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Naperville Last Fling

Naperville , Ill.

Enjoy entertainment (free and ticketed), carnival, unique contests and a Family Fun Land at Naper Settlement with pony rides, petting zoo, Bounce Town, family stage, crafts, food and beverages, and a family-focused business expo. Proceeds are given to nonprofit organizations throughout DuPage County.

When: Check website for schedule.
Cost: Varies

Family Twilight Adventure

The Morton Arboretum | Lisle, Ill.

Hike, do activities and roast marshmallows before going on a silent tram ride through the woods after dark.

When: 7-9 p.m. Aug. 21, Sept. 25; 6-8 p.m. Sept. 19
Cost: $19, $16 members

Flying Squirrel Night Hike

Prairieview Education Center | Crystal Lake, Ill.

Do flying squirrels actually fly? What do they eat, and where do they live? Find the answers to these questions and more while exploring the outdoors at night in search of the elusive flying squirrels.

When: 7-8:30 p.m.
Cost: $5, free resident

Labor Day Steam Show

Hesston Steam Museum | Hesston, Ind.

Includes steam train rides on three different railroads, steam threshing and steam tractors, operating steam-powered saw mill and 92 ton steam crane, functioning, steam-powered electric generating plant, plus county fair style food stands, Labor Day flea market and  more.

When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 4-7
Cost: $5, free kids 12 and under

Lebanese Food Festival

Our Lady of Lebanon Maronite Catholic Church | Lombard, Ill.

FREE  

Features Lebanese traditions and cuisine and live entertainment. Family-friendly activities include face painting, moon jump, dance lessons, board games, crafts and games.

When: 5-11 p.m. Sept. 4; 2-11 p.m. Sept. 5; noon-9 p.m. Sept. 6
Cost: Free; food and drinks cost extra

Nature Connects: Art with Lego bricks by Sean Kenney

The Morton Arboretum | Lisle, Ill.

Marvel at 13 larger-than-life displays created from nearly half a million Lego bricks. Walk the Arboretum’s tree-lined grounds on the east side to find nature-themed sculptures crafted by Lego artist Sean Kenney, including a monarch butterfly boasting an eight-foot wingspan and an enormous hummingbird sipping nectar from a colorful trumpet flower.

 

When: 7 a.m.-sunset
Cost: Free with admission

Butterflies & Blooms

Chicago Botanic Garden | Glencoe, Ill.

Outdoor butterfly garden where visitors can immerse themselves with hundreds of live tropical butterfly species from around the world. A field guide is available to help visitors identify dozens of species in the exhibition. Visitors can also observe butterflies hatching through a window into the pupa emergence room.

When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., weather permitting.
Cost: $6, $5 seniors, $4 kids 3-12. Discounts for members and combination tickets available.

Festival of Flight

Brookfield Zoo | Brookfield, Ill.

Fly high with excitement while you watch trained birds soar, swoop, and dive as they demonstrate their natural flight abilities. Vultures, hawks, parrots, a hadada ibis, and a variety of other bird species will demonstrate natural behaviors as they fly overhead and interact with the audience and the host of the show. Guests will see a trumpeter hornbill catching objects, African white-necked ravens collecting cash for conservation, and more. Three shows are offered daily.

Cost: Free with zoo admission

Hamill Family Wild Encounters

Brookfield Zoo | Brookfield, Ill.

Features a variety of multisensory interpretive experiences such as narrative illustrations, art and sculptures, audiovisual media, and hands-on interactives, many facilitated by the zoo’s staff. Guests can meet the zoo’s animal ambassadors, including a prehensile-tailed porcupine, savannah and serval cats, a screaming hairy armadillo, tamandua (a small anteater), a two-toed sloth, a great horned owl and other birds of prey, and a variety of reptiles and amphibians. Plus, see Nigerian dwarf goats, llamas and alpacas, reindeer, red pandas, wallabies and emus in special habitats or visit one of the largest aviaries in North America.

Cost: $5, $3 kids 3-11 and seniors, free kids under 3

Boats

Chicago Children's Museum | Chicago, Ill.

Kids immerse themselves in a nautical experience of their own invention, complete with docks and an assortment of boats. Toddlers to tweens will be inspired to create their own lake-faring scenarios, like steering the ship, kayaking, hoisting a sail, or dropping a fishing line to catch ‘the big one.’ The exhibit includes a dock with a bait and tackle shop, a kayak, sailboat and two-level work boat with a wheelchair-accessible lower cabin (complete with bunk and a kitchen prep area) offering countless opportunities for kids to envision themselves as a cook, rescuer, biologist or whichever role they choose.

Cost: Free with museum admission
 











 
 
 
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