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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


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

Scooby-Doo Live! Musical Mysteries

Rosemont Theatre | Rosemont, Ill.

Scooby-Doo and the Mystery Inc. gang take center stage in an all-new family musical that features some of the world's most popular characters from one of television's longest-running animated series, Performances are 1 and 4 p.m. Saturday May 3.

When: 1 and 3 p.m.
Cost: $17 to $63. The top ticket price includes a VIP Meet and Greet with the cast.

Animal Boogie

Hickory Grove Conservation Area | Cary, Ill.

There are more than 30 different documented types of animal locomotion. Check out these strange and fascinating facts about animal movement. We will be outside. Dress for the weather.

When: 10:30 a.m.-noon
Cost: $3, free resident

Get Organized Chicago

Lane Tech Stadium | Chicago, Ill.


An opportunity for the Chicagoland community to de-clutter their lives by recycling and donating to worthy charities. Drive through and drop off clothing, books, eyeglasses, electronics, furniture, kids toys, shoes, coats, blankets, kitchenware, computers, pots & pans, jewelry, linens, decor, accessories, games, media, sports equipment and recyclables.

When: 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Cost: Free

Free Comic Book Day

West Chicago Public Library District | West Chicago, Ill.


Celebrate with comic books, a cosplay contest, trivia and more.

When: 1-3 p.m.
Cost: Free

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