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Soldier Field Spring Egg-Stravaganza

Chicago, Ill.


Kids 10 and under are invited to the city's largest candy grab, right on Soldier Field. The stadium will open at 9 a.m. for family activities including face painters, balloon artists, inflatables, and a Radio Disney show on the South Courtyard Stage. The candy grab starts at 10 a.m. The fun will be broadcast on the stadium's two super-sized 23' x 82' video screens for parents to cheer from the sidelines.


When: 9-11:30 a.m. April 12
Cost: Free admission, pay to park

Breakfast with the Easter Bunny

Elmhurst, Ill.

Enjoy a kid-friendly buffet breakfast, color bunny pictures, have photos taken with the Easter Bunny, and end the event with the Bunny Hop.

When: 9:30-11 a.m.
Cost: $27, $22 resident

Create Your Own Fairy Garden

Taltree Arboretum & Gardens | Valparaiso, Ind.

Learn how to plant mosses, ferns and miniature plants in a fairy garden. Use recycled materials to create fun houses, and add small characters such as trolls, and other fun items to make a unique, terrarium garden.

When: 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
Cost: $17, $15 members

Week of the Young Child

Emily Oaks Nature Center | Skokie, Ill.


Emily Oaks Nature Center is offering a free trail pack to families with kids 2-5. Come use the grounds to explore shapes, colors and textures of nature, and receive program ideas to continue your explorations at home.

When: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Cost: Free

Youth Outdoor Adventure Club: Tree Climbing and Shelter Building

Heller Nature Center | Highland Park, Ill.

Get a view from the tree tops of Heller with the staff of Power Adventures and work as a team to build the ultimate survivalist shelter in the forest. Registration required.

When: 1-4 p.m.
Cost: $45

Math in the Natural World

Prairieview Education Center | Crystal Lake, Ill.

Join us as we explore everyday math using plants and animals as our guides. We will calculate the value of a tree, count seeds using an ancient code and do a wildlife survey. Bring your sense of exploration and be ready to do math.

When: 2-3:30 p.m.
Cost: $3, free resident

Autism Awareness Day

Brookfield Zoo | Brookfield, Ill.

Families can enjoy special Zoo Chats. The zoo offers several adaptive tools that can be downloaded from the zoo’s website prior to a visit. These include a visual schedule and a social story about the zoo’s Living Coast exhibit. In addition, the zoo now features BZ Care Kits that can be checked out during a zoo visit, which include noise-reducing headphones, hard copies of visual schedules, autism stickers, and safety alert badges and ID bracelets.

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

Tiny Great Performance: A Kite’s Tale by Blair Thomas and Company

DuPage Children's Museum | Naperville, Ill.

Hand and Bunraku puppets join giant costumed characters to tell the story of a little girl who sets out to fly her kite and takes a magical journey through her own imagination, accompanied by live music.

When: 9:30 a.m. Saturday
Cost: Free with admission

Second Saturdays

Chicago History Museum | Chicago, Ill.

Explore the city's stories with your family through interactive activities, make-and-take crafts, music, performances, and more. April 12 and July 12: Prairie. Imagine what Chicago looked like before it was a city. Investigate the prairie plants that used to grow here: from gigantic flowers to far-reaching fields. May 10 and Aug. 9: Maps. Use a compass and connect artifacts to where they came from in the city. Follow clues and share stories. June 14: Artifacts. Find out what artifacts say about the city and its people. Touch, look, and talk about objects from Chicago’s past with your family.

When: 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Cost: Free with admission; free kids 12 and under

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