The fest-within-West Fest runs on Saturday and Sunday and features many activities including train rides, bouncy houses, bean bag toss, ring toss, balloon darts, football toss, bottle toss, photo booth and an obstacle course. The Kid Fest Stage is booked by the Beat Kitchen and features a family-friendly lineup from Mary Macaroni to the Environmental Encroachment Marching Band. 100% of proceeds benefit Talcott Fine Arts and Museum Academy.
Embark on an adventure of the senses as you explore Lincoln Marsh.
Learn to identify dragonflies and damselflies by color and behaviors. Bring binoculars; a limited amount of binoculars are available to borrow.
Unearth the world of crayfish and find out where these secretive creatures can be found at the prairie.
Explore the city's stories with your family through interactive activities, make-and-take crafts, music, performances, and more. April 12 and July 12: Prairie. Imagine what Chicago looked like before it was a city. Investigate the prairie plants that used to grow here: from gigantic flowers to far-reaching fields. May 10 and Aug. 9: Maps. Use a compass and connect artifacts to where they came from in the city. Follow clues and share stories. June 14: Artifacts. Find out what artifacts say about the city and its people. Touch, look, and talk about objects from Chicago’s past with your family.
Make a Curious George craft and have a chance to purchase two of George's favorite reads, Curious George Takes the Train or Curious George Visits the Library. Book proceeds benefit the DuPage County Historical Museum.
Experience an outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Participants learn to navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates to find the geocache (container) with a riddle and coordinates to their next clue. The group that obtains all the geocaches wins a prize.
Children of all ages will rediscover Dorothy's legendary journey through Oz with the Scarecrow, Tin Man and Lion starring an ensemble of stars from Chicago and New York City's Theater District in this modern contemporary interactive performance with audience participation, costumes and digitally projected 3D scenery. This is an abbreviated, ninety minute twenty first century version of the musical Wizard of Oz starring professional adult actors geared towards young audiences and families. www.nyblackarts.com
Bring the family out for a magic show with music, storytelling, comedy and more.
Visit with exotic live animal friends from all parts of the world and learn about what they eat and how they live in the wild.