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Outdoor Art

The Morton Arboretum | Lisle, Ill.

Famous artists Monet, van Gogh and Georgia O'Keefe were all inspired by nature.  Look at pictures of famous nature art, and make your own water-lily masterpiece to take home.

When: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. daily
Cost: Free with admission

Nature Encounters

Kohl Children's Museum | Glenview, Ill.

Curious nature-loving kids can experience the outdoors through programs like Bird Homes, Stroll with your Senses, Wind Power, Bird Behavior Hike and What’s Under a Log? Children will learn how to use their powers of observation and understanding to relate to the natural world around them.

When: 2-3 p.m.
Cost: Free with admission

Conscious Living World's Fair

Donald E. Stephens Convention Center | Rosemont, Ill.

A health and well-being event to bridge the gaps between continents, science, parapsychology and spirituality. Includes a Conscious Kitchen, performance stage, Meditation Room, Conscious Kid's Kingdom, Conscious Spa, Australia's top mediums, plus free seminars. See website for more details.

When: Aug. 1-3, 2014
Cost: $15, $8 online

Cirque Shanghai

Navy Pier | Chicago, Ill.

Cirque Shanghai returns this summer to Chicago’s Navy Pier with a brand new show, “Cirque Shanghai: Warriors.” Performances begin Wednesday, May 21 and run through Monday, Sept. 1 at the Pepsi Skyline Stage, a 1,500-seat, canopied, open-air theater on Navy Pier. Tickets go on sale May 2, 2014.

Cost: Call for cost

Blue Man Group

Blue Man Group at Briar Street Theatre | Chicago, Ill.

Blue Man Group performances are a celebration of human connection. Mixing art, music, comedy and state-of-the-art technology, the show encourages audiences to reconnect with their inner (and outer) child and see the world through a new perspective. Backed by a live rock band, the Blue Men unify the audience for the show’s celebratory climax - an unforgettable, euphoric dance party.

When: Performance dates and times vary. A full schedule can be found at: www.blueman.com/chicago/buy-tickets
Cost: $49-$99

Charlotte's Web

Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place | Chicago, Ill.

Emerald City presents this classic story. When Wilbur is saved and sent to live on farm, he finds a new unexpected family. Follow our piggy hero as he grows from being the runt of the litter to "Some Pig" with the help of a remarkable spider, Charlotte. Performances run July 11-Aug. 17.

 

Cost: Call for cost

Seussical

Chicago Shakespeare Theater | Chicago, Ill.

The musical based on the stories by Theodor Seuss Geisel and narrated by The Cat in the Hat. Performances run July 5-Aug. 17 at the Courtyard Theater on Navy Pier.

Cost: $28, $18 kids

Improvised Double Dare

ComedySportz Theatre | Chicago, Ill.

Watch as two teams compete against each other in tests of trivia, physical challenges, and improvisation until one team gets to undergo the ultimate gauntlet of skill - the Obstacle Course. Based on the '80s/'90s Nickelodeon game show, "Double Dare."

When: 7 p.m. Sundays
Cost: $5

The Teddy Bears' Picnic

Emerald City's Little Theatre | Chicago, Ill.

This is Emerald City Theatre's first production for ages 0-4 in it's new Little Theatre, designed as an interactive theater for the very young. The performance includes gentle sound and lighting effects that create a full sensory experience, building a simple story with the audience through repetition and participation, a shoe-free experience for parents and kids. The show lasts about 45 minutes. Runs through Aug. 10.

Cost: $14 for ages one and up, and $7 for children under one

Princess Power: A Disney Concert Celebration

Ethel M. Barber Theater | Evanston, Ill.

"Princess Power,” a music concert celebrating Disney princess songs, will be performed at Northwestern University, 2 p.m. Aug. 2 and 3. This performance will delight Disney-lovers of all ages with a cast of 12 singing songs from movies such as “Cinderella,” “Snow White,” “The Little Mermaid” and the recent smash-hit “Frozen.” To purchase tickets call the Wirtz Center Box Office at 847-491-7282 or online at www.wirtz.northwestern.edu.

When: 2 p.m.
Cost: $15, $10 kids 12 and under
 
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