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Summer Stroll Nature Walk

Trailside Museum of Natural History | River Forest, Ill.


Join a Naturalist for a guided nature walk, and experience the beauty of summer on the Forest Preserve trails. No baby strollers. Registration required. June 1, July 20.

When: 1-2:30 p.m.
Cost: Free

Family Fest

Swedish American Museum & Brunk Children's Museum of Immigration | Chicago, Ill.

Fest raises money for restoration of the historic blue-and-yellow Andersonville water tower tank. Games are planned for all ages, such as classics like Fiskdam for smaller youngsters and Bags for bigger children. Participants may have their photos made in front of the tank.

When: 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Cost: $25 family, $10 person

Family Sundays

Jane Addams Hull-House Museum | Chicago, Ill.

Each Family Sunday includes short 20 minute tours, story time in the Hull-House Museum library and book sales, and activities and crafts for families connected to monthly theme. June 1; June 29; Aug. 3; Sept. 7.

When: Noon-4 p.m.
Cost: $5 family

Family Workshop: Photography Fun!

Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center | Skokie, Ill.

Join Chicago photographer Matthew Austin to explore photography as a means of storytelling by making a pinhole camera and composing fleeting images throughout the museum’s indoor and outdoor spaces. Be inspired by the subject of the special exhibition, Ruth Gruber: Photojournalist before the exhibition closes. Reservations required:

When: 3-4:30 p.m.
Cost: Free with admission

Ice Cream & Science Improv

Lickity Split Frozen Custard and Sweets | Chicago, Ill.

Enjoy traditional custard and a hilarious, science-themed improv show for kids from Storytown.

When: Noon
Cost: $7

Sleeping Beauty Ballet

State Street Dance | Geneva, Ill.

Performance is 1 p.m. June 1 at the Batavia Fine Arts Center.


When: 1 p.m.
Cost: $20, $15 kids

Villains Cabaret

Gorilla Tango Bucktown | Chicago, Ill.

A monthly event at Gorilla Tango Theatre celebrating the music of some of America's most beloved animated films. Hosted by the one and only Maleficent, this cabaret showcases some of Chicago's finest musical theater talent.

When: 6-7 p.m.
Cost: $10, $8 kids 12 and under

Get Out & GO

Glenview Park District | Glenview, Ill.


Get out and go on a free nature-inspired outdoor treasure hunt. Look for clues by following the treasure map through the natural areas of Gallery Park and Air Station Prairie. Along the way, families can walk or ride bicycles to earn points for answering questions about various discoveries. No registration required.

When: 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Cost: Free

Breastmilk - the movie

New Mother New Baby | Northbrook, Ill.

NMNB is working to raise money to become an official Milk Depot for the Mothers' Milk Bank of the Western Great Lakes. Reception will start at 4 p.m. with food and drinks provided by Whole Foods Market Northbrook. Movie begins at 5 p.m.

When: 4 p.m.
Cost: $30

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

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