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Raptors in the Garden

The Lurie Garden in Millennium Park | Chicago, Ill.


Observe majestic birds of prey up close and learn about their habitat, adaptations and the challenges that they face in an urban environment.

When: 6-8 p.m. June 24, July 22
Cost: Free

PNC Grow Up Great Mobile Learning Adventure

DuPage Children's Museum | Naperville, Ill.


This traveling exhibit provides an opportunity for parents and caregivers to learn about the importance of early childhood education while they engage in fun activities with their children and meet professionals from our community.

When: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Cost: Free with admission

Rainbow Day

Kohl Children's Museum | Glenview, Ill.

Guests are encouraged to come dressed in favorite colors and participate in a rainbow of art and color-related activities.

Cost: Free with admission

Wendy & DB

Wilmette Public Library | Wilmette, Ill.


Wendy & DB love to get kids singing, wiggling, jumping, dancing and 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. Starting at 6:30 p.m., bring a picnic dinner to enjoy on the lawn before the show.

When: 7-7:45 p.m.
Cost: Free

Taste of Trinity Summer Workshop

Trinity Academy of Irish Dance |

These one-hour fun-filled sessions will include basic footwork, introduction to Irish dance music & rhythm, learning the traditional Irish Jig and more.

When: 9-10 a.m. and 10-11 a.m.
Cost: $65

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

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