a playful family night to explore the world of bats, take a
moonlit tram, and cozy up around the campfire and roast
Learn about the zoo's cats, from big cats like African lions,
Amur leopards, Amur tigers, and snow leopards to small ones,
including fishing cats and domestic house cats. Plus, special Zoo
Chats and cat-themed crafts and activities for cat lovers of all
Join a keeper-led tour of the Children's Zoo, then head to the
barn to help keepers with morning chores like feeding the cows,
delivering hay to the goats or brushing the animals.
Kids can visit DCM's Art Studio, where they will find enough
cardboard boxes to build anything their minds can
imagine. Part of the "Global Cardboard Challenge," an
event in which children around the world are encouraged to "build
anything awesome out of cardboard, recycled materials and
Jennifer Holik, professional genealogist and author of numerous
genealogy books, helps young people investigate their family
history using simple research techniques, then record what they
discover with basic genealogy charts. Parents, guardians and
grandparents are encouraged to attend.
Brookfield Zoo gives a live animal presentation featuring exotic
critters from around the world. Space is limited and registration
is required. Call (815) 895-9777 to register.
Community event has cupcake decorating, Color My Career, Fun
with Legos, a fire engine and fire fighter gear display and Maggie
the Cow, where kids learn to milk a plastic cow. At the baseball
field, kids can measure the speed of pitches during the
need-for-speed activity and learn about Beep Ball. Plus, a pumpkin
patch and straw maze.
Giant Steps of Illinois hosts a USATF approved 5K run/walk
for autism awareness. Supporters are also encouraged to create
their own fundraising teams of at least five runner/walkers
with a fundraising goal, all of which will directly benefit Giant
A national event that celebrates reading and
Star Wars. Features games,
trivia, prizes, and more, and a select handful will have author
signings and/or visits from the costumed characters. Special guest
is author Jeffrey Brown, who wrote "Darth Vader and Son."
Kids enter artist Gino Severini's interpretation of trains by
role-playing engineer, passenger or conductor in a child-size train
and look for objects in an eight-foot wide "hidden pictures" mural
of artist Don Stewart's "Steam Train." Plus, enjoy specially
designed wooden train tables and a huge new interactive crane.