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Active at the Arb

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

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

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

The Brave Way to Self Defense!

Park District of Highland Park | Highland Park, Ill.

Brave New Way will show you “easy to learn” techniques that are extremely effective and base on instinctive principles. Children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult who is also registered for the program.

When: 10 a.m.-noon
Cost: $30, $20 resident

Family Camping

Calumet Park | 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)

Construction Fundraiser For the Love of Lee

St. Leonard School | Berwyn, Ill.

FREE  

Family event with food, beer, games, magician, music, silent auction and raffles. Proceeds go toward a 9-year-old boy with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy to have a handicap accessible bathroom, bedroom and ceiling lift.

When: 2-10 p.m.
Cost: Free
 









 
 
 
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