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Sense-ational Summer

Lincoln Marsh Natural Area | Wheaton, Ill.

Embark on an adventure of the senses as you explore Lincoln Marsh.

When: 9-10 a.m.
Cost: $9.50, $7.50 resident

Walk with Dragons and Damsels

Trailside Museum of Natural History | River Forest, Ill.


Learn to identify dragonflies and damselflies by color and behaviors. Bring binoculars; a limited amount of binoculars are available to borrow.

When: 1-2 p.m.
Cost: Free

Curious George Visits

DuPage County Historical Museum | Wheaton, Ill.


Make a Curious George craft and have a chance to purchase two of George's favorite reads, Curious George Takes the Train or Curious George Visits the Library. Book proceeds benefit the DuPage County Historical Museum.

When: 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Cost: Free; donations welcome

Geocaching 101

Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art | Elmhurst, Ill.

Experience an outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Participants learn to navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates to find the geocache (container) with a riddle and coordinates to their next clue. The group that obtains all the geocaches wins a prize.

When: 10 a.m.-noon
Cost: $10, $8 members

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

Sox vs. Cubs: The Chicago Civil Wars

Elmhurst Historical Museum | Elmhurst, Ill.

Exhibit highlights the longtime rivalry between the fans of these two storied teams. This cultural history exposé covers all the bases of the crosstown rivalry to examine concepts of loyalty and fandom through videos of each team’s colorful supporters; interviews with former players, sports journalists and broadcasters; and fan souvenirs and ephemera.

Cost: Free with admission

Goodies from Gardens

The Morton Arboretum | Lisle, Ill.

Families can discover how all of the ingredients for pizza and other foods are grown and cooked together as well as receive a special seed to take home.

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

Flower Frenzy

The Morton Arboretum | Lisle, Ill.

Look around at all of the flowers in the Children’s Garden and find your favorite to paint.

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


The Morton Arboretum | Lisle, Ill.

In August, follow a day in the life of Charlie Brown and the rest of the Peanuts gang in “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.” Low-impact hikes suitable for strollers, walkers and wheelchairs take place on Aug. 3. Each performance lasts approximately three hours. Wear comfortable shoes, weather-appropriate clothing and bring a chair or blanket, water bottle and insect repellent.

When: 1-3:30 p.m. weekends
Cost: $20, $10 kids; $10 members, $5 member kids


Overshadowed Theatrical Productions | Itasca, Ill.

Brings to life the story of the young runaway orphan, colorful Artful Dodger, infamous Fagin and his gang of pickpockets, sinister Bill Sykes, nurturing and lovable Nancy and a host of memorable characters. Through classic songs like "As Long As He Needs Me," "Where is Love?", "Who Will Buy?" and many more, triumph overcomes heartbreak in this rich and joyful production for audiences of all ages. Performances run from July 11-Aug. 2

Cost: $14, $12 kids

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