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Chicago Children's Choir Paint the Town Red

Millennium Park | Chicago, Ill.

FREE  

Paint the Town Red celebrates the freedom of individual expression as demonstrated through the power of music, and unites more than 3,500 singers and special guest artists Mucca Pazza and Allison Semmes, the female lead in the national tour of Motown the Musical. Mucca Pazza, a 30-piece “circus punk marching band” that combines marching band traditions with street theater and rock influences, performs with Voice of Chicago, Chicago Children’s Choir’s premier ensemble.

When: 11 a.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

Memorial Day Carnival

Mount Prospect Jaycees | Mt. Prospect, Ill.

Includes rides, food and fun. Proceeds provide funding for the awarding of scholarships and other community projects.

When: 6-11 p.m. May 22; 6 p.m.-midnight May 23; 1 p.m.-midnight May 24-25; 1-11 p.m. May 26
Cost: 20 tickets for $20; $1.25 individual tickets; $20 Unlimited ride bracelet, $1 discount on bracelet with a canned food donation.

Tree House Tales

Morton Arboretum | Lisle, Ill.

Enter a tree house village filled with adventure and imagination. Play, make believe, and become part of the trees' ever-changing tale. The exhibition is comprised of six fun-filled, educational tree houses, aimed at kids 2-10.

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

Circus Zirkus

Chicago Children's Museum | Chicago, Ill.

Children can immerse themselves in backstage preparation, perform routines in center ring or manage the behind-the-scenes action of lights and sound. Plus, try making a circus balance toy or dress up like a clown.

Cost: Free with admission

Eggs to Chicks

Kohl Children's Museum | Glenview, Ill.

The exhibit features the rare Black Java and White Java strains of chicken, which were an endangered species less than a decade ago. Includes a special child-height egg incubator, hatchery unit and a pen for newborn chicks. Runs from March 18-June 16.

When: Open during regular museum hours
Cost: Free with museum admission

Japan and Nature: Spirits of the Seasons

Kohl Children's Museum | Glenview, Ill.

A multi-media, interactive, exhibit that allows children to discover how nature is reflected and celebrated in the lives of Japanese children through special seasonal environments and traditional Japanese activities. The exhibit focuses on the regions of Lake Biwa, Sapporo, Kyoto and Fukuoka, offering an in-depth exploration of each region through video, audio and visual media, as well as authentic props and hands-on interactive activities.

Cost: Free with admission

Pet Vet

Kohl Children's Museum | Glenview, Ill.

Kids will be able to explore the pet vet office and learn a new respect for creatures as they nurse sick and injured animals back to health on the examining and operating tables; examine x-rays; get play animals clean; determine what diet is best and make a healthy meal; climb aboard a large format animal scale; help the lost pets find their correct homes and clamber through the pet obstacle course.

Cost: Free with admission

Sox vs. Cubs: The Chicago Civil Wars

Elmhurst Historical Museum | Elmhurst, Ill.

Exhibit highlights the longtime rivalry between the fans of these two storied teams. This cultural history exposé covers all the bases of the crosstown rivalry to examine concepts of loyalty and fandom through videos of each team’s colorful supporters; interviews with former players, sports journalists and broadcasters; and fan souvenirs and ephemera.

Cost: Free with admission

Destination Solar System

Adler Planetarium | Chicago, Ill.

A live show that takes adventurous space explorers on an immersive tour of the Solar System. Set in the future, Destination Solar System flies audiences from one end of the Solar System to the other in under 30 minutes, from sizzling solar flares on the Sun to liquid methane lakes on Saturn's moon, Titan. Passengers can travel hundreds of millions of miles in just seconds on an adventure-filled tour led by Jesse, an enthusiastic, knowledgeable yet "green" tour guide, and MAX, a highly advanced, fully integrated onboard computer.

Cost: Check website
 







 
 
 
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