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West Chicago Railroad Days

West Chicago, Ill.

FREE  

Music, food, fireworks, carnival rides, parade, 5K Run/Walk, community art show and beer garden.

When: 5-10 p.m. July 10, 5-11 p.m. July 11, noon-midnight July 12, 3-10 p.m. July 13
Cost: Free

WTTW Kids Readers are Leaders Tour

WTTW Kids Readers are Leaders Tour |

FREE  

Event features movements and songs by the Miss Lori of Miss Lori’s CAMPUS and dialogic reading by WTTW’s tour manager, Mr. Brandon. Plus, interactive games that helps create excitement about reading. Following every 60 minute show, WTTW gives each child a bag comprised of special learning materials, resources for parents and caregivers, and a book. Check website for locations throughout the summer.

When: Check website for schedule.
Cost: Free

WTTW Kids Great Food Fan Van

FREE  

The WTTW Kids Great Food Fan Van educates parents and children about proper nutrition and delivers that message in a fun, interactive, two-hour performance that includes stretching, dancing, singing, healthy food sampling, and one-on-one nutritional guidance and education.  Each performance is lead by Miss Lori of Miss Lori’s CAMPUS and WTTW’s Mr. Brandon. Plus, an appearance and photo op with Arthur. Each event takes place within the "WTTW Kids Village" which has a stage area, sampling canopies, and a learning tent.

When: Check website for schedule.
Cost: Free

Goodies from Gardens

The Morton Arboretum | Lisle, Ill.

Families can discover how all of the ingredients for pizza and other foods are grown and cooked together as well as receive a special seed to take home.

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

Flower Frenzy

The Morton Arboretum | Lisle, Ill.

Look around at all of the flowers in the Children’s Garden and find your favorite to paint.

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

Grunsfeld Children’s Growing Garden Family Drop-in Activities

Chicago Botanic Garden | Glencoe, Ill.

Get close to nature and discover where food comes from with activities. Learn about plant parts, the life of a bee, different types of seeds, how to plant a rainbow garden, worm composting and more.

When: Noon-4 p.m. weekdays; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. weekends
Cost: Free, $20 parking

Summer Fireworks

Navy Pier | Chicago, Ill.

FREE  

The spectacle is choreographed to music and produced by award-winning Melrose Pyrotechnics. Watch from a lakefront boat cruise, Navy Pier’s South Dock or one of the Ferris wheel gondolas.

When: 9:30 p.m. Wednesday; 10:15 p.m. Saturday
Cost: Free

Human Wrecking Ball

Chicago Children's Museum | Chicago, Ill.

Kids jump off a platform onto a 30-foot rope suspended from the ceiling of the museum, smacking into a stack of stuff and sending it flying.

Cost: Free with admission

Danger 101: Daring Deeds for Curious Kids`

Chicago Children's Museum | Chicago, Ill.

Kids gain confidence through healthy, smart risk-taking (you know, like licking a battery, mastering a power tool or becoming a human wrecking ball).

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
 









 
 
 
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