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Civil War Days

Wauconda, Ill.

See large scale battle reenactments, explore camps and shops and meet various characters.

When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. July 12, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. July 13
Cost: $10, $5 kids 4-17. Includes museum admission and parking

Roscoe Village Burger Fest

Chicago, Ill.

Celebrate America's favorite sandwich at a festival featuring music acts, burgers from top local eateries, arts and crafts and Kids' Zone with rock climbing, miniature golf, a 35-foot slide and a jousting inflatable.

When: 11 a.m.-10 p.m.
Cost: $8

Junior Tour de Naperville

Naperville Park District | Naperville, Ill.

Ride bikes, tricycles and big wheels on a path that is 1.246 miles long. Each child receives a yellow T-shirt and there will be "SAG stops (support and gear)" for snacks and drinks.

When: 9-11 a.m.
Cost: $24, $16 resident

"The Wiz: A Brand New Day!"

Preston Bradley Center | Chicago, Ill.

Children of all ages will rediscover Dorothy's legendary journey through Oz with the Scarecrow, Tin Man and Lion starring an ensemble of stars from Chicago and New York City's Theater District in this modern contemporary interactive performance with audience participation, costumes and digitally projected 3D scenery. This is an abbreviated, ninety minute twenty first century version of the musical Wizard of Oz starring professional adult actors geared towards young audiences and families.  www.nyblackarts.com

When: 3 and 7:30 p.m.
Cost: $15-$20

Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives

Museum of Science and Industry | Chicago, Ill.

The exhibit showcases the creative accomplishments and innovations of one of Chicago's native sons, Walt Disney, and the ongoing legacy of the company that bears his name. Features artifacts that have not been widely seen by the public, including drawings, props, costumes, artwork from classic Disney animation, theme park attractions, TV shows and live action films, plus items from contemporary Disney milestones. Hands-on, interactive stations bring Disney's technological breakthroughs in animation and motion pictures to life. Guests can try recording sound effects, explore Disney's revolutionary MultiPlane film camera and learn to draw some of their favorite Disney characters in the Animation Academy.

Cost: $9, $7 kids 3-11, plus admission

Square Roots Festival

Chicago, Ill.

More than 70 acts including music, dance parties, jams and family activities. Features the best local and regional craft breweries and Lincoln Square restaurants.

When: 5-10 p.m. Friday, noon-10 p.m. Saturday, noon-9 p.m. Sunday
Cost: Suggested donation: $10, $5 seniors and kids, $20 families

Theatre Hikes

Morton Arboretum | Lisle, Ill.

Follow the captivating story of “Alice in Wonderland” and watch as performers search for the white rabbit and enjoy a spot of tea with the Mad Hatter throughout July. In August, hikers can follow a day in the life of Charlie Brown and the rest of the Peanuts gang in “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.”  Taking place throughout September, “Enchanted April” is based on Elizabeth von Arnim’s novel, and tells the story of four dissimilar women in 1920s England who leave their damp and rainy environments to go on a holiday to a secluded coastal castle in Italy. In October, hikers can follow along to “Resurrected: Grave Tales of Chicagoland.” Profiling five famous Chicago scary tales— Resurrection Mary, Devil Baby of Hull House, Julia Petta, the Italian Bride and Francis Levy's Handprint— these eerie stories are strung together by the Wynkoop Murder investigation and include audience participation. Low-impact hikes suitable for strollers, walkers and wheelchairs will take place on July 6, Aug. 3, Sept. 7 and Oct. 5. Each performance lasts approximately three hours. Participants should wear comfortable shoes, weather-appropriate clothing and bring a chair or blanket, water bottle and insect repellent.

 

 

When: 1-4 p.m.
Cost: $20 adult nonmember, $10 adult member; $10 child nonmember, $5 child member

Chicken Little

Chicago Kids Company | Chicago, Ill.

Performances run April 23-Aug. 15.

Cost: $12
 







 
 
 
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