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Three day interactive music experience features a lineup of family-friendly rock and activities including music and dance workshops. Part of the Lollapalooza Festival. Visit for tickets.

When: See website for lineup
Cost: Check website

La Grange Endless Summerfest

La Grange, Ill.

Celebrate summer at its best with family fun, live music and great entertainment for all ages. Includes rides, entertainment, food vendors, beer garden, music, raffles, games, face-painting, petting zoo, pony rides, and inflatable jumpies. Plus, two nights of fireworks.

When: 4-10:30 p.m. Aug. 1; noon-10:30 p.m. Aug. 2-3
Cost: Check website

Cartooning Nature

Prairieview Education Center | Crystal Lake, Ill.

Learn to draw easy cartoon animals and plants, and to tell a conservation message with your own cartoon poster. Susan Sieber will demonstrate how to use simple shapes to draw characters from nature, and then will show how to tell a story with them. Make a poster that tells people what you know about conserving nature.

When: 2-4 p.m.
Cost: $15, $12 resident

Family Sundays

Jane Addams Hull-House Museum | Chicago, Ill.

Each Family Sunday includes short 20 minute tours, story time in the Hull-House Museum library and book sales, and activities and crafts for families connected to monthly theme. June 1; June 29; Aug. 3; Sept. 7.

When: Noon-4 p.m.
Cost: $5 family

Story Book Science

Discovery Center Museum | Rockford, Ill.

Choose a character from stories or movies or invent one of your own. Come in costume and enjoy games, art, crafts, and demonstrations.

When: 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Cost: Free with admission

LamaSeuss: The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins

Oriental Institute Museum | Chicago, Ill.


Hear a book from Dr. Seuss, then explore behatted artifacts to learn what ancient hats can tell an archaeologist.

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

Summer Science Party

American Science & Surplus | Chicago, Ill.


Includes telescope and microscope demonstrations, hair-raising electricity experiments, chemistry experiments much too messy for the home and a whole lot more. This event will have nonstop workshops, demonstrations, hands-on experiments, quizzes, fun, and special guest -The International Museum of Surgical Science.

When: 6-10 p.m.
Cost: Free

Language Stars Movie Matinee

Language Stars |

Watch Frozen in Spanish. Includes movie, snacks and a take-home project.

When: 3-5 p.m.
Cost: $25, $20 additional child

Butterflies & Blooms

Chicago Botanic Garden | Glencoe, Ill.

Outdoor butterfly garden where visitors can immerse themselves with hundreds of live tropical butterfly species from around the world. A field guide is available to help visitors identify dozens of species in the exhibition. Visitors can also observe butterflies hatching through a window into the pupa emergence room.

When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., weather permitting.
Cost: $6, $5 seniors, $4 kids 3-12. Discounts for members and combination tickets available.

Laugh Shack

Chicago Children's Museum | Chicago, Ill.

Try out some goofy faces, learn a wacky walk or build an arsenal of original knock-knock jokes. Once your material is ready, it's time to hit the stage and showcase your best bits at the Children's Museum's own comedy club.


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