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Maple Syrup Harvest

Irons Oaks | Olympia Fields, Ill.

Discuss the methods and tools of tree tapping, as well as collection and making of maple syrup. Pre-registration required. Please dress for the weather.

When: 9 a.m.-noon
Cost: $7.50, $5 resident

Nature Did it First

Prairieview Education Center | Crystal Lake, Ill.

Explore the ideas from nature that inspired some great scientific inventions. Participants watch a short presentation and visit stations to experiment with some of nature's inventions, then end with a hike outside to make discoveries.

When: 2-3:30 p.m.
Cost: $5, free resident

Visiting Artist Workshop: Cardboard Relief

Chicago Children's Museum | Chicago, Ill.

Megan Hovany, whose "A Windy Day" mural adorns the wall outside the Unboxed exhibit, helps guests create a mini-cardboard relief mural.

When: 1-3 p.m.
Cost: Free with admission

The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales

Metropolis Performing Arts Centre | Arlington Heights, Ill.

Famous fairy tales as you've never seen them before. Jack is trying to escape from the Giant, but other fairy tale characters keep getting in his way.

When: 10 a.m. Tuesday-Friday; 1 p.m. Saturday
Cost: $14, $12 kids

Donuts for Dads

River Forest Public Library | River Forest, Ill.


Family drop-in program includes crafts, books and board games, along with breakfast treats from Blue Max Coffee. Plus, a fun story time by the fireplace at 10:30.

Cost: Free

Umoja Black History Celebration

Homan Square Park | Chicago, Ill.


Celebration includes African dance performances and poetry readings plus a marketplace featuring food, jewelry and clothing.

When: 10 a.m.-4 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

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

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

Ravinia Festival Music Makers

Kohl Children's Museum | Glenview, Ill.

Discover how sounds make music, and how music makes you feel, with activities like making melodies on bolt- and wrench-a-phones, using soft sculpture pegs to make a music box, blowing air over a reed, moving musical notes on a staff, beating percussion instruments, and creating an artistic masterpiece that reflects how music makes you feel

Cost: Free with admission

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