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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:

Sox vs. Cubs: The Chicago Civil Wars

Elmhurst History 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
 










 
 
 
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