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Windy City Rubber Ducky Derby

Annual Windy City Rubber Ducky Derby | Chicago, Ill.

FREE  
Spectators cheer on more than 50,000 yellow rubber ducks during the annual Windy City Rubber Ducky Derby to benefit Special Olympics Illinois. Family entertainment includes face painting, games, free food and appearances by several sports mascots. Donated prizes will be provided to the adoptive parents of the winning ducks.
When: 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Cost: Free; $5 to adopt a duck

Sun-sational Flowers

Morton Arboretum | Lisle, Ill.

Learn about sunflowers while hiking, listening to stories and playing games.

When: 9:30-11 a.m. Aug. 5, 13 and 14
Cost: $25, $18 members

Nature Story Times

Trailside Museum of Natural History | River Forest, Ill.

Nature-inspired stories, crafts and activities for kids 3-5 with adult. Aug. 7 and 21, Sept. 4 and 18, Oct. 2 and 16, Nov. 6 and 20.

When: 10:30-11:15 a.m.
Cost: $1 per child

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 | Palatine, Ill.

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

When: 2-3:30 p.m. or 4-5:30 p.m.
Cost: $18

Butterflies & Blooms

Chicago Botanic Garden | Glencoe, Ill.

Outdoor butterfly garden where visitors can immerse themselves with hundreds of live tropical butterfly species from around the world. A field guide is available to help visitors identify dozens of species in the exhibition. Visitors can also observe butterflies hatching through a window into the pupa emergence room.

When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., weather permitting.
Cost: $6, $5 seniors, $4 kids 3-12. Discounts for members and combination tickets available.

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
 







 
 
 
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