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Memorial Day Weekend

Susanna Farms | Lake Villa, Ill.

Enjoy kite flying, toddler hay mazes, obstacle courses, hayrides through the fields and a ladybug release (2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday). Plus, check out the two bull calves, baby goats, lambs and pigs and mid-size and full sized chickens.

When: 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Cost: Free with admission; ladybugs are $3 a cup

Dinosaur Petting Zoo

Millennium Park | Chicago, Ill.

FREE  

Dinosaurs come to life in a fun, educational and imaginative performance. Audiences can feed, water and care for these puppet-like, prehistoric marvels.

Cost: Free

Piccadily Circus

DuPage County Fairgrounds | Wheaton, Ill.

See the 'Cossak Warriors' on horseback; Motorcycle Nitro Cowboys in the globe of Death; camels and zebras performing with ponies; clowns and comedy acts and much more.

When: See website for times
Cost: $48 and under

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

David Rogers’ Big Bugs

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

Watch Us Grow: Monarch Butterflies

Kohl Children's Museum | Glenview, Ill.

Kids can learn about the four stages of butterfly development and explore how animals change and adapt through the metamorphosis process. Signage explains the egg and caterpillar stages of butterfly growth, and live specimens of pupa and adult butterflies demonstrate the final two stages of growth.

Cost: Free with admission

A Kid at Heart, Looking at Childhood Play Gallery Exhibit

Arlington Heights Historical Museum | Arlington Heights, Ill.

Features Antique and collectible dolls and toys from the 19th and 20th centuries, plus some modern and reproduction toys that are available for hands-on fun.

When: 1:30-4:30 p.m.
Cost: Free; $2 donation suggested

Abraham Lincoln: Self-Made in America

The Grayslake Heritage Center & Museum | Grayslake, Ill.

FREE  

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
 







 
 
 
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