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Highland Park Fourth Fest

Highland Park, Ill.

Enjoy carnival rides, a petting zoo and pony rides, picnic games, live music and food at Highland Park's Fourth Fest.  Fireworks will be held at dusk at Wolter's Field.

When: 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Cost: Admission is free, wristbands for unlimited rides and games are available an early bird rate of $15.00; price the day of the event will be higher

Lincoln Square Apple Fest

Chicago, Ill.


Enjoy all things apple from pies to pizzas, apple themed games for kids in the Kids Zone.

When: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Cost: Free

Summer Fun & Games: Treasured Time Capsules

Elmhurst Historical Museum | Elmhurst, Ill.

Capture your favorite summer memories to keep in a Treasured Time Capsule. Free, kid-friendly tours of the exhibits will take place during the program. Families are encouraged to bring a blanket and picnic lunch to enjoy on the lawn (11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.) during Summer Fun & Games programs, and juice boxes and a sweet treat will be provided.

When: Noon-2 p.m.
Cost: $4, $2 members

Winnetka Fourth Fest

Winnetka Park District | Winnetka, Ill.


Winnetka's celebration kicks off with a parade at 10 a.m. followed by family friendly events on the green at 11 a.m. including kids' games and races. The real Fourth Fest begins at 6 p.m. with face painting, bouncy houses, slides and fireworks. Fourth Fest will be located at Duke Childs Field. Events on the green will be located at the Villaga Green.

When: 6 p.m.
Cost: Free

One. Big. Egyptian. Mural.

Oriental Institute Museum | Chicago, Ill.


Find out how amazing Egyptian murals were made by helping to create a paper one using the techniques and “rules” that make ancient Egyptian art so recognizable.

When: 10:30 a.m.-noon July 28, Aug. 25
Cost: Free

Terrific Tuesday - Decorative Tiles

Glessner House Museum | Chicago, Ill.

Designer William de Morgan crafted many of the fireplace tiles used at Glessner House. Decorate a fancy tile for your home.

When: 10-11 a.m.
Cost: $5, $3 Junior members

Summer Kids Club Activities

Golf Mill Shopping Center | Niles, Ill.


Fun, free events for kids 10 and under and their families. Children must be supervised by an adult. Magic Day (June 23); Butterfly Garden Grand Opening Celebration (June 30); Get Wild Animal Day (July 7); Get Fit Day (July 14); Everything Bees Day (July 21); Paint N Play Day (July 28).

When: 1-3 p.m.
Cost: Free

Nature Connects: Art with Lego bricks by Sean Kenney

The Morton Arboretum | Lisle, Ill.

Marvel at 13 larger-than-life displays created from nearly half a million Lego bricks. Walk the Arboretum’s tree-lined grounds on the east side to find nature-themed sculptures crafted by Lego artist Sean Kenney, including a monarch butterfly boasting an eight-foot wingspan and an enormous hummingbird sipping nectar from a colorful trumpet flower.


When: 7 a.m.-sunset
Cost: Free with admission

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.

Festival of Flight

Brookfield Zoo | Brookfield, Ill.

Fly high with excitement while you watch trained birds soar, swoop, and dive as they demonstrate their natural flight abilities. Vultures, hawks, parrots, a hadada ibis, and a variety of other bird species will demonstrate natural behaviors as they fly overhead and interact with the audience and the host of the show. Guests will see a trumpeter hornbill catching objects, African white-necked ravens collecting cash for conservation, and more. Three shows are offered daily.

Cost: Free with zoo admission

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