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FIRST Midwest Regional Competition

University of Illinois - Chicago | Chicago, Ill.

FREE  

FIRST kids build robots and compete in fast-faced, sports-themed regional competitions. More than 50 teams of kids face off for the chance to participate in the national FIRST Championship in St. Louis next month.

When: 8 a.m.
Cost: Free

Spring Break Staycation

Wheaton College | Wheaton, Ill.

FREE  

Activities include story time, scavenger hunts, open gym, open pool, movies, and visual arts and music workshops. Most activities are offered at no cost. Children must be accompanied by their caregivers.

Cost: Free

Touch-A-Tractor

Kane County Farm Bureau | St. Charles, Ill.

FREE  

Kids can sit in the seat of an antique tractor, see modern farm equipment, participate in hands-on activities, ride pedal tractors, shell corn, see farm animals, and enter for a chance to win their very own pedal tractor. Bring non-perishable food items to earn an extra entry in the pedal tractor drawing. Food will be donated to a local food pantry. Refreshments available.

When: Noon-4 p.m. April 4; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. April 5-6
Cost: Free

Celebration of Cultures

Elk Grove Park District | Elk Grove Village, Ill.

FREE  

Event that spotlights different cultures with song and dance.

When: 6-8:30 p.m.
Cost: Free

The Art of Dr. Seuss

Water Tower Place | Chicago, Ill.

FREE  
The Art of Dr. Seuss has installed sculptures of everyone from the wacky Cat in the Hat to the steadfast Horton and persistent Sam I Am. For children and nostalgic adults, there is a scavenger hunt involving the bronze sculptures, which also include the Grinch, Yertle the Turtle and the Lorax. A photo hunt clue accompanies each sculpture, and guests are invited to share photos on Instagram (@drseussgallerychicago #DRSEUSSART) to win prizes. Runs through May 5.

When: Daily
Cost: Free

On-Location Training DynaVox Pathways for Families and Providers

Eyas Landing | Chicago, Ill.

FREE  

An exploration of how Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) strategies and devices can supplement the natural learning a child does in their early years. Hands-on session provides background information about research regarding young children and AAC, and gives time to explore examples of communication devices and how they provide evidence-based supports for language learning. Children are welcome.

When: 4-6 p.m.
Cost: Free

The Places You’ll Go

Waukegan Public Library | Waukegan, Ill.

FREE  

Includes hands-on elements that teach children about the role of transportation in their lives. The exhibit includes an auto repair shop, a train station with caboose, flight simulator and airplane cockpit, wind tunnel, and bicycles on stands. The exhibit will also help develop map-reading skills, teach the elements of flight, and help children recognize street signs. In addition, a G-scale model train will run above the children's department desk all year. The exhibit also includes information on energy efficient ways to travel.

Cost: Free
 







 
 
 
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