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Kid Fest

West Fest | Chicago, Ill.

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.

When: 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
Cost: Free with fest admission

Sense-ational Summer

Lincoln Marsh Natural Area | Wheaton, Ill.

Embark on an adventure of the senses as you explore Lincoln Marsh.

When: 9-10 a.m.
Cost: $9.50, $7.50 resident

Walk with Dragons and Damsels

Trailside Museum of Natural History | River Forest, Ill.

FREE  

Learn to identify dragonflies and damselflies by color and behaviors. Bring binoculars; a limited amount of binoculars are available to borrow.

When: 1-2 p.m.
Cost: Free

Diggin’ up Crayfish

Fuller Air Station Prairie and Tyner Interpretive Center | Glenview, Ill.

Unearth the world of crayfish and find out where these secretive creatures can be found at the prairie.

When: 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Cost: $12 resident/child pair; $15 nonresident pair; $6 each additional child

Second Saturdays

Chicago History Museum | Chicago, Ill.

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.

When: 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Cost: Free with admission; free kids 12 and under

Curious George Visits

DuPage County Historical Museum | Wheaton, Ill.

FREE  

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.

When: 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Cost: Free; donations welcome

Geocaching 101

Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art | Elmhurst, Ill.

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.

When: 10 a.m.-noon
Cost: $10, $8 members

Dip and Drip

Fel-Pro RRR | Cary, Ill.

Find out who lives in the pond and creek. Using dip nets, catch and release aquatic creatures. All equipment is provided. Wear clothes that can get wet and dirty.

When: 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Cost: $5, free resident

Art in the Park

Northbrook Park District | Northbrook, Ill.

FREE  

Enjoy high-quality artwork of more than 70 artists from across the country, plus live music, children’s activities, a young artists’ exhibit and a food and beverage area. http://www.northbrookarts.org/aitp.php

When: Check website
Cost: Free

"The Wiz: A Brand New Day!"

Preston Bradley Center | Chicago, Ill.

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

When: 3 and 7:30 p.m.
Cost: $15-$20
 











 
 
 
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