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Barrington Art Festival

Barrington, Ill.


Features artwork, live music, food and kids' activities.

When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Cost: Free admission and parking

Chicago Memorial Day Wreath Laying Ceremony and Parade

Chicago Memorial Day Parade | Chicago, Ill.


The wreath laying ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. at the Eternal Flame on Daley Plaza. The parade kicks off at noon and proceeds south on State Street from Lake Street to Van Buren Street. Participants include many area high schools' Drum and Bugle Corps as well as many veterans groups.

When: Wreath Laying: 11 a.m. Parade: noon
Cost: Free

Campfire Cookout

Emily Oaks Nature Center | Skokie, Ill.

Families can make lunch over a campfire using a variety of outdoor cooking techniques. All food and equipment is provided for a three-course meal. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

When: 11 a.m.-12:45 p.m.
Cost: $10, $8 resident

It's Time to Plant the Garden

Wonder Works | Oak Park, Ill.


Wonder Works will be planting seeds and seedlings for various herbs, fruits and vegetables.

When: 8 a.m.-noon
Cost: Free

Family Field Day

St. James Farm | Warrenville, Ill.


Features canine agility demonstrations and equestrian performances by a variety of riding groups. Join kids activities like fishing and archery, hayrides, tours of the historic buildings and more.

When: 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Cost: Free; fees for some activities

Family Zumba Party

Deer Grove Leisure Center | Bensenville, Ill.

Features a live DJ with age appropriate music. All adults must be accompanied by a child.

When: 10-11 a.m.
Cost: $3 kids, free adults

38th Annual Gem, Mineral, Fossil & Jewelry Show

Chicagoland Gem and Mineral Association (CGMA) | Wheaton, Ill.

Chicagoland's largest retail and wholesale show for rockhounds features 30+ nationally known dealers, exhibits by museums and private collectors, artisan demonstrations Kids's Korner, silent auction, door prizes, geode cracking, gold panning, fossil preparation, and much more. Six Chicago-area clubs present this regional show.

When: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. May 24; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. May 25
Cost: $5, $3 seniors and students, free service personnel and kids under 13

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

The 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

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