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EAA AirVenture Oshkosh

Oshkosh, Wis.

Features 10,000 aircraft, 2,500 showplanes, world-class daily air shows plus two night air shows featuring pyrotechnic and fireworks (Wed. & Sat.), evening entertainment, 800 exhibit areas, 1,000 forums and workshops, onsite camping, and KidVenture with hands-on activities.

When: Gates open at 7 a.m. Visit website for daily schedule of events.
Cost: Visit website for admission prices

Fiesta del Sol

Chicago, Ill.

FREE  

Includes Aztec dancing, local art exhibit, craft workshop, a children's area with read-out-loud sessions, free books, games and educational activities, Civil Rights of Immigrants Booth, College Fair, live entertainment, Pilsen School Expo, indoor soccer tournaments, free health screenings and food vendor.

When: Check website for schedule
Cost: Check website

Festa Italiana

Rockford, Ill.

Enjoy three days of authentic music, carnival, kids' activities and Italian food.

When: Visit website for detailed schedule of events.
Cost: Visit website for admission prices.

Glencoe Festival of Art

Glencoe, Ill.

FREE  

Festival features more than 130 juried artists from around the world. Live music, great food and fun activities for kids, including an art scavenger hunt.

When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 2-3
Cost: Free

Indiana State Fair

Indianapolis, Ind.

Enjoy the farm animals, agricultural exhibits, competitive exhibitions and entertainment. Visit website for schedule of events. Aug. 1-17, 2014.

When: Gates open at 8 a.m. daily
Cost: $8 in advance, $10 at the gate; $5 parking

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

Shapes of Nature

Morton Arboretum | Lisle, Ill.

Use shape viewers to search for triangle trees, heart shaped leaves, and square stems, and discover the kind of nature scene collage can you make using basic shapes.

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

Outdoor Art

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

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
 







 
 
 
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