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Flying Squirrel Night Hike

Hickory Grove Conservation Area | Cary, Ill.

Find the answers to questions about flying squirrels while exploring the outdoors at night in search of the elusive flying squirrels.

When: 7-8:30 p.m.
Cost: $5, free resident

Eco-Explorers: Campfire Cooking

Naperville Park District | Naperville, Ill.

Impress your friends and family with a meal cooked over an open fire. Learn to cook a delicious entrée and a dessert. Recipes will be sent home.

When: 6-8 p.m.
Cost: $55 family of four; $45 resident family; $5 additional people

Sport Center Family Fun Night

Schaumburg Park District | Schaumburg, Ill.


In honor of Nickelodeon's Worldwide Day of Play, the Sport Center offers a variety of structured, supervised sports, games and activities, including basketball, volleyball, dodgeball, preschool tot lot, soccer, T-ball, softball and gymnastic obstacle courses. Concessions available for purchase.

When: 6-8 p.m.
Cost: $5 family, free resident family

Spanish Storytime at Downers Grove Public Library

Downers Grove Public Library | Downers Grove, Ill.


Native speakers from Language Stars provide a 30-minute interactive FunImmersion program with books, songs and activities conducted entirely in their native language.

When: 11-11:30 a.m.
Cost: Free

UniverSoul Circus

Washington Park | Chicago, Ill.

One-of-a-kind show features a cast of performers hand-selected from around the world. The cross-cultural spectacle incorporates pop and hip-hop music for a modern take on the traditional circus act. Performances include Caribbean dancers; Irina Markova's comedy dogs; contortionists; and teeterboard acrobatics. For more information, visit

When: Check website for schedule
Cost: $16-$35

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

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

A Kid at Heart, Looking at Childhood Play Gallery Exhibit

Arlington Heights Historical Museum | Arlington Heights, Ill.

Features Antique and collectible dolls and toys from the 19th and 20th centuries, plus some modern and reproduction toys that are available for hands-on fun.

When: 1:30-4:30 p.m.
Cost: Free; $2 donation suggested

80 at 80

Museum of Science and Industry | Chicago, Ill.

Special exhibit showcases 80 rarely displayed artifacts from the museum's extensive collection in honor of the museum's 80th anniversary. These artifacts, carefully selected by MSI curators, will ignite guests' memories from past exhibits but many will be revealed for the first time.

Cost: Free with admission

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