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Long Grove Chocolate Festival

Long Grove, Ill.

Downtown Long Grove will be dripping with chocolate! Savor a weekend of irresistible chocolate treats including tastings around town; plus spring flowers in bloom, kids rides and activities, live music, and more.

When: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Cost: $5

Along the Bluebird Trail

Prairieview Education Center | Crystal Lake, Ill.

Event includes a presentation about bluebirds and some of the birds that compete for their nest boxes, followed by a hike in search of bluebirds. Registration required.

When: 10-11:30 a.m.
Cost: $5, free resident

Monstrous Sunday

Discovery Center Museum | Rockford, Ill.

Come dressed as or bring your favorite monster for this mythical magical romp. Explore everyday physics principles that demystify movie magic. Plus, manufacture monstrous treats and create creature crafts.

When: 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Cost: Free with admission

Secrets of the Salamander

Rush Creek Conservation Area | Harvard, Ill.

How do they survive and where do they live? These questions and more will be answered as we hike through the woods. Dress for the weather and be prepared to hike and get dirty.

When: 1-2:30 p.m.
Cost: $5, free resident

El Dia de los Ninos/El Dia de los Libros

Waukegan Public Library | Waukegan, Ill.


Family festival featuring games and activities from classic and contemporary children’s books. Kids can practice for the hunger games with archery, darts, and knot tying, hunt for clues around the library like Nancy Drew, make a mask of one of the characters in Winnie the Pooh, and toss rings on Pinocchio’s growing nose. Families will also have a chance to explore the Early Learning Center Transportation exhibit and go for a ride in a caboose, fly a plane, and ride a bike. Kirby the Kangaroo, the Great Lakes Credit Union's mascot, will greet children along with Shrek and other well-known book characters. Each family will sample fresh made ice cream from La Michoacana Ice Cream parlor and take home free books.

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

Cinco de Mayo Celebration

Gurnee Mills Mall | Gurnee, Ill.


Attendees will enjoy food samplings, face painting, balloon twisting, giveaways and live musical performances from local Latino artists, including Mariachi Music, Los Panchis, Banda Tierra Nueva and Hershey y Su Norteño Banda.

When: Noon-5 p.m.
Cost: Free

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