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Elmhurst Museum Day

Elmhurst, Ill.


Join three Elmhurst museums (Elmhurst Art Museum, Elmhurst Historical Museum and Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art) to celebrate International Museum Day. Park at one museum and ride a complimentary trolley to each location for free admission, exhibits, kids' activities and refreshments. Visit all three museums to be entered in a prize drawing.

When: 1-5 p.m.
Cost: Free

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

Norwegian Constitution Day Parade

Park Ridge, Ill.


Parade includes local marching bands, folk dancers, singers and various Scandinavian groups in national costumes. Plus pre-parade entertainment, activities for children and vendors.

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

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

Woofstock & Pet Parade

Mokena, Ill.


All animals welcome in Pet Parade (1/4 mile); prizes for best dressed, most exotic, most original, smallest/largest pet. Plus, dog contests (Woof Off, Look-A-Like, Best Tail Wagger, and Hot Dog Relay), pet-friendly vendors, raffles and demonstrations. All dogs must be on a leash and all vaccinations current. Pet Parade registration 1-1:30 p.m.; dog contest registration, 1-2 p.m.

When: 1-4 p.m.
Cost: Free

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

Sheep to Shawl

Blackberry Farm | Aurora, Ill.

See how wool is sheared and witness the process that eventually turns wool into clothing items. Sheep-shearing demonstrations are at 1 and 3 p.m.

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

Lilac Festival

Serosun Farms | Hampshire, Ill.

Includes a cookout, hayrides, kids' games, golf cart tours, a technology show and more. Stay for the Spring Concert with the Sons of the Never Wrong until 6 p.m.

When: Noon-4 p.m.
Cost: Check website


Heller Nature Center | Highland Park, Ill.

Discover the secrets of the honeybees, then dress up in a beesuit for a safe, up-close look at life inside the hive. Everyone will get a taste of honey to enjoy. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. All participants must wear closed shoes and tall socks to visit the hives.

When: 1-2:30 p.m.
Cost: $8

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