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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 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

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

Family Twilight Adventure

The 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

The 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

Free Family Workshop: Bird-Watching Journey

The Lurie Garden in Millennium Park | Chicago, Ill.


Investigate our feathered friends throughout the seasons, learn to identify the birds spotted through the binocular lens and create a journal to help log everything.

When: 2-4 p.m.
Cost: Free

Flower Power Campfire

Emily Oaks Nature Center | Skokie, Ill.

Vibrant campfire hosts, Trillium and Lily, introduce the incredible world of spring wildflowers. Meet some wildflower friends and hear amazing springtime flower power trivia straight from the source. Campfire snacks are provided. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult.

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

Bear Awareness Weekend

Brookfield Zoo | Brookfield, Ill.

Join animal care staff and volunteers to become acquainted with the bears at Brookfield Zoo: polar bears, grizzly bears, and sloth bears. Enjoy special Zoo Chats, craft activities, and watching a bear training session. In addition, learn about bears in the wild and the challenges they face.

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

CAFamily Studio: Building with Bloxes!

Chicago Architecture Foundation River Cruise aboard Chicago’s First Lady | Chicago, Ill.

Bloxes are life-sized cardboard building blocks. They're used as furniture, walls, and forts by the likes of Google, Twitter, Mozilla, and many more. See if you can build something that you can maneuver over, under and through.

When: 11 a.m.-12:45 p.m. and 1:15-3 p.m.
Cost: $5, free members

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