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History Connections

Cantigny Park | Wheaton, Ill.


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

Barrel of Monkeys' Celebration of Authors

The Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts | Chicago, Ill.


Features performances of a selection of the best stories from the year. Audience members get the opportunity to meet the authors, the teachers and the principals from the schools Barrel of Monkeys has worked with during the school year. A cookies and juice reception is at 6:30 p.m.

When: 7:30 p.m.
Cost: Free; registration required

An Evening with Award-winning Author Richard Peck

Evanston Public Library | Evanston, Ill.


Richard Peck has written 40 novels for young readers, and has won most major awards for children’s literature. His newest book, "The Mouse With the Question Mark Tail," is the story of an orphaned mouse searching for his true identity.

When: 7-8:30 p.m.
Cost: Free; registration requested

Kid's Salad Class

Whole Foods Market Deerfield | Deerfield, Ill.

Make salads that are kid approved. Space is limited so please sign up at our customer service desk.

When: 4:30-5 p.m.
Cost: $5

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

Eggs to Chicks

Kohl Children's Museum | Glenview, Ill.

The exhibit features the rare Black Java and White Java strains of chicken, which were an endangered species less than a decade ago. Includes a special child-height egg incubator, hatchery unit and a pen for newborn chicks. Runs from March 18-June 16.

When: Open during regular museum hours
Cost: Free with museum 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

WWII Landing Craft Display

Cantigny Park | Wheaton, Ill.


The First Division Museum's largest historic artifact, a restored landing craft (or LCVP) from World War II, is on outdoor exhibit in honor of the 70th Anniversary of D-Day. The landing craft was likely used during the 1944 D-Day landings in France.

Cost: Free, $5 parking

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