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Family Fishing

The Morton Arboretum | Lisle, Ill.

Catch and release fish from the banks as you learn about the fish living in the lake and how they are perfectly adapted for a life in the water. Fishing pole required, bait provided. State fishing license required if 16 years of age or older.

When: 7:30-10 a.m.
Cost: $17, $10 members

Explore the Forest- Celebrate with the Forest Preseves of Cook County

Crabtree Nature Center | Barrington, Ill.


Climb a tree, touch a fish, climb in giant equipment and pitch a tent. Free bike tune-ups, casting fishing poles and close-up animal encounters. This Chicago Wilderness' Leave No Child Inside event will also have special crafts and building projects to celebrating Stick with Nature month.

When: Noon-4 p.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

Blue Man Group with Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra

Millennium Park | Chicago, Ill.


Blue Man Group, in conjunction with Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras (CYSO), will put on a collaborative performance on June 8 at 6:30 p.m. at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park. The free public performance will feature a program of selections to be performed during CYSO’s June 2014 tour of China, as well as special pieces featuring Blue Man’s multi-sensory audience experience, bringing an innovative Blue Man Group spin to the classical repertoire.

When: 6:30 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

IGLA Spring Youth Festival

Illinois Girls Lacrosse Association | Crest Hill, Ill.


The all-day event showcases games between the 115 spring program teams across 10 fields, as well as offer free clinics for both parents and children. The goal of these clinics is to provide education to parents who may not be familiar with the sport, as well as inspire young girls to begin playing lacrosse. Also features concessions and vendors.

When: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Cost: Free

Riverview Farmstead Tour

Forest Preserve District of Will County | Naperville, Ill.


Discover three generations of the Clow family – prominent settlers in Wheatland Township. Visit the Settlement House dating back to the mid-19th century, the Limestone House with its superior construction and the Timber Frame Barn, one of the largest in Wheatland Township when it was built. An interpreter will share stories of this family and its growth of the farmstead from early settlement to that of a commercial farm of more than 200 acres.

When: 10-11 a.m.
Cost: Free; registration required

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

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
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