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Springing Back to Life

Prairieview Education Center | Crystal Lake, Ill.

March is a time when a sleepy natural world experiences a great awakening. Learn more about these animals and how they are able to perform these amazing feats of survival.

When: 7-8:30 p.m.
Cost: $2, free resident

Dozin' with the Dinos

Field Museum | Chicago, Ill.

This is a unique opportunity for kids ages 6-12 to spend the night at The Field Museum. Spend your evening enjoying workshop activities like games from around the world or live insects from your own backyard. Enjoy a snack break to fuel yourself for a self-guided tour of Inside Ancient Egypt - in the dark. Overnights begin at 5:45 p.m. and end the following morning at 9 a.m. Families can sign up for Premium Package 1 ($75; $65 members) and reserve a sleeping spot in the Evolving Planet exhibition, or book Premium Package 2 ($87; $77 members)and reserve a sleeping spot in Evolving Planet and add a behind-the-scenes tour with a Field Museum scientist. For more information, visit

When: 5:45 p.m.-9 a.m.
Cost: $63, $51 members and groups

Josefina’s Fiesta - American Girl Place

American Girl Place | Chicago, Ill.

Learn about Josefina's caring spirit during a time of change in 1824. Have fun with your favorite girl as you learn words and phrases in Spanish and enjoy a delicious meal. Includes an American Girl book to take home, plus a keepsake booklet with activities and journaling pages to help commemorate this memorable day. $30 per person. Reservations required.

When: 7:30 p.m.
Cost: $30 per person

Shamrock Shindig and Pasta Dinner

Komarek School PTA | North Riverside, Ill.

Celebrate St Patrick's Day with a pasta dinner, sundae bar, raffles, bake sale, silent auction, kids' activities, and a sneak peak at the school musical.

When: 4-8 p.m.
Cost: $6, $5 seniors, $4 kids, free kids 3 and under

Italian Storytime at Indian Public Library

Indian Prairie Public Library | Darien, Ill.


Native speakers from Language Stars provide a 30-minute interactive FunImmersion program with books, songs and activities conducted entirely in their native language.

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

Family Story Time at Whole Foods Market

River Forest Public Library | River Forest, Ill.


Join Miss Ashley for stories and songs.

When: 9:30 a.m.
Cost: Free

Spanish Storytime at Winnetka Public Library

Winnetka Public Library | Winnetka, Ill.


Native speakers from Language Stars provide a 30-minute interactive FunImmersion program with books, songs and activities conducted entirely in their native language.

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

Tales and Treasures

Morton Arboretum | Lisle, Ill.

New exhibit showcases 50 rare and unique objects from the Sterling Morton Library's collections. The artifacts include a collection of butterflies that is more than 100 years old, an Eskimo bone carving, original woodblocks, and metal sculptures. Explore a modern cabinet of curiosities, with drawers that pull out and doors that open to reveal objects and interactive games, share your vision of a library in 50 years, and take part in a library-wide scavenger hunt.

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

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

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