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Bash on Wabash

Chicago, Ill.

Includes a wide variety of musical acts, food and beverages (including beer and wine), arts and crafts, an elaborate family fun zone with carnival games, magicians, bounce houses, and a music and entertainment stage, vendor booths, and more.

Cost: Check website

Heirloom Tomato Weekend

Chicago Botanic Garden | Glencoe, Ill.

FREE  

Family activities include a creating an herb mix for pasta sauce, a tomato toss, a tomato test, "sorting supper," "rainbows of tomatoes," and "indicator art." Plus, get tips on growing and using tomatoes, explore the types of tomatoes you can grow at home.

When: 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Cost: Free, $20 parking

Cooking With the Sun

Glacial Park Conservation Area | Ringwood, Ill.

Come out and discover how to harness the sun's energy to cook food. Participants will make their own pizza box solar cooker and taste treats that have been cooked using the sun's energy.

When: 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Cost: $5, free resident

Kratt Brothers Show

Brookfield Zoo | Brookfield, Ill.

Chris and Martin Kratt from their PBS show Wild Kratts bring their adventures to Brookfield Zoo as they teach youngsters about rare wildlife behaviors. The Amazon Adventure show takes place on the zoo’s West Mall at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., and they will be signing autographs from 2-4 p.m. each day.

When: 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Cost: Free with admission

Volcanic Eruptions

Midwest Museum of Natural History | Sycamore, Ill.

Celebrate Vesuvius Day while learning about what makes a volcano erupt. Students  participate in a simulated volcanic eruption while talking about Mt. Vesuvius and other volcanoes around the world.

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

Soapstone Carving

Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art | Elmhurst, Ill.

Learn to carve soapstone using simple tools and techniques, and take home your own carving. All materials are included. Call for reservations.

When: 10 a.m.-noon
Cost: $15, $10 members

Peckapalooza!

Lombard Historical Society | Lombard, Ill.

FREE  

Community members can visit both the Peck House and the Victorian Cottage for fun, family-friendly events. Tours of the Peck Homestead and kids games and activities will be available (noon-4 p.m.). The Victorian Cottage will host a pig roast and additional activities including live music (noon-5 p.m.).

When: Noon-5 p.m.
Cost: Pig roast: $40, $35 member; $17 kids, $15 kid members

CTWS Fun Fest

The Theatre of Western Springs | Western Springs, Ill.

FREE  

The day will kick off with a brief informational meeting about the CTWS program including a chance to meet the faculty. Afterwards, guests can participate in a variety of workshops, sign up for classes, and enjoy treats and activities, such as snow cones and a jump castle.

When: 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Cost: Free

Wizard World Chicago Comic Con

Donald E. Stephens Convention Center | Rosemont, Ill.

Event features a top-drawer collection of well-known comics artists and writers and a variety of activities, exhibitors and special attractions. Popular celebrities on the  roster include a host of “The Walking Dead” cast members. Wrestling fans are geared for the appearance of five WWE standouts. “Star Trek: The Next Generation” enthusiasts are in for a special treat as six of its stars reunite for a celebration of the 20th anniversary of the program's final episode. A lineup of topical programming takes place all three days at the event, with celebrity Q&As, the Wizard World Film Festival, comics-themed sessions, costume contest, movie screenings, evening parties and more. Sunday is also Kids Day, with an array of activities and programming specially designed for the younger Wizard World fans.

When: 3-8 p.m. Aug. 21; noon-7 p.m. Aug. 22; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Aug. 23; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 24
Cost: Varies

Life as a Ladybug

Pleasant Valley Conservation Area | Woodstock, Ill.

Begin by learning all about the life cycle of the ladybug, the identifying characteristics that make them unique, and other interesting facts about this beautiful bug. Then take a hike though the mid August prairie in search of these fascinating critters.

When: 1:30-3 p.m.
Cost: $2, free resident
 









 
 
 
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