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The Comedy of Errors

Peterson Park | Chicago, Ill.

FREE  

Mistaken identities, wrongful arrests and slapstick routines abound in Comedy, the Bard's earliest known play. The production features sword fights and third-party-naps, employing a variety of percussion instruments to enhance the comedic effect. Family-friendly, 90-minute version of the play is a great introduction to Shakespeare as well as a new take on a classic comedy. Bring picnics, blankets and/or chairs to this outdoor production. For more information, visit www.spectralia.org.

When: 5 p.m.
Cost: Free; donations appreciated

Celebrate Clark Street Festival

Rogers Park | Chicago, Ill.

Includes two stages of live world music, ethnic food, entertainment for children, and a diverse arts and crafts market.

When: 1-11 p.m. July 20; 1-10 p.m. July 21
Cost: $5 person; $10 family

Professional Bull Riders Family Event

Bass Pro Shop Bolingbrook | Bolingbrook, Ill.

FREE  

Features giveaways and chances to win a VIP trip to a PBR event, live bull displays, free family activities such as stick bull riding, bull roping and face painting, and the opportunity to meet a professional bull riding expert. Kids can come dressed in their best cowboy or cowgirl attire to take part in the best dressed "Cowboy or Cowgirl Contest" on July 28.

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

Professional Bull Riders Family Event

Bass Pro Shop Gurnee | Gurnee, Ill.

FREE  

Features giveaways and chances to win a VIP trip to a PBR event, live bull displays, free family activities such as stick bull riding, bull roping and face painting, and the opportunity to meet a professional bull riding expert. Kids can come dressed in their best cowboy or cowgirl attire to take part in the best dressed "Cowboy or Cowgirl Contest" on July 28.

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

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

“Be A Tooth Sleuth”

Oak Park Conservatory | Oak Park, Ill.

FREE  

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.

Ready, Pet, Go!

Chicago Children's Museum | Chicago, Ill.

Brand new exhibit is dedicated to the special animals in our lives. Kids can become their favorite animal, crawl in, out and around a child-sized pet home, and share stories about the pets in their life. Parents can learn the benefits of pets and pet play, and access resources for choosing appropriate family pets.

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
 







 
 
 
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