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Seussical Night

Chicago Children's Museum | Chicago, Ill.


Includes a short program followed by an opportunity for visiting children and families to interact with cast members from Chicago Shakespeare Theater's Seussical.

When: 6 p.m.
Cost: Free

Family Night Out: Golf

Cantigny Park | Wheaton, Ill.


Tonight's theme is golf. Guest can expect a few fun surprises that all ages will enjoy.  No golf experience necessary.

When: 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Cost: Free, $2 parking

“Education for a New Humanity” –Panel and International Education Conference

The Theosophical Society in America | Wheaton, Ill.

Parents and educators can attend this conference featuring several spiritually-based educational systems. Leading representatives from the Montessori, Waldorf, Krishnamurti, Theosophical, and Raja Yoga schools will share their methods of teaching.  Plus nature educator Joseph Cornell will conduct indoor and outdoor nature activities for educators, parents and children.

When: 9 a.m.-8 p.m. daily
Cost: $100 four days; $25 one day; $15 half-day

Weather Detective

Marengo Ridge | Marengo, Ill.

Learn all about clouds and the ways they can help predict the weather. Plus, make a "weather window" to help classify cloud types to take home.

When: 10-11:30 a.m.
Cost: $5, free resident

Up, Up and Away

Roselle Public Library | Roselle, Ill.


Interact with the science of hot air balloons, vortex generators and even a special hovercraft, all with Mad Science Chicago.

When: 1 p.m.
Cost: Free

Stories in the Garden at Cantigny

West Chicago Public Library | West Chicago, Ill.


Explore some favorite stories and other activities in the gardens at Cantigny Park. Meet at the Visitors Center.

When: 10-10:30 a.m.
Cost: Free

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

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

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