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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

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

Funky Turns 40: Black Character Revolution Exhibition

DuSable Museum of African American History | Chicago, Ill.

Exhibit commemorates the 40th anniversaries of 1970's Saturday morning cartoons that featured positive black characters for the first time in television history. It was the first time that cartoons like Josie And The Pussy Cats, Kid Power and Star Trek featured strong, positive black female characters. It was also the first time that black people like Bill Cosby and Berry Gordy led the development of animated television programming featuring black characters.

Cost: Free with admission

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