Spring Valley Nature Center & Heritage Farm
1111 E. Schaumburg Road
Schaumburg, Ill. 60194
Cost: Free. Some programs require fees and pre-registration
Hours: Nature Center 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily; Heritage Farm 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, starting April 1, 2013. Grounds: 8 a.m.-8 p.m. daily.
Step back in time to the 19th century on this working farm and see how pioneers did chores such as plowing and cooking. The baby farm animals, turtles and draft horses are big attractions for kids. At the nature center, hike through 135 acres of restored natural habitats and let kids loose at educational displays, puzzles and seasonal activities.