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The Morton Arboretum | Lisle, Ill.

A day of outdoor activities, featuring an aerial yoga demonstration, group walks and runs, bike riding and hikes to learn about the edible plants that grow at the Arboretum. Participate in a stroller fitness demonstration and let the kids join the fun with a Tree Pose Yoga program in the Children’s Garden.

When: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Cost: Free with admission

Malott Japanese Garden Summer Festival

Chicago Botanic Garden | Glencoe, Ill.

Learn about the summer festivals (matsura) celebrated in Japan during this special weekend of activities. Listen to performances of Kokyo Taiko (Taiko drumming) and Chicago Koto Group (koto harp), enjoy traditional storytelling from Anne Shimojima, and watch a tea ceremony by the students of Dr. Nakashima. Kids of all ages can make projects to celebrate summer-create a paper fan, make a kite, and gyotaku fish prints at family-friendly, hands-on stations.

When: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Aug. 16-17
Cost: Free; $20 parking

Civil War Days

Blackberry Farm | Aurora, Ill.

A full-scale reenactment on the historic grounds of Blackberry Farm, featuring simulated battles between Union and Confederate soldiers. Guest speakers and interpreters stage numerous demonstrations of 1800s-era war life, including a special “Meet the Lincolns” on Saturday that features a conversation with President and Mrs. Lincoln. Games and toys of Civil War days highlight each day.

When: 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Aug. 16; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 17
Cost: Free with admission

Kids’ Concert: Laura Doherty & The Heartbeats

Cantigny Park | Wheaton, Ill.

FREE  

Laura Doherty is celebrating the release of her third children's CD, “In a Heartbeat.” The band will rock  with their signature breezy folk-pop sound. Lawn seating; chairs and blankets welcome.

When: 2 p.m.
Cost: Free; $5 parking

Amazing Amphibians

Midwest Museum of Natural History | Sycamore, Ill.

Get to know a few of the museum's amphibians while learning about what makes an amphibian unique. Students observe live animals and participate in a hands-on activity.

When: 2-3 p.m.
Cost: $3, free members

Trolleyfest

Fox River Trolley Museum | South Elgin, Ill.

Vintage trolleys and trains run in conjunction with South Elgin Riverfest Express.

When: 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Cost: $4, $3 seniors, $2 kids 3-11, free under 3; $8 all-day pass

Arlington Million

Arlington Park Racecourse | Arlington Heights, Ill.

Event is filled with food, drinks, music, entertainment and the best thoroughbreds in the country. Includes performances by the Jesse White Tumblers, singer Johnny Vincent, the National Anthem sung by Jim Cornelison and colors presented by Marine Air Control Group-48.


 


When: Gates open at 10:30 a.m.
Cost: $22, $2 kids

Grand Opening Event of Vertical Endeavors- Glendale Heights

Vertical Endeavors | Warrenville, Ill.

FREE  

At 44,000 square feet, Vertical Endeavors Glendale Heights will be the largest indoor climbing facility in the U.S. Includes 3,500 square feet of bouldering surface, 59 top ropes, 30 auto belays and 93 lead/top rope routes totaling more than 180 anchors for climbing. Enjoy Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, free climbing, meet & greets with professional climbers, food from Best Truckin’ BBQ; climbing demos, lessons, clinics and more.

When: Noon-6 p.m.
Cost: Free

The Mariachi Divas

Ravinia Festival | Highland Park, Ill.

Part of the Kraft Kids Concert series. Park opens at 11 a.m.

When: 1 p.m.
Cost: $10 lawn, $5 park

The Boxcar Children Free Movie Screening!

Pickwick Theatre | Park Ridge, Ill.

FREE  

The first 500 guests get an exclusive Boxcar goodie bag. Bring a printout of this event listing plus a used book donation for Open Books (www.open-books.org) for admission of two guests.

When: Noon-4 p.m.
Cost: Free
 









 
 
 
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