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Model Railroad Garden: Landmarks of America

Chicago Botanic Garden | Glencoe, Ill.

The Model Railroad Garden delights visitors of all ages with the sights and sounds of garden-scale trains traversing bridges and trestles, past miniature scenes of America's best-loved landmarks and beautiful gardens planted to scale.

When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily; special evening hours Wednesdays, June 11–Aug. 27 until 8 p.m
Cost: $6, $5 seniors, $4 kids 3-12, free kids under 3; $1 discount for members

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

Kleinman Family Cove Family Drop-in Activities

Chicago Botanic Garden | Glencoe, Ill.

FREE  

Explore the plants and animals in aquatic habitats. Use scientific tools to look at tiny critters living under water, find out what makes water plants different from land plants, and more. Activities vary from week to week.

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

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
 







 
 
 
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