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Bike the Drive

Chicago, Ill.

Choose between a 15- or 30-mile loop of Lake Shore Drive with no cars in sight. All ages and skill levels are welcome. Participants receive an event T-shirt (early registrants only), access to three rest stops and admittance to a post-ride festival with food and live music.


When: 5:30–9:30 a.m. access to Lake Shore Drive; 8 a.m.-noon post-ride festival
Cost: $47 adults; $16 youth 17 and under; $8 all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast

It's Time To Plant The Garden

Wonder Works | Oak Park, Ill.


Stop by to lend a hand for the beginning of a great year of growing and learnnig. Families who stop by to help will receive free admission to the museum that day.

When: 8 a.m.-noon
Cost: Free

Sarah Jayne Lane

Beat Kitchen | Chicago, Ill.

Sarah is an indie-girl rocker turned indie-kids rocker. "After having my daughter all the funky stuff I used to sing turned into a funky kid song instead!"

When: Doors open at 11 a.m., show begins at 12 p.m.
Cost: $6/person, children under 1 are free

JYZ Mini Chefs 'Kosher Around the World'

Chabad & F.R.E.E. Jewish Youth Zone | Des Plaines, Ill.

A six week cooking series creating Kosher recipes from around the world, led by Morah Ester Scheiman, co-director of Camp Gan Israel. Kids will be able to take home their creations, as well as collect recipes for each session. Themes include: "Tradition, Tradition!" "Mao So Yum," "All Greek to Me," "Beteiavon!" "Persian Pastries," and "Leaning Tower of Pizza." Parents can drop off their children or join the fun.
When: 3:30-5 p.m.
Cost: $7 per session; $30 complete series

Gem, Mineral, Fossil & Jewelry Show

Chicagoland Gem and Mineral Association (CGMA) | Wheaton, Ill.

Chicagoland's largest retail and wholesale show for rockhounds features educational guest speakers, silent auctions, door prizes and a Kids' Room with free mineral specimens for kids. Shop for rocks, gems, minerals, crystals, handmade jewelry, beads, tools and supplies, more. See hands-on demonstrations of jewelry making, geode cracking, gold panning, fossil preparation, wire wrapping and more.

When: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. May 23; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. May 24
Cost: $5, $3 seniors and students, free service personnel and kids under 13

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

Puppets! An Interactive Puppet Extravaganza

Art Institute of Chicago | Chicago, Ill.

This interactive installation celebrates the art of puppetry by allowing visitors of all ages to explore the movements of shadow, hand, and finger puppets. Using imaginary figures or creatures and characters inspired by artworks in the Art Institute’s collection, novice puppeteers can experiment with ways to create puppets, develop stories, and use sound effects and props in order to create playful, one-of-a-kind performances.

Cost: Free with museum admission


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

The Secret Lives of Objects

Chicago History Museum | Chicago, Ill.

Features objects extraordinary and unfamiliar that have emerged from the Museum’s protected vaults to tell their tales and shine a light on their mysterious pasts. Whether they are artistic works, key evidence from crime scenes, or everyday objects, one thing all the items have in common is that they serve as touchstones of Chicago’s rich history.

Cost: Free with museum admission

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