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U.S. Parachute Association (USPA) National Skydiving Championships

Ottawa, Ill.

FREE  

More than 500 top skydivers from around the country descending from Chicago’s skies as they perform extreme stunts and compete. Teams of up to 16 skydivers create geometric shapes, perform dramatic loops and spins in freefall, land on dime-sized dots and make belly- and back-to-earth, upright and head-down body formations.

When: Check website
Cost: Free

Junior Naturalists

Lake View Nature Center | Oakbrook Terrace, Ill.

Explore nature, practice survival skills and participate in behind the scenes animal care. Participants will learn simple data collection and mathematical analysis methods and work with equipment used by real scientists to study plants and animals. Dress for the weather and wear clothes that can get dirty. Sept. 16, Oct. 21.

When: 4-5:30 p.m.
Cost: $16, $11 resident

Curious Kids Nature Club

Lake View Nature Center | Oakbrook Terrace, Ill.

Kids make discoveries about the earth through art, play and exploration. Learn about awesome animals and their roles in nature. Dress for outdoor adventures and wear gym shoes. Meal and snack included. Sept. 12, Oct. 10.

When: 6-9:30 p.m.
Cost: $29, $24 resident

Wellness in the Woods

Forest Preserves of Cook County |

FREE  

Workouts include heart rate monitoring, circuit and interval training, simple stretching tips, dance and more.

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

S.M.A.R.T. Series: Explore, Create, Learn in the S.M.A.R.T. Café

DuPage Children's Museum | Naperville, Ill.

Start the day with books and activities that focus on healthy foods and lifestyles through art, math, science, and literacy explorations. Sessions start with a book followed by open-ended projects for all ages.

When: 9:45-10:30 a.m. Tuesdays
Cost: Free tickets required

Magic Tricks

Homewood Flossmoor Park District | Flossmoor, Ill.

Learn how to perform magic tricks. Classes are led by experienced instructors from The Magic of Gary Kantor. New tricks taught each session.

When: 5-5:55 p.m.
Cost: $35, $23 resident

Don’t Miss the DCM School Bus!

DuPage Children's Museum | Naperville, Ill.

Don’t Miss the DCM School Bus! transforms DCM’s second floor into a bustling “back to school” scene, complete with a colorful classroom, recess playground, and a bright yellow school bus.

Cost: Free with admission

Science + You

Kohl Children's Museum | Glenview, Ill.

Exhibit features a child-sized laboratory where kids can explore how scientists impact health and wellness through hands-on, interactive machinery, processes and technology. A demonstration area of the exhibit will allow guest scientists and educators to perform fun and interactive scientific experiments appropriate for young children.

Cost: Free with admission

Sox vs. Cubs: The Chicago Civil Wars

Elmhurst Historical Museum | Elmhurst, Ill.

Exhibit highlights the longtime rivalry between the fans of these two storied teams. This cultural history exposé covers all the bases of the crosstown rivalry to examine concepts of loyalty and fandom through videos of each team’s colorful supporters; interviews with former players, sports journalists and broadcasters; and fan souvenirs and ephemera.

Cost: Free with admission

Funky Turns 40: Black Character Revolution Exhibition

DuSable Museum of African American History | Chicago, Ill.

Exhibit commemorates the 40th anniversaries of 1970's Saturday morning cartoons that featured positive black characters for the first time in television history. It was the first time that cartoons like Josie And The Pussy Cats, Kid Power and Star Trek featured strong, positive black female characters. It was also the first time that black people like Bill Cosby and Berry Gordy led the development of animated television programming featuring black characters.

Cost: Free with admission
 







 
 
 
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