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Goin’ Buggy

The Morton Arboretum | Lisle, Ill.

Celebrate the arrival of David Rogers' Big Bugs with a bug-o-palooza. Take part in buggy games, beneficial bug releases and an insect petting zoo.

When: 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Cost: Free with admission

Garlic Mustard Busters

Trailside Museum of Natural History | River Forest, Ill.


Assist Trailside in restoring wildflower and wildlife habitat by pulling the invasive weed Garlic Mustard. Refreshments and gloves provided. Call (708) 366-6530 to register.

When: 10-11:30 a.m.
Cost: Free

Temple Secrets (for Families!)

Frank Lloyd Wright's Unity Temple | Oak Park, Ill.

A new interactive tour designed especially for families or kids interested in learning more about Frank Lloyd Wright and his first public building. The 90-minute journey explores Unity Temple's history and a few of its best kept secrets. Refreshments will be served after the tour.

When: 10-11:30 a.m.
Cost: $5

Mother/Son Date Night

Glen Ellyn Park District | Glen Ellyn, Ill.

Head to Fox Bowl for an evening of pizza and bowling. A prize will be awarded to the team with best average score and the most creatively dressed team.

When: Noon-2 p.m.
Cost: $51 pair, $34 resident pair; $25 additional child, $17 additional resident child

Doctor Who Mini-WHOCON

River Forest Public Library | River Forest, Ill.


Watch an episode, show off Who trivia skills, enjoy Whotastic treats, and other Who-related activities.

When: 3-4:30 p.m.
Cost: Free

Mother/Daughter Tea

West Chicago Public Library District | West Chicago, Ill.


Come dressed up in beautiful dresses and accessories, play Victorian games, make a Victorian fan, learn the language of the fan and other Victorian customs.

When: 1-3 p.m.
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

David Rogers’ Big Bugs

The Morton Arboretum | Lisle, Ill.

Kids become bug detectives as they explore the exhibit of huge bug sculptures built using natural materials including trees, dried branches, roots and green saplings. On display will be an over-sized bee hive, lady bug, assassin bug, damsel fly, spider, daddy long legs, praying mantis, dragon fly, grasshopper and three ants. Kids receive a free bug detective guide, helping them uncover the truth about bugs. Plus, they can take part in daily events to learn more about bugs, plus an edible insects program for the whole family.

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.

The Art of the Bicycle

Museum of Science and Industry | Chicago, Ill.

See some of the Museum's most fascinating historic bicycles, juxtaposed with the coolest, fastest and most high-tech bikes currently on the market. Learn about the latest trends, cutting-edge materials, and technologies used by elite athletes, urban riders and bike enthusiasts and see science's role in the design process.

Cost: Free with admission
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