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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

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

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

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

D-Day Commemoration

Cantigny Park | Wheaton, Ill.


Honor the 70th Anniversary of the World War II D-Day invasion of Normandy, France. Meet and thank WWII veterans, see the rare LCVP "Higgins Boat" and other WWII vehicles from the museum's collection, create history crafts, learn about victory gardens and more.

When: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Cost: Free; $5 parking

Star Wars Day

Joliet Area Historical Museum | Joliet, Ill.


Activities at museum and library include a Rebel Legion display with 6-foot tall Rancor Head & Tusken Village; light saber duel reenactment; R2D2 robot race; Death Star bowling; Star Wars trivia; Star Wars movies and 501st Midwest Garrison presentation.

When: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Cost: Free

Bat Festival

The Grove | Glenview, Ill.


Discover the truth about these flying mammals, which are essential for pollination, seed dispersal and insect control. Includes crafts, storytelling and bat encounters with expert Scott Heinrichs, founder of the Flying Fox Conservation Fund.

When: Noon-5 p.m.
Cost: Free
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