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Free Kids' Days

Brookfield Zoo | Brookfield, Ill.

Admission is free for kids 11 and under. It's a great opportunity to see the zoo's seasonal exhibits before they close.

When: 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m.
Cost: $13.50 adults, free kids 11 and under

Bugs

Wonder Works | Oak Park, Ill.

Discover bugs that live in our area and beyond. Dig in dirt for real bugs and worms, hunt for plastic bugs in the Great Outdoors exhibit, meet some live insects, make a bug collage, and get ideas for studying bugs at home.

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

Breakfast with Two Amazing Authors!

The Book Stall at Chestnut Court | Winnetka, Ill.

FREE  

Meet two rising stars in the Kid Lit world—before their books are published. Kelly Barnill, author of The Witches Boy, and Elana K. Arnold, author of The Question of Miracles, join us for a special breakfast/snack event to discuss their work. Registration includes a free advance reading copy of one of the books.

When: 9:45-10:45 a.m.
Cost: Free

Mommy and Me Zumba in the Plaza

Winston Plaza Shopping Center | Melrose Park, Ill.

FREE  

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

Chess is Hot!

National-Louis University | Skokie, Ill.

The workshop provides children at all levels with a tangible means to improve their chess skill through instruction, practice and one-on-one coaching. Features opening theory, middle game planning and combinations, and winning endgame technique. In addition, puzzling, analysis of famous games and tournament-like game playing will be included. Students will be grouped according to skill level. www.2014augustchess.eventbee.com

When: 1-4 p.m.
Cost: $60 (one day); $100 (two days);$130 (three days). On-site: $75 (one day); $115 (two days); $145 (three days)

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.

Cost:

Science + You

Kohl Children's Museum | Glenview, Ill.

Exhibit features a child-sized laboratory where kids can explore how scientists impact health and wellness through hands-on, interactive machinery, processes and technology. A demonstration area of the exhibit will allow guest scientists and educators to perform fun and interactive scientific experiments appropriate for young children.

Cost: Free with admission

Sox vs. Cubs: The Chicago Civil Wars

Elmhurst Historical Museum | Elmhurst, Ill.

Exhibit highlights the longtime rivalry between the fans of these two storied teams. This cultural history exposé covers all the bases of the crosstown rivalry to examine concepts of loyalty and fandom through videos of each team’s colorful supporters; interviews with former players, sports journalists and broadcasters; and fan souvenirs and ephemera.

Cost: Free with admission

Funky Turns 40: Black Character Revolution Exhibition

DuSable Museum of African American History | Chicago, Ill.

Exhibit commemorates the 40th anniversaries of 1970's Saturday morning cartoons that featured positive black characters for the first time in television history. It was the first time that cartoons like Josie And The Pussy Cats, Kid Power and Star Trek featured strong, positive black female characters. It was also the first time that black people like Bill Cosby and Berry Gordy led the development of animated television programming featuring black characters.

Cost: Free with admission

Destination Solar System

Adler Planetarium | Chicago, Ill.

A live show that takes adventurous space explorers on an immersive tour of the Solar System. Set in the future, Destination Solar System flies audiences from one end of the Solar System to the other in under 30 minutes, from sizzling solar flares on the Sun to liquid methane lakes on Saturn's moon, Titan. Passengers can travel hundreds of millions of miles in just seconds on an adventure-filled tour led by Jesse, an enthusiastic, knowledgeable yet "green" tour guide, and MAX, a highly advanced, fully integrated onboard computer.

Cost: Check website
 







 
 
 
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