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Hot Colors, Cool Water

DuPage Children's Museum | Naperville, Ill.

Engage in play and math learning. Opposites are emphasized in a class that focuses on the hot colors of summer and the water play that cools us off.

When: 9:30-10 a.m.
Cost: $20 pair, $14 member pair

Summer Solstice Celebration

Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum | Chicago, Ill.


Includes a special chance for kids to join historical figure John James Aubudon as he shares stories of his Illinois wilderness adventures in 1811 as he tries to paint every known North American bird. Plus, enjoy activities for the whole family, including critter connections, crafts and Bird Bingo. Treats from Black Dog Gelato and other local food vendors will be available for purchase.

When: 5-8 p.m.
Cost: Free

Parent/ Tot Fall Adventures - Animal Safari

Arlington Heights Park District | Arlington Heights, Ill.

The evening begins with a group story time followed by activity stations. Parents lead their children through the themed activity stations. Stations include: 1-2 craft projects, snack, explore/touch, a movement activity, and a sensory table. June 19, July 10, Aug. 14.

When: 6:30-7:15 p.m.
Cost: $14

Glitzy Girlz: Summer Spa Night

Arlington Heights Park District | Arlington Heights, Ill.

Start with a fruit facial, then move on to pedicures with scrub, lotion and spray, and finish with a fresh nail polish application complete with nail art stickers or designs. In addition, do manicures that include nail art. Each girl will also design a crystal charm anklet complete with a great charm selection. A foot/nail brush is provided to use and take home. A spa goodie bag will also be provided.

When: 6:30-8 p.m.
Cost: $42.50, $35.50 resident

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

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

Sox vs. Cubs: The Chicago Civil Wars

Elmhurst Historical Museum | Elmhurst, Ill.

Exhibit highlights the longtime rivalry between the fans of these two storied teams. This cultural history exposé covers all the bases of the crosstown rivalry to examine concepts of loyalty and fandom through videos of each team’s colorful supporters; interviews with former players, sports journalists and broadcasters; and fan souvenirs and ephemera.

Cost: Free with admission

Destination Solar System

Adler Planetarium | Chicago, Ill.

A live show that takes adventurous space explorers on an immersive tour of the Solar System. Set in the future, Destination Solar System flies audiences from one end of the Solar System to the other in under 30 minutes, from sizzling solar flares on the Sun to liquid methane lakes on Saturn's moon, Titan. Passengers can travel hundreds of millions of miles in just seconds on an adventure-filled tour led by Jesse, an enthusiastic, knowledgeable yet "green" tour guide, and MAX, a highly advanced, fully integrated onboard computer.

Cost: Check website

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