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Morning Meanders: Tail Tales

Prairieview Education Center | Crystal Lake, Ill.

Games, activities, and crafts based around the theme of the day. A snack is provided. Dress appropriately for the weather and wear good walking shoes, as we will be spending much of the time outdoors.

When: 9 a.m.-noon
Cost: $8, $6 resident

Free Public Tour

Skokie Northshore Sculpture Park | Skokie, Ill.


Explore the sculpture park with trained docents. Kids get a bit of culture and art education, but aren't expected to be sit still, be quiet and never touch anything. May 18, June 22, July 27, Aug. 24 and Sept. 28.

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

Star Wars Angry Birds

Discovery Center Museum | Rockford, Ill.

Design a crazy hat, make your own mask, and cobble together a device you can use to knock things down as we get into the science behind this physics phenomenon.

When: 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Cost: Free with admission

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

Andy’s Awesome Alphabet Campfire

Marengo Ridge | Marengo, Ill.

In this audience participation program, the audience draws letters out of a hat. The staff has a fun activity to correspond with each letter drawn. Stories, songs, jokes and maybe even some dancing—no one knows until it’s happening.

When: 7:30-9 p.m.
Cost: $5, free resident

Grandparent/Grandchild Bingo & Pizza

Naperville Park District | Naperville, Ill.

Event includes 12 games of Bingo, a snack, pizza and a drink, and prizes for everyone. July 18, Dec. 29.

When: 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Cost: $22, $15 resident

Shakespeare in the Park: A Midsummer's Night's Dream

Naperville Park District | Naperville, Ill.


Midsummer Theater Troupe presents an all-ages performance of Shakepeare in a park setting. Park opens at 6 p.m., performance begins at 7 p.m.

When: 7 p.m.
Cost: Free

LamaSeuss: Dr. Seuss’s ABC

Oriental Institute Museum | Chicago, Ill.


Hear a story from Dr. Seuss, then take part in the Oriental Institute’s original play-story about the origins of the alphabet and try out writing ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs.

When: 11 a.m.-noon
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

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