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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

In Search of Bats

Pilcher Park Nature Center | Joliet, Ill.

Investigate the myths and facts about bats. Roast marshmallows around a campfire while learning about bats, then go on a hike to find these mosquito-eating machines. Plus, use bat detectors to "listen" for them as they search for food. Wear long sleeves, pants, and some bug repellent.

When: 7:30-9 p.m.
Cost: $8

Shapes! Shapes! and More Shapes

DuPage Children's Museum | Naperville, Ill.

Stamp, collage, and more with geometrical shapes. Turn ordinary shapes into works of art.

When: 9:30-10 a.m.
Cost: $20 pair, $14 member pair

Family Night Out: Old-Fashioned Picnic and Games

Cantigny Park | Wheaton, Ill.


Bring a picnic and enjoy some great lawn games provided by Cantigny, including water balloons, sack races and egg relays.

When: 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Cost: Free, $2 parking

Pedals & Petals Garden Bike Tour

Cantigny Park | Wheaton, Ill.


Cantigny's resident horticulturists lead a leisurely bike ride through the sprawling gardens, with plenty of stops at different areas of the gardens.

When: 6:30 p.m.
Cost: Free, $2 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

Summer Science

Park District of Highland Park | Highland Park, Ill.

Kids will get a chance to make their own personal kite and decorate it using a magic bubble solution. They will also learn the science behind what makes kites fly and then see them in action.

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

Language Stars Family Foreign Language Film Night

Chase Park | Chicago, Ill.


Watch "The Lego Movie" in Spanish with English subtitles. Children's activities start at 7 p.m.

When: 7 p.m. activities; 8 p.m. movie
Cost: Free

Kids Starry Night

Homewood Flossmoor Park District | Flossmoor, Ill.


At 6 p.m., enjoy Jiggle Jam, a music fest for children and families. They bring a unique flair that covers a wide range of styles, including rock and roll, calypso, boogie and blues. Then at 7 p.m., watch Kid Bucks Game show - where members of the audience will participate and compete in clever, creative games.

When: 6 p.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.

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