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Chicago Children's Choir Paint the Town Red

Millennium Park | Chicago, Ill.


Chicago Children’s Choir closes its season in grand scale with a two-concert celebration in Millennium Park featuring more than 4,300 singers who come from all 57 Chicago zip codes. Following the morning performance, an evening performance spotlights the world-renowned Voice of Chicago ensemble.

When: 11 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.
Cost: Free

Summer Science

Midwest Museum of Natural History | Sycamore, Ill.

Kids can make their own sun dial, rain tube and more.

When: 1-2 p.m.
Cost: $8, $3 members

The Music Man Jr.

Spotlight Youth Theater | Cary, Ill.

An affectionate tribute to Smalltown, U.S.A. of a bygone era, Meredith Willson's The Music Man, Jr follows fast-talking traveling salesman Harold Hill as he cons the people of River City, Iowa into buying instruments and uniforms for a boys’ band he vows to organize – this despite the fact he doesn’t know a trombone from a treble clef. His plans to skip town with the cash are foiled when he falls for Marian the librarian, who transforms him into a respectable citizen by curtain’s fall.

When: 9:30 a.m. May 26; 11:45 a.m. May 27; 2 and 6 p.m. May 28-29
Cost: $9-$12

The Great Jewish Family Festival

Westfield Old Orchard | Skokie, Ill.

Fun and celebration for the entire family. Includes a fair with rides, games, and hands-on activities, all-you-can-eat food court, shows and concerts and an evening bonfire experience.

When: 4-9 p.m.
Cost: Check website

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

Lego Exhibit

Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens | Rockford, Ill.

Come see Lego sculptures and colorful Lego bricks set among tropical plants. Get building for Lego contests and displays by area Lego clubs.

Cost: Free with conservatory admission

Zoom Room

Chicago Children's Museum | Chicago, Ill.

Send toy cars hurtling through race jumps, long runs, loops, dips, and super spirals within a colossal, multilevel race course. Crash sites, obstacle courses and tracks with different textured surfaces invite physical science exploration for the innately curious of every age. Zoom Room is a play-filled, physics laboratory for kids.

Cost: Free with museum admission

Children of Hangzhou: Connecting with China

DuPage Children's Museum | Naperville, Ill.

Exhibit focuses on four children from Hangzhou at home, at school, in the library, in the theater, and in the countryside. Visitors will discover that Chinese life today mixes ancient traditions with modern lifestyles and that life in China is both similar to and different from life in North America. The museum is also hosting performers and activities themed around the exhibit. On May 27, a goodbye celebration will include performances by Yang Dance Academy, Spirit of Prosperity, Chasing Dream, and Happy Girl with Colorful Fans. Visitors can also enjoy making a Chinese inspired art activity.

Cost: Free with museum admission

Toys: The Inside Story

Kohl Children's Museum | Glenview, Ill.

Peek inside some of the most popular toys ever made. Kids get to explore the linkages, cams, pulleys and circuits that make their favorite playthings tick, spin, buzz and jump. The exhibit consists of 14 different components that allow for a complete hands-on experience of exploration and experimentation. Each station provides visitors with interactive activities with some of the most beloved toys, such as Etch A Sketch, Operation, Dr. Duck, Hungry Hippo, Hokey Pokey Elmo and more.

Cost: Free with museum admission

What Is a Planet?

Adler Planetarium | Chicago, Ill.

Visitors will discover that new approaches and perspectives in science can change how we define worlds near and far. Witness how astronomers and the media reacted to Pluto's demotion in 2006; learn the current definition of a planet and hear what Adler astronomers think of this current definition; voice your opinion about Pluto alongside skeptics and space enthusiasts through an interactive voting poll in real-time; explore artifacts from the Adler collections that illustrate the ever-evolving definition of a planet.

Cost: Free with museum admission

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