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Travel America Summer Festival

The 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

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

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

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

Sox vs. Cubs: The Chicago Civil Wars

Elmhurst History Museum | Elmhurst, Ill.

Exhibit highlights the longtime rivalry between the fans of these two storied teams. This cultural history exposé covers all the bases of the crosstown rivalry to examine concepts of loyalty and fandom through videos of each team’s colorful supporters; interviews with former players, sports journalists and broadcasters; and fan souvenirs and ephemera.

Cost: Free with admission

Funky Turns 40: Black Character Revolution Exhibition

DuSable Museum of African American History | Chicago, Ill.

Exhibit commemorates the 40th anniversaries of 1970's Saturday morning cartoons that featured positive black characters for the first time in television history. It was the first time that cartoons like Josie And The Pussy Cats, Kid Power and Star Trek featured strong, positive black female characters. It was also the first time that black people like Bill Cosby and Berry Gordy led the development of animated television programming featuring black characters.

Cost: Free with admission

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