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McCormick Day

Cantigny Park | Wheaton, Ill.


Vintage games for kids, special tours, exhibits and much more at this annual parkwide celebration. Enjoy a slice of birthday cake, too, in honor of Robert R. McCormick (1880-1955).

When: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Cost: Free

National Cheesecake Day

Eli's Cheesecake World | Chicago, Ill.


Enjoy a different flavor free cheesecake sample every hour. Plus a meet-and-greet with Eli’s Slice mascot and Eli’s Cheesecake Mobile makes deliveries of free Eli’s Cheesecake downtown.

Cost: Free

The Mariachi Divas

Ravinia Festival | Highland Park, Ill.

Part of the Kraft Kids Concert series. Park opens at 11 a.m.

When: 1 p.m.
Cost: $10 lawn, $5 park

Rhythmic Gymnastics Fall Preview

Illinois Rhythmic Gymnastics Center (IRGC) | Highland Park, Ill.


Learn rhythmic gymnastics moves in a sample class with Bronze Olympic Medalist & Head Coach, Olena Vitrychenko; try your hand using the rope, hoop, ribbon and ball with the assistance of coaches; see a performance by State & Regional Champions; and enjoy an ice cream treat.

When: 6-8 p.m.
Cost: Free

Nature's Play Time

Rush Creek Conservation Area | Harvard, Ill.

Share a fun morning with your child in nature's classroom while participating in activity stations that foster an appreciation of nature. Children use natural materials to build their skills such as identifying and sorting shapes and colors, practicing their fine and gross motor skills, and working with various textures and patterns. After the activities and some pond exploration, a snack will be provided.

When: 10-11:30 a.m.
Cost: $3, free resident

Wendy & DB Children's Concert

Malllinckrodt Community Center | Wilmette, Ill.


Wendy & DB love to get kids singing, wiggling, jumping, dancing and having a great time. Their original songs encourage children to use their imaginations, teach musical basics like melody and rhythm, and show kids how to have fun with words. Also includes face painting, photo booth fun and ice cream.

When: 12:30 p.m.
Cost: Free

What’s Up, King Tut?

Oriental Institute Museum | Chicago, Ill.


Was Tut murdered? Was the boy king a good pharaoh? Decipher hieroglyphs and discover hidden clues left on his 16-foot-tall statue that might lead us to answers.

When: 11 a.m.-noon
Cost: Free

Pause to Play

West Chicago Public Library | West Chicago, Ill.


Look on the library lawn for an array of different outdoor games and activities everyone in the family can enjoy.

When: 6-8 p.m.
Cost: Free

Mommy and Me Zumba in the Plaza

Winston Plaza Shopping Center | Melrose Park, Ill.


Exercise alone or with your children 3 and up. Playland Attendant on site for Children under 5. All first-time attendees recieve a Health & Fitness Goodie Bag. Bring a towel, water and a mat.

When: 10 a.m.
Cost: Free

Tree House Tales

The 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

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