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Springtime on the Farm

Schaumburg, Ill.

Experience a busy spring on a working 1880s farm by helping to till fields with a horse-drawn plow, plant a vegetable garden, watch a blacksmith, visit baby animals in the barn or help with spring cleaning in the farmhouse. Features kid's crafts, refreshments and wagon shuttle to the farm.

When: Noon-4 p.m.
Cost: $4 person, $16 family, free kids under 3

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

Be a Dairy Detective

Wagner Farm & Heritage Center | Glenview, Ill.

Visit the milking parlor at Wagner Farm to see how milk is taken from the cow to the dinner table. Learn how people have used dairy products throughout time and even make ice cream to enjoy. March 19; April 30.

When: 3:45-5 p.m.
Cost: $15, $12 resident

Living History Open House

Glacial Park Conservation Area | Ringwood, Ill.


Volunteers in historical attire will be on hand to answer questions, offer tours and demonstrate skills appropriate to the season. April’s open house will focus on the two sons from the Powers family and their contributions to the Civil War; a special presentation is scheduled for 2 p.m. Be sure to take advantage of a rare opportunity to tour the historic farmhouse, which is open to the public only a handful of times each year.

When: Noon-4 p.m.
Cost: Free

Nature Tots

Lake View Nature Center | Oakbrook Terrace, Ill.

Toddlers explore the wonders of nature with an adult. Includes story time, art experience and outdoor exploration. Dress for the outdoors.

When: 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
Cost: $13, $8 resident

Family Dino Dig

Lincoln Marsh Natural Area | Wheaton, Ill.

Go back in time to the age of dinosaurs. Dig for dinosaur bones and hike to look for dinosaur eggs. Children must be accompanied by a nonpaying adult.

When: 1-2 p.m.
Cost: $12.50, $10 resident

Earth Day Celebration!

Plum Creek Nature Center | Beecher, Ill.


Enjoy an interactive program to learn about and search for salamanders. Build your own worm bin. Visit with the Frog Lady and her live frogs, snakes, turtles and lizards. The day’s activities also include an “Earth Day Adventure Challenge,” food and stories at the campfire, nature crafts, a seed and plant swap and an exploration of the Nature Center’s outdoor Nature Playscape. The first 100 visitors will receive a free Earth-friendly gift.

When: Noon-4 p.m.
Cost: Free

Prickly, Parasitic and Poisonous: How Plants Play Defense

Prairieview Education Center | Crystal Lake, Ill.

Find out how plants defend themselves against attacks and ways to protect ourselves against these defense mechanisms. Explore the tricks of local plants with a short inside presentation and a hike to identify the culprits. Dress for the weather.

When: 2-3:30 p.m.
Cost: $5, free resident

Party for the Planet

Brookfield Zoo | Brookfield, Ill.

Party for the Planet will be filled with educational, engaging, and fun activities for the entire family. Guests can attend Zoo Chats on servals, this year’s featured animal, at 10 a.m., noon, and 2 p.m. in the Bison Pavilion. There will also be a tree planting, performances of “Endangered Animals! What’s a Kid to Do?” by the Kidworks Touring Theater Co., and opportunities to recycle items such as electronics, bikes, and shoes from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. If guests bring an approved item to recycle, parking is free in the zoo’s North Parking Lot.

When: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Cost: Free with zoo admission

Mother's Day Workshop

Kids Clay Room | Chicago, Ill.

Bring in the kids to make something special for Mom.

When: 1-2:30 p.m.
Cost: $35 per child

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