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Family Fishing

Heller Nature Center | Highland Park, Ill.

Learn safety and the basics of fishing, then spend some time trying to reel in the big one. All equipment and instruction provided. Each child must be accompanied by a registered adult.

When: 7-8:30 p.m. June 28, July 28
Cost: $10

Summer Fun & Games: Make-Your-Own Flip Books & Thaumatropes

Elmhurst History Museum | Elmhurst, Ill.

Craft fabulous flip books and vintage thaumatropes. 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: $3, free members

Hawaiian Day

Itasca Park District Waterpark | Itasca, Ill.

A tropical celebration including games and prizes.

When: 1-3 p.m.
Cost: Free with pool admission

Harry Potter Party!

The Book Stall at Chestnut Court | Winnetka, Ill.

Celebrate all things Harry Potter. Build your own House crest and make a wizard’s wand. A handful of lucky raffle winners will take home some cool prizes.

When: 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Cost: $5


Golf Mill Shopping Center | Niles, Ill.


A full schedule of fun, educational and interactive activities for kids 12 and under, including live performances, arts and crafts giveaways and more. June 7: Rockstar Day; June 14: Wild West Day; June 21: Safari Day; June 28: Science Day; July 5: Luau Day;  July 12: Lil’ Picassos Painting Day; July 19: LEGOLAND Day; July 26: Butterfly Day; Aug. 2: Fun with Reading featuring the Niles Public Library; Aug. 9: Back to School Dance Party.

When: 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Cost: Free

Lego Americana Roadshow

Northbrook Court | Northbrook, Ill.


Northbrook Court in Northbrook, Illinois will host the Lego Americana Roadshow, a highly visual, educational and free traveling installation of larger than life Lego replicas of some of our nation’s most beloved landmarks.

When: Monday-Saturday: 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Sunday: 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Cost: Free

DaVinci Machines Exhibition

Water Tower Place | Chicago, Ill.


Displays hand-crafted inventions built from Leonardo DaVinci's 500-year-old designs as well as digitally remastered Masterpieces for an up close and personal look at the greatest artistic genius of all time.

When: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. 6/7/2016-12/31/2016
Cost: Not for profit art exhibition. Suggested admittance $15.95 Adults; $13.95 Seniors; $11.95 Kids

Ribbit! The Exhibit

The Morton Arboretum | Lisle, Ill.

The Exhibit showcases 23 whimsical, larger-than-life frog sculptures fashioned from copper. The copper sculptures are created by North Carolina artist J.A. Cobb. Each frog has his or her own name, story and personality.

Cost: Free with arboretum 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.

Guests will fly high with excitement while watching birds demonstrate their natural flight abilities during this interactive experience. The 20-minute show features nearly 20 bird species.

Cost: Free with zoo admission

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