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Andersonville Midsommarfest

Chicago, Ill.

Festival features food, entertainment on five stages and family activities including face painting, games and a pet parade. The Swedish American Museum sponsors Swedish entertainment, music and dancing around the Midsommar Maypole.

When: 5-10 p.m. June 6 (between Balmoral & Catalpa Avenues only); 11 a.m.-10 p.m. June 7-8
Cost: $5 Friday; $10 Saturday-Sunday; free kids under 12

Milk Days

Harvard, Ill.

Includes a dairy cattle show, demos on cattle care, feeding and milking, a milk-drinking contest, and live music. Also features a parade Saturday afternoon down Ayer Street, which is painted bright white. Plus, antique tractor display, two-mile and 10K milk runs, two-mile milk walk, junior dairy cattle show, talent show, bed races and a fireworks show Sunday evening.

When: See website
Cost: Check website

Ribfest Chicago

Chicago, Ill.

Enjoy ribs and other food and listen to bands while the kids hang out at "Kids Square" featuring entertainment, inflatables and games. Plus, celebrity-judged "Best Ribs" award and amateur and professional rib-eating competitions.

When: Ribfest: 5-10 p.m. June 6, noon-10 p.m. June 7-8. Kids Square noon-8 p.m. Saturday, noon-7 p.m. Sunday
Cost: $5

Family Twilight Adventure

The Morton Arboretum | Lisle, Ill.

Hike, do activities and roast marshmallows before going on a silent tram ride through the woods after dark. The May theme will be Turtles; the June theme will be Shadows.

When: 7-9 p.m. May 9 and June 13; 6-8 p.m. May 17 and June 7
Cost: $19, $16 members

Summer Astronomy

Heller Nature Center | Highland Park, Ill.


Take a closer look at the moon and Saturn through telescopes and talk with a naturalist. Children must be accompanied by a participating adult. In case of poor visibility, the program will be cancelled. Please dress for the weather.

When: 9:30-10:30 p.m.
Cost: Free

St. Stan's School Carnival 2014

360 CHICAGO | Chicago, Ill.


Includes carnival rides, cash raffles, home-made American and Spanish food, a beer garden and some of Chicago's finest DJs playing everything from house music, jazz, reggae to doo-wop. Plus, a special performance by Mary Macaroni at 3 p.m. on June Visit for more information.

When: 5-9 p.m. June 5, 5-11 p.m. June 6, 2-11 p.m. June 7, noon-10 p.m. June 8
Cost: Free; check website for wristband costs

Family Feature: DCM Outdoor Music Festival

DuPage Children's Museum | Naperville, Ill.

Join us for an evening of toe tapping and dancing as we kick off Chicago’s music festival season with our family-friendly and kid-approved music fest. This event will take place in the lower outdoor field of Washington Jr. High School.

When: 6-8 p.m.
Cost: Free with admission

Picnic in the Park

Arlington Heights Park District | Arlington Heights, Ill.


Bring a picnic or buy lunch from a food vendor. Moonwalks and inflatable slide, balloon sculptures, Stilt Walker, face painting, Park District information booth and free giveaways.

When: 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Cost: Free

Annual Parish Carnival

Saint Bartholomew School | Chicago, Ill.


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

Huggies Little Movers and Celebrity Trainer Nikki Glor

My Gym Children’s Fitness Center Chicago | Chicago, Ill.


Attendees will be the first to try out and see the new Huggies Little Movers with exclusive movements and activities created by Nikki Glor, celebrity fitness instructor and mom. All activities are designed to celebrate baby’s moving moments and get parents moving, too. RSVP to

When: Noon-12:50 p.m.
Cost: Free

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