GITy Up!

Single overnight, supported bike camping for beginning cycle tourists, families and experts. Choose 50 or 17 miles of trail-based touring spread out over two days--features quarry swimming, kayaking, star gazing and 'smores. Bring your tent, sleeping bag, family, and even a guitar for campfire songs. Gear is schlepped for you. Limited area hotel rooms are available.

Cost: $85, free kids 5 and under


Summerfest at St. Louise de Marillac | LaGrange Park, Ill.


Includes carnival rides, games, local food vendors, beer garden and live music.

When: 5-10 p.m. July 18; 5-11 p.m. July 19; 1-11 p.m. July 20; 1-6 p.m. July 21
Cost: Free; megapasses available on website

Spider City

Morton Arboretum | Lisle, Ill.

Brian Moskalik, Assistant Professor of Zoology at the University of St. Francis, introduces the world of miniature predators. View local spiders, praying mantises and even exotic tarantulas, discover why these creatures are important and make a spider craft to take home.

When: 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Cost: Free with admission

Shakespeare in the Park: “The Comedy of Errors”

Cantigny Park | Wheaton, Ill.

The Midsummer Theater Company presents an outdoor Shakespearean play.

When: 6 p.m.
Cost: $10, free parking

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

Forest Fairies

Oakbrook Terrace Park District | Oakbrook Terrace, Ill.

Sit beneath the fairy's magical trees while making beautiful crafts, creating glistening fairy dust, playing enchanted games and listening to the fairies tell the story of how they became magical.

When: 1-2:30 p.m.
Cost: $25, $20 resident

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.


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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