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Dollar Drop-In Days

Wagner Farm & Heritage Center | Glenview, Ill.

Participate in crafts, demonstrations and farm-related activities. Activities change daily. Meet at the Heritage Center front desk. Free activities include: public milking demonstrations at 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays; costumed interpreters from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays through Sundays; and storytelling at 4 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays.

When: 10-11 a.m.
Cost: $1

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

Fitness for All

Kohl Children's Museum | Glenview, Ill.

A series of events focused on getting and staying healthy through practicing physical activity and gross motor skills for children and their parents alike. kids can choose from a variety of fun and fit events including Bubble Extravaganza!, Yoga in the Park and Jump, Jump, Jump.

When: 10:30 a.m.-noon
Cost: Free with admission

Settlement Sundays

Naper Settlement | Naperville, Ill.

Includes free sundaes with do-it-yourself toppings and a variety of hands-on family activities, games, demonstrations and tours of historic buildings.

When: 1-4 p.m.; ice cream 2-3:30 p.m. (except July 13)
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

Illinois Shakespeare Festival

Bloomington, Ill.

Festival produces full productions of Shakespeare and other plays in the spirit of Shakespeare's work (Much Ado About Nothing, Elizabeth Rex, and Antony and Cleopatra), as well as a family-oriented 45-minute version: Shake, Shake, Shake Your Shakespeare, performed Wednesday and Saturday. The Festival will present the Improvised Shakespeare Company in July and August. Visit the website for schedule and tickets.

When: Visit website for schedule.
Cost: Visit website for ticket information.

Theatre-Hikes

Morton Arboretum | Lisle, Ill.

In August, follow a day in the life of Charlie Brown and the rest of the Peanuts gang in “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.” Low-impact hikes suitable for strollers, walkers and wheelchairs take place on Aug. 3. Each performance lasts approximately three hours. Wear comfortable shoes, weather-appropriate clothing and bring a chair or blanket, water bottle and insect repellent.

When: 1-3:30 p.m. weekends
Cost: $20, $10 kids; $10 members, $5 member kids

Theatre Hikes

Morton Arboretum | Lisle, Ill.

Follow the captivating story of “Alice in Wonderland” and watch as performers search for the white rabbit and enjoy a spot of tea with the Mad Hatter throughout July. In August, hikers can follow a day in the life of Charlie Brown and the rest of the Peanuts gang in “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.”  Taking place throughout September, “Enchanted April” is based on Elizabeth von Arnim’s novel, and tells the story of four dissimilar women in 1920s England who leave their damp and rainy environments to go on a holiday to a secluded coastal castle in Italy. In October, hikers can follow along to “Resurrected: Grave Tales of Chicagoland.” Profiling five famous Chicago scary tales— Resurrection Mary, Devil Baby of Hull House, Julia Petta, the Italian Bride and Francis Levy's Handprint— these eerie stories are strung together by the Wynkoop Murder investigation and include audience participation. Low-impact hikes suitable for strollers, walkers and wheelchairs will take place on July 6, Aug. 3, Sept. 7 and Oct. 5. Each performance lasts approximately three hours. Participants should wear comfortable shoes, weather-appropriate clothing and bring a chair or blanket, water bottle and insect repellent.

 

 

When: 1-4 p.m.
Cost: $20 adult nonmember, $10 adult member; $10 child nonmember, $5 child member

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 is a multi-sensory experience that fuses innovative theatrical spectacle and powerful original music with hilarious comedy to create a performance experience unlike any other. One of the world's most popular theatrical productions, today's Blue Man Group is a blend of signature material that has been in the show since the opening, as well as newer passages that examine the influence of technology on today's world with a funny and perceptive look at contemporary communication vehicles.

When: Performance dates and times vary. A full schedule can be found at: www.blueman.com/chicago/buy-tickets
Cost: $49-$97
 







 
 
 
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