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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

Cinco de Mayo Pinata Party

Lincoln Park Zoo | Chicago, Ill.

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo by building piñatas, which are a type of enrichment that many animals from meerkats to mongoose to tigers love to tear apart in hopes of finding treats inside. Create piñatas for your favorite zoo animals and then head out into the zoo to watch them tear the piñatas to pieces.

When: 9-10:30 a.m., 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 1-2:30 p.m.
Cost: $13, $10 zoo members

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

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

Beauty and the Beast

Center for Performing Arts at Governors State University | University Park, Ill.

American Family Theater's award-winning musical tells of Beauty's adventures at the castle of the Beast and leads to the magical moment when the Beast becomes a man.

When: 2 p.m.
Cost: $10

Wiggleworms Celebrates Pete Seeger

Old Town School of Folk Music | Chicago, Ill.

Concert for kids.

When: 11 a.m.
Cost: $10, $9 members

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

Tree House Tales

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

Circus Zirkus

Chicago Children's Museum | Chicago, Ill.

Children can immerse themselves in backstage preparation, perform routines in center ring or manage the behind-the-scenes action of lights and sound. Plus, try making a circus balance toy or dress up like a clown.

Cost: Free with admission

Japan and Nature: Spirits of the Seasons

Kohl Children's Museum | Glenview, Ill.

A multi-media, interactive, exhibit that allows children to discover how nature is reflected and celebrated in the lives of Japanese children through special seasonal environments and traditional Japanese activities. The exhibit focuses on the regions of Lake Biwa, Sapporo, Kyoto and Fukuoka, offering an in-depth exploration of each region through video, audio and visual media, as well as authentic props and hands-on interactive activities.

Cost: Free with admission
 







 
 
 
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