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Dragonflies and Damselflies

Pleasant Valley Conservation Area | Woodstock, Ill.

After learning all about the life-cycles of these marvelous winged wonders, set out to find, catch, examine, and release both adult insects and their nymphs.

When: 7-8:30 p.m.
Cost: $2, free resident

Magic Workshop

Arlington Heights Park District | Arlington Heights, Ill.

Learn a collection of tricks from the "Magic Team of Gary Kantor." Coin tricks, card tricks, vanishing effects, and much more will be taught. Each child receives a magic kit to take home. Children are grouped by age and always learn tricks that are age-appropriate.

When: 4-4:55 p.m.
Cost: $27.50, $20 resident

Creating A Kid-Friendly Home Without Sacrificing Style @ Sulzer Regional Library (4455 N Lincoln Ave)

Neighborhood Parents Network | Chicago, Ill.


Join NPN and Taryn Lund of Chicago ReDesign for some tips and ideas on creating a kid-friendly home without sacrificing style. She will discuss selecting proper storage to deal with toys; selecting and arranging furniture and accessories; the best kid-friendly materials for furniture and accessories; tips for using the furniture you already own; pulling it all together. Plus, Q&A and a raffle. RSVP at

When: 7-8:30 p.m.
Cost: Free

Under The Big Top

Morkes Chocolates | Palatine, Ill.

Kids make candy buttons from scratch, colorful popcorn balls, and create colorful circus animals using candy clay.

When: 2-3:30 p.m. or 4-5:30 p.m.
Cost: $18

Celebrate The 4th of July

Morkes Chocolates | Algonquin, Ill.

Kids dip red, white and blue strawberries as well as pretzel twists to make the American flag, plusl make ladybug pretzels and chocolate marshmallow pops.

When: 10-11:30 a.m., noon-1:30 p.m., 2-3:30 p.m., or 4-5:30 p.m. June 30; 2-3:30 p.m., 4-5:30 p.m. or 6-7:30 p.m. July 2
Cost: $18

Tree House Tales

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

Butterflies & Blooms

Chicago Botanic Garden | Glencoe, Ill.

Outdoor butterfly garden where visitors can immerse themselves with hundreds of live tropical butterfly species from around the world. A field guide is available to help visitors identify dozens of species in the exhibition. Visitors can also observe butterflies hatching through a window into the pupa emergence room.

When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., weather permitting.
Cost: $6, $5 seniors, $4 kids 3-12. Discounts for members and combination tickets available.

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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