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Bastille Day Chicago 2013

Daley Plaza | Chicago, Ill.

FREE  

Come celebrate Bastille day "a la française." Features a Kids corner with face painting, circus, french art and craft, gifts bags and beach toss games. For adults, enjoy food, wine, can-can dancers, music, raffle and more.

When: 5-10 p.m.
Cost: Free

Opening Minds to STEM for Little Learners

Independence Branch Library | Chicago, Ill.

FREE  

An interactive learning experience designed to prompt children to explore, observe, question, predict and demystify common childhood fears. It fosters STEM learning by engaging children in story time activities, letting them create a one-of-a-kind art project that addresses their fear of the dark, and lets children play with lights and switches to experience bright light, darkness and shadow. 

When: 10:30 a.m.
Cost: Free

Little Red Riding Hood

Metropolis Performing Arts Centre | Arlington Heights, Ill.

Little Red Riding Hood walks to her grandmother's house, through the woods, to bring her a basket of food. But the Big Bad Wolf has other plans for the girl and tricks her into telling him where she's going. When Red finally makes it to Granny's house, something isn't quite right.

When: 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Monday-Friday; 11 a.m. Saturday
Cost: $14, $12 kids 12 and under

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

Wizard of Oz

Morkes Chocolates | Algonquin, Ill.

Kids recreate scenes from the Wizard of Oz movie including a chocolate house falling on the wicked witch, decorating Dorothy’s red slippers, building a yellow brick ‘candy’ road and adding more candy special effects

When: 10-11:30 a.m., noon-1:30 p.m., 2-3:30 p.m., or 4-5:30 p.m. July 14; 2-3:30 p.m., 4-5:30 p.m. or 6-7:30 p.m. July 16
Cost: $18

Tree House Tales

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

Butterflies & Blooms

Chicago Botanic Garden | Glencoe, Ill.

Outdoor butterfly garden where visitors can immerse themselves with hundreds of live tropical butterfly species from around the world. A field guide is available to help visitors identify dozens of species in the exhibition. Visitors can also observe butterflies hatching through a window into the pupa emergence room.

When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., weather permitting.
Cost: $6, $5 seniors, $4 kids 3-12. Discounts for members and combination tickets available.

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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