Happy Bee-Day!

Morton Arboretum | Lisle, Ill.

Celebrate the Children's Garden's eighth birthday with a buzzing good time. Make a bee mask, meet a real beekeeper and check out some hives.

When: 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Cost: Free with admission

Family Honeybee Hikes

Morton Arboretum | Lisle, Ill.

Family-friendly hikes to discover the honeybees' favorite flowers and how honey is made. Plus, get an exclusive tour of the Arboretum's beehives and sample some honey.

When: 11 a.m.; 1, 1:30, 2, 2:30 and 3 p.m.
Cost: $6 plus admission

Family Honeybee Hike

Morton Arboretum | Lisle, Ill.

Learn all about honeybees, their favorite flowers and how honey is made on a Family Honeybee Hike. Hike includes a viewing of Arboretum beehives and sampling of Arboretum honey. Forty-five minute hikes are available Saturday, Sept. 7 or Sunday, Sept. 8 at 11:30 a.m. and 1, 1:30, 2, 2:30 and 3 p.m. Register at mortonarb.org/education, in the Visitor Center or by calling (630) 719-2468.

When: 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 3 p.m
Cost: $6, $5 members

Creek Peek

Glacial Park Conservation Area | Ringwood, Ill.


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

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