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Sun-sational Flowers

Morton Arboretum | Lisle, Ill.

Learn about sunflowers while hiking, listening to stories and playing games.

When: 9:30-11 a.m. Aug. 5, 13 and 14
Cost: $25, $18 members

Dancin' Sprouts with Wendy & DB

Chicago Botanic Garden | Glencoe, Ill.

Wendy & DB love to get kids singing, wiggling, jumping, dancing and having a great time. Their original songs encourage children to use their imaginations, teach musical basics like melody and rhythm, and show kids how to have fun with words.

Cost: Free with admission

Creative Chemical Concoctions

DuPage Children's Museum | Naperville, Ill.

Make concoctions that change form right before your eyes.

When: 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Cost: $23 pair, $17 member pair

Animals with Bones

Wonder Works | Oak Park, Ill.

Find out which animals have bones, and what their bones look and feel like. Touch and play with real bones. Play with plastic and plush versions of animals with bones. Make footprints of animals found in your neighborhood and around the world.

When: 10 a.m.-noon
Cost: Free with admission

Walk on the Wild Side Family Program: Raptors

Cantigny Park | Wheaton, Ill.

Learn all about the Terrapenes and meet and touch several live turtles. Deb Krohn (“The Frog Lady”) will present.

When: 6 p.m.
Cost: $3, free 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

We All Scream for Ice Cream

Park District of Highland Park | Highland Park, Ill.

Kids will decorate a keepsake ice cream bowl, make ice cream from scratch, add delicious toppings and enjoy an ice cream social.

When: 1-3 p.m.
Cost: $35, $25 resident

Mommy and Me Zumba in the Plaza

Winston Plaza Shopping Center | Melrose Park, Ill.


Exercise alone or with your children 3 and up. Playland Attendant on site for Children under 5. All first-time attendees recieve a Health & Fitness Goodie Bag. Bring a towel, water and a mat.

When: 10 a.m.
Cost: Free

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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