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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)

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

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

Sox vs. Cubs: The Chicago Civil Wars

Elmhurst Historical 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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