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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

Thursday Night Concert Series

Lincolnwood Parks & Recreation | Lincolnwood, Ill.

FREE  

Includes family-friendly activities such as inflatables, bingo with prizes and magical face painting, then bands takes stage to rock the park. Concession stand will be open for food and refreshments.

When: 6-8:30 p.m.
Cost: Free

Kiddie Carnival

Oakbrook Terrace Park District | Oakbrook Terrace, Ill.

FREE   CP PICK  

Carnival will have inflatable and carnival games, prizes, water fun, balloon artist, face painter and more.

When: 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Cost: Free

Milk & Cookies Storytime

West Chicago Public Library | West Chicago, Ill.

FREE  

A special evening storytime with bedtime stories, songs, and a snack.

When: 7-7:30 p.m.
Cost: Free

Opening Minds to STEM for Little Learners

Bessie Coleman 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

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

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

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

Pet Vet

Kohl Children's Museum | Glenview, Ill.

Kids will be able to explore the pet vet office and learn a new respect for creatures as they nurse sick and injured animals back to health on the examining and operating tables; examine x-rays; get play animals clean; determine what diet is best and make a healthy meal; climb aboard a large format animal scale; help the lost pets find their correct homes and clamber through the pet obstacle course.

Cost: Free with admission
 









 
 
 
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