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Lady Bug Release

Susanna Farms | Lake Villa, Ill.

Fly a kite in the field, let some lady bugs go in the garden and enjoy some time with the family. Children can play all day in the garden areas while checking the heifer that was born in April. The first 100 guests will get a complimentary bag of 50 lady bugs to either take home or to release on the farm. Plus, see chickens, new sheep, goats and horses, cows and mini-donkeys. Horseback rides available for $5. Lady bug releases take place every 30 min. 1:30-4 p.m.

When: 1-5 p.m.
Cost: $5

World Environment Day

Chicago Botanic Garden | Glencoe, Ill.

Lab and horticulture demonstrations, hands-on activities and a variety of displays are planned for visitors of all ages designed to teach them how to apply conservation behaviors in their daily lives. Events are focused around this year’s theme of pollinators and include a free lecture on ways home gardeners can help save the monarch butterfly. The Plant Science Center will host ongoing “Meet the Scientists” programs, and families can learn more about “Powerful Pollinators” and create stick sculptures through hands-on activities along the Esplanade.

When: 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Cost: Free; $20 parking

Spring Festival and Plant Sale

The Lurie Garden in Millennium Park | Chicago, Ill.


Browse a selection of the Lurie Garden's top perennials, which are well-suited to Midwest soils. All proceeds support Lurie Garden programming. The event also includes tours, hands-on gardening tips and plant-based crafts for families.

When: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Cost: Free

Vintage Baseball Game

Blackberry Farm | Aurora, Ill.

See America's pastime as it was played during its formative years in the mid-1800s. The Aurora Town Club take on the Somonauk Blue Stockings at Blackberry Farm in a game played by the rules and customs of the late 19th Century.

When: 1 p.m.
Cost: Free with admission

No Child Left Inside

Serosun Farms | Hampshire, Ill.


In partnership with Chicago Wilderness, Illinois Department of Natural Resources and the Fox Valley Wildlife Center, the farm presents several outdoor activities. Kids and parents will learn how to build a fort, catch insects, hike in the woods, learn about woodland restoration, and visit with farm animals and local wildlife. A light lunch is provided.

When: 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Cost: Free

Hovering Hummingbirds

Prairieview Education Center | Crystal Lake, Ill.

Learn about the behavior and lives of these birds, as well as the valuable role they play as a pollinator. Plus create a functioning hummingbird feeder to take home.

When: 2-3:30 p.m.
Cost: $3, $2 resident

Explore Your Preserves - Des Plaines River Trail

Trailside Museum of Natural History | River Forest, Ill.


Discover interesting new scenic trails, on a monthly naturalist-guided walk in nearby Forest Preserves. This month's walk is along the Des Plaines River Trail, starting in a preserve near Elmwood Park. Call to register, details and for meeting place directions.

When: 10-11:30 a.m.
Cost: Free

¡Viva la Fiesta!

Brookfield Zoo | Brookfield, Ill.

Features a celebration of Hispanic culture, authentic cuisine, refreshments, music, and dancing. The festivities include local musical talent along with Hispanic artists and artisans and their eclectic works. June 7-8 and 15-16.

When: 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Cost: Free with admission

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

Bank of America Family Festival

Art Institute of Chicago | Chicago, Ill.


Drop in to this festival to explore your creativity in a studio project and participate in an interactive art installation. Join Fifth House Ensemble for “Luna de Cuernos,” a live storytelling concert experience, or enjoy a gallery walk designed especially for families at 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Meet artist-in-residence Tom Burtonwood and learn about his work.

When: 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
Cost: Free

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