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Art in the Park

Art in the Park in Elmhurst | Elmhurst, Ill.


Join us for the 20th annual juried show of fine arts, craft and design.  Featuring more than 100 Midwest artists, food vendors, kid's court, and live acoustic entertainment.

When: See website for hours
Cost: Free

Backyards for Nature Fair

Schaumburg , Ill.


A native plant sale and a backyard ecology fair for the whole family, including birdhouse building, free wildflower seedlings, games and activities in the Kid's Garden, and a puppet show.

When: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Cost: Free

Arbor Weekend Celebration

The Morton Arboretum | Lisle, Ill.

On Friday at 10:30 a.m., dress like a tree to get free admission and to enter the Kids’ Costume Contest. At 11 a.m., help Curious George and the Man with the Yellow Hat plant a real tree after you’ve listened to a story together. Plus, plant tree seeds, investigate tree cookies, and go on a hunt for five unique trees all weekend long.

When: 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Cost: Free with admission

A Celebration of Nature in Poetry

Coral Woods Conservation Area | Marengo, Ill.


Celebrate the beauty of spring with seasonal readings along the trail in a flower-filled woodland. Phil Denofrio, Raue Center for the Arts, Poet in Residence and his guests honor the season and nature by sharing their own works and those of their favorite poets. Share your own nature-inspired works and favorites as well.

When: 3-5 p.m.
Cost: $5; free residents

Family Play Day

Emily Oaks Nature Center | Skokie, Ill.


Take a walk in the woods while exploring and participating in fun activities along the way.

When: 1-3 p.m.
Cost: $1

Along the Bluebird Trail

Prairieview Education Center | Crystal Lake, Ill.

Event includes a presentation about bluebirds and some of the birds that compete for their nest boxes, followed by a hike in search of bluebirds. Registration required.

When: 10-11:30 a.m.
Cost: $5, free resident

Birding Basics for all ages

River Trail Nature Center | Northbrook, Ill.


Residents are beginning to nest and migrants are passing through by thousands. Learn the basics in bird watching. Limited binoculars are available.

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

Spring Festival

Trailside Museum of Natural History | River Forest, Ill.


Celebrate spring with a day of activities for all ages, including animal encounters, kids’ tree climb, guided wildflower walks, bird banding, dip netting, seed planting, building a bird house, and more.

When: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Cost: Free

International Migratory Bird Day

Volo Bog State Natural Area | Ingleside, Ill.


Participants have their "Passports" stamped as they complete each family-friendly activity, then accumulate stamps to win prizes.

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

43rd Annual Ice Show “Gotta Dance”

Glenview Ice Center | Glenview, Ill.

Ice skaters from the Glenview Ice Center’s figure skating and hockey programs will be showing off their skills in colorful costumes. The annual ice show features exciting performances from a wide range of age groups, from tots to the competitive level.

When: 7 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday
Cost: $8

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