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

Ottawa, Ill.


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

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

Nature Story Times

Trailside Museum of Natural History | River Forest, Ill.

Nature-inspired stories, crafts and activities for kids 3-5 with adult. Aug. 7 and 21, Sept. 4 and 18, Oct. 2 and 16, Nov. 6 and 20.

When: 10:30-11:15 a.m.
Cost: $1 per child

Free Public Tour

Skokie Northshore Sculpture Park | Skokie, Ill.


Explore the sculpture park with trained docents. Kids get a bit of culture and art education, but aren't expected to be sit still, be quiet and never touch anything. May 18, June 22, July 27, Aug. 24 and Sept. 28.

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

Math Madness

DuPage Children's Museum | Naperville, Ill.

A class that is full of numbers, size, shapes, patterns, matching and counting.

When: 9:30-10 a.m.
Cost: $20 pair, $14 member pair

Monarch Butterfly Tagging

Cantigny Park | Wheaton, Ill.


This tagging event assists Monarch Watch in tracking these butterflies on their journey as they migrate to Mexico. Learn the tagging process and some history. Sept. 11 and 18.

When: 1 p.m.
Cost: Free, parking $5

Family Night Out: Tree Hike & Campfire

Cantigny Park | Wheaton, Ill.


Events include a hike focusing on Cantigny’s beautiful trees, followed by roaring campfire. Bring s’more supplies if you'd like.

When: 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Cost: Free; $2 parking

Back to School, Back to You! A Moms' Evening of Networking & Wellness to Support Children's Health

Noktivo Spa & Beauty Boutique | Chicago, Ill.

Moms can gear up for a healthy school year with a little pampering too. Learn how to pack a healthy, eco-friendly lunch plus ways to keep yourself on track with healthy foods and mindful lifestyle habits. Includes free chair massages and manicures, Earth-loving product giveaways, goodie bags, lite bites and beverages and more. A portion of proceeds will benefit National Farm to School Network - a charity dedicated to providing kids healthy food options as well as educating on organic ‘farm to cafeteria’ eating.

When: 7-9 p.m.
Cost: $15

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

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