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Flying Squirrel Night Hike

Prairieview Education Center | Crystal Lake, Ill.

Do flying squirrels actually fly? What do they eat, and where do they live? Find the answers to these questions and more while exploring the outdoors at night in search of the elusive flying squirrels.

When: 7-8:30 p.m.
Cost: $5, free resident

Stories Under the Stars with Curious George

Adler Planetarium | Chicago, Ill.

Come join everyone’s favorite monkey around the campfire and listen to the story of Curious George and the Rocket. This event is followed by a meet and greet with Curious George.

When: 10 a.m., 11:15 a.m. and noon
Cost: Free with museum admission

Rocket Science Workshop

Adler Planetarium | Chicago, Ill.

Come design and build your own rocket using everyday materials.

When: 10 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
Cost: Free with museum admission

Sensory Station

Adler Planetarium | Chicago, Ill.

Visitors can use their senses to explore and make observations about the world around them. Try to identify the Fall-themed objects using smell, touch and hearing.

When: 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Cost: Free with museum admission

Miss Jamie's Music on the Farm

Morton Grove Public Library | Morton Grove, Ill.


Miss Jamie and her puppet friends from the farm take the audience on a magical barnyard adventure in a sing-along, dance-along show that's fun for kids and grownups alike. The interactive performance features well-known farm songs as well as original tunes like "Happy Chickens Lay Yummy Eggs" and "Keepin' it Pesticide Free," and teaches healthy eating and responsible farming in a fun way that leaves everyone stompin' their boots and hollerin' for more.

When: 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Cost: Free

Nature Connects: Art with Lego bricks by Sean Kenney

The Morton Arboretum | Lisle, Ill.

Marvel at 13 larger-than-life displays created from nearly half a million Lego bricks. Walk the Arboretum’s tree-lined grounds on the east side to find nature-themed sculptures crafted by Lego artist Sean Kenney, including a monarch butterfly boasting an eight-foot wingspan and an enormous hummingbird sipping nectar from a colorful trumpet flower.


When: 7 a.m.-sunset
Cost: Free with admission

Wings of Wonder: The Lorikeet Exhibit

Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens | Rockford, Ill.

Visitors will be “face to beak” with the small- to medium-sized parrots known for their playful personalities, vibrant coloration, and their ability to mimic words and sounds.

When: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Cost: Free with conservatory admission


Chicago Children's Museum | Chicago, Ill.

Kids immerse themselves in a nautical experience of their own invention, complete with docks and an assortment of boats. Toddlers to tweens will be inspired to create their own lake-faring scenarios, like steering the ship, kayaking, hoisting a sail, or dropping a fishing line to catch ‘the big one.’ The exhibit includes a dock with a bait and tackle shop, a kayak, sailboat and two-level work boat with a wheelchair-accessible lower cabin (complete with bunk and a kitchen prep area) offering countless opportunities for kids to envision themselves as a cook, rescuer, biologist or whichever role they choose.

Cost: Free with museum admission

Run! Jump! Fly! Adventures in Action

Kohl Children's Museum | Glenview, Ill.

The exhibit allows visitors to engage in exciting activities including surfing, snowboarding, kung fu and rock climbing all in a fun and immersing environment. Visitors jump into “Action Star Training,” which are play activities that build strength, coordination, balance and endurance, and can earn stamps for each adventures they try in their Action Trackers. At the conclusion with their visit, guests can bring home a 3-day Action Tracker to build on the skills and activities they learned and incorporate them into their own lives.

Cost: Free with museum admission


John G. Shedd Aquarium | Chicago, Ill.

Developed and designed exclusively by Shedd, the one-of-a-kind exhibit will offer guests an immersive visual, audio and hands-on experience, immersing guests in the changing lives of salamanders, sirens, frogs, toads, newts, and more. Tadpoles will swim overhead, unusual and surprising amphibian sounds will fill the air, frogs in every color of the rainbow will hop and little-known, limbless caecilians will swim and slither.


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