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Mole de Mayo Festival

Chicago, Ill.

Along with the traditional mole puestos (mole booths) and mouth­watering festival food concession stands, this year’s celebration features more than 30 live bands, dozens of artisans, merchants and craft vendors, matches by professional masked wrestlers (Mexican lucha libre), flame­throwing performances, and a chance to ride the mechanical bull. At the Plaza de los Niños (kids zone), enjoy face­painting and carnival games and a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) outreach component presented by Northeastern Illinois University.

When: 5-10 p.m. May 27; noon-10 p.m. May 28; noon-9 p.m. May 29
Cost: $10 family, $5 individuals

Family Twilight Adventures

The Morton Arboretum | Lisle, Ill.

Go on a hike, do activities and roast marshmallows before going on a silent tram ride through the woods after dark to see what animals come out when people go home.

When: 7-9 p.m. May 13 and 28; June 10 and 18; July 8 and 23; Aug. 5 and 20
Cost: $19

Sunset Paddle on the Pond

Emily Oaks Nature Center | Skokie, Ill.

Begin with an instructional course on canoeing safety and skills. Then set out to explore the pond at twilight and experience the changes that evening brings to the Nature Center. Canoes hold up to two adults and two children. Children must be closely supervised by an adult and everyone is required to wear a life jacket.

When: 7-8:30 p.m.
Cost: $10, $8 resident

Wear: A Babywearing Conference

Westin Michigan Avenue | Chicago, Ill.

The conference is focused on promoting safe, comfortable and accessible babywearing education. It seeks to educate and preserve indigenous babywearing practices while showcasing the latest in babywearing fashion, design, and innovation. Wear: A Babywearing Conference is dedicated to providing the latest research, education and support for babywearing educators and families. We seek to preserve age-old indigenous babywearing practices, while showcasing the latest advances in babywearing innovation, design and fashion.

When: 7 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday
Cost: $20-$500

Nature and Science at Wonder Works: What's Inside?

Wonder Works | Oak Park, Ill.

Use the senses of touch, hearing, and sight to discover what's inside a variety of natural and human-made objects. Reach inside a box and let your sense of touch tell you what it holds. Shake a container to see if you can tell what's inside just by listening. Plus, break open pods and cut into fruits to find the seeds inside and take apart toys to see if we can figure out how they work. We also will have some magic tricks that you can figure out once you look below the surface.

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

Baby Disco

Little Beans Cafe | Chicago, Ill.

Includes a DJ and dancing under the disco lights, a costume contest, glowing snacks, play and pizza.

When: 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Cost: $30 for one child, $50 for two and $65 for three

The Music Man Jr.

Spotlight Youth Theater | Cary, Ill.

An affectionate tribute to Smalltown, U.S.A. of a bygone era, Meredith Willson's The Music Man, Jr follows fast-talking traveling salesman Harold Hill as he cons the people of River City, Iowa into buying instruments and uniforms for a boys’ band he vows to organize – this despite the fact he doesn’t know a trombone from a treble clef. His plans to skip town with the cash are foiled when he falls for Marian the librarian, who transforms him into a respectable citizen by curtain’s fall.

When: 9:30 a.m. May 26; 11:45 a.m. May 27; 2 and 6 p.m. May 28-29
Cost: $9-$12

Ribbit! The Exhibit

The Morton Arboretum | Lisle, Ill.

The Exhibit showcases 23 whimsical, larger-than-life frog sculptures fashioned from copper. The copper sculptures are created by North Carolina artist J.A. Cobb. Each frog has his or her own name, story and personality.

Cost: Free with arboretum admission

Lego Exhibit

Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens | Rockford, Ill.

Come see Lego sculptures and colorful Lego bricks set among tropical plants. Get building for Lego contests and displays by area Lego clubs.

Cost: Free with conservatory admission

Zoom Room

Chicago Children's Museum | Chicago, Ill.

Send toy cars hurtling through race jumps, long runs, loops, dips, and super spirals within a colossal, multilevel race course. Crash sites, obstacle courses and tracks with different textured surfaces invite physical science exploration for the innately curious of every age. Zoom Room is a play-filled, physics laboratory for kids.

Cost: Free with museum admission
 










 
 
 
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