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National Public Gardens Day

The Morton Arboretum | Lisle, Ill.

Take part in fun and educational events highlighting the importance of public gardens, including Ground Cover Garden Nature Walk; Wheel of Curiosi-tree; Acord Express Adventures; Garden Story Time; Frogtastic Play; tour of Arbor Court and Meadow Lake; Children's Garden tour; and Ribbit! The Exhibit.

Cost: $9, $8 seniors, $6 kids 2-17

Nature and Science at Wonder Works: Animals in Spring

Wonder Works | Oak Park, Ill.

Find out how spring begins for wild animals. Meet some animals that wake up as the soil warms, including baby worms and pill bugs. We'll also have tadpoles and frogs and worms on hand, plus both living and preserved insects. Search for plastic and plush bugs, birds, mammals and reptiles that spent the winter in the Great Outdoors exhibit, then make footprints in pretend mud at the play-dough table.

When: 10 a.m.-noon
Cost: Free with museum admission

Aurora Regional Fire Museum STEAM Event

Aurora Regional Fire Museum | Aurora, Ill.


A cognitive and hands-on interactive event that demonstrates how the Fire Service aligns with Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics, such as the chemistry of fire and the physics of water, the design and function of firefighting gear, breathing apparatus and thermal imagery cameras, building construction, fire suppression systems and fire alarm systems, art exhibits, and the mathematics of fire engine pump operations.

When: 6-8 p.m.
Cost: Free

International Bodyflight Association Competition

iFLY Chicago | Naperville, Ill.

Events include both solo and team flying, such as 4 way Formations where four people flying in the belly-to-Earth orientation together work to create as many formations as possible within a minute-long length of flight; and 2 way Vertical Formations where 2 athletes fly on all axes of their bodies to make formations of various shapes; and 4 way Dynamic where 4 all fly simultaneously, following one another in a routine of speed and agility.

When: Check website for times
Cost: Check website

Cinderella... After the Ball

Marriott Theatre for Young Audiences | Lincolnshire, Ill.

Come witness Cinderella's quest for happily ever after as she and her besties, Rapunzel and Sleeping Beauty, take matters into their own hands to save the kingdom from the villainous Pinocchio. Girl power abounds in this world premiere musical tale that is sure to delight children and adults alike with its toe tapping music and quick witted humor.

When: 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m. on select days. Check website for excluded dates
Cost: $17.23

Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing

Plymouth Place Auditorium | La Grange Park, Ill.

A Roaring Twenties tour de force of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing, complete with a masquerade ball, mistaken identities, fights, love lost and found. Actor talkback after the matinee.

When: 7 p.m. May 6; 2 and 7 p.m. May 7
Cost: $12, $5 students/seniors

CineYouth Festival

Columbia College | Chicago, Ill.


Festival showcases films made by international students 22 and under, many from the Chicagoland area. The full screening schedule will be announced April 7.

When: Check website for schedule.
Cost: Free

Starlit Search for Sneaks and Squeaks

Pleasant Valley Conservation Area | Woodstock, Ill.

Learn about the habits of local nocturnal animals while hiking the trails by starlight and testing nocturnal senses along the way.

When: 7:30-9 p.m.
Cost: $2, free resident

The Week of the Young Child

Wheaton Park District | Wheaton, Ill.

Celebrate The Week of the Young Child with an ice cream social featuring ice cream, live music, crafts, safety presentations and a book fair (6-7:30 p.m. April 29). Plus, a Sensational Senses Nature Hike, Kindergarten Cookery and Don’t Worry, BEE Happy at Toohey!

Cost: Check website

Mother's Day Gift Making

Bead in Hand | Oak Park, Ill.

Build a bird’s nest pendant to give this Mother’s Day. This pendant is a delightful weaving of wire around beads that evokes an image of a cozy nest. Choose beads to represent family members or birthstones. Beads and chain cost extra.

When: 1-5 p.m.
Cost: $5 per item includes wire.

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