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Arbor Weekend Celebration

The Morton Arboretum | Lisle, Ill.

Celebrate Arbor Day in the Children's Garden by planting tree seeds, investigating tree cookies and going on a hunt for five unique trees throughout the garden.

When: 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Cost: Free with admission

Arbor Day Tree Planting

The Morton Arboretum | Lisle, Ill.

Celebrate Arbor Day with a visit from Curious George and The Man in the Yellow Hat at the Arboretum. Enjoy a group reading of Curious George Plants a Tree, and join in a tree planting in the Children’s Garden. Come dressed like your favorite tree and gain free admission all day, plus enter the Tree-rific Kids’ Costume Contest.

When: 11-11:45 a.m.
Cost: Free with admission

Walpurgis Night Bonfire and Wagon Ride

Spring Valley Nature Center & Heritage Farm | Schaumburg, Ill.

Walpurgis Night is believed to be a magical time when witches gathered on the highest peak of the Harz Mountain range in Lower Saxony, Germany, to greet the coming of spring and the planting season. Come enjoy an evening at the Heritage Farm with wagon rides, roasted hotdogs and marshmallows and a bonfire, and help celebrate spring in an old-fashioned and unusual way.

When: 6-8 p.m.
Cost: $7, free kids 3 and under

Frosty Fridays Indoor Public Ice Skating Sessions

Carlson Ice Arena | Loves Park, Ill.

Gather family or friends for some Friday night fun and healthy exercise.

When: 8-10 p.m.
Cost: $5 per person, includes skate rental

Nature and Science at Wonder Works: Electric Toys and Magnets

Wonder Works | Oak Park, Ill.

Make electric circuits that light bulbs, run a motor, or play music. You can also play with toys powered by batteries and take a turn as engineer with our O-scale electric railroad. We will peek inside some of the battery-powered toys to figure out how they work.

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

Shadow Puppet Story Time

Wonder Works | Oak Park, Ill.

An exciting adventure into story and legend with Bill, the museum's story time expert, and his trusty sidekick who puts on a amazingly shadowy performance.

When: 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Cost: Free with museum admission


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.


Starlit Search for Sneaks and Squeaks

Pleasant Valley Conservation Area | Woodstock, Ill.

Learn about the habits of local nocturnal animals while hiking the trails by starlight and testing nocturnal senses along the way.

When: 7:30-9 p.m.
Cost: $5, free resident

Kids’ Night Out: April Showers

Naperville Park District | Naperville, Ill.

Parents enjoy a night out while kids have a fun night wearing their pajamas while they participate in a block challenge, play a game of creepy crawlers, make their own bug and more. Dinner and juice are provided.

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

Special Olympics Chicago Spring Games

Soldier Field Stadium and Field | Chicago, Ill.

More than 3500 athletes from 21 Chicago Park District programs wil participate. The Opening Ceremony will be marked by the official lighting of the Olympic torch, which will be carried in by athletes from Southside Occupational Academy, as well as officers from the Chicago Police Department and Cook County Sheriff’s Office/Chicago Police officers. Athletes will be welcomed onto the Field by the Special Olympics Drum Line Band from Ray Graham Training Center, along with members of the Knights of Columbus. The World Champion Chicago Cubs will bring the 2016 World Series Trophy onto the field for photos from 10-10:30 a.m.


When: 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Cost: Check website

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