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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

Reptiles Revealed Drop-In

Trailside Museum of Natural History | River Forest, Ill.


Enjoy an up-close visit with some of our local reptiles at this drop-in program.

When: 1-2:30 p.m.
Cost: Free

International Bog Day

Volo Bog State Natural Area | Ingleside, Ill.


The event includes an Artists' Reception, silent auction, live music, bog tours throughout the afternoon, a Bog Dog Picnic, kids bog crafts and snacks for sale.

When: Noon-5 p.m.
Cost: Free

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

Northern Illinois Vintage Base Ball Festival

Cantigny Park | Wheaton, Ill.

See how America's pastime was played during the Civil War as the Deep River Grinders, DuPage Plowboys, Chicago Salmon, Rockford Forest Citys, Springfield Long Nine, Aurora Town Club and Somonauk Blue Stockings compete. Bring a blanket or lawn chair.

When: 10 a.m.
Cost: Free, $5 parking

Family Day: Who Am I? Exploring Identity Through Art

Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center | Skokie, Ill.

Families are invited to explore not only appearances, but internal characteristics and traits through facilitated, art-based activities during this special program presented by the Illinois Holocaust Museum and the Anti-Defamation League. Reservations required.

When: 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Cost: Check website

Trades Day

Naper Settlement | Naperville, Ill.

Discover trades from the past to the present. Visit with artists and tradesmen, such as the blacksmith, quilter, pewtersmith, needle felter and more. Test your own crafting skills and bring home a do-it-yourself souvenir. Help pump the 1874 Joe Naper Pumper firefighting apparatus at 2:30 p.m. Some activities may require a small fee.

When: 1-4 p.m.
Cost: Free with admission

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

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