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Chicago Botanic Garden Art Festival

Glencoe, Ill.

Guests can stroll the Esplanade and shop for beautiful botanic-themed art and art made from plant materials. More than 100 juried artists will display their work including photography, paintings, ceramics, cement, metal, fiber, wood, jewelry and much more. Artist talks and family activities will be featured.

When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Cost: Free; $20 parking

Windy City Ribfest

Chicago, Ill.

Fest features live music, lots of ribs, arts & crafts and kids' area (on Saturday and Sunday afternoons).

When: Noon-10 p.m. July 4-5, noon-9 p.m. July 6
Cost: $5

Travel America Summer Festival

Morton Arboretum | Lisle, Ill.

Explore the diversity of American culture and trees with regional foods, live music, demonstrations, games, tram tours of our tree collections and more.

When: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Cost: Free with admission

Starry Starry Night

Heller Nature Center | Highland Park, Ill.

Step inside the Starlab portable planetarium and take a tour of the night sky. Learn to identify constellations and discover stories told about them for centuries, then head outside to practice your identifying skills. Kids must be accompanied by a participating adult.

When: 8:30-10 p.m.
Cost: $8

Explore Your Preserves: Brookfield Prairie

Trailside Museum of Natural History | River Forest, Ill.


Discover new trails and scenic vistas, on a monthly naturalist-guided walk in local Forest Preserves. This month's walk is at beautiful Brookfield Prairie, near Brookfield Zoo.

When: 10-11:30 a.m.
Cost: Free

Kids Identification And Safety Seat (K.I.S.S.) Event

Kohl Children's Museum | Glenview, Ill.


The K.I.S.S. event strives to educate parents and caregivers on important safety issues for their children by providing safety seat inspections and child identification cards for children age 3 and older. The Illinois Tollway will also bring a snow plow for children to climb aboard and explore in a safe and supervised environment.

When: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Cost: Free

Family Trolley Tours

Chicago History Museum | Chicago, Ill.

Professional tour guide Josh Eisenberg leads family-friendly urban exploration in an open-air trolley. April 5: The City that Goes; May 3: The Chicago Flag; June 7: Above & Below; July 12: Sports; Aug. 2: Water, Water Everywhere.

When: 10 a.m.-noon
Cost: $25, $10 kids; $20 members, $5 member kids

The Troll Booth

McAninch Arts Center at College of DuPage | Glen Ellyn, Ill.


A script inspired by improvisation where the Three Billy Goats Gruff collide with Goldie, the Three Bears and the Three Little Pigs. Actors encourage everyone to participate in a ‘no-shushing’ experience.

When: 5-6 p.m.
Cost: Free

"Just Play 4 Kids” Family Game Day

Lacuna Artist Lofts | Chicago, Ill.

Compete in games, such as Connect Four, Bingo, Uno, Checkers, Guess Who, Operation, Life, Monopoly, Musical Chairs, Karaoke, Jumbo Jenga, Family Feud, Win Lose or Draw, Catch My Drift, Soul Train Line, Limbo, Hula Hoop and Dance Contest. Guests can shop with vendors, strike a pose with our photo booth props, have their faces painted and enjoy a magic show. Little Tikes can enjoy Paint Party, Bozo Show Grand Prize Game and musical chairs for ages 5 and under. A serving of nachos and your choice of Just Play punch, pop, or water is included in general admission. Additional charge for Ice Cream Sundae Bar and cotton candy. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Boys and Girls Club.
When: 1-4 p.m.
Cost: $10, $5 kids 5 and under; $30 family of five

Where's Waldo? Neighborhood-Wide Scavenger Hunt

Women and Children First | Chicago, Ill.


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

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