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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

Water Wondering

DuPage Children's Museum | Naperville, Ill.

Kids spray their way into art, measure into math, and tap into scientific inquiry and curiosity.

When: 9:30-10 a.m.
Cost: $20 pair, $14 member pair

Fish Dissection

Midwest Museum of Natural History | Sycamore, Ill.

Dissect a yellow perch and learn about how a fish can swim, breathe and live underwater.

When: 6-7:30 p.m.
Cost: $18, $15 members

40th Anniversary Community Open House

Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio | Oak Park, Ill.


Enjoy free tours and refreshments, try your hand at the Froebel Blocks that influenced Wright, and pose for pictures with Frank.

When: 5-8 p.m.
Cost: Free

Things That Go Buzz in the Night

Pleasant Valley Conservation Area | Woodstock, Ill.


Explore the world of nocturnal insects, including moths, beetles, crickets and fireflies. Learn how to attract, catch and observe them. Registration required.

When: 8-9 p.m.
Cost: $2, free resident

Walter's Furry Follies

Roselle Public Library | Roselle, Ill.


Join Walter the Basset Hound on his journey into the science of zoology. Visit the land of imagination with Dave Herzog and his hand-crafted marionettes.

When: 1 p.m.
Cost: Free

Opening Minds to STEM for Little Learners

Rogers Park Branch-Chicago Public Library | Chicago, Ill.


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.


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

Kids Ice Cream Social

Whole Foods Market Deerfield | Deerfield, Ill.

Kids get to make an ice cream cookie sundae to cool them off during this class.

When: 4:30-5:15 p.m.
Cost: $5

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