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Evanston Lakeshore Arts Festival

Evanston, Ill.

FREE  

Festival focuses on high-quality juried artwork in 11 categories. Plus live music, a silent auction, children's craft tent and food booths.

When: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Aug. 2-3
Cost: Free.

Malott Japanese Garden Family Sunday

Chicago Botanic Garden | Glencoe, Ill.

FREE  

Enjoy hands-on activities related to Japanese gardens and culture, and make a take-home project. Different projects and activities are featured each week, including raking miniature dry gardens, trying chopsticks and practicing calligraphy.

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

First Responders Day

Arlington Park Racecourse | Arlington Heights, Ill.

Event honors first responders and raise awareness and funds for the Gary Sinise Foundation. Attendees can experience the 9/11 Remembrance Rescue Project’s hands-on fire engine and Rescue 4. Other activities will include Police vs. Fire Foot Race out of the Gate, FireZone course for Kids, a chili cook-off and more.

When: 11:15 a.m. gates open
Cost: Free with admission; free to first responders

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.

Glencoe Festival of Art

Glencoe, Ill.

FREE  

Festival features more than 130 juried artists from around the world. Live music, great food and fun activities for kids, including an art scavenger hunt.

When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 2-3
Cost: Free

Model Railroad Garden: Landmarks of America

Chicago Botanic Garden | Glencoe, Ill.

The Model Railroad Garden delights visitors of all ages with the sights and sounds of garden-scale trains traversing bridges and trestles, past miniature scenes of America's best-loved landmarks and beautiful gardens planted to scale.

When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily; special evening hours Wednesdays, June 11–Aug. 27 until 8 p.m
Cost: $6, $5 seniors, $4 kids 3-12, free kids under 3; $1 discount for members

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

Kleinman Family Cove Family Drop-in Activities

Chicago Botanic Garden | Glencoe, Ill.

FREE  

Explore the plants and animals in aquatic habitats. Use scientific tools to look at tiny critters living under water, find out what makes water plants different from land plants, and more. Activities vary from week to week.

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

Dollar Drop-In Days

Wagner Farm & Heritage Center | Glenview, Ill.

Participate in crafts, demonstrations and farm-related activities. Activities change daily. Meet at the Heritage Center front desk. Free activities include: public milking demonstrations at 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays; costumed interpreters from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays through Sundays; and storytelling at 4 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays.

When: 10-11 a.m.
Cost: $1

Nature Encounters

Kohl Children's Museum | Glenview, Ill.

Curious nature-loving kids can experience the outdoors through programs like Bird Homes, Stroll with your Senses, Wind Power, Bird Behavior Hike and What’s Under a Log? Children will learn how to use their powers of observation and understanding to relate to the natural world around them.

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







 
 
 
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