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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 19, noon-10 p.m. May 20-21
Cost: $10

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 19; 11 a.m.-7 p.m. May 20
Cost: Free

Taste of Glen Ellyn

Glen Ellyn, Ill.


This popular event features live music, food from local restaurants, beverages and a variety of other activities for the whole family. New this year, the Taste will host a second entertainment stage focused on showcasing the talents of local community groups. The stage will feature local dance, theater, karate, music and sports groups. Local businesses will also offer tips and demonstrations such as dog tricks, bike tricks and bike safety tips.

When: 5-10 p.m. May 18; 5-11 p.m. May 19; noon-11 p.m. May 20; noon-7 p.m. May 21
Cost: Free

Family Twilight Adventures

The Morton Arboretum | Lisle, Ill.

Go on a hike, do activities and roast marshmallows before going on a silent tram ride through the woods after dark to see what animals come out when people go home.

When: 7-9 p.m. May 5 and 20; June 2 and 24; July 14 and 29; Aug. 19 and 25
Cost: $19

Stories for a Spring Evening

Prairieview Education Center | Crystal Lake, Ill.


The McHenry County Storytelling Guild presents tales and legends in a scenic setting. If weather is bad, the event will be held indoors. Registration required.

When: 7-9 p.m.
Cost: $5, free resident

Family Night: Game Show Fun!

Cantigny Park | Wheaton, Ill.


Compete with other families or friends in high-energy Versus or 5-minute rounds of Trivia Blitz, a game like Jeopardy.

When: 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Cost: Free; $5 parking


Hofbrauhaus Chicago | Rosemont, Ill.

A month-long Maifest celebration featuring a variety of authentic German entertainment and Maifest food specials. In addition to Hofbräuhaus Chicago’s daily entertainment schedule, Maifest will bring German dance troupes, brass bands to the Haus.


Origami in the Garden

The Morton Arboretum | Lisle, Ill.

Visitors will be awed by 25 displays of metal sculptures based on the traditional Japanese art of paper folding as they walk paths through the Arboretum’s spectacular landscape. Created by Santa Fe-based artists Kevin and Jennifer Box, the exhibit features installations, gallery works, and the Boxes' own compositions, as well as collaborative works with some of the world’s top origami artists.

When: 7 a.m.-sunset
Cost: Free with arboretum admission

Dinos & Dragons

Brookfield Zoo | Brookfield, Ill.

Dinos & Dragons will feature 17 animatronic creatures, including the Stegosaurus, Apatosaurus, Tyrannosaurus rex, and Chinese dragon. Along the winding outdoor path, guests can explore the origins of myths and legends through culture, literature, and paleontology that is illustrated on signage. Inside a tented area, zoogoers can get up-close views of live reptiles, including a 6-foot-long Komodo dragon, seen for the first time at Brookfield Zoo. The temporary exhibit will also have hands-on activities, as well as a dinosaur dissection lab, dino dig boxes, and an excavation site.

Cost: $5, $3 kids 3-11


Navy Pier | Chicago, Ill.


An interactive work comprised of 15 largescale seesaws with special LED lighting and sound, activated through the motion of its users. When in use, the seesaws create a dynamic, ever-changing field of light and sound. Through repetition, rhythm and syncopation, the art work serves as a largescale urban instrument, intended to activate the surrounding public space and engage participants.

Cost: Free

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