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Arbor Weekend Celebration

The Morton Arboretum | Lisle, Ill.

Celebrate Arbor Day in the Children's Garden by planting tree seeds, investigating tree cookies and going on a hunt for five unique trees throughout the garden.

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

Family Workshop: All About Bees

The Lurie Garden in Millennium Park | Chicago, Ill.


Jana Kinsman of Chicago's "Bike A Bee" will tell you the buzz on honey bees, beekeeping in the city, and native bees.

When: 1-3 p.m.
Cost: Free

Family Play Day

Emily Oaks Nature Center | Skokie, Ill.

Enjoy a self-guided afternoon of engaging nature play as you walk through the woods with your family, exploring and participating in fun activities along the way.

When: 1-3 p.m.
Cost: $1

International Migratory Bird Day

Volo Bog State Natural Area | Ingleside, Ill.


Enjoy family-friendly activities such as looking at birds through a spotting scope, learning how to use binoculars with Audubon Members, going on an Itty Bitty Bird Walk (10 – 15 minutes), traveling the Great Migration Challenge, playing JeopBirdy, Bird Bingo, Bird Olympics and more.

When: Noon-4 p.m.
Cost: Free

Kids' Class: Renaissance Superheroes

Wilmette Historical Museum | Wilmette, Ill.

Kids learn about the art and architecture of Michelangelo, Leonardo, Donatello, and Raphael -- four famous Renaissance artists and namesakes of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles -- as well as create their own masterpieces inspired by these artists’ works. The workshop will be taught by architect David Erck and educator Lauren Friedman.

When: 2-3 p.m.
Cost: $15, $5 members

Mother's Day Workshop

Kids Clay Room | Chicago, Ill.

Kids make and glaze unique ceramic gifts using clay, glazes, molds and clay tools.

When: 1-2:30 p.m.
Cost: $35

Chicago Parent Playdate

Athletico Center | Northbrook, Ill.


Enjoy sports, bounce houses, character visits, music, train rides, obstacle courses, activities at every table and more. Purchase tickets at

When: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Cost: $8 kids 2-14; $4 kids under 2; free adults


Hofbrauhaus Chicago | Rosemont, Ill.

A month-long Maifest celebration featuring a variety of authentic German entertainment and Maifest food specials. In addition to Hofbräuhaus Chicago’s daily entertainment schedule, Maifest will bring German dance troupes, brass bands to the Haus.


Part of Your World: The Music of Alan Menken

Metropolis School of the Performing Arts | Arlington Heights, Ill.

Enjoy songs from popular musicals written by Alan Menken for stage and screen, including The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, Newsies, Little Shop of Horrors, Pocahontas, Hercules, Sister Act, Tangled, and more.

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

Fishin' Kids

Naperville Park District | Naperville, Ill.


Learn all the basics of fishing including how to rig a pole, bait the hook, cast and handle fish. Parents must remain with kids. Bring folding chairs and camera. Registration required. April 30; May 21; June 25.

When: 10 a.m.-noon
Cost: $29, $19 resident

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