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St. Viator Rock the Lot Fest

St. Viator's Rock the Lot Fest | Chicago, Ill.

Includes live music, arts, games, food, drinks and more. Raffle tickets available.

When: 6-10 p.m. Aug. 16, 3-10 p.m. Aug. 17
Cost: $5; free kids 12 and under

Nature Nights: Aquatic Adventure

Chicago Botanic Garden | Glencoe, Ill.

Bring a picnic dinner and spend an evening of exploration and activities in the garden. Gather a water sample and look at plants, insects and animals that live in the water at the Kleinman Family Cove using scientific tools. Nature Night also includes a tram ride, a planting project and s'mores around the campfire.

When: 5-7:30 p.m. Aug. 3 or 17
Cost: $23 per child, $20 member child

Lunch with a Raccoon

Irons Oaks | Olympia Fields, Ill.

Irons Oaks' mascot Rocky will be on hand to help say goodbye to summer with free and fee-based activities. Climb the tower, go on a scavenger hunt, make colorful crafts, or participate in old-fashioned picnic games. Bring a picnic or purchase a hot dog lunch.

When: 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Back to School

KeyLime Cove Indoor Waterpark Resort | Gurnee, Ill.

Decorate a folder, make a pencil topper, picture frame, back-to-school necklace, and "All About Me" poster. Plus beachball game, relay races, ladder game, catch-a-bubble contest and kites and hula hoops. Aug. 16-18 and 23-25.


and Family Workshop: Turkey Tracks and the Log Cabin: Quilting and Pioneer Life

DuPage County Historical Museum | Wheaton, Ill.


Since the first settlers to DuPage County in the early 1800s, quilting has been a popular and important skill in the household. Learn how to quilt your own work of art.

When: 1-3 p.m.
Cost: Free

Artists and Authors: Teens @ the Field

The Field Museum | Chicago, Ill.

Practice scientific skills through observation and hands-on activities while learning about the sciences of geology, zoology, botany and anthropology with the Field's summer teen volunteers.

When: 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Cost: Free with admission

Mr. Singer & The Sharp Cookies

The Wilmette Theatre | Wilmette, Ill.

Hands-on hootenannies get everyone singing, dancing and jamming with everything from original songs to classic tunes bridging genres from swing to rock to samba.

When: 10 a.m.
Cost: $12, $10 in advance

Fall Open House

Sherwood Community Music School at Columbia College Chicago | Chicago, Ill.


Experience music, dance and theater classes for children and adults. Plus, face painting, musical instrument petting zoo, refreshments and more. Free Child IDs are sponsored by New York Life.

When: 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
Cost: Free

Family Health Fest

Monsignor Thiele Parish Center | Chicago, Ill.


Free health screenings for adults and children and physicians are available for consultations. Also features fun family activities, raffle prizes and refreshments.

When: 9 a.m.-noon
Cost: Free

ANA World's Fair of Money

Donald E. Stephens Convention Center | Rosemont, Ill.

The event features hundreds of dealers, collector exhibits, coin courses, workshops and a kid zone, plus the Museum Showcase.

When: 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Cost: $6

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