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March Winds - and Kites!

Trailside Museum of Natural History | River Forest, Ill.

Learn all about wind, from breezes to tornadoes. Then harness the wind's energy by building kites, and flying them in Thatcher Woods Forest Preserve.

When: 1-2:30 p.m.
Cost: $2

STEM Exploration Lab

Midwest Museum of Natural History | Sycamore, Ill.

The museum will be filled with dozens of hands-on science exhibits and interactive demonstrations, from mirrors to magnets, static to lasers.

When: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Cost: $10, $8 members

48th Ward Easter Egg Hunt

Li'l Buds Theatre Company | Chicago, Ill.

Enjoy an Easter Egg Hunt with candy and prizes, plus enjoy the chance to mingle with the cast of Peter Rabbit.

When: 10 a.m.

Egg Hunt

West Ridge Center | Highland Park, Ill.

Gather eggs filled with toys and search for the lone golden egg that holds a chance to win a family pass to Hidden Creek AquaPark. Kids will be divided by age groups: 3 and under, 4-7, and 8 and older. After the hunt, bring your camera for a photo opportunity with the bunny for an additional charge. All proceeds go to S.M.I.L.E. to benefit families in need of financial assistance. For more information, call (847) 579-3120.

When: 10-11 a.m.
Cost: Free to attend, $3 visit and photo with the Bunny

8th Annual Doggie Easter Egg Hunt

Horner Park | Chicago, Ill.

Activities include a hunt for treat-filled eggs, a bonnet parade, obstacle course and a raffle. Photos with the bunny will be available for purchase. Dogs must be kept on a leash, and owners must stay with their dogs at all times.

When: 10 a.m.-noon
Cost: $5 per dog

Tales and Treasures

The 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

Creatures of Light

The Field Museum | Chicago, Ill.

Delve into the mysterious world of bioluminescence, from the glowworms dangling from the ceiling of New Zealand's famous Waitomo Caves, to the deep-sea fishes that illuminate the perpetually dark depths of the oceans. Discover the variety of ways in which light is used to attract a mate, lure unsuspecting prey, or defend against a predator, and see how scientists study this amazing ability to glow.

Cost: Free with admission

Animal Inside Out

Museum of Science and Industry | Chicago, Ill.

The exhibition showcases more than 100 animal specimens that have been preserved through the process of Plastination. From goats to giraffes and octopuses to ostriches, guests will see the inner workings of some of the world's most impressive animals and better understand the evolution of animals and the natural world.


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