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Chicago’s National Museum of Mexican Art’s Día del Niño Health Walk & Family Festival

Chicago, Ill.

FREE  

This free family festival is filled with interactive games, art activities, performances, wellness screenings and fitness. At 8 a.m., take the two-mile walk from the museum to the UIC Forum. Visit website for more information.

When: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. (8 a.m. walk)
Cost: Free

Earth Day Celebration

Bartlett, Ill.

FREE  

Includes games, activities, music, food and cold-blooded animals.

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

Earth Fest

Oak Park , Ill.

FREE  

The event focuses on green neighborhoods, sustainable lifestyles and best practices. Highlights include eco-friendly vendors, local chefs and restaurants, games and activities for children, items for sale, and entertainment. In addition, recycling booths will be available for eyeglasses, sun glasses, hearing aids, rechargeable batteries, cell phones and old blue jeans.

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

Earth Day Tea Party

The Morton Arboretum | Lisle, Ill.

Celebrate Earth Day with tea and sweet treats, then plant and decorate a tea cup planter to take home.

When: 10-11:30 a.m. and 12:30-2 p.m.
Cost: $30

Earth Day Walk

Chicago Botanic Garden | Glencoe, Ill.

Celebrate Earth Day with a free spring walk to the Garden's McDonald Woods-a 100-acre oak woodland that is being restored to its presettlement condition. Learn about the restoration efforts taking place and see a variety of spring wildflowers.

When: 1 p.m.
Cost: Free, parking fees apply

Train Day

Lambs Farm | Libertyville, Ill.

Children can operate the Digital Command Control System for running the model trains on the club’s portable layout. The Valley Model Train Layout also features a CTC computerized signal system courtesy of the Valley Model Railroad Club. Plus, train related activities and gifts.

When: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Cost: Free; some activities cost up to $4

Pie Iron Cooking: The Art of Gourmet Campfire Meals

Angelic Organics Learning Center & Farm | Caledonia, Ill.

Learn how to use a campfire accessory: the pie iron. See a milking demonstration with the goats, then make a simple goat cheese. Finish by making gourmet pie iron grilled cheese sandwiches and fruit pies.

When: 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Cost: $20

Bison’s Bluff Grand Opening & Earth Day Celebration

Spring Valley Nature Center & Heritage Farm | Schaumburg, Ill.

FREE  

Celebrate the opening of Schaumburg’s newest attraction – Bison’s Bluff Nature Playground. Features lots of unique play opportunities, games and activities, and refreshments.

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

Earth Day, Nature Play

Crabtree Nature Center | Barrington, Ill.

FREE  

Catch, craft, and climb! Enjoy pecial Earth Day family activities in the 3-acre nature play area.

When: Noon-3 p.m.
Cost: Free

Hooray for Earth Day

Heller Nature Center | Highland Park, Ill.

FREE  

Plant a seed to take home, play games, test your recycling knowledge, create a recycled art sculpture, take a self-guided Earth Day trail walk and more.

When: 10 a.m.-noon
Cost: Free
 
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