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Puerto Rican Festival

Chicago, Ill.

FREE  

Features food, music, arts and crafts, carnival rides and more. On Saturday the fest is the end location of Chicago's annual Puerto Rican Day Parade on Division Street.

When: 3-10 p.m. June 12-13; noon-10 p.m. June 14-15
Cost: Free; carnival rides cost extra

Second Saturdays

Chicago History Museum | Chicago, Ill.

Explore the city's stories with your family through interactive activities, make-and-take crafts, music, performances, and more. April 12 and July 12: Prairie. Imagine what Chicago looked like before it was a city. Investigate the prairie plants that used to grow here: from gigantic flowers to far-reaching fields. May 10 and Aug. 9: Maps. Use a compass and connect artifacts to where they came from in the city. Follow clues and share stories. June 14: Artifacts. Find out what artifacts say about the city and its people. Touch, look, and talk about objects from Chicago’s past with your family.

When: 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Cost: Free with admission; free kids 12 and under

Deep-Dish Pizza Class

Now We're Cookin' | Evanston, Ill.

Bring the kids for an evening of hands-on culinary fun with deep-dish pizza aficionado and owner of “Magic by the Slice,” Brian Kirshenbaum. He’ll quiz attendees on Chicago pizza knowledge as he teaches how to make the perfect pie, then perform his magical stand-up comedy routine.

When: 6:30-9:30 p.m.
Cost: $50

It's My Birthday

Morkes Chocolates | Palatine, Ill.

Kids make birthday cake flavored candy barque, chocolate bowls created using balloons (perfect for ice cream sundaes!) and birthday cake pops.

When: 2-3:30 p.m. or 4-5:30 p.m.
Cost: $18

It's My Birthday

Morkes Chocolates | Algonquin, Ill.

Kids make birthday cake flavored candy barque, chocolate bowls created using balloons (perfect for ice cream sundaes!) and birthday cake pops.

When: 10-11:30 a.m., noon-1:30 p.m., 2-3:30 p.m., or 4-5:30 p.m. June 10; 2-3:30 p.m., 4-5:30 p.m. or 6-7:30 p.m. June 12
Cost: $18

Family Bingo Night

Norton's U.S.A. | Barrington, Ill.

FREE  

Celebrate the store's 7th anniversary with Family Bingo Night.

When: 6-8 p.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

Butterflies & Blooms

Chicago Botanic Garden | Glencoe, Ill.

Outdoor butterfly garden where visitors can immerse themselves with hundreds of live tropical butterfly species from around the world. A field guide is available to help visitors identify dozens of species in the exhibition. Visitors can also observe butterflies hatching through a window into the pupa emergence room.

When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., weather permitting.
Cost: $6, $5 seniors, $4 kids 3-12. Discounts for members and combination tickets available.

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
 







 
 
 
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