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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

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

Urban Interventions Amundsen Park

Redmoon Theater | Chicago, Ill.


Redmoon and its collaborators will be leading free workshops for community members. In these workshops, community members will be invited to learn the art of spoken word, drumming, and key elements of public performance in an effort to create authentic, unexpected urban celebrations. The Bucket Boys, a six person drum troupe composed of talented teenagers from the South Side, will lead community members in their unique style of drumming. The Young Chicago Authors, an organization which offers education and scholarships for young Chicagoans interested in creative writing, will have several representatives present to lead the community in expression through spoken word. Following the workshops, the participants and any other interested community members will be invited to join Redmoon and its collaborators to create a 30-40 minute spectacle and parade in the public park.



When: 5-9 p.m.
Cost: Free

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

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