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Creek Peek

Glacial Park Conservation Area | Ringwood, Ill.

FREE  

Wear shoes you can wade in and come explore the amazing world underwater. Visitors will look for little critters and learn why they are so important to the creek.

When: 2-4 p.m.
Cost: Free

Family Workshop: Play with Paper

Art Institute of Chicago | Chicago, Ill.

Explore the exhibition Zarina: Paper Like Skin to discover work by the artist, Zarina, achieved through relief printing with textured natural materials on handmade paper. Return to the studio to experiment with materials and create your own artwork to take home. Registration required.

When: 2-4 p.m.
Cost: 6-12 with adult

Secret Life of Bugs

The Grove | Glenview, Ill.

Discover what lives in the soil, under the leaves and in the fallen logs.

When: 10-11 a.m.
Cost: $15 pair; $12 resident pair

Learn from Navy Officers

Museum of Science and Industry | Chicago, Ill.

Navy Chief Petty Officer (CPO) selectees serve as docents in the U-505 Submarine exhibit, answering questions about the U-505 as well as the Navy.

When: 9:30 a.m.–2 p.m.
Cost: Free with admission

Kraft Great Kids Concert

Ravinia Festival | Highland Park, Ill.

The Ruth Page Civic Ballet performs a show for kids that includes interactivity with the audience as dancers perform excerpts of several classic ballets, in addition to contemporary work.

When: Check website.
Cost: Check website.

Touch a Truck

Elmhurst Park District | Elmhurst, Ill.

Kids get the chance to touch, feel, and climb through a variety of trucks and vehicles.  Truck types include fire trucks, tow trucks, bob cats, cement trucks, police cars, buses, army vehicles, ambulance and maybe even a helicopter. Bring the entire family, and don't forget your camera.

When: 10 a.m.-noon
Cost: $1 donation

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

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

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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