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Fox Valley Irish Festival

Aurora, Ill.

Family activities (1-5 p.m.) include a petting zoo, moonjump, freckle contest, Irish Dancers, Ice Cream Eating Contest, food vendors (including Irish fare), Irish crafts, face painting and bag pipers. Plus live entertainment, Jameson tasting, Irish beer, bean bag games, Gaelic language lessons and hurling demo for the adults.

When: 1-10:30 p.m.
Cost: $10, $5 kids 3-14, free kids 2 and under

Taste of Latin America

Chicago, Ill.


Visitors enjoy food from countries including Argentina, Venezuela, Brazil, Mexico and Cuba. Plus, cooking demonstrations, an eclectic world music lineup, kids' activity tent, and arts and crafts.

When: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Aug. 2-3
Cost: Check website

Destination Asia Summer Festival

The Morton Arboretum | Lisle, Ill.

Explore the diverse culture of Asia through live music, dance performances, Asian-inspired fare, and much more. Visitors can participate in a walking tour and discover the beautiful and historic tree collections from China, Japan, and Korea.

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

Art in the Garden

The Morton Arboretum | Lisle, Ill.

View live artist demonstrations and start your own nature art collection at mini-workshops throughout the Children’s Garden.

When: 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Cost: Free with admission

Family Adventures

Heller Nature Center | Highland Park, Ill.

Learn to use a GPS to find hidden clues along our trails, shoot a bow and arrow, build shelters in the woods, or work together to build a fire. End the afternoon with a cookout (grills are provided).

When: 3-7 p.m.
Cost: $35 family of four or less; $10 additional family member

Customer Appreciation Day

Eli's Cheesecake World | Chicago, Ill.


Free Cheesecake Samples and games, including Bingo, Spin & Win and Cheesecake Hula Hoop.

Cost: Free

Mozart's Magnificent Voyage

Ravinia Festival | Highland Park, Ill.

This show in the Classical Kids series features Mozart’s young son, Karl, who longs to  spend more time with his famous father. An old traveling trunk serves as a magic chest that reveals an incredible journey back in time to Mozart’s childhood and into the fantastic world of Mozart’s great opera The Magic Flute. Audiences will enjoy 23 excerpts of the master’s music, played by the Elgin Youth Symphony, including themes from Mozart’s operas The Marriage of Figaro and Don Giovanni, popular excerpts from The Magic Flute, and some of his most important and engaging works such as Ave Verum, Symphony No. 1, Clarinet Quintet, and Eine Kleine Nachtmusik.

When: 11-11:50 a.m.
Cost: $10, $5 lawn

The Secret Ways of the Egret

Pleasant Valley Conservation Area | Woodstock, Ill.

Read poems by Jane Yolan that are all about egrets. Each poem tells us more about the egret’s secrets and helps us find out more about the wonderful white bird. Play games, do a small craft and search for egrets.

When: 4-5:30 p.m.
Cost: $3, free resident

MARVEL Weekend

Hollywood Palms Cinema | Naperville, Ill.


Celebrate the opening weekend of "The Guardians of the Galaxy" with comic drawing classes, CGI photo ops, comic legend appearances and more. Tickets for classes need to be purchased in advance.

When: 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Cost: Free; cost for comic book class

Wendy & DB Children's Concert

Forest Park Library | Forest Park, Ill.


Wendy & DB love to get kids singing, wiggling, jumping, dancing 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. Also includes face painting, photo booth fun and ice cream.

When: 2 p.m.
Cost: Free

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