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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

Prairieview Education Center | Crystal Lake, Ill.


More than twenty environmental booths on sustainable practices as well as kids’ crafts, games and activities, puppet shows, guided nature hikes and a household recycling drop-off. Food and beverage vendors will be on hand or bring your own "no waste" picnic lunch. Music includes an opening drum circle at 11 a.m., Off Square Music featuring local musicians at 11:30 a.m., 2 and 3 p.m., and a 1 p.m. performance by Bill Kehl's Earth, Music…Magic!, a family-friendly concert.

When: 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Cost: Free

Woodland Walk for Earth Day

Trailside Museum of Natural History | River Forest, Ill.


Enjoy a naturalist-guided hike in the springtime woods, to see migrating birds and spring wildflowers. Register by April 24.

When: 1-2:30 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

Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2)

McCormick Place, South Building | Chicago, Ill.

A convention spanning the latest and greatest from the worlds of comics, movies, television, toys, anime, manga and video games. The show floor is packed with hundreds of exhibitors, panels and autograph sessions giving fans a chance to interact with their favorite creators and screening rooms featuring sneak peeks at films and television shows months before they hit either the big or small screen.

When: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. April 25-26; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. April 27
Cost: Check website

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