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Cosmic Wonder Opening Day

Adler Planetarium | Chicago, Ill.

celebrate the opening of Cosmic Wonder and enjoy free solar telescope observing (weather permitting), tours of the Doane Observatory, enter to win a Celestron Travel Scope 50 and more.

Cost: Free with admission

Spring Into Fun Pajama Party!

Sod Room | Chicago, Ill.

Come for yummy pizza, open play and a short film to wrap up the night. Pajamas and pillows highly recommended. Advanced tickets required. Visit for details and tickets.

When: 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Cost: $15 one kid, $25 two kids, $35 three kids

Field of Screams

Schaumburg Boomers | Schaumburg, Ill.

Costumes are encouraged as the Boomers celebrate Halloween a little bit early. Includes pre-game parade, concourse Trick-or-Treating, and on-field costume contest.

When: 6:30 p.m.
Cost: Call or check website

Ceramic Spring Mirror

West Ridge Center | Highland Park, Ill.

Make a ceramic mirror frame, decorate it with flowers, insects, leaves, and other "spring" themed forms and then finish it with colorful underglazes.


When: 7-8:30 p.m.
Cost: $23, $18 resident

Korean Storytime

Niles Public Library | Niles, Ill.


Share stories and songs in Korean (with a bit of English). Craft and snack included.

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

Twilight Voyage

Wheaton Park District, Northside Park Shelter House | Wheaton, Ill.

Enjoy an evening of canoeing and s'mores with the family. Kids must be accompanied by registered adult. Maximum of three people per canoe.

When: 6:15-7:45 p.m.
Cost: $13, $10 resident

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.

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

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