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Oak Fest

Oak Forest, Ill.


Enjoy live music, food vendors, a carnival, bingo, Fourth of July fireworks and a car show at Oak Fest.

When: For more information visit event website.
Cost: Free

Frontier Days

Arlington Heights, Ill.


Frontier Days features family friendly activities, live music, a carnival, a Fourth of July parade and a craft market.

When: For more information visit event website.
Cost: Free; carnival tickets and other activities cost extra; free shuttle service

Starry Starry Night

Heller Nature Center | Highland Park, Ill.

Step inside the Starlab portable planetarium and take a tour of the night sky. Learn to identify constellations and discover stories told about them for centuries, then head outside to practice your identifying skills. Kids must be accompanied by a participating adult.

When: 8:30-10 p.m.
Cost: $8

Read and Build

Chicago Architecture Foundation | Chicago, Ill.

After a storytelling session of design-focused children’s books, members of the education department lead young children and their caregivers in creating a project based on the subject of the story. Guests will explore architecture, design and the city of Chicago, and work with others to build something to take home. July 1: Larry Gets Lost in Chicago.

When: 10-11 a.m.
Cost: $5

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

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 muli-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

Afternoon Adventures: Toys and More Toys

Des Plaines History Center | Des Plaines, Ill.

Toys in the 1900s were simple but lots of fun to tug and pull. Come back in time and imagine how children played in the 1900s. Create a wooden toy and paper dolls.

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

Blue Man Group and Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras Performance

Jay Pritzker Pavilion | Chicago, Ill.


The free public performance will feature a program of full orchestral works performed by CYSO’s inaugural summer orchestra, as well as collaborative performances and thrilling surprises with Blue Man Group.

When: 6:30 p.m.
Cost: Free

Independence Day: Find the Flag Scavenger Hunt

Schaumburg Park District | Schaumburg, Ill.

Put on red, white and blue and search for flags hidden throughout the park. Enjoy ice cream after the hunt. Activities also include patriotic-themed games and crafts.

When: 6-7 p.m.
Cost: $10, $7 resident

Northwest Fourth Fest

Sears Centre Arena | Hoffman Estates, Ill.


Hoffman Estates, Hanover Township and the Park District of Hoffman Estates host a celebration that features the region's largest fireworks show, carnival rides for the whole family, food and drink offerings, live nightly music and free parking. Sunday is Family Day, with animals, balloons, pony rides, touch-a-truck and a Ralph's World performance.

When: July 1-5. Check website for schedule.
Cost: Free; carnival rides cost extra

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