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Spring Spruce Up

Blackberry Farm | Aurora, Ill.


Scout groups, church groups, students, friends and families are invited to help spruce up local parks by picking up litter and more to celebrate Earth Week. Park locations: North Aurora Island Park, Blackberry Farm, Waubonsie Lake Park and South Island Park. Call Debbie Smith at 630-966-4555 to sign up.

When: 9:30 a.m.-noon
Cost: Volunteered Based

Lego Bash at Blackberry Farm

Blackberry Farm | Aurora, Ill.

Lego and train displays presented by members of Northern Illinois Lego Train Club on April 26-27. They will showcase Lego train layouts. Scenic train ride around Lake Gregory included. For information, call (630) 892-1550.

When: 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Cost: $6, $5 residents

Earth Day Celebration

Lake Katherine Nature Center and Botanic Gardens | Palos Heights, Ill.


Includes hayrides, children’s crafts, green exhibits, live animals, food, and a tree sapling giveaway.

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

Solo Flight

Aerial Dance Chicago | Chicago, Ill.

Families can share in the magic of aerial dance with an evening of aerial dance solos. Shows are at 6 and 8 p.m.



Cost: $20

Night Out

Music House, West Ridge | Chicago, Ill.

Includes art, music, dance class, and a 30 minute movie. Pizza, juice and carrots will be served, and movie time will include popcorn.

When: 6-9 p.m.
Cost: $35 family, $25 child

International Film Screening: "Ponyo"

Aqua Building | Chicago, Ill.


Watch "Ponyo," a Japanese film with English subtitles that is inspired by Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale "The Little Mermaid." The film tells the story of a young and overeager goldfish named Ponyo who seeks to become human. Snacks and beverages are provided. RSVP here:

When: 10 a.m.-noon
Cost: Free

Art Fair

North Shore Unitarian Church | Deerfield, Ill.


Indoor juried art show features a free children's art workshop, live music, the Palette Cafe featuring grilled chicken, brats, burger, fresh salads and home-baked goodies.

When: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. April 26-27
Cost: Free

Brain Fair

Northwestern University | Chicago, Ill.


More than a dozen exciting, interesting demonstrations and fun, hands-on activities that demonstrate how your brain works. Kids and parents learn together about brain research. Registration required at!2014-brain-awareness-fair/cbth.

When: 9 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m.
Cost: Free

Earth Day Celebration

Oak Lawn Park District | Oak Lawn, Ill.


Activities include Jim Nesci's Cold Blooded Creatures, tree climbing demo, tree planting demo, education on green living, gardening and composting, kids activities and more.

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

Chicago Pet Show

Oak Lawn Park District | Oak Lawn, Ill.

Features 150 pet-related companies, several petting areas and opportunities to see face to face everything pet related. Plus, local rescues, pet services, and pet products, magic acts, cold blooded creatures, pony rides and more. Dogs, cats and other animals available for adoption.

When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Cost: $7, free seniors and kids under 18

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