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Long Grove Chocolate Festival

Long Grove, Ill.

Downtown Long Grove will be dripping with chocolate! Savor a weekend of irresistible chocolate treats including tastings around town; plus spring flowers in bloom, kids rides and activities, live music, and more.

When: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Cost: $5

Chicago Cinco de Mayo Festival

Cinco de Mayo Festival | Chicago, Ill.


Community celebration in the Little Village neighborhood features food, live music, arts & crafts and activities for kids and families.

When: 6-11 p.m. May 2; 2-11 p.m. May 3-4
Cost: Free

Froggy Picnic

The Morton Arboretum | Lisle, Ill.

Visit the frogs near their homes, view live tadpoles, learn to recognize different frog calls and make some froggy music of your own. A picnic lunch will be included, and picnic blankets are welcome.

When: 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Cost: $25, $18 members

Campout at Emily Oaks

Emily Oaks Nature Center | Skokie, Ill.

Roast marshmallows and sing songs around a campfire, enjoy a breakfast cooked outdoors, and participate in other fun activities. A personal supply list will be e-mailed to you prior to the campout. Tents, cooking equipment, and food provided. Adults are required to register.

When: 6:30 p.m.-10 a.m.
Cost: $31, $25 resident

Nature Navigators: Butterflies and Moths

Lake View Nature Center | Oakbrook Terrace, Ill.

Kids experience the world of butterflies and moths through activities and an art project. Review metamorphosis and learn how these winged creatures use their senses to find food and avoid predators. Dress for a nature hike.

When: 1-4 p.m.
Cost: $27, $22 resident

Breakfast with the Fairies

Pilcher Park Nature Center | Joliet, Ill.

Enjoy pancakes, sausage and a beverage with special fairies visiting tables. Price includes admission to the Fairy Festival following breakfast.

When: 9-11 a.m.
Cost: $15

Nature's Wild Garden

Prairieview Education Center | Crystal Lake, Ill.

Hear a story about the ways that wind, water, birds and animals help plant nature's garden. Using games and a hike we will spend time outdoors looking for examples of nature's seed dispersal. Dress for the weather and a hike.

When: 3-4:30 p.m.
Cost: $3, free resident

Family Day: About Face

Smart Museum of Art | Chicago, Ill.


Join us for a springtime facepainting and mask-making festival! Transform into a Chinese opera character from The White Snake or something else entirely.

When: 1-4 p.m.
Cost: Free


Elk Grove Historical Museum | Elk Grove Village, Ill.

Discover new ways to recycle paper through the creation of a hand-made greeting card and a paper bead bracelet. Advance registration is required.

When: 9:30 a.m.-noon
Cost: $7, $5 resident

Everyday Fun Doll ’Dos

American Girl Place | Chicago, Ill.

Doll Hair Salon stylists will share their secrets, and girls get doll hair accessories and styling instructions to take home, plus hands-on tips for creating fun styles like a braided headband 'do, casual bun, and side braids for her doll.

When: 8:15 a.m.
Cost: $28

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