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Frontier Days

Arlington Heights, Ill.


Frontier Days features family friendly activities, live music, a carnival, a Fourth of July parade and a craft market.

When: June 30 - July 4, 2016. For more information visit event website.
Cost: Free; carnival tickets and other activities cost extra; free shuttle service

Celebrating the Fourth

Kline Creek Farm | West Chicago, Ill.


Experience the excitement of one of the country’s first holidays. Play baseball using rules from 1887, make crafts and watch model hot-air balloon launches. Return at 5 p.m. for “Evening in the Country” with patriotic music and a reading of the Declaration of Independence.

When: 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Cost: Free

Family Adventure Hike

Hickory Grove Conservation Area | Cary, Ill.


Get the children out of the house and create your own adventure exploring the natural marvels of McHenry County. We provide insect nets, collection equipment, field guides and magnifiers, and a brief lesson on the use of the equipment. Each family may borrow an insect collection kit to use during their visit to help create their own exploration experience.

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

Independence Day: Find the Flag Scavenger Hunt

Schaumburg Park District | Schaumburg, Ill.

Put on red, white and blue and search for flags hidden throughout the park. Enjoy ice cream after the hunt. Activities also include patriotic-themed games and crafts.

When: 6-7 p.m.
Cost: $10, $7 resident

Northwest Fourth-Fest

Sears Centre Arena | Hoffman Estates, Ill.

The Village of Hoffman Estates, the Hoffman Estates Park District and Hanover Township Partner on Chicago’s Largest Suburban Independence Day Celebration. Come and enjoy the region’s biggest Fourth of July celebration at the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates. It will include over 40 carnival rides, food and drink tents and an indoor arts and crafts fair, a state-of-the-art fireworks display and live entertainment with performances by local favorites American English, 7th Heaven, Hi Infidelity and more.

When: Call or check website for schedule.
Cost: Free admission. Food, beverage and ride tickets are an additional cost.

Smarty Pants Balloon Olympics Show

Roselle Public Library | Roselle, Ill.


In this theatrical balloon stage show, audience members will become part of a hilarious “summer games” held right at the library. Things start off with an "opening ceremonies" and then audience members will learn all about the history of the Olympics, learn how athletes train to compete among the world's greatest and some audience members will even be chosen to compete in some wacky balloon events. This show features magic, comedy and Smarty's legendary giant balloon props. After the show, stick around to take your photo with Smarty and the show's giant balloons.

When: 1-2 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.

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