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Summer Bees

Heller Nature Center | Highland Park, Ill.

Put on a bee suit and visit the hives to see what the bees are doing to get ready for honey harvest. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. All participants must wear closed shoes and tall socks to visit the hives. June 25, Aug. 7.

When: 9:30-11 a.m. June 25 and Aug. 7
Cost: $9

The Tempel Lipizzans: Evening Performance

Tempel Farms | Wadsworth, Ill.

The performance program follows the careful development of the youngest of the Lipizzan herd to the most talented and highly trained of the stallions. It's all set to music with the elegant backdrop of rolling green hills of Tempel Farms. June 25, July 16, Aug. 13.

When: 6 p.m.
Cost: $17-$32

The Explorers!

The Revival | Chicago, Ill.

Join the Explorers, a rag-tag group of knowledge-seekers, as they adventure to unknown territory in search of learning and laughter. This group is sure to meet fun, silly characters along the way. The show is comprised of short scenes, songs and interactive games. Each show centers on a new location and culminates in a short dance party/concert from a local musician at the end of the show.

When: 4-5 p.m. June 25, July 30, Aug. 27
Cost: $10

Where's Waldo? Neighborhood-Wide Scavenger Hunt

Women and Children First | Chicago, Ill.

FREE  

Participants can pick up their Waldo Passport and must find Waldo and get their passports stamped in at least five of the participating businesses. Then celebrate with a Waldo Party on July 30 at 3:30 p.m. with snacks, games, and activities. Participants with passports that have five stamps or more will be entered into a raffle for prizes.

Cost: Free

DaVinci Machines Exhibition

Water Tower Place | Chicago, Ill.

FREE  

Displays hand-crafted inventions built from Leonardo DaVinci's 500-year-old designs as well as digitally remastered Masterpieces for an up close and personal look at the greatest artistic genius of all time.

When: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. 6/7/2016-12/31/2016
Cost: Not for profit art exhibition. Suggested admittance $15.95 Adults; $13.95 Seniors; $11.95 Kids

Rubik's Cube Challenge

Cat and Mouse Game Store | Chicago, Ill.

Professor Ernő Rubik's brainteaser is the world's most popular puzzle and one of the best selling toys of all time. Using Speed Stacks timing mats, players will try to solve the cube as quickly as possible. Points will be awarded based on finished times and then added together to determine the winners of the challenge. Participants can choose three cubes to solve: 2x2, 3x3, Pyraminx, Megaminx and Mirror Cube. Bring your own cube or borrow one.

When: 1-3 p.m. June 25, July 25, Aug. 30
Cost: $5

Ribbit! The Exhibit

The Morton Arboretum | Lisle, Ill.

The Exhibit showcases 23 whimsical, larger-than-life frog sculptures fashioned from copper. The copper sculptures are created by North Carolina artist J.A. Cobb. Each frog has his or her own name, story and personality.

Cost: Free with arboretum 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.

Guests will fly high with excitement while watching birds demonstrate their natural flight abilities during this interactive experience. The 20-minute show features nearly 20 bird species.

Cost: Free with zoo admission

Zoom Room

Chicago Children's Museum | Chicago, Ill.

Send toy cars hurtling through race jumps, long runs, loops, dips, and super spirals within a colossal, multilevel race course. Crash sites, obstacle courses and tracks with different textured surfaces invite physical science exploration for the innately curious of every age. Zoom Room is a play-filled, physics laboratory for kids.

Cost: Free with museum admission
 










 
 
 
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