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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

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

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

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

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

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