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Historic Route 66 Car Show

Berwyn, Ill.


Celebrate the automobile and the spirit of Route 66-the legendary highway that runs between Chicago and Southern California. Also features food and car-related vendors.

When: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Cost: Free

Zombie Army Games

Statesville Haunted Prison | Crest Hill, Ill.

Compete against other zombies and survivors throughout the day in individual challenges: Zombie Obstacle Course, Hatchet toss, Crossbow Challenge, and Severed Head Toss. Plus, the Giant Zombie Man Bonfireand a Zombie Hunt. Vendor sell festival food and drinks. It is highly encouraged to dress as a zombie or a survivor, and there will be a makeup booth that can assist you for an additional fee. Visit for more information.

When: 11 a.m.-11:30 p.m.
Cost: $25

Circus in the Parks

Douglas Park | Chicago, Ill.

Circus In The Parks, featuring Chicago's Midnight Circus, a high-flying assortment of acrobats, aerialists, clowns, contortionists and even a dog tour Chicago parks under a brand new purple and blue little big top. To purchase tickets visit

When: 2 p.m. Sept. 7; 1 p.m. Sept. 8
Cost: $5-$20

Alcott Community Block Party 2013

Lincoln Park | Chicago, Ill.

Activities and games for all ages, music, food and fun. Includes obstacle courses, sports, mini golf and cupcakes walk, pumpkins, DJ Phil and a photo booth. Smoke Daddy will be catering, plus cupcakes by Dominicks, popcorn, Go-Go Squeezer Station, Treat Table by Trader Joes and Coffee from PNC.

When: 1-5 p.m.
Cost: $5, $20 all-inclusive

Grand Opening Event

Goldfish Swim School St. Charles | St. Charles, Ill.


Includes food, a free family swim, and giveaways, games and a photo booth. RSVP at

When: 2:30-6:30 p.m.
Cost: Free

Celebrate Frog Trouble Day!

The Book Stall at Chestnut Court | Winnetka, Ill.


Celebrate National Frog Trouble Day with song, dance, activities, and chances to win free copies of Sandra Boynton's great new book, "Frog Trouble!" Bestselling author, songwriter, and artist Sandra Boynton has gone Country, with 12 new songs song by country and pop artist greats.

When: 3-3:45 p.m.
Cost: Free

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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