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Swedish Days Festival presented by Cadence Health

Geneva , Ill.


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.

Villa Park Summerfest

Villa Park, Ill.


Friday night includes a car show, bands, food and drink. Saturday features kids' attractions, craft show, bands, kid's entertainment stage. Wristbands for all day access to attractions for a wide range of ages, such as kiddie games, a bounce house, a 4-person Euro-Bungy, and more. Enjoy magic shows, a face painter and balloon artist. Excellent food from local restaurants.

When: 6-11 p.m. June 20; 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m. June 21
Cost: Free, $10 wristbands

Children’s Garden Campout

The Morton Arboretum | Lisle, Ill.

A campout designed especially for families complete with hands-on activity stations, snacks, night hikes and bedtime stories. Pitch your tent on the lawn inside the Children's Garden and get ready for a night filled with fun. Bring your own tent. Light evening snacks and light breakfast included.

When: 6:30 p.m.-9:30 a.m.
Cost: $37, $30 members

Wendy & DB

Brookfield Zoo | Brookfield, Ill.

Wendy & DB love to get kids singing, wiggling, jumping, dancing and just having a great time. Their original songs encourage children to use their imaginations, teach musical basics like melody and rhythm, and show kids how to have fun with words.

When: 6-7 p.m.
Cost: Free with admission

World's Largest Swimming Lesson

KeyLime Cove Indoor Waterpark Resort | Gurnee, Ill.


Waterparks, pools and other aquatic facilities around the globe will host local WLSL lessons simultaneously in an attempt to break the Guinness World Record. Participants will be allowed to use the waterpark (10 a.m.-1 p.m.) at no cost.

When: 9 a.m. Registration; 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Swim Lesson
Cost: Free

Goin’ Batty

The Grove | Glenview, Ill.

Learn the truth about bats, what they eat, where they live and how they use echolocation to maneuver around in the dark, then walk the Grove's trails to search for these mysterious creatures.

When: 7:30-9 p.m.
Cost: $10, $8 resident

Jim Gill

Discovery Center Museum | Rockford, Ill.

Kids, parents and friends will be singing, dancing and sneezing during this lively performance by nationally-known singer and musician, Jim Gill.

When: 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
Cost: Free with admission

The World’s Largest Swimming Lesson

Hunt Club Park Aquatic Center | Gurnee, Ill.


Tens of thousands of kids and adults at aquatic facilities around the world will unite for the fifth year in a row to set a new Guinness World Record. This event is geared towards youth with limited access or experience with swim instruction. Pre-registration is required:

When: 9:45-10:30 a.m.
Cost: Free

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

Lunch with a Lifeguard

Arlington Heights Park District | Arlington Heights, Ill.

Kids will get to watch a lifeguard training, eat a pizza lunch, hang out and talk with the lifeguards about their job and pool safety. They will also get an opportunity to sit the guard chair, and try out some simple lifeguard skills.

When: 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Cost: $5

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