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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

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

Spring Break Activities

Mitchell Museum of the American Indian | Evanston, Ill.

The Mitchell Museum provides everything students will need to make simple versions of traditional Native American artifacts including paper moccasins, canoes, Plains shields and more. Each craft includes background information about the importance of the artifact to Native American ways of life. Visitors can view similar artifacts in the exhibits which cover a variety of themes including clothing and regalia, traditional transportation, use of natural resources, and the impact of the tourist trade.
Cost: Free with admission

Doll ’Dos and How-Tos

American Girl Place | Chicago, Ill.

Girls can learn tips and tricks for giving her doll a bright new 'do! Doll Hair Salon Stylists show lots of ways to style her doll's hair using our new Bright Highlights Set, vibrant clip-in hair colors made just for My American Girl dolls. April 12, May 10.

When: 8:15 a.m.
Cost: $28

Community Egg Hunt

Eli's Cheesecake World | Chicago, Ill.


Please bring your own basket. Hunt starts at 11 a.m. Enjoy lunch in the café or at the grill, plus special one-day sales in the store.

When: 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Cost: Free

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