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International Polar Bear Day

Brookfield Zoo | Brookfield, Ill.

Guests can write a pledge to reduce their carbon footprint on life-size polar bear statues. Kids participate in polar bear-themed activities, including tracing and decorating their carbon footprint, and hands-on learning in an activity that features helping miniature polar bear figures navigate ice floes in a sensory bin filled with water. Zookeepers host a Zoo Chat at 11:30 a.m. and share interesting facts about Brookfield Zoo's polar bears. Guests are also encouraged to join the Thermostat Challenge, an effort to raise awareness about how daily actions impact polar bears and their sea ice habitat.


When: 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Cost: Free with admission

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

Elmhurst Goes to the Fair

Elmhurst History Museum | Elmhurst, Ill.


Learn about Chicago's two World's Fairs though the experiences of three Elmhurst residents during the 1893 and 1933-34 fairs and explore rare artifacts.

Cost: Free

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

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