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Kidville Children's Tent at Randolph Street Market

Randolph Street Market | Chicago, Ill.

Face painting, tattoos, glittertoos and frame making will keep kids busy, while Kidville’s signature “Rockin’ Railroad” band will keep them moving and grooving. July 26-27.


Kidville Entertainment and Activity Tent

Randolph Street Market | Chicago, Ill.

Take a break in Kidville-sponsored children’s tent with face painting, tattoos, glittertoos and frame making, plus Kidville’s signature “Rockin’ Railroad” band.

When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Cost: $25 family

Butterfly Boogie

Fuller Air Station Prairie and Tyner Interpretive Center | Glenview, Ill.

Learn about a butterfly's stages and appetite on this butterfly hunt in the heart of the prairie's ecosystem. July 26 and Aug. 10.

When: 10-11 a.m.
Cost: $15 adult/child, $7.50 additional child; $12 resident/child, $6 additional resident child

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

Word Weekend

Museum of Contemporary Art | Chicago, Ill.

A day of interactive performances, collaborative art making, and ‘live literature’ experiences exploring the role of words and language in contemporary art and culture. Features partnerships with the local literary community, including a book fair representing Chicago’s small press printing scene organized by the Printers’ Ball.  Local artists who use text and word in their work lead innovative art experiences, including Matt Austin’s basketball game with crumpled paper and discarded writing.  Visitors can participate in workshops led by Chicago Slam Works and the Write Club and contribute to a collaborative chalk drawing on the museum’s plaza with Robbie Q. Telfer of Encyclopedia Show. The day concludes with a silent film screening in the MCA sculpture garden.

When: Noon-10 p.m.
Cost: Free with admission

Late Night at the Museum!

Midwest Museum of Natural History | Sycamore, Ill.

Snacks and fun are provided by the museum. Each of the events are planned so families can pick and choose what appeals to them. The whole museum is open for your enjoyment.

When: 6-9 p.m.
Cost: $15, $10 members

Sweet’s Civil War Reenactment

Lombard Historical Society | Lombard, Ill.

Features both Confederate and Union soldiers recreating military campsites, military drills and demonstrations, cannon fire during an 11:30 skirmish and a 2:30 battle, Mr. and Mrs. Lincoln, Civil War era music and games, and other living history activities. Stanford's Battery and the 8th Veteran Reserve Corps co-host this event.

When: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. July 26-27
Cost: $5 suggested donation

Ed's Fest

Ed Debevic's | Chicago, Ill.


A day of luau-themed activities, food and sassy service. Includes food and drinks, games like hula-hoop, a dunk tank, Mitchell's Ice Cream eating contests, corn hole, face painting and more. A portion of the proceeds from the many Ed's Fest games and attractions will benefit local charities such as the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital, Rescue Warriors Corp and The Israel Idonije Foundation.

When: 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Cost: Free; food and drink extra

Summer Pie Social

Riverside Arts Center | Riverside, Ill.


Pie and lemonade are the order of the day, donated by ITAK artists and various Chicagoland bakeries. Test your aim at the pie throwing station, while kids let loose at the creative station.

When: 2-6 p.m.
Cost: Free; cost for food and activities

“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

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