Join us for the 20th annual juried show of fine arts, craft and design. Featuring more than 100 Midwest artists, food vendors, kid's court, and live acoustic entertainment.
Celebrate the grandeur of trees and learn why they’re important to our community and our world. Enjoy tree planting, tree climbing, tree-caching and ID, scavenger hunts, art projects and more.
The fair will feature an array of health and safety activities for all ages including: complimentary diabetes screenings, blood pressure checks, and fire safety tips. Local fitness pro, Raquel Lopez, will lead a Zumba class at no cost to participants, and free children’s books will also be available while supplies last.
Enjoy hands-on, interactive fun with Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Use “Glo-Germ” lotion and an ultraviolet light to explore the germy side of bacteria; enjoy a “safe sun” viewing; learn about the physics of flight with a real airplane; watch the extract DNA from a strawberry; be wowed by the principles of energy when a concrete block is smashed over a person lying on a bed of nails; watch the release of a weather balloon going 12.5 miles into the atmosphere; examine human skeletons and see how acid affects bones; taste-test organic vs. GMO produced food; explore the “beauty of the beast” demonstrated through ball python genetic morphs; view how river systems are made; watch the incredible creations made through 3D scanning, and learn about the science of speed with a real race car. The event will also feature presentations by world-renowned former rocket scientist Olympia LePoint, nanoresearcher Dr. Diandra Leslie-Pelecky and Fermilab’s “Mr. Freeze” who will demonstrate cryogenics.
Experience the wonders of earth, the power of the wind and the warmth of fire during an Earth Day-themed fest. Play in Spot’s Nature Playground, discover simple recycling and gardening ideas, and learn how to compost and create a worm bin. Receive kite-flying lessons and watch synchronized kite dancing. Bring your own kite or purchase one from a vendor. Observe falcons in flight, and enjoy cooking on an outdoor campfire ring.
Search for insects and other critters under leaf litter, logs, and dirt. Magnifying glasses and bug boxes provided. Wear old clothes and sturdy shoes and be prepared to get dirty.
Activities iclude: Jim Nesci’s Cold Blooded Creatures, tree climbing demo, tree planting demo, education on green living, bike tune-ups and demos, gardening and composting, Big Run Wolf Ranch, scavenger hunt, kids' activities and more.
Participants have their "Passports" stamped as they complete each family-friendly activity, then accumulate stamps to win prizes.
Activities include authors, raffles, prizes, poetry, storytimes, crafts for kids, cookbook samples baked by booksellers, henna tattoo artists, and more.
Try hands-on activities at the Exploration Station created by the Friends of the Oak Park Conservatory. There will be a new topic each month highlighting special aspects of the Conservatory for both adults and children. September: Monarch Butterflies, King of the Insect World; October: Go Batty for Bats; November: Habitat-Deserts; December: Festival of Colors (Plant colors and pigments); January: Habitat-Ponds and Streams; February: Chocolate; March: All About Parrots; April: Hide & Seek; May: Eggs, Eggs, Eggs.