3 awesome family events in June


We’re always up for a party! That’s why we’re donning our goofy paper hats and heading to DuPage Children’s Museum for its AWEsome 30th Birthday Splash, a celebration of three decades of fun and learning in Chicago’s western suburbs. Enjoy a messy sensory room, ice chalk, bubble painting, rubber ducky excavation and more. The shindig also includes the long-awaited grand opening of AWEsome Water, the new exhibit that lets kids get a little wet and wild, while learning about how their actions can affect energy sources. This is one birthday bash that’s sure to make a splash!

Free with museum admission. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. June 24, 12 p.m.-5 p.m. June 25. DuPage Children’s Museum, 301 N. Washington St., Naperville. (630) 637-8000.


As Kermit the Frog once sang, “It’s not easy being green!” But some of his fellow musicians disagree, as evidenced by the Wicker Park Green Music Fest, the ultimate experience that combines rockin’ music with responsible earth care. The weekend features live music being performed on a stage that’s powered by bicycles (yes, you read that right) and eco-friendly vendors, as well as a family fun area with arts and crafts, mini-golf and projects brought by some of the city’s greenest educators. Sorry, Kermit, turns out it might not be so hard after all.

$10 donation. Noon-10 p.m. June 10-11. Wicker Park Green Music Fest, Damen Avenue, between North and Schiller, Chicago. (312) 850-9390.


Let’s get real: You probably couldn’t explain exactly why the U.S. got involved in World War I, right? (Something about an archduke…?) This year marks a full century since our country entered The Great War, and June is when the U.S. Army’s famous 1st Infantry Division was first formed, a group that was responsible for some incredible victories in WWI. At the First Division Centennial Celebration, families can enjoy military-themed activities and gain a greater appreciation for these men who gave so much.

Free, $5 parking. 1-4:30 p.m. June 8. Cantigny Park, 1S151 Winfield Road, Wheaton. (630) 668-5161.

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