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Kids Candle Making

Lake View Nature Center | Oakbrook Terrace, Ill.

Children can explore the science and craft behind this ancient light source and make beeswax, sand and ice candles to take home.

When: 1-3 p.m.
Cost: $25, $20 resident

Turtle Talk

Lake View Nature Center | Oakbrook Terrace, Ill.

Kids meet the Lake View Nature Center’s resident turtles and learn about them through hands-on activities, stories and an art project.

When: 10-11 a.m.
Cost: $15, $10 resident

Artsy Doodlers – Mini-Sessions

Arlington Heights Park District | Arlington Heights, Ill.

A single-day session with a fun 4th of July theme along with an artist introduction.

When: 6:15-7 p.m.
Cost: $8

Thursday Night Concert Series

Lincolnwood Parks & Recreation | Lincolnwood, Ill.


Includes family-friendly activities such as inflatables, bingo with prizes and magical face painting, then bands takes stage to rock the park. Concession stand will be open for food and refreshments.

When: 6-8:30 p.m.
Cost: Free

Celebrate "Graduation Day with Author Joelle Charbonneau

Evanston Public Library | Evanston, Ill.


Celebrate Graduation Day, the final book in Joelle Charbonneau's epic dystopian series, The Testing Trilogy. Joelle will talk the inspiration and work of writing the trilogy, answer questions from the audience, and sign books.

When: 7-8:30 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

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