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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

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

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

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

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

“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

Kids' Fun Races (Bike Races)

Downtown Downers Grove | Downers Grove, Ill.


Kids can take part in the Downers Grove bike races. Each of the four separate heats ends at the finish line of the racecourse at the corner of Main St. and Grove. The 3-4 year olds will go about 50 yards, the 5-6 year olds will go about 100 yards, the 7-8 year olds will go 200 yards, and the 9-10 year olds will go about 350 yards. A parent or guardian must register each child in advance. Each child who participates must wear a helmet. For more information, visit

When: 4 p.m.
Cost: Free

The Two Gentlemen of Verona

Skinner Park | Chicago, Ill.


Set against the backdrop of the 1896 Yukon Gold Rush, The Two Gentlemen of Verona features prospectors, saloon gals, and outlaws. Follow this zany troupe as they travel from Verona to Yukon to seek their fortune and find love. This family-friendly, 90-minute version of The Two Gentlemen of Verona is a great introduction to Shakespeare as well as a new take on a classic comedy. Patrons are encouraged to bring picnics, blankets and/or chairs to this outdoor production. For more information, visit

When: 5 p.m.
Cost: Free; donations appreciated

Baby and Toddler Expo

Baby Expo Chicago | Skokie, Ill.

Includes the Daddy's Play Yard Race, Shop 'til You Drop, Beautiful Baby Contest, exhibitors from around the world, bounce house, and shopping event for new and expecting parents and families. On-stage activities and presentations provided by KLOVE Radio.

When: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Cost: $5, free kids
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