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Swedish Days Festival presented by Cadence Health

Geneva , Ill.

FREE  

Geneva celebrates its Swedish heritage with a festival featuring American and Swedish food including a craft beer tent, a carnival, Kids' day, "Geneva's Got Talent" and Sweden Väst, musical entertainment and the Grand Parade.

When: Visit website for schedule of events.
Cost: Free. Fee for some activities and carnival.

Hold Your Horses

Wagner Farm & Heritage Center | Glenview, Ill.

Get introduced to Wagner Farm's team of Belgian draft horses, Bob and Sue and learn how to groom, harness and drive them. June 17, July 15.

When: 3:45-5:45 p.m.
Cost: $25, $20 resident

History Connections

Cantigny Park | Wheaton, Ill.

FREE  

Kids and families can explore a different theme every Tuesday and learn something new about our nation's military history. June 3: Combat Communications. See and learn about different communication equipment from the museum's Education Collection and use WWII replica radios to communicate. June 10: Smells Like History. Take a whiff from the scent bottle and try to identify the smell. June 17: Learn how soldiers' protective helmets have changed through the years and try them on. June 24: What's New in WWII? Learn about scary, scandalous and sweet new inventions of the 1940s, then help the scientists create something "silly" to bring home.

When: 1-3 p.m.
Cost: Free; $5 parking

Getting Your Child Ready to Read

Des Plaines Public Library | Des Plaines, Ill.

FREE  

Using the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) guide, Every Child Ready to Read, explore the five main skills children need to have before they reach Kindergarten and what you can do to foster those skills at home. Materials will be provided.

When: 7-8:30 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

Japan and Nature: Spirits of the Seasons

Kohl Children's Museum | Glenview, Ill.

A multi-media, interactive, exhibit that allows children to discover how nature is reflected and celebrated in the lives of Japanese children through special seasonal environments and traditional Japanese activities. The exhibit focuses on the regions of Lake Biwa, Sapporo, Kyoto and Fukuoka, offering an in-depth exploration of each region through video, audio and visual media, as well as authentic props and hands-on interactive activities.

Cost: Free with admission

Pet Vet

Kohl Children's Museum | Glenview, Ill.

Kids will be able to explore the pet vet office and learn a new respect for creatures as they nurse sick and injured animals back to health on the examining and operating tables; examine x-rays; get play animals clean; determine what diet is best and make a healthy meal; climb aboard a large format animal scale; help the lost pets find their correct homes and clamber through the pet obstacle course.

Cost: Free with admission

Play with the Sea Life

Wonder Works | Oak Park, Ill.

The Wonder Works exhibits are populated with a wide variety of pretend sea life that can be part of your child's play. Search for the plastic fish or whales in the Great Outdoors, adopt a farm animal under the life-sized cow, build a zoo for the plastic mammals in Build It, or identify the plush birds in the orchard. New creatures are rotated in every month.

When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Cost: Included with museum admission
 







 
 
 
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