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Wildlife!

The Lurie Garden in Millennium Park | Chicago, Ill.

FREE  

Visit the Fox Valley Wildlife Center at the Lurie Garden. Observe common urban reptiles and mammals, learn about their habitat, adaptations and the challenges that they face in this urban environment.

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

Free Kids' Days

Brookfield Zoo | Brookfield, Ill.

Admission is free for kids 11 and under. It's a great opportunity to see the zoo's seasonal exhibits before they close.

When: 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m.
Cost: $13.50 adults, free kids 11 and under

Insect Zoo

DuPage Children's Museum | Naperville, Ill.

The experts from Anderson Pest Solutions introduce children to nature's Good Guy bugs, such as Hercules beetles, giant lubber grasshoppers, giant pumpkin millipedes and more. Find out how these insects contribute to our environment.

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

Kids Pizza Night

Whole Foods Market Deerfield | Deerfield, Ill.

Kids make their very own pizza and choose from a variety of toppings. Plus they  make a seasonal salad to go along with their delicious creations.

When: 5-6 p.m.
Cost: $8

Chess is Hot!

National-Louis University | Skokie, Ill.

The workshop provides children at all levels with a tangible means to improve their chess skill through instruction, practice and one-on-one coaching. Features opening theory, middle game planning and combinations, and winning endgame technique. In addition, puzzling, analysis of famous games and tournament-like game playing will be included. Students will be grouped according to skill level. www.2014augustchess.eventbee.com

When: 1-4 p.m.
Cost: $60 (one day); $100 (two days);$130 (three days). On-site: $75 (one day); $115 (two days); $145 (three days)

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.

Laugh Shack

Chicago Children's Museum | Chicago, Ill.

Try out some goofy faces, learn a wacky walk or build an arsenal of original knock-knock jokes. Once your material is ready, it's time to hit the stage and showcase your best bits at the Children's Museum's own comedy club.

Cost:

Science + You

Kohl Children's Museum | Glenview, Ill.

Exhibit features a child-sized laboratory where kids can explore how scientists impact health and wellness through hands-on, interactive machinery, processes and technology. A demonstration area of the exhibit will allow guest scientists and educators to perform fun and interactive scientific experiments appropriate for young children.

Cost: Free with admission

Sox vs. Cubs: The Chicago Civil Wars

Elmhurst Historical Museum | Elmhurst, Ill.

Exhibit highlights the longtime rivalry between the fans of these two storied teams. This cultural history exposé covers all the bases of the crosstown rivalry to examine concepts of loyalty and fandom through videos of each team’s colorful supporters; interviews with former players, sports journalists and broadcasters; and fan souvenirs and ephemera.

Cost: Free with admission

Funky Turns 40: Black Character Revolution Exhibition

DuSable Museum of African American History | Chicago, Ill.

Exhibit commemorates the 40th anniversaries of 1970's Saturday morning cartoons that featured positive black characters for the first time in television history. It was the first time that cartoons like Josie And The Pussy Cats, Kid Power and Star Trek featured strong, positive black female characters. It was also the first time that black people like Bill Cosby and Berry Gordy led the development of animated television programming featuring black characters.

Cost: Free with admission
 







 
 
 
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