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Night Fire

Glacial Park Conservation Area | Ringwood, Ill.

The evening begins indoors for a discussion on the benefits of fire to ecosystems and how the Conservation District goes about the business of burning. Then go outdoors to see a prescribed prairie and savanna burn at night.

When: 7-9 p.m.
Cost: $5, free resident

Nature Play Days: Plants

Lincoln Marsh Natural Area | Wheaton, Ill.

Self-guided stations explore a new theme each session. Sing, fiddle, jiggle and journey into the wild. Kids must be accompanied by an adult.

When: 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Cost: $9, $7 resident

Passport to the World: Ireland

Chicago Children's Museum | Chicago, Ill.

Learn about Puck Fair and take a picture with Shamus, the "goat king" of Ireland. Play Irish skittles, make a Grogoch (a helpful Irish fairy) and meet some real live Irish Wolfhounds. Plus live Irish music and dancing.

When: 5-8 p.m. April 11; 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. April 12-13
Cost: Free with museum admission; Free April 11

Cast Candles

DuPage Children's Museum | Naperville, Ill.

Make molds out of various materials, add embellishments, shapes and stripes and create numerous colorful candles out of melted paraffin.

When: 5-6 p.m.
Cost: $25, $20 member

Night at the Museum Family Overnight

Cantigny Park | Wheaton, Ill.

Guests enjoy a variety of activities, including a movie in the historic Gold Theatre. A light breakfast is served Saturday morning.

When: 6:30 p.m.
Cost: $45

Wishes for Fishes

John G. Shedd Aquarium | Chicago, Ill.

Immerse yourself in the underwater world with special experiences, games and hands-on activities before falling to sleep in the watery world of Shedd.

When: 6:30 p.m.-9 a.m.; 6:30-10 p.m. (evening only)
Cost: $75, $65 members; $35 evening only, $25 evening only members


Wilmette Recreation Center | Wilmette, Ill.

The popular comic strip heroine takes center stage as little orphan Annie charms everyone's hearts.

When: 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 2 p.m on Sundays
Cost: $16, $14 seniors and students.

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

Dinosaurs Alive!

Brookfield Zoo | Brookfield, Ill.

Features supersized animatronic dinosaurs, including favorites like Stegosaurus and Triceratops, as well as obscure dinosaur species with unusual characteristics, like feathers. Shantungosaurus-the largest dinosaur to walk on two legs-stands at more than 20 feet tall and 50 feet long in Roosevelt Fountain, and a tented showcase highlights the most recent paleontological findings that birds evolved from dinosaurs. In addition, guests will learn how dinosaurs are relevant to today's world and how changes in climate may have led to their extinction, plus about prehistoric flowers and plants .

Cost: $5, $3 kids 3-11, free kids 2 and under, plus zoo 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

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