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Weekday Nature Walk

Trailside Museum of Natural History | River Forest, Ill.

FREE  

Join in a casual guided hike to explore nature along the trails. July 29, Aug. 26, Sept. 30, Oct. 28, Nov. 25.

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

Stuffed Animal Day

Kohl Children's Museum | Glenview, Ill.

Guests can bring a favorite stuffed animal or bedtime toy and then try fun events for kids and their furry friends.

Cost: Free with admission

Opening Minds to STEM for Little Learners

Oriole Park Branch | Chicago, Ill.

FREE  

An interactive learning experience designed to prompt children to explore, observe, question, predict and demystify common childhood fears. It fosters STEM learning by engaging children in story time activities, letting them create a one-of-a-kind art project that addresses their fear of the dark, and lets children play with lights and switches to experience bright light, darkness and shadow. 

When: 10:30 a.m.
Cost: Free

Where's Waldo? Neighborhood-Wide Scavenger Hunt

Women and Children First | Chicago, Ill.

FREE  

Beginning July 1, children can stop by for a list of participating stores, which each have a 6" Waldo figurine hidden somewhere on the premises. When the child finds him, that business's staff will give the child a card that says "I found Waldo at _____." Bring all the cards back for chances to win prizes.

Cost: Free

Where's Waldo? Bash

Women and Children First | Chicago, Ill.

FREE  

Includes games, snacks, and prize drawings.

When: 6-7 p.m.
Cost: Free

Candy Sushi

Morkes Chocolates | Palatine, Ill.

Using sugared fruit leather for the wrap, kids create yummy sushi using lots of fun ingredients: Rice Krispie treats, strawberry laces, Swedish fish and of course gummy sharks. For dessert, dip fortune cookies in chocolate and sprinkles.

When: 2-3:30 p.m. or 4-5:30 p.m.
Cost: $18

Candy Sushi

Morkes Chocolates | Algonquin, Ill.

Using sugared fruit leather for the wrap, kids create yummy sushi using lots of fun ingredients: Rice Krispie treats, strawberry laces, Swedish fish and of course gummy sharks. For dessert, dip fortune cookies in chocolate and sprinkles.

When: 10-11:30 a.m., noon-1:30 p.m., 2-3:30 p.m., or 4-5:30 p.m. July 29; 2-3:30 p.m., 4-5:30 p.m. or 6-7:30 p.m. July 31
Cost: $18

Tree House Tales

Morton Arboretum | Lisle, Ill.

Enter a tree house village filled with adventure and imagination. Play, make believe, and become part of the trees' ever-changing tale. The exhibition is comprised of six fun-filled, educational tree houses, aimed at kids 2-10.

When: 7 a.m.-sunset
Cost: Free with admission

Butterflies & Blooms

Chicago Botanic Garden | Glencoe, Ill.

Outdoor butterfly garden where visitors can immerse themselves with hundreds of live tropical butterfly species from around the world. A field guide is available to help visitors identify dozens of species in the exhibition. Visitors can also observe butterflies hatching through a window into the pupa emergence room.

When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., weather permitting.
Cost: $6, $5 seniors, $4 kids 3-12. Discounts for members and combination tickets available.

Circus Zirkus

Chicago Children's Museum | Chicago, Ill.

Children can immerse themselves in backstage preparation, perform routines in center ring or manage the behind-the-scenes action of lights and sound. Plus, try making a circus balance toy or dress up like a clown.

Cost: Free with admission
 







 
 
 
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