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JustPlay! Sports & Rec Festival

JustPlay! Rec & Sports Festival | Carol Stream, Ill.


Dozens of free activities to thousands of participants. All designed to encourage people of all ages and backgrounds to get active, have fun and try new things.

When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. May 17; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. May 18
Cost: Free


Chicago, Ill.

Music, festival favorites, local vendors at the Merchant Square, and interactive games and entertainment. Special events include Chicago Kids Day, a celebration of health and wellness, and the Chicago Pet Pageant and Expo.

When: 5-10 p.m. May 16, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. May 17-18
Cost: $10

Chicago Kids Day

Mayfest | Chicago, Ill.

A celebration of children’s health and wellness. Enjoy fun activities, arts & crafts, healthy food, and raffle prizes donated by sponsors. Activities include: Health and Scoliosis Screenings, arts & crafts, healthy food, prize drawings and giveaways, balloons, and fun for all ages. The event will also feature Kids Zumba, Kiddie Boot Camp, and Children’s Empowerment Awards.

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

Skokie Festival of Cultures

Skokie, Ill.


Enjoy two days of ethnic folk music and dance, a wide range of food, unique arts and crafts, international games, children's events, a merchandise bazaar, and dozens of cultural booths and displays.

When: 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Cost: Free

Spring Celebration

Spring Celebration at the Lake View Nature Center | Oakbrook Terrace, Ill.


Enjoy fun activities, live animals, face painting, self-guided hike, paddle boating and more.

When: Noon–4 p.m.
Cost: Free

What's Blooming on Harrison Street

What's Blooming on Harrison Street Art Festival | Oak Park, Ill.


Features artist demonstrations, live music, dance performances and an art fair featuring selected guest artists and local crafts people. "What's Blooming" moves outside taking over Harrison Street with the art fair and other Family Fun Activities.

When: 6 p.m. May 16; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. May 17
Cost: Free

YEA! Festival

Evanston, Ill.


YEA! (Young Evanston Artists) Festival is a festival of visual art in which all Evanston schools, preschool through high school, are invited to exhibit students' artwork. A performing arts stage features music and dance by Evanston kids. The event takes place on the sidewalks of the Chicago/Dempster business district. Visit the website for more information.

When: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Cost: Free

Family Twilight Adventure

Morton Arboretum | Lisle, Ill.

Hike, do activities and roast marshmallows before going on a silent tram ride through the woods after dark. The May theme will be Turtles; the June theme will be Shadows.

When: 7-9 p.m. May 9 and June 13; 6-8 p.m. May 17 and June 7
Cost: $19, $16 members

Mother/Daughter Tea Party

Morton Arboretum | Lisle, Ill.

Enjoy a cup of tea and sweet treats as we celebrate spring with a tea party. Plus, discover which parts of trees and plants make the best teas and create a fragrant keepsake to take home.

When: 10-11:30 a.m. and 2-3:30 p.m.
Cost: $28, $20 members

Malott Japanese Garden Children’s Festival

Chicago Botanic Garden | Glencoe, Ill.

Listen to music, enjoy traditional folktales, and watch a tea ceremony. Kids of all ages can make projects to celebrate Girls' Day and Boys' Day, including design a kimono paper doll, create a miniature carp kite, construct an origami samurai helmet, and more at family-friendly hands-on stations.

When: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Cost: Free, $20 parking

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