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A Circus Space Odyssey: CircEsteem's Spring Circus

Chicago, Ill.

Jump into Spring with CircEsteem's 16th Annual Spring Circus featuring trapeze, gym wheel, acrobatics, juggling, clowning, stilt walking and trampoline performances by CircEsteem youth.

When: 2 p.m. and 6 p.m., May 13 & 14 and May 20 & 21
Cost: $7- $13; $35 family

Civil War Days at Naper Settlement

Naperville, Ill.

Naper Settlement becomes a Civil War Encampment where visitors can meet famous characters of the past and become immersed in history. A battle is held each day at 2:30 p.m.

When: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Cost: $10 ages 13 and older in advance, $5 ages 4-12; at the gate $15, $10 kids 4-12, free kids 3 and under and members of Naper Settlement

Earth Day-Arbor Day

Earth Day-Arbor Day Festival | Homer Glen, Ill.


Children's activities include crafts, petting zoo, jump zone, and pony rides. Exhibits feature antique cars, eco-vehicles, tractors, a green market with items for sale, energy solutions and demonstrations. A wide variety of animal exhibits, including incredible bats and birds of prey from Northern Illinois Raprtor Rehab and Education.

When: 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Cost: Free

Homewood Rail Fest

Homewood, Ill.


Features rides on a trackless train, train displays and collectibles, live music, kids crafts and science activities.

When: 9 a.m.-3 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.-4 p.m.
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 19, noon-10 p.m. May 20-21
Cost: $10

Chicago Kids Day

Mayfest | Chicago, Ill.

A celebration of children’s health and wellness. This year's activities will include arts and crafts, prize drawings, giveaways, balloons, healthy food, kids Zumba, kiddie boot camp, the Healthy Habit Awards, and health and Scoliosis screenings.

When: 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Cost: $10

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

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

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 (Best Trick, Most Obedient and Ultimate Frisbee Catch and Hot Dog Relay), pet-friendly vendors, raffle, and a presentation by Cold Blooded Creatures. 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

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