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World Elephant Day

Brookfield Zoo | Brookfield, Ill.

Guests are invited to wear something grey. The South Mall and the interior of Hamill Family Play Zoo will feature a variety of fun pachyderm-themed crafts and activities. Volunteers will be on hand with a variety of elephant artifacts, including tusks, a hide, and a replica of an elephant’s tooth. Guests can show their love and support of elephants by signing one of the elephant-shaped cards or take “elphies” in front of the zoo’s life-size elephant statue.

Cost: Free with admission

Perseid Meteor Shower Star Party at Cantigny Park

Adler Planetarium | Wheaton, Ill.

This annual tradition is a great way to celebrate the beautiful surroundings of Cantigny Park as hundreds of meteors shoot through the night sky above. The event features activities for the entire family including shows for children in the Adler’s portable planetarium dome, telescope viewing, hands-on educational activities and a lecture by an Adler astronomer.

When: 7:30-10:30 p.m.
Cost: Check website for cost

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

Rat Dissection

Midwest Museum of Natural History | Sycamore, Ill.

Learn about mammilian anatomy by dissecting a 7-9 inch rat. Plus witness a snake feeding after the dissection.

When: 7-8:30 p.m.
Cost: $20, $15 members

Meteor Showers and Summer Constellations

Marengo Ridge | Marengo, Ill.

Relax under the summer night sky while waiting and watching for meteors. Listen to the stories of heroes such as Hercules and Perseus whose constellations can be seen. Come prepared to be outside for the evening and bring a lawn chair or blanket.

When: 8-10 p.m.
Cost: $2, free resident

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

Destination Solar System

Adler Planetarium | Chicago, Ill.

A live show that takes adventurous space explorers on an immersive tour of the Solar System. Set in the future, Destination Solar System flies audiences from one end of the Solar System to the other in under 30 minutes, from sizzling solar flares on the Sun to liquid methane lakes on Saturn's moon, Titan. Passengers can travel hundreds of millions of miles in just seconds on an adventure-filled tour led by Jesse, an enthusiastic, knowledgeable yet "green" tour guide, and MAX, a highly advanced, fully integrated onboard computer.

Cost: Check website

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