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Family Camping

Garfield Park Conservatory | Chicago, Ill.

Take a nature hike, go fishing, learn basic camping principles and enjoy a campfire. Learn basic camping skills from our experts; camping and fishing equipment will be provided. Bring your own sleeping bag and brown bag lunches. Hotdogs and marshmallows will be provided.

When: 2 p.m.-10 a.m.
Cost: $50 family (up to six members)

Rotary Days

Historic Wagner Farm | Glenview, Ill.

Stop by and enjoy an ice cream social, face painting and hay rides.

When: 10 a.m.-noon
Cost: $5 donation

S'more Celebration

Irons Oaks | Olympia Fields, Ill.

Bring the family out to Irons Oaks for an evening celebrating a favorite campfire treat, the s’more. Participate in stories, songs and skits while digging into that melting marshmallow and chocolate deliciousness.

When: 7:30-9 p.m.
Cost: $5, $3 resident; free kids under 2

Animal Super Heroes

Prairieview Education Center | Crystal Lake, Ill.

Take a closer look at some of the fantastic adaptations of these amazing creatures.

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

Anthotype and Sun Print Workshop with Heidi Norton

Elmhurst Art Museum | Elmhurst, Ill.

Heidi Norton leads a demonstration on how to make prints using plant material as emulsion and the sun. An anthotype is an image created using photosensitive material from plants—a process invented in 1842. Norton and students will forage the landscape for plants of various colors and use different coating and sun exposure techniques to make contact photographic prints.

When: 11 a.m.
Cost: Free with admission

Bubble Works Returns Again

Wonder Works | Oak Park, Ill.

Families enjoy an assortment of bubble activities including giant bubbles, tiny bubbles, bubble walls, painting with bubbles and much more. Kids can also learn about water currents using an assortment of age appropriate science activities.

When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 9; noon-5 p.m. Aug. 10
Cost: Free with admission

Bird Walk

Cantigny Park | Wheaton, Ill.


This monthly bird walk has a special theme: "Take a Kid Birding Day!" Volunteers from the DuPage Birding Club try to show the youngsters some colorful and interesting birds while providing a light introduction to a fascinating hobby. Binoculars available for borrowing.

When: 7:30 a.m.
Cost: Free

Lillstreet's Fall Open House

Lillstreet Art Center | Chicago, Ill.


A day of free, hands-on workshops for all ages, from photography and digital arts to drawing and painting. Family activities include screenprinting, tile making and digital photoshoots.

When: Noon-4 p.m.
Cost: Free


Hollywood Palms Cinema | Naperville, Ill.


Celebrate the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie. Includes Warrior's Edge Martial Arts school giving live ninja demonstrations and an artist in our lobby showing how to draw the turtles. Plus, Raging Waves water park tickets giveaways and a showing of the 1990 version of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles at 11a.m.

When: 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Cost: Free

Operation Kidsafe Event

Sutton Ford | Matteson, Ill.


Parents can attend this event and at get a lifetime record of their child's digital fingerprints and a form that is ready to hand to law enforcement in an emergency. Parents will also get valuable safety tips. Operation Kidsafe uses the latest equipment like the FBI and Secret Service.

When: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Cost: Free
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