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Weekday Nature Walk

Trailside Museum of Natural History | River Forest, Ill.

FREE  

Join in a casual guided hike to explore nature along the trails. July 29, Aug. 26, Sept. 30, Oct. 28, Nov. 25.

When: 1-2 p.m.
Cost: Free

Opening Minds to STEM for Little Learners

Oriole Park Branch | Chicago, Ill.

FREE  

An interactive learning experience designed to prompt children to explore, observe, question, predict and demystify common childhood fears. It fosters STEM learning by engaging children in story time activities, letting them create a one-of-a-kind art project that addresses their fear of the dark, and lets children play with lights and switches to experience bright light, darkness and shadow. 

When: 10:30 a.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

Where's Waldo? Bash

Women and Children First | Chicago, Ill.

FREE  

Includes games, snacks, and prize drawings.

When: 6-7 p.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

Tuesday Family Picnics

Elmhurst Historical Museum | Elmhurst, Ill.

FREE  

Families are encouraged to bring a blanket and a picnic lunch to enjoy on the Museum grounds before or during the Summer Fun & Games program. The museum will provide lemonade and a sweet treat.

When: 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Cost: Free

Organic Garden

Westfield Old Orchard | Skokie, Ill.

FREE  

Kids can plant, weed, water and more in the garden, maintained by The Organic Gardener, a Glencoe-based organization, who will also offer special activities every Tuesday and Saturday (2-3 p.m.). Activities include crafting seed packets, edible necklaces, and window greenhouses.

When: 2-3 p.m.
Cost: Free

Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks

Chicago Shakespeare Theater | Chicago, Ill.

FREE  

Chicago Shakespeare Theater brings Shakespeare, free for all, to community parks across Chicago in July and August, Visitors to the parks will enjoy a 75-minute, daylight production of Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream." For more information and performance locations, visit chicagoshakes.com/parks.

Cost: Free
 







 
 
 
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