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Harold & the Purple Crayon

DuPage Children's Museum | Naperville, Ill.

Following Harold's adventures, create artwork with a purple crayon while sailing a boat on water and designing a personal cityscape.

When: 4-5 p.m.
Cost: $21 nonmember/child partner, $15 member/child partner

Aztec Stories with Michael Heralda

West Chicago Public Library District | West Chicago, Ill.


Experience the wondrous world of the Mexica/Aztecs in an interactive presentation that includes music and indigenous instruments, oral tradition stories, poetry, and enlightened narratives - all from the indigenous perspective.

When: 4-5:15 p.m.
Cost: Free

Spanish Storytime with Language Stars at Prospect Heights Library

Language Stars |


Interactive, full immersion story telling with a native-speaking Spanish teacher.

When: 10:30-11 a.m.
Cost: Free

John Lennon Birthday Bash at Rock & Roll Arts!

Rock & Roll Arts Academy | Highland Park, Ill.


Remember John Lennon with live musical performances, an all-ages open mic and group family grooves. Plus food, drink, music, contests and plenty of Beatles music. Bring an instrument from home. For more information, call (847) 748-8993.

When: 4-7 p.m.
Cost: Free

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

Silo Exhibit

Historic Wagner Farm | Glenview, Ill.

Visitors can walk inside the two-story silo and turn the crank of a silage machine, watching "corn plants" delivered to the top of the silo. Plus, learn about the history of silos and silage, build miniature silos with building blocks simulating wood, brick and metal and much more.

Cost: Free with admission

Unboxed: Adventures in Cardboard

Chicago Children's Museum | Chicago, Ill.

See a toy so amazing, so unbelievable, it has the power to transform into anything you want it to be. Enter a world where imagination rules, and ordinary becomes extraordinary.

Cost: Free with admission

TRAINS – All Aboard Art!

DuPage Children's Museum | Naperville, Ill.

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.


Cost: Free with admission

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

Kohl Children's Museum | Glenview, Ill.

The exhibit features the illustrations of W. W. Denslow, a Chicago resident whose famous illustrations helped to inspire the design of the classic 1939 MGM film starring Judy Garland. The bright and colorful exhibit provides a variety of learning opportunities and hands-on activities within a three-dimensional representation of Denslow's distinctive illustrations.

Cost: $9.50, $8.50 seniors


Chicago History Museum | Chicago, Ill.

Take a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the world of magic and its historic roots in Chicago. Features a multimedia object theater experience, artifact display and live performances. Discover the tricks of the trade and witness Chicago's magical past reappear before your very eyes.

Cost: Free with admission

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