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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


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

Free Public Tour

Skokie Northshore Sculpture Park | Skokie, Ill.


Explore the sculpture park with trained docents. Kids get a bit of culture and art education, but aren't expected to be sit still, be quiet and never touch anything. May 18, June 22, July 27, Aug. 24 and Sept. 28.

When: 1-2 p.m.
Cost: Free

Mom and Me Make a Father's Day Surprise

Arlington Heights Historical Museum | Arlington Heights, Ill.

Mom and child create a personalized gift for Dad, a card and a gift wrap. Register by May 10.

When: 1-2:30 p.m. and 3-4:30 p.m. May 18; 6:30-8 p.m. May 22
Cost: $20

Sheep Shearing and Spin-In

Graue Mill and Museum | Oak Brook, Ill.


Harold Davis, a master shearer, gives sheep shearing demonstrations (1:30 and 2:30 p.m.) and Graue Mill volunteers demonstrate the art of spinning raw fleece into woolen yarn. Try spinning on a drop spindle, one of the earliest tools still in use today in many cultures.

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

Tea with the Turtles

Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum | Chicago, Ill.

Get up close and personal with turtles and other special species from the museum’s living collections, discover fun facts about these animals, and learn about the threats that many face each day. Nature Museum biologists will discuss conservation initiatives and answer questions. A light lunch and refreshments will be served. Highlight activities include the special turtle feeding program, turtle crafts and turtle-themed games and races.

When: 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Cost: $20, $15 member, $10 kids 3 and up

Get In, Get Art Days

Beverly Arts Center | Chicago, Ill.


A series of free monthly hands-on art days. Each of the Get In, Get Art days is centered on a theme. Today's theme is "Get Told: Telling Our Stories." Bring your stories, photos, and artifacts to create poetry, stories, slide shows and songs all about you.

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

An Afternoon in Wonderland

Li'l Buds Theatre Company | Chicago, Ill.

The event begins in the Community Room of the Broadway Armory (2-4 p.m.) with a private reception and viewing of the spring production of Alice in Wonderland at the Unity Lutheran Church (4-6:45 p.m.). Play games, win prizes, enjoy tea and treats with the cast before and after the show. All funds raised go to support Li'l Buds Theatre.

When: 2 p.m.
Cost: $30, $20 kids; $80 family four-pack

Luna de Cuernos

Fifth House Ensemble | Chicago, Ill.

Performance of a classic Puerto Rican folk tale, modernized with help from the local community. Pre-concert reception with complimentary snacks from Whole Foods. For more information, visit

When: 8:30 p.m.
Cost: $15, $12 in advance

Beethoven for families

Chicago Symphony Orchestra | Chicago, Ill.

Members of the CSO, led by guest conductor Edwin Outwater, perform two family concerts at Neuqua Valley High School in Naperville. Featuring CSO Associate Concertmaster Stephanie Jeong as soloist, these concerts introduce families to the music of Beethoven through an interactive and engaging program. Two performances take place that day, at 1:30 and 3:15 p.m. Tickets are available via, via phone at (312) 294-3000, or at the CSO box office, 220 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago.

Cost: $15-$25
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