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Railway Garden

Taltree Arboretum & Gardens | Valparaiso, Ind.

The new Railway Garden, a G-gauge model railway running through a 2.5 acre site, opens April 30. Visitors enter through a 1920s-era railway depot to see trains running through a garden of miniature plants, water features and a variety of landscapes. May 1 through October.

When: 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
Cost: $10, free kids 3 and under

Extreme Mammals

Field Museum | Chicago, Ill.

Exhibit examines the ancestry and evolution of numerous species, ranging from huge to tiny, from speedy to sloth-like, and displays animals with oversized claws, fangs, snouts, and horns. Highlights include taxidermy specimens, an entire skeleton of a giant hoofed plant-eater, a life-size model of the largest land mammal that ever lived, one of the oldest fossilized bats ever found, and an impressive diorama featuring the swamps and forests of an island in the Arctic. Runs May 26, 2012-Jan. 6, 2013.

Cost: $22-$29 adults, $18-24 seniors and students, $15-$20 kids 4-11; included in Discovery and All-Access passes

Zombie Safari Hay Ride

Odyssey Fun World Tinley Park | Tinley Park, Ill.

Board a Safari Hay Ride outfitted with 20 Zombie Slaying paintball guns, mounted turret style. Once aboard, you will be ferried to the grounds via a tractor tow, where the Zombies will attack from all sides

 

 

When: 7 p.m.-midnight
Cost: $15; extra paintballs can be purchased for $8 for 75.

Family Bicycling

Morton Arboretum | Lisle, Ill.

Explore the Arboretum's nine miles of scenic roads by bicycle. Bring your own or rent regular bicycles, tandems, electric bikes, burley strollers, wagons and more.

When: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday-Wednesday; 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Thursday-Friday
Cost: Free with Arboretum admission.
 







 
 
 
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