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Art in the Park

Art in the Park in Elmhurst | Elmhurst, Ill.

FREE  

A show of fine arts and crafts. Enjoy an array of other activities including kids' art activities, School of Rock with performances by local high school musicians, a food vendor court, and gourmet food gift section. Microsoft will be offering a fun kid's activity along with Mariano's giveaways. Wilder Mansion will be open for coffee, pastries, and lunch provided by Café Amano on both days.

When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Cost: Free

Backyards for Nature Fair

Schaumburg , Ill.

FREE  

A native plant sale and a backyard ecology fair for the whole family, including birdhouse building, free wildflower seedlings, games and activities in the Kid's Garden, and a puppet show.

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

Chicago Cinco de Mayo Festival

Cinco de Mayo Festival | Chicago, Ill.

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Community celebration in the Little Village neighborhood features food, live music, arts & crafts and activities for kids and families.

When: 6-11 p.m. May 2; 2-11 p.m. May 3-4
Cost: Free

Spring Festival

Trailside Museum of Natural History | River Forest, Ill.

FREE  

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

The Legends of Oz Express

Kohl Children's Museum | Glenview, Ill.

FREE  

Families can follow their hearts at the Tin Man’s Friendship Club by making friendship pins, test their brains in the Scarecrow’s Workshop with arts and crafts, and show their courage by performing on the Lion’s “Mane” stage. They will also hang out in cozy “Candy County” and hear the story that inspired the film, Dorothy of Oz, written by celebrated children’s author Roger Stanton Baum. Kids will virtually follow the yellow brick road in the “Legends of Oz World” iPad gaming stations, and Dorothy and her friends will be there for pictures, prizes and fun. Guests are encouraged to bring a new book to be donated to Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago.

When: 12:30-5 p.m.
Cost: Free

Open House

Cantigny Park | Wheaton, Ill.

FREE  

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

4-Time Olympic Gold Medalist Swimmer Kicks Off Water Safety Month!

Bernard Weinger JCC (Northbrook) | Northbrook, Ill.

FREE  

Meet 4-Time Olympic Gold Medalist Swimmer Lenny Krayzelburg and get autographs and photos. Children can receive a free swim evaluation and two free swim lessons when they register for the Lenny Krayzelburg Swim Academy ("LKSA") swim program.

When: 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Cost: Free

Green Earth Fair

Green Earth Institute | Naperville, Ill.

FREE  

Enjoy sunshine, live music, and fresh air at a 60-acre organic vegetable farm in Naperville. A variety of childrens' activities includes crafts and Willowbrook Wildlife Center, which will be bringing local wildlife for up-close viewing. Tour the farm and find out more about the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program. Learn new ways to green your life from more than 40 exhibitors and expert speakers on nutrition, organic gardening, backyard chickens, and more. Organic vegetable seedlings will be available for purchase.

When: 12:30-5 p.m.
Cost: Free

El Dia de los Ninos/El Dia de los Libros

Waukegan Public Library | Waukegan, Ill.

FREE  

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

Interactive Family Open House

Language Stars | Evanston,

FREE  

Parents and children will have the chance to participate in three short demo lessons and an international sing-along. Each child will receive a passport, which will be stamped at each language or music lesson attended, and there will be opportunity for tuition discounts and door prizes.

When: 4-6 p.m.
Cost: Free
 







 
 
 
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