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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

Parent/Child Woodland Ramble

Trailside Museum of Natural History | River Forest, Ill.


Join a guided parent/child nature walk in the woods to look at trees, wildflowers, and creatures. No strollers, please. Registration required.

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

Dairy Day

Elk Grove Historical Museum | Elk Grove Village, Ill.

Make an ice cream sundae, learn to churn butter, watch cheese-making demonstrations, play a milk-bottle toss game, and play music from the 1800s.

When: Noon-3 p.m.
Cost: $4

Family Clue Game

Wilmette Historical Museum | Wilmette, Ill.

Someone has stolen a treasured artifact from the museum, and teams must solve this history mystery – Clue style.

When: Check website for time.
Cost: Check website

Festival to Benefit Cancer Awareness

Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum | Chicago, Ill.


A day of free food, fun and learning to raise awareness for GIST (Gastro Intestinal Stromal Tumors) cancer. Includes tasting tables from Chicago's top bakeries and restaurants, arts and crafts, giveaways, live band and plenty of entertainment for the kids. Plus, contribute to our Guinness World Record attempt for the largest display of origami boats. Register at

When: 1-4 p.m.
Cost: Free

Flora and Fauna Cabaret

Gorilla Tango Bucktown | Chicago, Ill.

Celebrate the music of some of America's most beloved animated films. This month focuses on the flora and fauna themed songs of this canon.

When: 6 p.m.
Cost: $12

The Two Gentlemen of Verona

Ravenswood Manor Park | Chicago, Ill.


Set against the backdrop of the 1896 Yukon Gold Rush, The Two Gentlemen of Verona features prospectors, saloon gals, and outlaws. Follow this zany troupe as they travel from Verona to Yukon to seek their fortune and find love. This family-friendly, 90-minute version of The Two Gentlemen of Verona is a great introduction to Shakespeare as well as a new take on a classic comedy. Patrons are encouraged to bring picnics, blankets and/or chairs to this outdoor production. For more information, visit

When: 5 p.m.
Cost: Free; donations appreciated

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

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