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Summer Powwow Cultural Days

Siegel's Cottonwood Pumpkin Farm | Crest Hill, Ill.

The American Indian Center of Chicago presents an educational, fun day focusing on the history and heritage of the Native American Indian culture  in this country and area.


Vintage Base Ball Exhibition Game

Naper Settlement | Naperville, Ill.

Relive the exciting and interesting history of the Grand Old Game and enjoy the fast-paced action of bare knuckle base ball based on the original rules from 1858. Bring lawn chairs and blankets. Snacks and beverages available for purchase.

When: 1-4 p.m.
Cost: Free with admission

Family Sunday

Schaumburg Boomers | Schaumburg, Ill.

Bring some sidewalk chalk to help decorate the concourse. Everyone is welcome to stick around for postgame autographs with players and coaches. May 19; June 2, 9 and 23; July 7, 14 and 28; August 4 and 18.

When: Check website
Cost: $7 and up

Bye Bye Birdie Performances

Schaumburg Park District | Schaumburg, Ill.

Bye Bye Birdie tells the story of a rock and roll singer, Conrad Birdie, who is about to be inducted into the army. Rose, his agent's secretary, concocts one final national publicity plan before Conrad's induction.

When: 7 p.m. July 19, 6 p.m. July 20, 2 p.m. July 21
Cost: $12, $7 youth, Free kids under 2 (if held)

National Ice Cream Day at Gale Moore Park

Worth Park District | Worth, Ill.

Games, crafts and inflatables, plus free ice cream.

When: 1-3 p.m.
Cost: $5

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

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.

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

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