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Annual Ginza Holiday

Annual Ginza Holiday Festival | Chicago, Ill.

Experience a taste of Japan at this cultural festival, which features Japanese cultural exhibits and demonstrations, classical dances, drumming, ukelele, martial arts and fencing. Skilled master craftsmen (Waza) demonstrate crafts which will be offered for sale. Traditional Japanese cuisine will be offered and other Japanese merchandise. On Saturday at 8 p.m., Yoko Noge and Japanesque perform.


When: 5:30-9 p.m. Aug. 8, 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Aug. 9, 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Aug. 10
Cost: $7, $6 seniors and students, free kids under 12

Chicago Botanic Garden's Kite Festival

Glencoe, Ill.


Members of the award-winning Chicago Fire Kite Team perform sport kite ballet and precision flying demonstrations, and experts will offer kite-flying tips. Guests can purchase kites or can bring their own. Kids are encouraged to join in the fun by making their own kite during the kite-making workshops.

When: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Cost: Free. Parking $20.

Ecuador Parade

Chicago, Ill.


Parade takes place in the Albany Park neighborhood. Features a vibrant train of floats, along with Andean music and dancing from local folkloric troupes, all celebrating Ecuadorian independence.

When: Noon
Cost: Free

Retro on Roscoe

Chicago, Ill.

Festival features local restaurants, artisans, vendors, chili cookoff and a family area with crafts, balloon artists, face painting, music, rides and more.

When: Noon-10 p.m. Aug. 9-10
Cost: $10

Veggie Fest

Naperville, Ill.


Fest features health booths, vegetarian food demos, talks by health professionals, drawings, live music, food to purchase, and kids' activities.

When: 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
Cost: Free

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

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