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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

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

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

Pet Vet

Kohl Children's Museum | Glenview, Ill.

Kids will be able to explore the pet vet office and learn a new respect for creatures as they nurse sick and injured animals back to health on the examining and operating tables; examine x-rays; get play animals clean; determine what diet is best and make a healthy meal; climb aboard a large format animal scale; help the lost pets find their correct homes and clamber through the pet obstacle course.

Cost: Free with admission

Opening the Vaults: Wonders of the 1893 World's Fair

The Field Museum | Chicago, Ill.

Travel back to 1893 and experience the excitement of the White City. Digital technology will bring the World's Fair to life. Visitors will see items that thrilled fairgoers 120 years ago including large taxidermied animals, fully articulated animal skeletons, and ancient fish from Wyoming's Green River fossil bed. Using an iPad application, visitors can explore many items from the World's Fair still hidden in the Museum's vaults and will also get an overview of the Museum's history and the personalities who helped shape this institution.

Cost: Included in Discovery and All Access passes
 










 
 
 
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