; $15 half-day

Mystical Magic

Glenview Park District | Glenview, Ill.

Kids learn magic tricks with ropes, coins, cards, and mind-reading. All materials are provided. Registration required.

When: 5:15-6:10 p.m.
Cost: $25, $20 resident

Family Fun Fest

Lisle Park District | Lisle, Ill.

Win prizes at more than 20 fun fair games, plus face painting, spin art, sandy candy, tattoos, inflatables and more.

When: 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Cost: $10 for punch card

Mother/Son Beach Party

Naperville Park District | Naperville, Ill.

Enjoy an afternoon “Beach Party” at Centennial Beach complete with Beach Blanket Bingo, Limbo, Hoola Hoops, water balloon toss and more. Also, enjoy swimming, games, playing in the sand and a picnic dinner.

When: 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Cost: $22, $15 resident

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