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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

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

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

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.

Elmhurst Goes to the Fair

Elmhurst Historical Museum | Elmhurst, Ill.

FREE  

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

Treasures from Trash

Morton Arboretum | Lisle, Ill.

Kids play fun games and make a recycled craft to take home.

When: 1-4 p.m.
Cost: Free with admission

Oliver

Drury Lane Oakbrook Terrace | Oakbrook Terrace, Ill.

Oliver follows the adventures of young orphan Oliver Twist. Forced into the scheming underworld of pick-pocketing, Oliver finds himself caught in a tug-of-war with his family and the sinister characters he has met in the streets of London. Performances run April 4-June 2, 2013.

Cost: Cost varies based on package.
 







 
 
 
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