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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

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

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

Cinco de Mayo Celebration

Gurnee Mills Mall | Gurnee, Ill.

FREE  

Attendees will enjoy food samplings, face painting, balloon twisting, giveaways and live musical performances from local Latino artists, including Mariachi Music, Los Panchis, Banda Tierra Nueva and Hershey y Su Norteño Banda.

When: Noon-5 p.m.
Cost: Free

The Art of Dr. Seuss

Water Tower Place | Chicago, Ill.

FREE  
The Art of Dr. Seuss has installed sculptures of everyone from the wacky Cat in the Hat to the steadfast Horton and persistent Sam I Am. For children and nostalgic adults, there is a scavenger hunt involving the bronze sculptures, which also include the Grinch, Yertle the Turtle and the Lorax. A photo hunt clue accompanies each sculpture, and guests are invited to share photos on Instagram (@drseussgallerychicago #DRSEUSSART) to win prizes. Runs through May 5.

When: Daily
Cost: Free

Build Bash

Girls Supporting Girls | Chicago, Ill.

A family-focused open house loaded with live entertainment, crafts, activities, and delicious food from some of the city's favorite dining spots. Ralph's World performsn, as well as Chicago's hip-hop performance artists Q Brothers and Nili Yellin, the Storybook Mom. Family movement sessions led by Mind Art Core Pilates Performance, face painting, crafts, and other activities. Food and beverages provided by Shaw's Crab House, Glazed & Infused Doughnuts, Big Star, Eli's Cheesecake Company, RM Champagne Salon, and PepsiCo. Purchase tickets at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/639994.

When: 2-5 p.m.
Cost: $50 family of five; $10 additional

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
 










 
 
 
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