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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

Full Moon Rising Campfire

Heller Nature Center | Highland Park, Ill.

Take a short hike with a naturalist along the trails, play games with family and friends and enjoy marshmallows roasted over the campfire while watching the full moon rise over Lake Michigan.

When: 8-9:30 p.m. June 13; 7:30-9 p.m. July 12; 7-8:30 p.m. Aug. 10
Cost: $8, free kids 2 and under

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

Where's Waldo? Neighborhood-Wide Scavenger Hunt

Women and Children First | Chicago, Ill.


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

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