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Highland Park Fourth Fest

Highland Park, Ill.

Enjoy carnival rides, a petting zoo and pony rides, picnic games, live music and food at Highland Park's Fourth Fest.  Fireworks will be held at dusk at Wolter's Field.

When: 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Cost: Admission is free, wristbands for unlimited rides and games are available an early bird rate of $15.00; price the day of the event will be higher

Melon Madness

The Morton Arboretum | Lisle, Ill.

Explore the variety of melons, how they grow on a vine, and how they represent summer through stories, crafts and play.

When: 9:30-11 a.m. July 7, 15 and 16
Cost: $25, $18 members

Light Up the Sky

Chicago Children's Museum | Chicago, Ill.

Add bursts of color to a communal fireworks mural.

When: 2:15 p.m. July 1, 3, 6-9
Cost: Free with museum admission

Summer Fun & Games: Peanuts Character Puppets

Elmhurst Historical Museum | Elmhurst, Ill.

Make a fun puppet inspired by the Peanuts characters. Free, kid-friendly tours of the exhibits will take place during the program. Families are encouraged to bring a blanket and picnic lunch to enjoy on the lawn (11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.) during Summer Fun & Games programs, and juice boxes and a sweet treat will be provided.

When: Noon-2 p.m.
Cost: $4, $2 members

Parent/Child Bingo and Pizza

Naperville Park District | Naperville, Ill.

Includes 12 games of Bingo, a snack provided at the start, pizza and a drink at the halfway point, prizes geared to both adults and children. Prize for all the children when the event is over.

When: 6:30-8 p.m.
Cost: $22, $15 resident

Winnetka Fourth Fest

Winnetka Park District | Winnetka, Ill.


Winnetka's celebration kicks off with a parade at 10 a.m. followed by family friendly events on the green at 11 a.m. including kids' games and races. The real Fourth Fest begins at 6 p.m. with face painting, bouncy houses, slides and fireworks. Fourth Fest will be located at Duke Childs Field. Events on the green will be located at the Villaga Green.

When: 6 p.m.
Cost: Free

Children’s Concert

Gurnee Park District | Gurnee, Ill.


Istvan and His Imaginary Band will present a free, outdoor children’s concert.

When: 10:30-11:15 a.m.
Cost: Free

Secret of the Mummies

Oriental Institute Museum | Chicago, Ill.


Help us prepare our simulated mummy for the afterlife, meet our real mummies, and discover tomb treasures.

When: 10:30 a.m.-noon July 7, Aug. 4
Cost: Free

Terrific Tuesday - Hooked Rugs

Glessner House Museum | Chicago, Ill.

Thrifty Chicago families used scraps of wool to create pretty rugs for their homes. Make a mini version of a primitive hooked rug.

When: 10-11 a.m.
Cost: $5, $3 Junior members

Hop N Bop

West Chicago Public Library | West Chicago, Ill.


A morning of movin’ and groovin’ with a variety of fun musical activities.

When: 10-10:30 a.m.
Cost: Free

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