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The Explorers!

The Revival | Chicago, Ill.

Join the Explorers, a rag-tag group of knowledge-seekers, as they adventure to unknown territory in search of learning and laughter. This group is sure to meet fun, silly characters along the way. The show is comprised of short scenes, songs and interactive games. Each show centers on a new location and culminates in a short dance party/concert from a local musician at the end of the show.

When: 4-5 p.m. June 25, July 30, Aug. 27, Sept. 24
Cost: $10


Guerin College Preparatory High School | River Grove, Ill.


Features carnival rides, games, live music, a beer tent and food.

When: 3:30-10 p.m. Aug. 25; 6-10:30 p.m. Aug. 26; 2-10 p.m. Aug. 27-28
Cost: Free

DaVinci Machines Exhibition

Water Tower Place | Chicago, Ill.


Displays hand-crafted inventions built from Leonardo DaVinci's 500-year-old designs as well as digitally remastered Masterpieces for an up close and personal look at the greatest artistic genius of all time.

When: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. 6/7/2016-12/31/2016
Cost: Not for profit art exhibition. Suggested admittance $15.95 Adults; $13.95 Seniors; $11.95 Kids

Rubik's Cube Challenge

Cat and Mouse Game Store | Chicago, Ill.

Professor Ernő Rubik's brainteaser is the world's most popular puzzle and one of the best selling toys of all time. Using Speed Stacks timing mats, players will try to solve the cube as quickly as possible. Points will be awarded based on finished times and then added together to determine the winners of the challenge. Participants can choose three cubes to solve: 2x2, 3x3, Pyraminx, Megaminx and Mirror Cube. Bring your own cube or borrow one.

When: 1-3 p.m. June 25, July 25, Aug. 30
Cost: $5

Ribbit! The Exhibit

The Morton Arboretum | Lisle, Ill.

The Exhibit showcases 23 whimsical, larger-than-life frog sculptures fashioned from copper. The copper sculptures are created by North Carolina artist J.A. Cobb. Each frog has his or her own name, story and personality.

Cost: Free with arboretum admission

Butterflies & Blooms

Chicago Botanic Garden | Glencoe, Ill.

Outdoor butterfly garden where visitors can immerse themselves with hundreds of live tropical butterfly species from around the world. A field guide is available to help visitors identify dozens of species in the exhibition. Visitors can also observe butterflies hatching through a window into the pupa emergence room.

When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., weather permitting.
Cost: $6, $5 seniors, $4 kids 3-12. Discounts for members and combination tickets available.

Festival of Flight

Brookfield Zoo | Brookfield, Ill.

Guests will fly high with excitement while watching birds demonstrate their natural flight abilities during this interactive experience. The 20-minute show features nearly 20 bird species.

Cost: Free with zoo admission

Zoom Room

Chicago Children's Museum | Chicago, Ill.

Send toy cars hurtling through race jumps, long runs, loops, dips, and super spirals within a colossal, multilevel race course. Crash sites, obstacle courses and tracks with different textured surfaces invite physical science exploration for the innately curious of every age. Zoom Room is a play-filled, physics laboratory for kids.

Cost: Free with museum admission

Math + Motion

DuPage Children's Museum | Naperville, Ill.

Exhibit highlights the connection between math and art. Kids can experience full-body movement in the Music Theater, enjoy quiet infinity puzzles and a large oversized 3D tessellation puzzle and explore the art of quilting. More pattern play happens with oversized pattern blocks, and children of all ages can explore repetitive patterning with the Follow the Leader electronic game. Plus, two pin screens where children can explore positive and negative space as they experiment with a variety of 3D shapes.

Cost: Free with museum admission

Toys: The Inside Story

Kohl Children's Museum | Glenview, Ill.

Peek inside some of the most popular toys ever made. Kids get to explore the linkages, cams, pulleys and circuits that make their favorite playthings tick, spin, buzz and jump. The exhibit consists of 14 different components that allow for a complete hands-on experience of exploration and experimentation. Each station provides visitors with interactive activities with some of the most beloved toys, such as Etch A Sketch, Operation, Dr. Duck, Hungry Hippo, Hokey Pokey Elmo and more.

Cost: Free with museum admission

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