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Green Resources Fair

Chicago, Ill.


Children and families can participate in fun and engaging activities like: how to plant seeds in take-home containers, create green-inspired artwork, tour the park gardens and take a tree identification walk. The fair features a who's who of green-orientated service providers, businesses, and groups in Chicago - all of which will offer information and presentations on sustainability.

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

Island Rendezvous

Romeoville, Ill.


Visitors will journey back to the 18th century during this free, two-day family festival sponsored by the Forest Preserve District of Will County. Re-enactors representing voyageurs, Natives, colonists and soldiers relive the fur-trade era. Activities include canoe racing, black-powder musket demonstrations and tomahawk throws. Live period music is ongoing, and crafts and food will be available for sale.

When: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. June 14-15
Cost: Free; free parking and shuttle service available.

Butterfly Festival

Pick at Garden Patch Farms | Homer Glen, Ill.

Includes a butterfly release, face paint, paint-your-own butterfly canvas, and fun activities for kids and families. Check website for details.

When: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Cost: Check website

Father’s Day Canoe Adventure

Chicago Botanic Garden | Glencoe, Ill.

The Chicago Botanic Garden, in partnership with the Friends of the Chicago River, invites families to participate in the Father's Day Canoe Adventure. Join Bob Kirschner, the Garden's aquatic biologist, as he guides you through the lakes and explains our nationally-recognized shoreline restoration program. Herons, ducks, small fish and maybe a few turtles and frogs will greet you as you canoe through their watery habitat. The Father's Day Canoe Adventure is for paddling enthusiasts of all skill levels. Instructions, canoes, life jackets and paddles will be provided. For more information or to purchase tickets visit or call (847) 835-8261.

When: 9 and 11 a.m., 1 p.m. start times
Cost: $119 per canoe (plus parking); $89 for members; maximum of three participants per boat.

Get Hooked on Fishing

Lake View Nature Center | Oakbrook Terrace, Ill.

Kids receive instruction on baiting a hook, tying a knot, casting and how to handle and return fish to the water, plus practice catch and release fishing in a stocked lake.

When: 1-2:30 p.m. June 14 or 16
Cost: $15, $10 resident

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

¡Viva la Fiesta!

Brookfield Zoo | Brookfield, Ill.

Features a celebration of Hispanic culture, authentic cuisine, refreshments, music, and dancing. The festivities include local musical talent along with Hispanic artists and artisans and their eclectic works. June 7-8 and 15-16.

When: 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Cost: Free with admission

Safe Kids Wear Lids

McHenry County Conservation District Prairie Trail |


Staff will perform bike inspections, discuss safety tips for bike riding and go over the rules of the road. Kids can get helmets checked for a safe fit, or be fitted and given a helmet to take home for free.

When: 10 a.m.-noon
Cost: Free; registration required

Grand Opening Event

The Art of Dr. Seuss Gallery | Chicago, Ill.


An event-filled weekend of fun and festivities. A portion of every sale made June 14-June 29 will be donated to the Ronald McDonald House near Lurie Children’s Hospital. Guests are encouraged to RSVP at (312) 475-9620 or visit for more info.

When: 10 a.m.-9 p.m. June 14; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. June 15
Cost: Free

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

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