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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

Malott Japanese Garden Family Sunday

Chicago Botanic Garden | Glencoe, Ill.

Enjoy hands-on activities related to Japanese gardens and culture, and make a take-home project. Different projects and activities are featured each week, including raking miniature dry gardens, trying chopsticks and practicing calligraphy. July 6 and 20.

When: 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Cost: Free, $20 parking

The Two Gentlemen of Verona

Nichols Park | Chicago, Ill.

FREE  

Set against the backdrop of the 1896 Yukon Gold Rush, The Two Gentlemen of Verona features prospectors, saloon gals, and outlaws. Follow this zany troupe as they travel from Verona to Yukon to seek their fortune and find love. This family-friendly, 90-minute version of The Two Gentlemen of Verona is a great introduction to Shakespeare as well as a new take on a classic comedy. Patrons are encouraged to bring picnics, blankets and/or chairs to this outdoor production. For more information, visit www.spectralia.org.

When: 5 p.m.
Cost: Free; donations appreciated

Kidical Mass

Audubon School | Chicago, Ill.

FREE  

A free bike ride for kids and their families. The Roscoe Village ride is held the first Sunday of every month. Rain or shine. For more information, visit http://chicagokidicalmass.org/. Aug. 3, Sept. 7, Oct. 5, Nov. 2, Dec. 7.

When: 10 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

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

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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