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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

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

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