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Family Twilight Adventure

The Morton Arboretum | Lisle, Ill.

Hike, do activities and roast marshmallows before going on a silent tram ride through the woods after dark. May’s adventures will focus on a moonlit garden while June will explore noisy nature nights.

When: 7-9 p.m. May 8 and June 19; 6-8 p.m. May 16 and June 6
Cost: $19, $16 members

Froggy Went a Courtin' Night Hike

Lincoln Marsh Natural Area | Wheaton, Ill.

Come out to Lincoln Marsh to hear one of nature's finest musicians - the frog. Find out why and learn more about this special wetland critter, then hike the marsh in search of frogs. Program concludes with a campfire and roasting marshmallows. Kids must be accompanied by an adult.

When: 7-8:30 p.m.
Cost: $11.25, $9 resident

Nature and Science at Wonder Works; Bugs in Spring

Wonder Works | Oak Park, Ill.

Meet some live bugs and worms that have woken up from a long winter spent deep in the soil, in rotten logs, or under water. Then see and touch preserved bugs, plus egg cases, cocoons, and other shelters made by last summer's bugs.

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

Story time and craft

Paperback Trading Co., Inc. | Oak Lawn, Ill.


Join Ruth and her friends on the fourth Wednesday of the month. April 22: Surprise Story Time and Craft. May 16 and 22: Theme will be Planting, using the story"Curious George Plants a Tree." Kids will be given marigold seeds and a marigold to plant in their own cup containers. Any questions, call (708) 598-8442.

When: 2-3 p.m. May 16; 6-7 p.m. May 27
Cost: Free

Pacmans 35th Birthday Bash

Woodfield Mall | Schaumburg, Ill.


Free bowling and games await PAC-Fans all day Friday and a special event on Friday evening from 7pm-midnight will include gaming industry VIP’s, DJ and live performances of the 1982 hit song “PAC-MAN Fever” by the original artist, Jerry Buckner of Buckner & Garcia. Bowling, table tennis, air hockey, classic video games and of course, PAC-MAN will all be free to play. Chicago bakery Toni Patisserie will present the official birthday cake to PAC-MAN.

When: 5 p.m.-midnight
Cost: Free

Puppets! An Interactive Puppet Extravaganza

Art Institute of Chicago | Chicago, Ill.

This interactive installation celebrates the art of puppetry by allowing visitors of all ages to explore the movements of shadow, hand, and finger puppets. Using imaginary figures or creatures and characters inspired by artworks in the Art Institute’s collection, novice puppeteers can experiment with ways to create puppets, develop stories, and use sound effects and props in order to create playful, one-of-a-kind performances.

Cost: Free with museum admission


Chicago Children's Museum | Chicago, Ill.

Kids immerse themselves in a nautical experience of their own invention, complete with docks and an assortment of boats. Toddlers to tweens will be inspired to create their own lake-faring scenarios, like steering the ship, kayaking, hoisting a sail, or dropping a fishing line to catch ‘the big one.’ The exhibit includes a dock with a bait and tackle shop, a kayak, sailboat and two-level work boat with a wheelchair-accessible lower cabin (complete with bunk and a kitchen prep area) offering countless opportunities for kids to envision themselves as a cook, rescuer, biologist or whichever role they choose.

Cost: Free with museum admission

The Secret Lives of Objects

Chicago History Museum | Chicago, Ill.

Features objects extraordinary and unfamiliar that have emerged from the Museum’s protected vaults to tell their tales and shine a light on their mysterious pasts. Whether they are artistic works, key evidence from crime scenes, or everyday objects, one thing all the items have in common is that they serve as touchstones of Chicago’s rich history.

Cost: Free with museum admission

Mission Moon

Adler Planetarium | Chicago, Ill.

Follow the legendary career of Captain James A. Lovell, Jr.—an astronaut immortalized on film as the Commander of Apollo 13—from his childhood through his quest for the Moon. Alongside Lovell, we will share the stories of Lovell’s family, NASA’s Mission Control, and others from around the world who made the quest to land a man on the Moon possible.

Cost: Free with museum admission


John G. Shedd Aquarium | Chicago, Ill.

Developed and designed exclusively by Shedd, the one-of-a-kind exhibit will offer guests an immersive visual, audio and hands-on experience, immersing guests in the changing lives of salamanders, sirens, frogs, toads, newts, and more. Tadpoles will swim overhead, unusual and surprising amphibian sounds will fill the air, frogs in every color of the rainbow will hop and little-known, limbless caecilians will swim and slither.


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