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Chicago Open Figure Skating Competition

Glenview Ice Center | Glenview, Ill.


See the skating stars of tomorrow at this United States Figure Skating sanctioned competition which draws more than 250 participants across the Midwest and beyond.

Cost: Free

Language Stars Chinatown Field Trip

Chinatown | Chicago, Ill.

Join Language Stars on a field trip to Chinatown Square. Optional Dim Sum lunch to follow.

When: 10:30 a.m.-noon
Cost: $15, $10 additional sibling; does not include lunch

To Infinity and Beyond

Discovery Center Museum | Rockford, Ill.

Interactive event about the night sky. Invent a new constellation picture, get in the know about what’s up with NASA, sample astronaut food, pilot a “rover”, race to the planets, and more.

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

“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

Family Fun Fest

Lisle Park District | Lisle, Ill.

Win prizes at more than 20 fun fair games, plus face painting, spin art, sandy candy, tattoos, inflatables and more.

When: 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Cost: $10 for punch card

Mother/Son Beach Party

Naperville Park District | Naperville, Ill.

Enjoy an afternoon “Beach Party” at Centennial Beach complete with Beach Blanket Bingo, Limbo, Hoola Hoops, water balloon toss and more. Also, enjoy swimming, games, playing in the sand and a picnic dinner.

When: 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Cost: $22, $15 resident

LamaSeuss: Safari, So Good!

Oriental Institute Museum | Chicago, Ill.


Read a story from Dr. Seuss, then explore the animals of the ancient Near East and find out if you have any in your own backyard.

When: 11 a.m.-noon
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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