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Barrington Art Festival

Barrington, Ill.

FREE  

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

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

Bike the Drive

Chicago, Ill.

Choose between a 15- or 30-mile loop of Lake Shore Drive with no cars in sight. All ages and skill levels are welcome. Participants receive an event T-shirt (early registrants only), access to three rest stops and admittance to a post-ride festival with food and live music.

 

When: 5:30–9:30 a.m. access to Lake Shore Drive; 8 a.m.-noon post-ride festival
Cost: $46, $41 Active Trans members, $15 youth 17 and under, $62 day-of-event; $8 all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast

It's Time to Plant the Garden

Wonder Works | Oak Park, Ill.

FREE  

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

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

Discover the World of Snakes

The Grove | Glenview, Ill.

Meet common Illinois snakes and their babies, discover how they move and watch them feed. Hands-on encounters and activities will help shed light on common misconceptions about these legless wonders.

When: 10-11:30 a.m.
Cost: $10, $8 resident

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

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

Butterflies & Blooms

Chicago Botanic Garden | Glencoe, Ill.

Outdoor butterfly garden where visitors can immerse themselves with hundreds of live tropical butterfly species from around the world. A field guide is available to help visitors identify dozens of species in the exhibition. Visitors can also observe butterflies hatching through a window into the pupa emergence room.

When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., weather permitting.
Cost: $6, $5 seniors, $4 kids 3-12. Discounts for members and combination tickets available.

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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