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Highland Park Fourth Fest

Highland Park, Ill.

Enjoy carnival rides, a petting zoo and pony rides, picnic games, live music and food at Highland Park's Fourth Fest.  Fireworks will be held at dusk at Wolter's Field.

When: 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Cost: Admission is free, wristbands for unlimited rides and games are available an early bird rate of $15.00; price the day of the event will be higher

Arts Dans La Rue

Oak Park, Ill.


Embrace European culture at Downtown Oak Park’s French street festival featuring art, food, wine, music, film, dance, kids' activities and more.

When: Noon-9 p.m.
Cost: Free

Lincoln Square Apple Fest

Chicago, Ill.


Enjoy all things apple from pies to pizzas, apple themed games for kids in the Kids Zone.

When: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Cost: Free

Nice Mice

The Morton Arboretum | Lisle, Ill.

Hike, listen to stories, and play games in this interactive sensory based class that explores the little world of mice.

When: 9:30-11 a.m. Aug. 4, 12 and 13
Cost: $25, $18 members

Family Fishing

Heller Nature Center | Highland Park, Ill.

Learn safety and the basics of fishing, then spend some time trying to reel in the big one. All equipment and instruction provided. Each child must be accompanied by a registered adult.

When: 7-8:30 p.m.
Cost: $10

Campfire Nights

Pilcher Park Nature Center | Joliet, Ill.

A family evening with activities including games, crafts, kid-friendly campfire stories and a night hike. Marshmallows are available for roasting. Bring bug spray.

When: 7-8:30 p.m. June 4, July 2, Aug. 6, Sept. 3
Cost: $7

National Night Out Against Crime

Harrison Benwell Conservation Area | Wonder Lake, Ill.


Stop by for complimentary food and beverages and enjoy the ongoing activities. Information booths include: Child Passenger Safety Information, and Project S.W.E.E.P. Various police and fire equipment that will be on display. Special demonstrations are scheduled throughout the evening.

When: 5:30-8 p.m.
Cost: Free

National Night Out

Oakbrook Terrace Park District | Oakbrook Terrace, Ill.


Features music and an outdoor movie (Big Hero 6), plus representatives from the DuPage Sheriff's Office. There will be a variety of trucks for kids to explore, including fire trucks, police cars, garbage trucks and more.

When: 6 p.m.
Cost: Free

National Night Out

Schaumburg Park District | Schaumburg, Ill.


The national event is designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness, strengthen neighborhood spirit and generate support for local anticrime programs. Includes visits and information from Schaumburg Police Dept.'s officers, bike and motor patrol, state representatives and the fire department, a D.J., music, silly games, contests and sidewalk chalk play. From 7:30-8:30 p.m., open swim is available in Meineke Pool. Barbecued concessions and drinks sold for a minimal cost.

When: 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Cost: Free

Winnetka Fourth Fest

Winnetka Park District | Winnetka, Ill.


Winnetka's celebration kicks off with a parade at 10 a.m. followed by family friendly events on the green at 11 a.m. including kids' games and races. The real Fourth Fest begins at 6 p.m. with face painting, bouncy houses, slides and fireworks. Fourth Fest will be located at Duke Childs Field. Events on the green will be located at the Villaga Green.

When: 6 p.m.
Cost: Free

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