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Spring Festival

Trailside Museum of Natural History | River Forest, Ill.


Celebrate spring with fun activities for all ages, including guided nature walks, dip netting for fish and frogs in the pond, animal encounters, children's crafts, and much more. Call for more information and schedule of events.

When: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Cost: Free

Open House

Cantigny Park | Wheaton, Ill.


Includes demonstrations, tours, exhibits, plant sales, kids' activities and more. Members of the Cantigny Horticulture staff answer your gardening and plant questions.

When: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Cost: Free

Make 'N Take Tin Punching

Graue Mill and Museum | Oak Brook, Ill.

Stop by to learn the simple technique of punching holes into decorative patterns on tin and make a piece of punched tin to take home.

When: 1-3 p.m.
Cost: Free with admission

Tree House Tales

The Morton Arboretum | Lisle, Ill.

Enter a tree house village filled with adventure and imagination. Play, make believe, and become part of the trees' ever-changing tale. The exhibition is comprised of six fun-filled, educational tree houses, aimed at kids 2-10.

When: 7 a.m.-sunset
Cost: Free with admission

Bird is the Word

The Morton Arboretum | Lisle, Ill.

Match bird moms to bird babies, play with nest materials and make a baby owl call to take home.

When: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. weekends
Cost: Free with admission

Special Crafts for the Wonder Works' Garden

Wonder Works | Oak Park, Ill.

Donate $5 for a choice of four different planters to hand decorate and plant with your choice of flower. Or donate $10 on Fridays (4 p.m. April 11, April 25, May 9) for a chance to decorate a 12" stepping-stone (requires pick up after 1 week).

Cost: Donation requested

Cheaper by the Dozen

Fox Valley Repertory | St. Charles, Ill.

Performances run March 27-May 18.


Cost: $32-$42

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