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Summer Astronomy

Heller Nature Center | Highland Park, Ill.

FREE  

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

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.

FREE  

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.

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

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
 









 
 
 
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