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Kid Fest

West Fest | Chicago, Ill.

The fest-within-West Fest runs on Saturday and Sunday and features many activities including train rides, bouncy houses, bean bag toss, ring toss, balloon darts, football toss, bottle toss, photo booth and an obstacle course. The Kid Fest Stage is booked by the Beat Kitchen and features a family-friendly lineup from Mary Macaroni to the Environmental Encroachment Marching Band. 100% of proceeds benefit Talcott Fine Arts and Museum Academy.

When: 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
Cost: Free with fest admission

Sense-ational Summer

Lincoln Marsh Natural Area | Wheaton, Ill.

Embark on an adventure of the senses as you explore Lincoln Marsh.

When: 9-10 a.m.
Cost: $9.50, $7.50 resident

Diggin’ up Crayfish

Fuller Air Station Prairie and Tyner Interpretive Center | Glenview, Ill.

Unearth the world of crayfish and find out where these secretive creatures can be found at the prairie.

When: 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Cost: $12 resident/child pair; $15 nonresident pair; $6 each additional child

Red Oaks Vintage Base Ball Festival

Cantigny Park | Wheaton, Ill.

Enjoy “America’s Pastime” as it was played during Civil War times under the rules of 1858. The home club Cantigny Red Oaks and DuPage County Plowboys welcome the Oregon Ganymedes and Creston Regulators back to Cantigny.

When: Noon
Cost: Free, $5 parking

Second Saturdays

Chicago History Museum | Chicago, Ill.

Explore the city's stories with your family through interactive activities, make-and-take crafts, music, performances, and more. April 12 and July 12: Prairie. Imagine what Chicago looked like before it was a city. Investigate the prairie plants that used to grow here: from gigantic flowers to far-reaching fields. May 10 and Aug. 9: Maps. Use a compass and connect artifacts to where they came from in the city. Follow clues and share stories. June 14: Artifacts. Find out what artifacts say about the city and its people. Touch, look, and talk about objects from Chicago’s past with your family.

When: 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Cost: Free with admission; free kids 12 and under

Geocaching 101

Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art | Elmhurst, Ill.

Experience an outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Participants learn to navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates to find the geocache (container) with a riddle and coordinates to their next clue. The group that obtains all the geocaches wins a prize.

When: 10 a.m.-noon
Cost: $10, $8 members

Dip and Drip

Fel-Pro RRR | Cary, Ill.

Find out who lives in the pond and creek. Using dip nets, catch and release aquatic creatures. All equipment is provided. Wear clothes that can get wet and dirty.

When: 1:30-3:30 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

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
 







 
 
 
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