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Bastille Day 5K Run/Walk and Block Party

Chicago, Ill.

Features 5K run/walk, post-race block party, food and live music.

When: Start of run: 7:15 p.m. Block Party: 8:30-10 p.m.
Cost: Run: $30-37. Block Party: $5

Windmill City Festival

Batavia, Ill.

FREE  

Featuring carnival, entertainment, music and demonstrations.

When: July 10-13. Visit website for schedule of events
Cost: Free

Darting Dragonflies

Morton Arboretum | Lisle, Ill.

Investigate the lives of the fastest insect in the world. Hike, play games and make a dragonfly craft.

When: 9:30-11 a.m. July 8, 16 and 17
Cost: $25, $18 members

Kohl Children’s Museum Reciprocal Admission Day

DuPage Children's Museum | Naperville, Ill.

FREE  

Visit Kohl Children’s Museum and show your DCM membership card featuring an ACM logo (Family PLUS or above) at check-in to receive free admission. Includes access to more than 15 exhibit spaces.

Cost: Free

Opening Minds to STEM for Little Learners

Mabel Manning Branch |

FREE  

An interactive learning experience designed to prompt children to explore, observe, question, predict and demystify common childhood fears. It fosters STEM learning by engaging children in story time activities, letting them create a one-of-a-kind art project that addresses their fear of the dark, and lets children play with lights and switches to experience bright light, darkness and shadow. 

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

Where's Waldo? Neighborhood-Wide Scavenger Hunt

Women and Children First | Chicago, Ill.

FREE  

Beginning July 1, children can stop by for a list of participating stores, which each have a 6" Waldo figurine hidden somewhere on the premises. When the child finds him, that business's staff will give the child a card that says "I found Waldo at _____." Bring all the cards back for chances to win prizes.

Cost: Free

Under The Big Top

Morkes Chocolates | Algonquin, Ill.

Kids make candy buttons from scratch, colorful popcorn balls, and create colorful circus animals using candy clay.

When: 10-11:30 a.m., noon-1:30 p.m., 2-3:30 p.m., or 4-5:30 p.m. July 8; 2-3:30 p.m., 4-5:30 p.m. or 6-7:30 p.m. July 10
Cost: $18

Tree House Tales

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

Butterflies & Blooms

Chicago Botanic Garden | Glencoe, Ill.

Outdoor butterfly garden where visitors can immerse themselves with hundreds of live tropical butterfly species from around the world. A field guide is available to help visitors identify dozens of species in the exhibition. Visitors can also observe butterflies hatching through a window into the pupa emergence room.

When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., weather permitting.
Cost: $6, $5 seniors, $4 kids 3-12. Discounts for members and combination tickets available.

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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