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Highland Park Fourth Fest

Highland Park, Ill.

Enjoy carnival rides, a petting zoo and pony rides, picnic games, live music and food at Highland Park's Fourth Fest.  Fireworks will be held at dusk at Wolter's Field.

When: 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Cost: Admission is free, wristbands for unlimited rides and games are available an early bird rate of $15.00; price the day of the event will be higher

Melon Madness

The Morton Arboretum | Lisle, Ill.

Explore the variety of melons, how they grow on a vine, and how they represent summer through stories, crafts and play.

When: 9:30-11 a.m. July 7, 15 and 16
Cost: $25, $18 members

Melon Madness

The Morton Arboretum | Lisle, Ill.

Explore the variety of melons, how they grow on a vine, and how they represent summer through stories, crafts and play.

When: 9:30-10:45 a.m. July 8 and 14
Cost: $22, $16 members

Light Up the Sky

Chicago Children's Museum | Chicago, Ill.

Add bursts of color to a communal fireworks mural.

When: 2:15 p.m. July 1, 3, 6-9
Cost: Free with museum admission

Afternoon Adventures: 1800s Photography

Des Plaines History Center | Des Plaines, Ill.

See historical photos of Des Plaines residents and their “oops” photos and compare background and wardrobe. Plus, create a tile relief of a black and white picture and add color to these masterpieces.

When: 1-3 p.m.
Cost: $3, $2 members

Winnetka Fourth Fest

Winnetka Park District | Winnetka, Ill.


Winnetka's celebration kicks off with a parade at 10 a.m. followed by family friendly events on the green at 11 a.m. including kids' games and races. The real Fourth Fest begins at 6 p.m. with face painting, bouncy houses, slides and fireworks. Fourth Fest will be located at Duke Childs Field. Events on the green will be located at the Villaga Green.

When: 6 p.m.
Cost: Free

Eat to the Beat with Wendy & DB

Jewett Park Community Center | Deerfield, 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: 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Cost: Free

Move to the Music

West Chicago Public Library | West Chicago, Ill.


Play a variety of outdoor activities and sports while listening to some tunes.

When: 6-8 p.m. Wednesdays
Cost: Free

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.

Festival of Flight

Brookfield Zoo | Brookfield, Ill.

Fly high with excitement while you watch trained birds soar, swoop, and dive as they demonstrate their natural flight abilities. Vultures, hawks, parrots, a hadada ibis, and a variety of other bird species will demonstrate natural behaviors as they fly overhead and interact with the audience and the host of the show. Guests will see a trumpeter hornbill catching objects, African white-necked ravens collecting cash for conservation, and more. Three shows are offered daily.

Cost: Free with zoo admission

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