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Kaneland Community Fine Arts Festival

Maple Park, Ill.

The Kaneland Arts Initiative brings professional visual and performing artists to the campus of Kaneland High School. The Kaneland Community Fine Arts Festival is appropriate for all ages including a special area for kids 5 and under. Over 15 professional visual artists will be demonstrating their art.  Professional performances and workshops run throughout the day, while the Kaneland High School Art Club provides balloon animals and face painting and the Science Club makes instruments out of recycled material. 
When: 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Cost: Free


ReptileFest | Chicago, Ill.


ReptileFest features hundreds of animals for visitors to touch, hold and look at. No animals are for sale. It's a family-oriented event with lots of activities for kids. Experts are on hand to answer questions about reptiles and amphibians.

When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
Cost: Check website

A Circus Space Odyssey: CircEsteem's Spring Circus

Chicago, Ill.

Take an outer space adventure with CircEsteem. Aliens, astronauts, and shooting stars will fly through the air. Featuring trapeze, gym wheel, acrobatics, juggling, clowning, stilt walking and trampoline performances by CircEsteem youth.

When: 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. April 5 & 12; 3 p.m. April 6 and 13
Cost: $8- $18; $35 VIP

Egg Drop

Susanna Farms | Lake Villa, Ill.

At 4:45 p.m. a helicopter will drop bunches of eggs filled with candies for children to find. There will also be smaller egg hunts for toddlers in a small straw bale maze at 4 p.m. Kids can play in the toddler hay mazes, enjoy a ride in a new train pulled around the barn, check out all the horses and cows and baby chickens. Horseback rides available for $5 per person (weather permitting).

When: 2-6 p.m. April 13.
Cost: $5

Animal Egg Hunts

Lake View Nature Center | Oakbrook Terrace, Ill.

Read a book, explore different animal egg specimens and go outside to hunt for plastic eggs that hold animal toy surprises for everyone (eggs will not contain candy). Pre-registration required.

When: April 13. 12:30-1:15 p.m. (ages 2-3 with adult); 1:30-2:15 or 2:30-3:15 p.m. (ages 3-7)
Cost: $15, $10 resident

Fabulous Frogs

Trailside Museum of Natural History | River Forest, Ill.


Learn about the life cycle, ecology and identification of native frogs. Visit the pond to look for frogs and tadpoles. For adults and children ages 8 and older; register by April 10.

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

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

Mother's Day Workshop

Kids Clay Room | Chicago, Ill.

Bring in the kids to make something special for Mom. Pieces will be ready for pick up before May 11.

When: 2-4 p.m.
Cost: $35 per child

Bunny Brunch

Sod Room | Chicago, Ill.

A fun-filled morning of playtime, delicious brunch and a visit from the Easter Bunny. Event includes one digital picture of your child/ren by Eve Ho Photography. Additional images may be purchased.

When: 9:30 a.m.-noon
Cost: $30 adult/child pair, $20 additional child, $6 additional adult

Magic Up Close

Theater Wit | Chicago, Ill.

A highly visual magic show that appeals to a multi-generational audience and includes much participation. Sean Masterson's original presentations combine sleight-of-hand illusions with skilled storytelling to create an experience that is both amazing and entertaining.

When: 11:30 a.m. Sundays
Cost: $16.50, $14.50 kids

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