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Searching for the Praying Mantis

Prairieview Education Center | Crystal Lake, Ill.

Learn all about the large predator insect known as the praying mantis. Examine its body parts, behaviors, and the egg cases it lays, then journey outside searching for this interesting insect.

When: 9:30-11 a.m.
Cost: $5, free resident

Evening Storytelling and Campfire

Trailside Museum of Natural History | River Forest, Ill.

Join us on a summer's evening as the sun sets and the stars come out, for nature storytelling and yummy campfire snacks.

When: 7-8:15 p.m.
Cost: $2

Military Science: Rockets

Cantigny Park | Wheaton, Ill.

Kids learn about military rockets in a fun and safe environment. Experiment with basic principles of rocketry and launch different types of rockets. All students take home an Estes rocket.

When: 12:30-2:30 p.m.
Cost: $15, free parking

Kidical Mass

Audubon School | Chicago, Ill.

FREE  

A free bike ride for kids and their families. The Roscoe Village ride is held the first Sunday of every month. Rain or shine. For more information, visit http://chicagokidicalmass.org/. Aug. 3, Sept. 7, Oct. 5, Nov. 2, Dec. 7.

When: 10 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

The Coronation Ball

Building Blocks Toy Store | Chicago, Ill.

Come dressed in Frozen-themed attire to meet Anna and Elsa. Plus mini photo shoot, organic mini manicures, Frozen treats and gift bag, chocolate fondue and party games and activities.

When: 2-7 p.m. Aug. 6-8
Cost: $35

Jelly Belly & Gummie Mosaic Art

Morkes Chocolates | Algonquin, Ill.

Kids use Jelly Belly jelly beans and gummies to create beautiful mosaic art pieces.

When: 10-11:30 a.m., noon-1:30 p.m., 2-3:30 p.m., or 4-5:30 p.m. Aug. 4; 2-3:30 p.m., 4-5:30 p.m. or 6-7:30 p.m. Aug. 6
Cost: $18

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
 











 
 
 
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