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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

Curious George Visits

DuPage County Historical Museum | Wheaton, Ill.


Make a Curious George craft and have a chance to purchase two of George's favorite reads, Curious George Takes the Train or Curious George Visits the Library. Book proceeds benefit the DuPage County Historical Museum.

When: 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Cost: Free; donations welcome

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

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

Art in the Park

Northbrook Park District | Northbrook, Ill.


Enjoy high-quality artwork of more than 70 artists from across the country, plus live music, children’s activities, a young artists’ exhibit and a food and beverage area.

When: Check website
Cost: Free

Fishing Derby

Gurnee Park District | Gurnee, Ill.


Prizes will be awarded for the most fish caught, biggest fish and smallest catch. Bait will be provided. Bring your own fishing pole; only a limited number of poles will be available.

When: 8:30-11 a.m.
Cost: Free

"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.

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

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