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Full Moon Rising Campfire

Heller Nature Center | Highland Park, Ill.

Take a short hike with a naturalist along the trails, play games with family and friends and enjoy marshmallows roasted over the campfire while watching the full moon rise over Lake Michigan.

When: 8-9:30 p.m. June 13; 7:30-9 p.m. July 12; 7-8:30 p.m. Aug. 10
Cost: $8, free kids 2 and under

Free Fishing Days

Monee Reservoir | Monee, Ill.


Sample the action without having to invest in a fishing permit. On Friday, receive a voucher good for a free one-hour boat rental (excludes paddle boats); on Saturday, receive a box of night crawlers; and on Sunday, receive one free fishing pole rental. Regular rules and regulations still apply on boat rentals, such as a cash deposit and valid driver’s license.

When: 6 a.m.-7 p.m. June 13-15
Cost: Free

Girl Scout Late Night

DuPage Children's Museum | Naperville, Ill.

The evening includes full access to the Museum, special activities, snack, and a movie.

When: 7 p.m.-midnight
Cost: $25 kids, $20 adults

Cherry Blossom Ball

Kohl Children's Museum | Glenview, Ill.

Features the beloved Daddy-Daughter Dances, Parent-Child Dance-Offs, Dancing through the Years and more musical fun. Plus photo portraits for each participant, photo frame decorating, catered dining and more.

When: 6-8:30 p.m.
Cost: $45, $30 members

Under the Stars & Stripes Camp Out

Naper Settlement | Naperville, Ill.

Enjoy a catered dinner, games, geocaching, roasted marshmallows and a sing-a-long. Awake in the morning to a continental breakfast and tour of select historic buildings before the gates open to the public.

When: 5 p.m. Friday-10 a.m. Saturday
Cost: $30, $25 kids 4-12, $12 kids under 4

Riverwalk Chalk Fest

Discovery Center Museum | Rockford, Ill.

Invent your own chalk colors, see artists at work on their designs, and create your own masterpiece.

When: 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Cost: Free with admission

Kids Nite Out

The Kids Table | Chicago, Ill.

Kids make their own dinner and enjoy a post-meal activity such as a food-themed craft, games, yoga or a movie. June 7, 13, 21 and 28.

When: 6-9 p.m.
Cost: $40

Day Without Hunger Event

Loaves & Fishes | Naperville, Ill.


Loaves & Fishes is one of Chicagoland’s leading anti-poverty organizations, providing grocery and empowerment services to more than 2,700 families in the Western Suburbs each month. Following the press conference, Loaves & Fishes will celebrate the annual “Day Without Hunger” community festival, offering a BBQ, restaurant tastings, activities for the entire family, musical entertainment, exhibits, tours and more.

When: 11:30 a.m.-7 p.m.
Cost: Free

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

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

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