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Nature Story Time

Trailside Museum of Natural History | River Forest, Ill.

Nature-inspired stories, crafts and activities for kids 3-5 with adult.

When: 10:30-11:15 a.m.
Cost: $1 per child

Tales and Treasures

The Morton Arboretum | Lisle, Ill.

New exhibit showcases 50 rare and unique objects from the Sterling Morton Library's collections. The artifacts include a collection of butterflies that is more than 100 years old, an Eskimo bone carving, original woodblocks, and metal sculptures. Explore a modern cabinet of curiosities, with drawers that pull out and doors that open to reveal objects and interactive games, share your vision of a library in 50 years, and take part in a library-wide scavenger hunt.

Cost: Free with admission

Start With A Sketch Exhibition

Geneva History Center | Geneva, Ill.

Exhibition highlighting the culture of illustration through the talented cartoonists, illustrators and voice actors connected to the Geneva community. Features well-known artists such as Daws Butler, the voice of Yogi Bear and many Hanna Barbera characters, along with Chester Gould, creator of the Dick Tracy comic strip.

Cost: Donations accepted

Beneficial Bats

The Morton Arboretum | Lisle, Ill.

Make a bat finger puppet and discover how bats are beneficial.

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

Interactive Music Show

Wonder Works | Oak Park, Ill.

Get up and dance to live music with a children's concert every week. Children can dance, play instruments or just listen and sing along to classic and new children's songs.

When: 11:15-11:45 Mondays and Thursdays
Cost: Free with admission

The Bully Show

AlphaBet Soup Productions | Lombard, Ill.

Join Professor McBumble and his group of rag tag actors as they present three different fairy tales with an anti-bullying message. Updated adaptions of Little Red Ridinghood, The Ugly Duckling & Three Billy Goats Gruff are performed in this world premiere musical. "It's not cool to be cruel!" "It's so lame to call people names!" are just a few of the lesson taught in this important show. Performances are from Oct. 2-May 2 at locations throughout Chicago and the suburbs. Check website for venue dates and times.

When: 10:30 a.m.
Cost: $7-$10, depending on venue

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