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Curious George Visits

Cosley Zoo | Wheaton, Ill.

Families have the chance to visit Curious George while interacting with animals and zookeepers.

When: 10 a.m.-noon
Cost: Free with admission

Swing! The Science of Baseball

Elmhurst Historical Museum | Elmhurst, Ill.

FREE  

Try cool science experiments to learn how Newton's Three Laws of Motion apply to baseball. Make objects hover and fly, experiment with a human gyroscope to feel G-force, and trick gravity with inertia, plus get science tricks to take home. Registration required: www.elmhurstpubliclibrary.org.

When: 1:30-2:30 p.m. or 3-4 p.m.
Cost: Free

E-I-E-I-O

Discovery Center Museum | Rockford, Ill.

CP PICK  

Hold a baby bunny or cradle a downy chick during this barnyard bonanza of fun. Meet live turkeys, pigs, goats and ducks; plant seeds; play in the grain, and more. Fashion a hat, decorate a barn, and celebrate summer on the farm.

When: 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Cost: Free with museum admission

Adventure Day

Seascape Family Aquatic Center | Hoffman Estates, Ill.

Cabelas provides kayaking demos and brings a variety of tents to explore. The portable climbing wall is available for rock climbing and Above and Underwater Scuba facilitates snorkeling demos.

When: 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Cost: Check website

LamaSeuss: Fine Feathered Friends

Oriental Institute Museum | Chicago, Ill.

FREE  

Hear a reading from Dr. Seuss, plus go on a “birding” expedition through the Oriental Institute’s galleries and discover birds both common and rare and what people 3,000 years ago thought of them.

When: 11 a.m.-noon
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

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

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

Sox vs. Cubs: The Chicago Civil Wars

Elmhurst Historical Museum | Elmhurst, Ill.

Exhibit highlights the longtime rivalry between the fans of these two storied teams. This cultural history exposé covers all the bases of the crosstown rivalry to examine concepts of loyalty and fandom through videos of each team’s colorful supporters; interviews with former players, sports journalists and broadcasters; and fan souvenirs and ephemera.

Cost: Free with admission
 









 
 
 
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