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Fire Building For Kids

Emily Oaks Nature Center | Skokie, Ill.

Kids learn fire safety guidelines and construct an A-frame campfire with firewood. After lighting and tending the fire, roast marshmallows before safely extinguishing the flames.

When: 4-5:45 p.m.
Cost: $10, $8 resident

Big Bend Lake Afternoon Paddle

Forest Preserves of Cook County | Des Plaines, Ill.


Drop in during your lunch hour for a relaxing way to enjoy the afternoon — paddling Big Bend Lake. Beginners welcome. Bring your own canoe or use one of ours! We have a limited number of boats available. Canoe instruction provided.

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

Music, Movement, and Mindfulness with Ms. Carol

Wonder Works | Oak Park, Ill.

Experience the majesty of music and movement intertwined with mindfulness with this hands-on multi-disciplinary experience guided by Ms. Carol Swann. Children develop and improve their music ability, motor coordination and social skills through music, creative play and storytelling.

When: 11-11:30 a.m.
Cost: Free with museum admission

The Week of the Young Child

Wheaton Park District | Wheaton, Ill.

Celebrate The Week of the Young Child with an ice cream social featuring ice cream, live music, crafts, safety presentations and a book fair (6-7:30 p.m. April 29). Plus, a Sensational Senses Nature Hike, Kindergarten Cookery and Don’t Worry, BEE Happy at Toohey!

Cost: Check website

Wendy & DB Concert for Kids

Schaumburg Township Dist. Library | Hoffman Estates, Ill.


Wendy & DB love to get kids singing, wiggling, jumping, dancing and having a great time. Their original songs encourage children to use their imaginations, teach musical basics like melody and rhythm, and show kids how to have fun with words.

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

Mother's Day Gift Making

Bead in Hand | Oak Park, Ill.

Build a bird’s nest pendant to give this Mother’s Day. This pendant is a delightful weaving of wire around beads that evokes an image of a cozy nest. Choose beads to represent family members or birthstones. Beads and chain cost extra.

When: 1-5 p.m.
Cost: $5 per item includes wire.

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

Simply Spring – The Butterfly Exhibit

Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens | Rockford, Ill.

Enjoy being surrounded by live butterflies in the tropical conservatory, and see the whole butterfly life cycle in action as you view butterflies emerging from their chrysalis in the emergence area.

Cost: Free with conservatory 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. Students from Naperville Central High School’s Chinese Honor Society will be at DCM on March 4, 12 and 19, facilitating Chinese themed activities, including helping children write their names in Chinese calligraphy, decorating Chinese opera masks and more.

Cost: Free with museum admission

Build It!

Kohl Children's Museum | Glenview, Ill.

Exhibit puts an innovative spin on classic building blocks by letting children explore and interact with ten different varieties of blocks in a single space. Stations in the exhibit include Shadow Play: kids can build structures and cast shadows using directional lights; Build It, Test It, Shake It: kids can build and test the strength of their structures by using weights to see if they can withstand a downward force; Sweet Home Chicago: using large floor blocks and small table-top blocks, kids follow blueprint graphics to construct famous Chicago skyscrapers.

Cost: Free with admission

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