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Kids Fest

Wicker Park Fest | Chicago, Ill.

Includes Kids Fest Stage, face painting, chess wizards, Lego robotics, bounce house, arts & crafts stations, hair streakin, nail painting, Mary Macaroni and origami.

When: Noon-6 p.m. July 26-27
Cost: Free with fest admission

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

Herb Garden Weekend

Chicago Botanic Garden | Glencoe, Ill.

Programs about growing and using a variety of kitchen garden herbs. Herb Discovery Carts will be set up to introduce visitors to the herbs and edible flowers they can grow in their own gardens. An herbal expert will staff a display and answer herb gardening questions throughout the weekend. A number of family-friendly activities will be set up to help teach the difference between herbs and spices, including "Sniff and Guess," planting an herb seed and making a plant label to go with the seed and making a dried herb mix to take home to make an herb butter. The youngest kids can use cups and spoons in the "Herb Sandbox" to find dried petals and herbs in small tubs. Vendors will offer plants and herbal products for sale. Visitors can take an herb seedling home (while supplies last).

When: 11 a.m-4 p.m.
Cost: Free, $20 parking

Fantastic Fireflies

Prairieview Education Center | Crystal Lake, Ill.

Bring a picnic to the Praireview patio any time after 7 p.m., and enjoy a dessert provided by the Center. Then learn about fireflies through activities and observation. Bring a blanket and wear long sleeves and pants instead of insect repellent.

When: 7:30-9:30 p.m.
Cost: $5, residents free

Being a Butterfly

Prairieview Education Center | Crystal Lake, Ill.

After a short story about butterfly traits and a quick craft, set out on a butterfly adventure. Dress for a short hike off the trail and games outside.

When: 2-3:30 p.m.
Cost: $5, free kids

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

Kids’ Concert: Miss Jamie and The Farmhands

Cantigny Park | Wheaton, Ill.


Miss Jamie and her puppet friends from the farm will take the audience on a magical barnyard adventure in a sing-along, dance-along show that's fun for kids and grownups alike. Lawn seating; chairs and blankets welcome.

When: 2 p.m.
Cost: Free; $5 parking

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