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Mole de Mayo Festival

Chicago, Ill.

Along with the traditional mole puestos (mole booths) and mouth­watering festival food concession stands, this year’s celebration features more than 30 live bands, dozens of artisans, merchants and craft vendors, matches by professional masked wrestlers (Mexican lucha libre), flame­throwing performances, and a chance to ride the mechanical bull. At the Plaza de los Niños (kids zone), enjoy face­painting and carnival games and a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) outreach component presented by Northeastern Illinois University.

When: 5-10 p.m. May 26; noon-10 p.m. May 27; noon-9 p.m. May 28
Cost: $10 family, $5 individuals

Insect Zoo

DuPage Children's Museum | Naperville, Ill.

The experts from Anderson Pest Solutions introduce children to nature's Good Guy bugs, such as Hercules beetles, giant lubber grasshoppers, giant pumpkin millipedes and more. Find out how these insects contribute to our environment.

When: 10 a.m.-noon
Cost: Free with admission or membership

Nature and Science at Wonder Works: What's Inside?

Wonder Works | Oak Park, Ill.

Use the senses of touch, hearing, and sight to discover what's inside a variety of natural and human-made objects. Reach inside a box and let your sense of touch tell you what it holds. Shake a container to see if you can tell what's inside just by listening. Plus, break open pods and cut into fruits to find the seeds inside and take apart toys to see if we can figure out how they work. We also will have some magic tricks that you can figure out once you look below the surface.

When: 10 a.m.-noon
Cost: Free with museum admission

Maifest

Hofbrauhaus Chicago | Rosemont, Ill.

A month-long Maifest celebration featuring a variety of authentic German entertainment and Maifest food specials. In addition to Hofbräuhaus Chicago’s daily entertainment schedule, Maifest will bring German dance troupes, brass bands to the Haus.

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Kids’ Night Out: School’s Out

Naperville Park District | Naperville, Ill.

Parents enjoy the night out while kids have fun creating 3D buildings out of toothpicks and marshmallows, playing carnival games, mastering an obstacle course and more.

When: 6-9 p.m.
Cost: $30, $20 resident

Origami in the Garden

The Morton Arboretum | Lisle, Ill.

Visitors will be awed by 25 displays of metal sculptures based on the traditional Japanese art of paper folding as they walk paths through the Arboretum’s spectacular landscape. Created by Santa Fe-based artists Kevin and Jennifer Box, the exhibit features installations, gallery works, and the Boxes' own compositions, as well as collaborative works with some of the world’s top origami artists.

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

Dinos & Dragons

Brookfield Zoo | Brookfield, Ill.

Dinos & Dragons will feature 17 animatronic creatures, including the Stegosaurus, Apatosaurus, Tyrannosaurus rex, and Chinese dragon. Along the winding outdoor path, guests can explore the origins of myths and legends through culture, literature, and paleontology that is illustrated on signage. Inside a tented area, zoogoers can get up-close views of live reptiles, including a 6-foot-long Komodo dragon, seen for the first time at Brookfield Zoo. The temporary exhibit will also have hands-on activities, as well as a dinosaur dissection lab, dino dig boxes, and an excavation site.

Cost: $5, $3 kids 3-11

Forts

Chicago Children's Museum | Chicago, Ill.

Visitors are invited to imagine, construct, and play within their own special places as everyday materials take on new shapes and purposes to become a fort builder's paradise. Forts inspires both constructive planning and imaginative play. As children negotiate, problem solve, and take turns, they develop interpersonal practices.

Cost: Free with museum 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

Fun Unplugged: Little Adults

DuPage County Historical Museum | Wheaton, Ill.

FREE  

Located in the room across from the Museum’s electric HO gauge model railroad, the exhibit displays popular and homemade toys that entertained children without electricity, from army figurines to tea sets, board games, dollhouses, erector sets, irons, stoves, cabins, and more.

Cost: Free
 










 
 
 
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