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International Migratory Bird Day

Crabtree Nature Center | Barrington, Ill.


Make pretend binoculars, do bird rubbings and view hawks and owls up close. Spot migrating birds along the trails with experts from Prairie Woods Audubon Society. Try the Migration Obstacle Course and see what dangers birds face.

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

Campout for Kids

Emily Oaks Nature Center | Skokie, Ill.

Pitch tents, explore the Nature Center at night, roast marshmallows over a campfire, and play games in the morning. Friday evening snacks and breakfast on Sunday morning will be provided.

When: 6:30 p.m.-10 a.m.
Cost: $35, $28 resident

Who's Fooling You? Campfire

Emily Oaks Nature Center | Skokie, Ill.

Discover how Mother Nature fools us and other animals. Hear how local birds mimic other creatures, check out the amazing camouflage of insects, and learn how predators are fooled by their prey (and vice versa). Campfire snacks are provided. In the event of rain, most programs will be held indoors in front of a fire in the Program Room. Please pre-register.

When: 7-8 p.m.
Cost: $4

Moonlit Canoe

Heller Nature Center | Highland Park, Ill.

Paddle the Skokie Lagoons by the light of the moon. Heller naturalists provide canoes, instruction and everything else needed for an evening on the water. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult.

When: 8-10 p.m.
Cost: $20

Stories for a Spring Evening

Prairieview Education Center | Crystal Lake, Ill.


The McHenry County Storytelling Guild presents tales and legends in a scenic setting. If weather is bad, the event will be held indoors. Registration required.

When: 7-9 p.m.
Cost: $5, free resident

Charming Chests: Decorate a Jewelry Box

DuPage County Historical Museum | Wheaton, Ill.


Decorate jewelry boxes with jewels and charms to store keepsakes.

When: 1-3 p.m.
Cost: Free

Sidewalk Chalk Party

One Strange Bird | Chicago, Ill.


Includes art activities, facepainting, tattoos, balloons and a chance to meet Elmo.

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

Adventures with Aladdin

Chicago Symphony Orchestra | Chicago, Ill.

Chicago's Lookinggglass Theatre Company joins the Chicago Symphony Orchestra to help bring this timeless music to life. Families are invited to arrive at Symphony Center one hour before each performance for the preceding activities, including performances by students from local community music schools, composition activities with musicians from the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, an Instrument Petting Zoo and visual art activities presented by the Art Institute of Chicago.



When: 11 a.m. and 12:45 p.m.
Cost: $6–$57

Family Fitness Day

Northwestern University | Evanston, Ill.


Join the Northwestern University Sports Performance staff for a day of fitness and fun. Participants learn how to approach a healthy lifestyle with important nutrition and training tips. Please bring a donation of a lightly used piece of sports equipment that in turn will be given to a local school. Lunch follows the program.

When: 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Cost: Free with donation of lightly used piece of sports equipment

Song of Spring

Pleasant Valley Conservation Area | Woodstock, Ill.

Read “Did You Hear Wind Sing Your Name?” an Oneida Song of Spring, by Sandrea De Coteau Orie, a story that tells of the seasonal change as winter wanes and spring begins anew. Plus spend time outside searching for signs of this seasonal change. Dress for exploration and the outdoors.

When: 2-3:30 p.m.
Cost: $3, free resident

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