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Farm & Barn Fest

Mokena, Ill.


Features sheep-shearing demo, petting zoo, horse rides, farm antiques, horse-shoeing demo, raffle, stage entertainment, square dancing, kids games and activities, face painting and food vendors. Plus, woolcarding and corn-grinding demonstrations, baby contest, quilt show, flea market and country concert.

When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Cost: Free; some activities cost extra

Malott Japanese Garden Summer Festival

Chicago Botanic Garden | Glencoe, Ill.

Learn about the summer festivals (matsura) celebrated in Japan during this special weekend of activities. Listen to performances of Kokyo Taiko (Taiko drumming) and Chicago Koto Group (koto harp), enjoy traditional storytelling from Anne Shimojima, and watch a tea ceremony by the students of Dr. Nakashima. Kids of all ages can make projects to celebrate summer-create a paper fan, make a kite, and gyotaku fish prints at family-friendly, hands-on stations.

When: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Aug. 16-17
Cost: Free; $20 parking

Arlington Million

Arlington Park Racecourse | Arlington Heights, Ill.

Event is filled with food, drinks, music, entertainment and the best thoroughbreds in the country. Includes performances by the Jesse White Tumblers, singer Johnny Vincent, the National Anthem sung by Jim Cornelison and colors presented by Marine Air Control Group-48.


When: Gates open at 10:30 a.m.
Cost: $22, $2 kids

The Boxcar Children Free Movie Screening!

Pickwick Theatre | Park Ridge, Ill.


The first 500 guests get an exclusive Boxcar goodie bag. Bring a printout of this event listing plus a used book donation for Open Books ( for admission of two guests.

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

The Brave Way to Self Defense!

Park District of Highland Park | Highland Park, Ill.

Brave New Way will show you “easy to learn” techniques that are extremely effective and base on instinctive principles. Children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult who is also registered for the program.

When: 10 a.m.-noon
Cost: $30, $20 resident

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

Grunsfeld Children’s Growing Garden Family Drop-in Activities

Chicago Botanic Garden | Glencoe, Ill.

Get close to nature and discover where food comes from with activities. Learn about plant parts, the life of a bee, different types of seeds, how to plant a rainbow garden, worm composting and more.

When: Noon-4 p.m. weekdays; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. weekends
Cost: Free, $20 parking

Garden Buddies

Kohl Children's Museum | Glenview, Ill.

This program teaches children about seeds, weeds, worms, fruits, vegetables and the
joy of digging in the earth and helping things grow. Master gardeners from Chicago Botanic Garden and other local horticultural institutions will lead sessions. In June, kids will learn to match herbs by their scents, while July will focus on insects and pollination and August will be a time to measure plant growth.

When: 10 a.m.-noon
Cost: Free with admission

Fitness for All

Kohl Children's Museum | Glenview, Ill.

A series of events focused on getting and staying healthy through practicing physical activity and gross motor skills for children and their parents alike. kids can choose from a variety of fun and fit events including Bubble Extravaganza!, Yoga in the Park and Jump, Jump, Jump.

When: 10:30 a.m.-noon
Cost: Free with admission

Organic Garden

Westfield Old Orchard | Skokie, Ill.


Kids can plant, weed, water and more in the garden, maintained by The Organic Gardener, a Glencoe-based organization, who will also offer special activities every Tuesday and Saturday (2-3 p.m.). Activities include crafting seed packets, edible necklaces, and window greenhouses.

When: 2-3 p.m.
Cost: Free

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