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Chicago Maritime Festival

Chicago, Ill.


The festival features a taste of almost every aspect of life on or near the water in Chicago through seminars, workshops, and concerts on topics including maritime history, shipwreck diving, battles at sea, water safety, weather forecasting, model ships, commercial shipping, canoes and kayaks, maritime music, marine art, and much more. Activities for younger sailors include model boat building, songs for younger sailors, and "How to be an Underwater Detective."

When: Daytime activities 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Children's concert 2:30-3:30 p.m. Evening concert 7-10:30 p.m. April 18, 2015
Cost: Daytime activities $10. Kids' concert plus activities $15. Evening concert plus activities $23. Early bird and group discounts available.

A Circus Space Odyssey: CircEsteem's Spring Circus

Chicago, Ill.

Jump into Spring with CircEsteem's 14th Annual Spring Circus featuring trapeze, gym wheel, acrobatics, juggling, clowning, stilt walking and trampoline performances by CircEsteem youth.

When: April 18-19 and 25-26, 2015; visit for showtimes.
Cost: $8- $18; $35 VIP

Earth Day Celebration

Heller Nature Center | Highland Park, Ill.


Celebrate Earth Day with Heller at the sixth annual day of conservation and environmental stewardship. Projects may include invasive species removal, woodchipping trails or maintaining the Wander Woods Natural Play Area. Dress for the weather and for getting dirty. Call to register.

When: 9 a.m.-noon
Cost: Free

Nature Navigators: Wormology

Lake View Nature Center | Oakbrook Terrace, Ill.

Kids learn about nature's recycler, the earthworm, through experimentation and observation and also learn to make recycled paper. Dress for outdoor activities; wear gym shoes or boots.

When: 1-4 p.m.
Cost: $27, $22 resident

Vertical Challenge

Lincoln Marsh Natural Area | Wheaton, Ill.

Work with a partner to get across balance logs, cargo nets, burma bridges, and multi-vines while being 28 feet off the ground. Pre-registration required.

When: 3-6 p.m.
Cost: $35, $28 resident

Earth Day Celebration

Pilcher Park Nature Center | Joliet, Ill.


Enjoy hikes and other programs providing information on what to do to help the earth. One activity will include stewardship, such as pulling Garlic Mustard and picking up trash. Learn why it is important to preserve habitats, why it is good to recycle, etc.

When: Noon-3 p.m.
Cost: Free

Earth Day at Red Oak

Red Oak Nature Center | Batavia, Ill.


Celebrate Earth Day by helping plant native trees in the morning, then stick around to do some fun, nature-inspired self-guided activities, all in honor of the best mother — Mother Earth.

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

Earth Day Celebration

Fuller Air Station Prairie and Tyner Interpretive Center | Glenview, Ill.


Celebrate Earth Day with with family activities, nature walks, environmental exhibits, and more.

When: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Cost: Free

Saturday Studios

Chicago Architecture Foundation | Chicago, Ill.

These workshops offer the chance for young designers to learn from great architects, engineers and mentors from the Chicago area to take on real-life design challenges. The development and beautification of Chicago’s skyline, the city’s collection of more movable bridges than anywhere else in the world and other architectural marvels that we see every day, are among the topics that guide discussion and inspire hands-on building activities using Lego and other materials.

When: 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Cost: $5

Family Workshop: Bits and Pieces

Art Institute of Chicago | Chicago, Ill.

Visit Shatter Rupture Break and discover some of the ways that artists have responded to the changing times in which they lived. Then share your own special perspective of the world as you make something with your family.

When: 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. or 2-3:30 p.m.
Cost: $12 pair, $10 member pair; $5 additional person

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