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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

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

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

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
 










 
 
 
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