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A Day at the Beach

DuPage Children's Museum | Naperville, Ill.

Create sand dough, texture paintings and sun catchers.

When: 9:30-10:15 a.m.
Cost: $21 pair, $15 member pair

Leave No Child Inside Days

Flick and Roosevelt Aquatics Center | Glenview, Ill.


Nature, wild animals and outdoor crafts are highlighted by staff of The Grove and Air Station Prairi. Meet The Grove's animal ambassadors and join in on some nature-inspired activities and fun. June 26 at Flick Pool; June 27 at Roosevelt Pool.

When: 4-8 p.m.
Cost: Free

Ten Days in Paradise: Caribbean Cruise

Rainbow Falls Waterpark | Elk Grove Village, Ill.

First 300 guests receive a prize. Includes games and activities throughout the day.

When: 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
Cost: Free with admission

Saige’s Celebration at Amerian Girl Place

American Girl Place | Chicago, Ill.

Girls learn about the newest contemporary character, make fun crafts, and enjoy a delicious meal. Includes an American Girl book to take home. Cafe gratuity not included. Reservations required. April 26, May 31, June 29.

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

65th Annual Family Fest & Carnival

Neighborhood Boys & Girls Club | Chicago, Ill.


Includes entertainment, beer garden, rides, games, food, family activities and a raffle. Proceeds benefit the Neighborhood Boys and Girls Club.

When: 6-11 p.m. June 26-28; 2-11 p.m. June 29-30
Cost: Free

The Wimpy Kid Van Comes to Winnetka

The Book Stall at Chestnut Court | Winnetka, Ill.


Stop by to get free Wimpy Kid goodies, see Wimpy Kid book trailers, take photos with the van, preorder Book 8 (releases in November), and buy favorite backlist books.

When: 2-5 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

“Be A Tooth Sleuth”

Oak Park Conservatory | Oak Park, Ill.


The exhibit, organized by the Purdue Agriculture Exhibit Design Center, teaches children that mammals are carnivores, herbivores or omnivores and that there are different types of teeth and feeding habits for each. Among its features are animal skulls, including a tiny weasel and a polar bear. Kids can look at their own teeth in the Tooth Sleuth mirror to determine their eating category.

When: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Cost: Free; $2 donation appreciated

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.
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