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Geneva Fine Arts Fair

Geneva Arts Fair | Geneva, Ill.


Featuring more than 150 artisans and a kids' art area with special activities.

When: Visit website for information
Cost: Free

Sheffield Garden Walk & Festival

Sheffield Music Festival & Garden Walk | Chicago, Ill.

In addition to two stages of music, more than 80 of the neighborhood's lush residential gardens will be open for the pubic to explore. There are both self-guided garden tours and guided architectural tours. The fest also includes food and the Kids' Corner with entertainment and activities for families.

When: Noon-10 p.m. July 23, 24, 2016
Cost: $7-$10 suggested donation

Taste of River North

Chicago, Ill.

Enjoy cuisine from River North restaurants, merchants, artists and music. Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago & Kohl’s Cares have teamed up to present the Kid Zone with family entertainment, the Ward Park playground, dancing, face painters, stilt walkers, balloon artists and various demos from local schools and organizations. The tent is staffed by the Lurie Children’s Community Volunteer Corps, who help teach kids about bike, pedestrian and safety.

When: July 22-24, 2016; See website for schedule.
Cost: $5 donation

Veggie Fest

Lisle, Ill.


Fest features health booths, vegetarian food demos, talks by health professionals, drawings, live music, food to purchase, and kids' activities.

When: 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
Cost: Free

Children’s Garden Campout

The Morton Arboretum | Lisle, Ill.

A campout designed especially for families complete with hands-on activity stations, snacks, night hikes and bedtime stories. Pitch your tent on the lawn inside the Children's Garden and get ready for a night filled with fun. Bring your own tent. Light evening snacks and light breakfast included. June 24-25; July 15-16; Aug. 12-13.

When: 6:30 p.m.-9 a.m.
Cost: $37

International Bog Day

Volo Bog State Natural Area | Ingleside, Ill.


The event includes an Artists' Reception, silent auction, live music, bog tours throughout the afternoon, a Bog Dog Picnic, kids bog crafts and snacks for sale.

When: Noon-4:30 p.m.
Cost: Free

Robot Day

Chicago Children's Museum | Chicago, Ill.

Young robot designers will lead hands-on tinkering and robotic demonstrations all afternoon.

When: Noon-4 p.m.
Cost: Free with museum admission

Mini Makers Day

Naper Settlement | Naperville, Ill.

Mini Makers Day exposes children, teens and adults to the history of tradesmen (the original makers) and the art, science, technology and craftiness of the Maker Movement today. Guests can watch live demonstrations, participate in hands-on workshops and activities, converse with expert Makers in radically different fields and experiment with tech-enabled gadgets like 3D printers. Plus, put your hands and minds to work designing, problem-solving and building. Admission includes free sundaes from Colonial Cafe with do-it-yourself toppings (2-3:30 p.m. and limited to the first 200 guests).

When: 1-4 p.m.
Cost: $12, $10 seniors, $8 kids 4–12

Princesses in the Park

Odyssey Fun World Tinley Park | Tinley Park, Ill.


Visit with six princesses in an outdoor park with photo ops and performances.

When: 5-7 p.m.
Cost: Free

Christmas Eve in July

Magic Waters Waterpark | Rockford, Ill.

Enjoy the day splashing around the holiday-decorated waterpark, and find out what Santa does in the summer.

When: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Cost: Check website for admission

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