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Darting Dragonflies

The Morton Arboretum | Lisle, Ill.

Investigate the lives of the fastest insect in the world. Hike, play games and make a dragonfly craft.

When: 9:30-11 a.m. July 8, 16 and 17
Cost: $25, $18 members

Walk on the Wild Side Family Program: Reptiles

Cantigny Park | Wheaton, Ill.

The staff of Willowbrook Wildlife Center in Glen Ellyn demonstrate how reptiles differ from other terrestrial vertebrates through discussion, activities and a presentation of live animals.

When: 6 p.m.
Cost: $3, free parking

Mooovie Night

Capannari Ice Cream | Mount Prospect, Ill.


Watch Despicable Me 2 under the stars. Bring a picnic, blanket and enjoy some Capannari Ice Cream.

When: Dusk
Cost: Free

Family Summer Jamboree

Muntu Dance Theatre of Chicago | Chicago, Ill.

These concerts are perfect for summer camps, community groups and families. Muntu weaves cultural information and life lessons into an interactive performance for all ages.

When: 11 a.m.
Cost: $10, $7 kids

One. Big. Egyptian Mural.

Oriental Institute Museum | Chicago, Ill.


Find out how amazing Egyptian murals were made by helping to create a paper one using the techniques and “rules” that make ancient Egyptian art so recognizable.

When: 11 a.m.-noon
Cost: Free

Pause to Play

West Chicago Public Library | West Chicago, Ill.


Look on the library lawn for an array of different outdoor games and activities everyone in the family can enjoy.

When: 6-8 p.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.


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

Mommy and Me Zumba in the Plaza

Winston Plaza Shopping Center | Melrose Park, Ill.


Exercise alone or with your children 3 and up. Playland Attendant on site for Children under 5. All first-time attendees recieve a Health & Fitness Goodie Bag. Bring a towel, water and a mat.

When: 10 a.m.
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

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