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Trips and Travels Together

American Girl Place | Chicago, Ill.

This event offers girls the chance to capture their own special travel moments with their My American Girl doll during her spring and summer breaks. Includes a delicious meal, fun journaling activities, and a special American Girl book to take home. Reservations required. April 4, May 16, June 6.

When: 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Cost: $30

Jewish Youth Zone Mini Chefs: Shavuot Bash

Chabad and F.R.E.E. of Niles | Des Plaines, Ill.

Kids learn cooking skills alongside relevant Jewish laws and upcoming holidays. Parents can drop off children or join the fun. This month, make yummy cheesecake and enjoy a farewell party with light brunch and awards for all the Mini Chefs.

When: 2-4 p.m.
Cost: $7

Annual Parish Carnival

Saint Bartholomew School | Chicago, Ill.

FREE  

Nightly entertainment, rides with wristband on Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, bingo, food, haunted laser tag and a raffle.

When: 6-10 p.m. June 4-5; 6-11 p.m. June 6; 3-11 p.m. June 7; 2-10 p.m. June 8
Cost: Free; $5 cover for entertainment includes free drink

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

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.

FREE  

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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