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Open House

Cantigny Park | Wheaton, Ill.


Go "behind the scenes" for an all-new experience at the military museum, plus see rare artifacts seldom displayed. Also features guided tours and hands-on educational activities for all ages.

When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Cost: Free, $5 parking


Alliance Francaise de Chicago | Chicago, Ill.


Kids will enjoy stories staged with puppets and drawings, while being exposed to the French language. Side activities facilitate comprehension. Today's story is Le petit ogre veut aller à l'école, a story of an ogre who's learning to read.

When: 2:30-4:30 p.m.
Cost: Free

Cartooning and Comics for Kids

River Forest Public Library | River Forest, Ill.


Come to the library for an afternoon of drawing, reading, and learning about comics. Create your own comic book character and learn how to make a comic strip.

When: 2-3:30 p.m.
Cost: Free

Black Bear Exhibit

Lake View Nature Center | Oakbrook Terrace, Ill.


Feature the black bear and its adaptations for survival in the forest. Crawl into the bear's den, compare your senses to that of the black bear, feel his fur, come face to face with a black bear mount and more.

Cost: Free

Sweet Home Chicago: The History of America’s Candy Capital

Harold Washington Library Center | Chicago, Ill.


Exhibit includes numerous artifacts, photographs and other documentary items that tell the story of Chicago's iconic candy makers, including Snickers, Lemonheads, Butterfingers and Cracker Jack.

Cost: Free

Oink, Baa, Moo: Farm Fun

Waukegan Public Library | Waukegan, Ill.


Interactive learning centers include a barn slide, apple orchard and chicken coop. Maggie, a life-sized fiberglass milking cow sponsored by Golden Oaks Farm in Wauconda, will be the focus of the new exhibit. Maggie is over five feet tall and features a working udder that recirculates the water that children "milk."

Cost: Free

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