Science and sports usually go together like oil and water. Or maybe not. Swing! The Science of Baseball aims to change that perspective, thanks to science experiments that demonstrate how Newton’s Three Laws of Motion apply to the great American pastime. Kids in grades 2-8 can make objects hover, try a human gyroscope to experience G-force, and trick gravity with inertia. Afterward, stop by the Elmhurst Historical Museum to learn about Chicago’s age-old baseball rivalry at their summer exhibit. It’s all an educational home run if we’ve ever heard one. Free. 1:30-2:30 p.m. or 3-4 p.m. July 11. Elmhurst Public Library, 125 S. Prospect Ave., Elmhurst. (630) 833-1457, elmhurstpubliclibrary.org.
Colonel Mustard in the Conservatory with the candlestick? Not quite, but this Family Clue Game will get families with kids 8 and up thinking about local history in a totally new way. Teams must figure out who stole a valuable artifact from the museum—and the suspects are all Wilmette’s earliest settlers, and their tools and locales are also historically accurate. Better dust off your magnifying glass! $5 per team. 2-3:30 p.m. July 13. Wilmette Historical Museum, 609 Ridge Road, Wilmette. (847) 853-7666, wilmettehistory.org.
Frozen’s Queen Elsa might be all the rage right now, but we have a soft spot for Tinkerbell and her fairy friends (Bonus: there’s no risk of frostbite!). At the new Flower Fairy Festival, kids can help make fairy furniture, listen to fairy folklore, and make a fairy wand to take home. Wear some wings for an extra-magical photo op. And keep your eyes peeled: maybe you’ll spy some winged ones flitting among the trees. Free with admission. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. July 19-20. Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. (630) 968-0074, mortonarb.org.
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