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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.

Father's Day Nature Walk

Trailside Museum of Natural History | River Forest, Ill.


Dads and families are invited to a relaxing guided walk by the pond and through the woods, to learn about local plants and animals. Trails not suitable for strollers. Registration is required.

When: 1-2:30 p.m.
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

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

Father's Day

Arlington Park Racecourse | Arlington Heights, Ill.

Enjoy live music from Blind Reflexx, enter the free Golfsmith putting contest and make a putt for the chance to win a new TaylorMade putter. Family day activities include a special Father’s Day craft for the kids and Santa’s Village Azoosment Park. And don’t miss the National Anthem colors presented by Marine Air Control Group-48.

When: 11:15 a.m. gates open
Cost: $12, $2 kids

Father’s Day Brunch

The Kids Table | Chicago, Ill.

The whole family can prepare and enjoy brunch together. The menu includes build-your-own breakfast burritos, tropical fruit salad and coconut horchata.

When: 10 a.m.-noon
Cost: $25

Classic Cars Father's Day

Driehaus Museum | Chicago, Ill.

Fathers receive complimentary general admission and will have the opportunity to view up close three vintage cars.

When: Noon-4 p.m.
Cost: Free admission and tours for fathers

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

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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