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National Hot Dog Day and Pet Parade

Palos Park Village Green | Palos Park, Ill.

FREE  

Jump on the wagon and bring the entire family down to the Village Green and enjoy a hot off the grill hot dog with all the fixings for only 50 cents. Plus live musical entertainment by BLUE WILLIE T & da Mid-Nite Lovers.

When: 5-7 p.m.
Cost: Free

Senet — the Favorite Game of Egypt

Oriental Institute Museum | Chicago, Ill.

FREE  

Learn how to the play the game ancient Egyptians liked so much that they took it with them to the afterlife.

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

Pause to Play

West Chicago Public Library | West Chicago, Ill.

FREE  

Look on the library lawn for an array of different outdoor games and activities everyone in the family can enjoy.

When: 6-8 p.m.
Cost: Free

Where's Waldo? Neighborhood-Wide Scavenger Hunt

Women and Children First | Chicago, Ill.

FREE  

Beginning July 1, children can stop by for a list of participating stores, which each have a 6" Waldo figurine hidden somewhere on the premises. When the child finds him, that business's staff will give the child a card that says "I found Waldo at _____." Bring all the cards back for chances to win prizes.

Cost: Free

Mommy and Me Zumba in the Plaza

Winston Plaza Shopping Center | Melrose Park, Ill.

FREE  

Exercise alone or with your children 3 and up. Playland Attendant on site for Children under 5. All first-time attendees recieve a Health & Fitness Goodie Bag. Bring a towel, water and a mat.

When: 10 a.m.
Cost: Free

Family Fun Festival

Chicago, Ill.

FREE  

A summer long fun festival featuring interactive activities, arts and crafts and games for kids. Highlights include daily appearances by Wiggleworms instructors at 10 a.m., daily reading circle at 11 a.m. and Movement Music Mondays at 1 p.m.

Cost: Free

WTTW Kids Readers are Leaders Tour

WTTW Kids Readers are Leaders Tour |

FREE  

Event features movements and songs by the Miss Lori of Miss Lori’s CAMPUS and dialogic reading by WTTW’s tour manager, Mr. Brandon. Plus, interactive games that helps create excitement about reading. Following every 60 minute show, WTTW gives each child a bag comprised of special learning materials, resources for parents and caregivers, and a book. Check website for locations throughout the summer.

When: Check website for schedule.
Cost: Free

WTTW Kids Great Food Fan Van

FREE  

The WTTW Kids Great Food Fan Van educates parents and children about proper nutrition and delivers that message in a fun, interactive, two-hour performance that includes stretching, dancing, singing, healthy food sampling, and one-on-one nutritional guidance and education.  Each performance is lead by Miss Lori of Miss Lori’s CAMPUS and WTTW’s Mr. Brandon. Plus, an appearance and photo op with Arthur. Each event takes place within the "WTTW Kids Village" which has a stage area, sampling canopies, and a learning tent.

When: Check website for schedule.
Cost: Free

Kleinman Family Cove Family Drop-in Activities

Chicago Botanic Garden | Glencoe, Ill.

FREE  

Explore the plants and animals in aquatic habitats. Use scientific tools to look at tiny critters living under water, find out what makes water plants different from land plants, and more. Activities vary from week to week.

When: Noon-4 p.m. weekdays; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. weekends
Cost: Free; $20 parking

Wild Wednesdays

Lake View Nature Center | Oakbrook Terrace, Ill.

FREE  

Hear stories, enjoy a special hike, and learn about the featured animal.  Borrow a fishing pole, or rent a paddle boat. Popcorn and lemonade for sale. Wednesdays from June 18-Aug. 20.

When: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Cost: Free
 







 
 
 
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