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Annual Ginza Holiday

Annual Ginza Holiday Festival | Chicago, Ill.

Experience a taste of Japan at this cultural festival, which features Japanese cultural exhibits and demonstrations, classical dances, drumming, ukelele, martial arts and fencing. Skilled master craftsmen (Waza) demonstrate crafts which will be offered for sale. Traditional Japanese cuisine will be offered and other Japanese merchandise. On Saturday at 8 p.m., Yoko Noge and Japanesque perform.


When: 5:30-9 p.m. Aug. 8, 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Aug. 9, 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Aug. 10
Cost: $7, $6 seniors and students, free kids under 12

Drive-In Nights

Morton Arboretum | Lisle, Ill.

Enjoy a nostalgic family movie night under the trees during our first-ever drive-in movie series, complete with theater-style concessions available for purchase. On Friday, see “E.T.: The Extraterrestrial." On Saturday, audiences will be treated to the Gene Kelly classic “Singin’ in the Rain.”


When: 8 p.m.
Cost: $40 carload; $30 member carload

Creepy Crawlie Science

Discovery Center Museum | Rockford, Ill.

Cuddle up with a cockroach, wiggle like a worm, shake hands with a snake, and try your skills at arthropod art. Assemble an insect, copy some camouflage, and become a game show contestant to find out how bugs taste.

When: 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Cost: Free with admission


Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum | Chicago, Ill.

Guests can participate in a bug walk and then examine and identify different insects alongside museum scientists. Plus, enjoy feeding crawly critters in the bug zoo, face painting, insect pinning demonstrations and bug-related crafts and games. Participants can also enjoy crunchy cuisine and join nationalities around the world that eat bugs as part of their regular diet for some tasty treats.

When: 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Cost: $15, $10 member and kids 3-12, $7 member kids 3-12

Discovery Days

Hickory Grove Conservation Area | Cary, Ill.

Enjoy a morning of fun walking from station to station-playing games, making a craft, eating a snack, and more. All activities are based around the special theme of the day.

When: 10-11:30 a.m.
Cost: $3, free resident

LamaSeuss: One Cent, Two Cent, Old Cent, New Cent

Oriental Institute Museum | Chicago, Ill.


Hear a story from Dr. Seuss, then learn why and how money was invented and create make-believe money.

When: 11 a.m.-noon
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

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.


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

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