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Curious Kids Nature Club

Lake View Nature Center | Oakbrook Terrace, Ill.

Kids make discoveries about the earth through art, play and exploration. Learn about awesome animals and their roles in nature. Dress for outdoor adventures and wear gym shoes. Meal and snack included.

When: 6-9:30 p.m.
Cost: $29, $24 resident

Young Explorers' Mondays

Adler Planetarium | Chicago, Ill.

A weekly hands-on science program for families that provides an opportunity for kids and parents to do science together and conduct cool experiments in the Adler's Planet X Lab. Together, participants can construct a kite, make dodge balloon asteroids, create constellations, and more.

When: 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Cost: Free with admission

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

Frozen In July

Morkes Chocolates | Algonquin, Ill.

Kids build Olaf marshmallows, mold chocolate snowflakes and truffle centered snowballs, and learn how to make ‘Magic’ shell ice cream topping, which will be enjoyed over ice cream, while singing ‘Let It Go’!

 

When: 10-11:30 a.m., noon-1:30 p.m., 2-3:30 p.m., or 4-5:30 p.m. July 21; 2-3:30 p.m., 4-5:30 p.m. or 6-7:30 p.m. July 23
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

Play with the Sea Life

Wonder Works | Oak Park, Ill.

The Wonder Works exhibits are populated with a wide variety of pretend sea life that can be part of your child's play. Search for the plastic fish or whales in the Great Outdoors, adopt a farm animal under the life-sized cow, build a zoo for the plastic mammals in Build It, or identify the plush birds in the orchard. New creatures are rotated in every month.

When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Cost: Included with museum 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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