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The Morton Arboretum | Lisle, Ill.

A day of outdoor activities, featuring an aerial yoga demonstration, group walks and runs, bike riding and hikes to learn about the edible plants that grow at the Arboretum. Participate in a stroller fitness demonstration and let the kids join the fun with a Tree Pose Yoga program in the Children’s Garden.

When: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Cost: Free with admission

Civil War Days

Blackberry Farm | Aurora, Ill.

A full-scale reenactment on the historic grounds of Blackberry Farm, featuring simulated battles between Union and Confederate soldiers. Guest speakers and interpreters stage numerous demonstrations of 1800s-era war life, including a special “Meet the Lincolns” on Saturday that features a conversation with President and Mrs. Lincoln. Games and toys of Civil War days highlight each day.

When: 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Aug. 16; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 17
Cost: Free with admission

Kids’ Concert: Laura Doherty & The Heartbeats

Cantigny Park | Wheaton, Ill.


Laura Doherty is celebrating the release of her third children's CD, “In a Heartbeat.” The band will rock  with their signature breezy folk-pop sound. Lawn seating; chairs and blankets welcome.

When: 2 p.m.
Cost: Free; $5 parking

Amazing Amphibians

Midwest Museum of Natural History | Sycamore, Ill.

Get to know a few of the museum's amphibians while learning about what makes an amphibian unique. Students observe live animals and participate in a hands-on activity.

When: 2-3 p.m.
Cost: $3, free members


Fox River Trolley Museum | South Elgin, Ill.

Vintage trolleys and trains run in conjunction with South Elgin Riverfest Express.

When: 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Cost: $4, $3 seniors, $2 kids 3-11, free under 3; $8 all-day pass

Grand Opening Event of Vertical Endeavors- Glendale Heights

Vertical Endeavors | Warrenville, Ill.


At 44,000 square feet, Vertical Endeavors Glendale Heights will be the largest indoor climbing facility in the U.S. Includes 3,500 square feet of bouldering surface, 59 top ropes, 30 auto belays and 93 lead/top rope routes totaling more than 180 anchors for climbing. Enjoy Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, free climbing, meet & greets with professional climbers, food from Best Truckin’ BBQ; climbing demos, lessons, clinics and more.

When: Noon-6 p.m.
Cost: Free

Construction Fundraiser For the Love of Lee

St. Leonard School | Berwyn, Ill.


Family event with food, beer, games, magician, music, silent auction and raffles. Proceeds go toward a 9-year-old boy with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy to have a handicap accessible bathroom, bedroom and ceiling lift.

When: 2-10 p.m.
Cost: Free

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

Shapes of Nature

The Morton Arboretum | Lisle, Ill.

Use shape viewers to search for triangle trees, heart shaped leaves, and square stems, and discover the kind of nature scene collage can you make using basic shapes.

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

Outdoor Art

The Morton Arboretum | Lisle, Ill.

Famous artists Monet, van Gogh and Georgia O'Keefe were all inspired by nature.  Look at pictures of famous nature art, and make your own water-lily masterpiece to take home.

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

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