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Millennium Art Festival

Chicago, Ill.

FREE  

The three day festival features original artwork from more than 100 artists, tasty treats on-site and from neighboring restaurants, as well as live music and on-site art demonstrations.

When: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. May 30, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. May 31, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. June 1
Cost: Free

Do-Division Street Fest

Chicago, Ill.

Features food, crafts, live music and a huge sidewalk sale. Family Fun Fest activities include train rides, craft tent, face painting, the Toddler Zone, inflatables, mini golf, pony rides, inflatable jousting and a climbing wall. Plus boogie on down at the Pizano’s Pizza Family Stage.

When: 5-10 p.m. May 30, noon-10 p.m. May 31-June 1
Cost: $5 donation

Summer Fun Celebration

American Girl Place | Chicago, Ill.

Girls enjoy a delicious meal, join in colorful activities, and make tropical crafts-including a mini beach tote for their dolls. Plus, take home a special American Girl book and a set of Crayola Fabric Markers. Reservations required. May 30, June 20.

When: 5:30-6:30 p.m. May 30; 7:30-8:30 p.m. June 20
Cost: $30

Musikgarten with Wendy Morgan

Wilmette Public Library | Wilmette, Ill.

FREE  

Wendy Morgan loves to get kids singing, wiggling, jumping, dancing and having a great time. Her original songs encourage children to use their imaginations, teach musical basics like melody and rhythm, and show kids how to have fun with words.

When: 9:30, 10:30 and 11:30 a.m.
Cost: Free

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

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

Sox vs. Cubs: The Chicago Civil Wars

Elmhurst Historical Museum | Elmhurst, Ill.

Exhibit highlights the longtime rivalry between the fans of these two storied teams. This cultural history exposé covers all the bases of the crosstown rivalry to examine concepts of loyalty and fandom through videos of each team’s colorful supporters; interviews with former players, sports journalists and broadcasters; and fan souvenirs and ephemera.

Cost: Free with admission
 







 
 
 
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