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Free Family Workshop: Draw Our Garden in a City

The Lurie Garden in Millennium Park | Chicago, Ill.


Find your favorite flower, insect, leaf or shadow and investigate the architecture surrounding the garden. Through playful activities, make choices about what to draw and capture a vision of the Lurie Garden.

When: 2-4 p.m.
Cost: Free

Family Camping

Garfield Park Conservatory | Chicago, Ill.

Take a nature hike, go fishing, learn basic camping principles and enjoy a campfire. Learn basic camping skills from our experts; camping and fishing equipment will be provided. Bring your own sleeping bag and brown bag lunches. Hotdogs and marshmallows will be provided.

When: 2 p.m.-10 a.m.
Cost: $50 family (up to six members)

Monarchs and Milkweed

Prairieview Education Center | Crystal Lake, Ill.

Enjoy a brief overview of Monarchs, their life-cycle, migration patterns, and programs that track their migrations, then walk the trails through the summer prairie in search of Monarchs and their larvae, and learn more about their host plants and migration challenges.

When: 1:30-3 p.m.
Cost: $2, free resident

Kohl Children’s Museum Reciprocal Admission Day

DuPage Children's Museum | Naperville, Ill.


Visit Kohl Children’s Museum and show your DCM membership card featuring an ACM logo (Family PLUS or above) at check-in to receive free admission. Includes access to more than 15 exhibit spaces.

Cost: Free

Bubble Works Returns Again

Wonder Works | Oak Park, Ill.

Families enjoy an assortment of bubble activities including giant bubbles, tiny bubbles, bubble walls, painting with bubbles and much more. Kids can also learn about water currents using an assortment of age appropriate science activities.

When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 9; noon-5 p.m. Aug. 10
Cost: Free with admission

French Connection Day

Cantigny Park | Wheaton, Ill.

Day-long festival and family fun to commemorate the personal history of the park's benefactor, Robert R. McCormick. Colonel McCormick named his Cantigny estate after a French village, scene of the first American victory during World War I.

When: 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Cost: Free, $5 parking

Shark Week

John G. Shedd Aquarium | Chicago, Ill.


Fans can interact with Shedd’s eleven shark species right here in the city. Activities planned include a behind-the-scenes Shark Feeding Tour, #SharksAtShedd Expert Twitter chat and Shedd researcher Dr. Kristine Stump’s Discovery Channel debut.

Cost: Free

Get In, Get Art Days

Beverly Arts Center | Chicago, Ill.


A series of free monthly hands-on art days. Each of the Get In, Get Art days is centered on a theme. Today's theme is "Get Game." Get In, Get Art finishes its first year by putting an arts twist on favorite games from bingo to bridge.


When: 2-4 p.m.
Cost: Free

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.


Science + You

Kohl Children's Museum | Glenview, Ill.

Exhibit features a child-sized laboratory where kids can explore how scientists impact health and wellness through hands-on, interactive machinery, processes and technology. A demonstration area of the exhibit will allow guest scientists and educators to perform fun and interactive scientific experiments appropriate for young children.

Cost: Free with admission

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