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Family Feature: Illustration Captivation

DuPage Children's Museum | Naperville, Ill.

Join illustrators as they bring pictures of anime heroes, roaring dinosaurs, and hungry caterpillars to life. Work with these artists to create your own book of styles, including anime and scientific illustration; or create a style of your own.

When: 6-8 p.m.
Cost: Free with admission

Trips and Travels Together

American Girl Place | Chicago, Ill.

This event offers girls the chance to capture their own special travel moments with their My American Girl doll during her spring and summer breaks. Includes a delicious meal, fun journaling activities, and a special American Girl book to take home. Reservations required. April 4, May 16, June 6.

When: 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Cost: $30

Shen Yun

Civic Opera House | Chicago, Ill.

With classical Chinese dance, live orchestra, dazzling costumes and animated backdrops, Shen Yun will transport you to another world. From battlefields to imperial palaces, classical Chinese dance has a history of thousands of years, sharing a common ancestry with martial arts. Its dramatic jumping, spinning, and flipping techniques are just part of the vast repertoire of movements that make classical Chinese dance one of the most demanding and expressive art forms in the world.  The Shen Yun Orchestra masterfully blends ancient Chinese instruments, like the emotive erhu and delicate pipa, with a full Western orchestra, creating an exhilarating new sound.

When: 7:30 p.m. April 2-5; 2 p.m. April 5
Cost: $60 and up

FIRST Midwest Regional Competition

University of Illinois - Chicago | Chicago, Ill.


FIRST kids build robots and compete in fast-faced, sports-themed regional competitions. More than 50 teams of kids face off for the chance to participate in the national FIRST Championship in St. Louis next month.

When: 8 a.m.
Cost: Free


Kane County Farm Bureau | St. Charles, Ill.


Kids can sit in the seat of an antique tractor, see modern farm equipment, participate in hands-on activities, ride pedal tractors, shell corn, see farm animals, and enter for a chance to win their very own pedal tractor. Bring non-perishable food items to earn an extra entry in the pedal tractor drawing. Food will be donated to a local food pantry. Refreshments available.

When: Noon-4 p.m. April 4; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. April 5-6
Cost: Free

Pizza with Peter Rabbit & His Sister Cottontail

Romeoville Recreation Center | Romeoville, Ill.

Join Peter and his sister in preparing for the spring holiday. Activities include inflatables, a puppet show, craft area and more. Each child receives a slice of pizza, a drink, picture with a bunny, and a craft. At 7 p.m., enjoy a concert by Super Stolie, and at 8:15, a glow-in-the-dark egg hunt.

When: 6-8 p.m.
Cost: $8, $5 resident; $10 kids 12 and under, $7 resident kids

The Art of Dr. Seuss

Water Tower Place | Chicago, Ill.

The Art of Dr. Seuss has installed sculptures of everyone from the wacky Cat in the Hat to the steadfast Horton and persistent Sam I Am. For children and nostalgic adults, there is a scavenger hunt involving the bronze sculptures, which also include the Grinch, Yertle the Turtle and the Lorax. A photo hunt clue accompanies each sculpture, and guests are invited to share photos on Instagram (@drseussgallerychicago #DRSEUSSART) to win prizes. Runs through May 5.

When: Daily
Cost: Free

On-Location Training DynaVox Pathways for Families and Providers

Eyas Landing | Chicago, Ill.


An exploration of how Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) strategies and devices can supplement the natural learning a child does in their early years. Hands-on session provides background information about research regarding young children and AAC, and gives time to explore examples of communication devices and how they provide evidence-based supports for language learning. Children are welcome.

When: 4-6 p.m.
Cost: Free


Chicago Children's Museum | Chicago, Ill.

Forts are the perfect place for pretend stakeout areas and secret society meetings. Use couch cushions, upside-down tables, doors, headboards-even stairs that go nowhere!-to create a cool and cozy space that's all your own.

Cost: Free with admission


Chicago Children's Museum | Chicago, Ill.

Explore the magic that happens when soap, water, and air combine. Use wild wands to makebubbles big and small. Catch, dance with and even step inside giant bubbles.

Cost: Free with admission

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