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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

Family Drop-in Activities

Chicago Botanic Garden | Glencoe, Ill.

Get close to nature and discover where food comes from with activities in the Regenstein Fruit & Vegetable Garden. 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; parking fee varies, check website

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

Conscious Living World's Fair

Donald E. Stephens Convention Center | Rosemont, Ill.

A health and well-being event to bridge the gaps between continents, science, parapsychology and spirituality. Includes a Conscious Kitchen, performance stage, Meditation Room, Conscious Kid's Kingdom, Conscious Spa, Australia's top mediums, plus free seminars. See website for more details.

When: Aug. 1-3, 2014
Cost: $15, $8 online

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