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Earth Day Celebration

Bartlett, Ill.


Includes games, activities, music, food and cold-blooded animals.

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

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

Arbor Weekend Celebration

The Morton Arboretum | Lisle, Ill.

Plant tree seeds, investigate tree cookies and hunt for five unique trees hiding in the garden.

When: 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Cost: Free with admission

Earth Day Walk

Chicago Botanic Garden | Glencoe, Ill.

Celebrate Earth Day with a free spring walk to the Garden's McDonald Woods-a 100-acre oak woodland that is being restored to its presettlement condition. Learn about the restoration efforts taking place and see a variety of spring wildflowers.

When: 1 p.m.
Cost: Free, $20 parking

Scout Seasonal Workshop: Earth Day Celebration

Chicago Botanic Garden | Glencoe, Ill.

Celebrate Earth Day with hands-on activities! Scouts will make a recycled art project, help the Garden prepare for the busy growing season in an outdoor service project and take home a plant. Adults should plan to stay with their Scouts for the duration of the program. At least one adult chaperone for every five Scouts is required.

When: 12:45-3 p.m.
Cost: $14

Family Day/Open House

Big Run Wolf Ranch | Lockport, Ill.


Features 10 wolves, Siberian tiger, black bear, mountain lion and more. Plus, food, drinks, gift shop, music, raffles and fun. Special guest: SOAR (Save Our American Raptors). Season passes and adoptions available.

When: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Cost: $6

Bring it on for the Unloved: Vulture’s Verses

Glacial Park Conservation Area | Ringwood, Ill.

A tribute to the many unloved but essential animals sharing our world. Listen to and compose verse with the group and as a family in recognition of these misunderstood creatures. Dress for the weather.

When: 1-2:30 p.m.
Cost: $5, free resident

Wading and Scooping

Lincoln Marsh Natural Area | Wheaton, Ill.

Lincoln Marsh is alive with frogs, tadpoles, aquatic insects, turtles and a host of other critters. Wade along the wetland edge, equipped with nets to catch and study the wildlife of this valuable ecosystem. All creatures are released at the end of program. Bring an extra pair of shoes and a towel for clean up. Kids must be accompanied by a registered adult.

When: 10-11 a.m. April 25; 1:30-2:30 p.m. May 31
Cost: $9.50, $7.50 resident

Tween Workshop: Color Craze

Art Institute of Chicago | Chicago, Ill.

Investigate color and shape in modern and contemporary art as you explore the galleries with a teaching artist; then learn some optical tricks to create your own artwork in the studio.

When: 1-3:30 p.m.
Cost: $12, $10 member


Adler Planetarium | Chicago, Ill.

See images and learn how the Hubble has lead to breakthroughs in our understanding of the Universe in the Space Visualization Laboratory, check out solar observing in the Doane Observatory, participate in hands-on, minds-on Hubble activities (1-3 p.m.) and attend a showing of Cosmic Wonder, an original Adler sky show, that uses Hubble images to reveal the mysteries of the Universe

Cost: Free with museum admission

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