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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

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

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

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