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Families Grow Together: Magical Container Gardening

The Morton Arboretum | Lisle, Ill.

Explore the Children's Garden growing gardens and create a magical container garden, which is the perfect habitat for attracting fairies, gnomes, and tiny animals. March 25, May 25, June 2.

When: 9-10:30 a.m.
Cost: $17, $10 members

Children's Concert

Wonder Works | Oak Park, Ill.

A fully interactive, get up and dance experience for the whole family, followed by time to explore the museum.

When: 11:15-11:35 a.m. Thursdays
Cost: Free with admission

Eye Dissection

Midwest Museum of Natural History | Sycamore, Ill.

Learn about the sense of sight as you dissect cow eyes.

When: 7-8:30 p.m.
Cost: $15, $4 adult; $13 member, free member adult

Art Open House

Gymboree Play & Music - Naperville | Naperville, Ill.


Paint, build and explore the world of art with your little one at this free event.

When: 11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Tuesday; 5-6:30 p.m. Thursday
Cost: Free

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

Tinkering Lab

Chicago Children's Museum | Chicago, Ill.

Children and families can innovate and interact directly with the real, three-dimensional world around them. Visitors design, build, test and retest with real tools and materials.

Cost: Free with admission

Abraham Lincoln: Self-Made in America

The Grayslake Heritage Center & Museum | Grayslake, Ill.


The exhibition, created by the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, explores the history of our 16th President, from his boyhood to his last years in office. Includes various family-friendly events.

Cost: Free; donations appreciated

Welcome to the Universe

Adler Planetarium | Chicago, Ill.

Visitors become space adventurers and set off on a journey to discover the Universe in a way never done before. Travel a billion light-years and back, fly through space, orbit the Moon, zoom into a canyon on Mars, and soar through the cosmic web where a million galaxies shower down. The experience was created utilizing real telescopic data and the best scientific imagery.

Cost: $28 pass (includes admission); $22 kids 3-11

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