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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

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

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

CAFamily Studio: Building with Bloxes!

Chicago Architecture Foundation | 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

Family Program: You Can Do It! Creating Propaganda

Cantigny Park | Wheaton, Ill.


An opportunity for families to explore the museum's new special exhibit ("We Need You! Propaganda of the Great War") and then create some propaganda of their own.

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

Family Drama Club

Chicago History Museum | Chicago, Ill.

Use voice, imagination, and Chicago stories to create a performance. Learn from Chicago theater students, role play, and find your voice, all inspired by the city's history.

When: 1:30-3 p.m.
Cost: $20, $10 kids

Microscopes Mania!

Midwest Museum of Natural History | Sycamore, Ill.

Examine some prepared slides including shed skin from a snake, fur from a polar bear, the mane from a lion, and the hair and saliva from humans.

When: 11 a.m.-noon
Cost: $3, free members

Blues Day

Beverly Arts Center | Chicago, Ill.

An afternoon of instruction, performance and entertainment, under the direction of legendary Chicago bluesman and music educator Fernando Jones. Rehearsal and concert performance will take place at 7 p.m. Tweens and adults can dive into fun, action-packed on-the-spot training to better understand and play the blues. There also will be one course program for student-musicians ages 10 to 18 years and another for adult amateur music-makers. Also includes a lecture on the future of the blues and children’s education, a photo exhibition of local concerts by Chicago Tribune photojournalist Glenn Kaupert, and a screening of the documentary, “Blues Kids: Before They Become Legends.”

When: 1-5 p.m.
Cost: $25

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