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Explore Immersive Experiences and Special Exhibits

Various Locations IL

There are a lot of fun and interesting new exhibits open to enjoy! We rounded up each new temporary exhibit and immersive experience at several museums, zoos, and more so you can see what they have to offer… all in our New Exhibits and Immersive Experiences at Local Attractions list

Enjoy a Live Theater Performance

Various Locations IL

We’re thrilled to share all of the upcoming kid-friendly productions happening in Chicagoland this spring and summer season in our Kid-Friendly Theater Guide.

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Story Walk: Daniel Finds a Poem

Mayslake Peabody Estate 1717 W. 31st Street, Oak Brook

The lushly illustrated pages of Daniel Finds a Poem by Micha Archer come to life on large displays along a half-mile path that encourages children and their families to explore...

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Bookworms

Cosley Zoo 1356 North Gary Avenue, Wheaton

Do you and your child love stories and animals? Come read a story, meet an animal, and make a craft. Children must be accompanied by a non-paying adult. Each program...

$8.75 – $11.25
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Wee Wonders Series

Sand Ridge Nature Center 15891 S Paxton Ave, South Holland

Preschoolers with an adult are invited to learn about nature through music, movement, stories and crafts. Registration is required.

Free
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Harrison Tot Lot Play Date

Harrison Park (Brookfield) 3200 Harrison Avenue, Brookfield

Join us at Harrison Tot Lot Park to run, laugh and play in this beautiful park! A member of the Parks and Rec staff will be there with parachute games...

Free
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Open Nature Play Day

Dan Ryan Woods 83rd and Western Ave, Chicago

Bring your little one for open nature play time. Enjoy the Dan Ryan Woods Nature Play space while helping your children connect with nature. Enjoy stories, art and exploration each...

Free
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Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art Museum Free Day

Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art 1220 Kensington Road, Oak Brook

Wednesdays are Free Admission Days sponsored by RBC Wealth Management.   For information on more events like this, check out our roundup of Museum Free Days.

Free
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Story Time at Creek Bend Nature Center

Creek Bend Nature Center 37W700 Dean Street, St. Charles

Join a librarian from the St. Charles Public Library for read-aloud stories, finger plays, songs, and more during this fun program for children from infancy through age 5. Stay and...

Free
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DuSable Museum of African American History Free Days

DuSable Museum of African American History DuSable Museum of African American History, Chicago

DuSable Museum of African-American history is free to Illinois residents to visit on Wednesdays. We also give free admission to military and to first responders. That means Police, Fire, EMT’s....

Free
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Harrison Tot Lot Play Date

Harrison Park (Brookfield) 3200 Harrison Avenue, Brookfield

Join us at Harrison Tot Lot Park to run, laugh and play in this beautiful park! A member of the Parks and Rec staff will be there with parachute games...

Free
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STEM Challenge

La Grange Park Public Library 555 N. La Grange Road, La Grange Park

Drop in to the library for a monthly STEM Challenge. For grades 4-6. Registration is not required, but participants must fill out the sign-in sheet when they arrive.

Free
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Adler Planetarium Illinois Resident Free Days

Adler Planetarium 1300 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago

The Adler is excited to announce that we will be free for Illinois residents (with proof of residency) every Wednesday evening from 4-10 pm (our new Wednesday hours.) Stop by...

Free

Cruise Nights at Babe’s

Babe's Hot Dogs 2600 W Jefferson Street, Joliet

It's Official!!! We are ready to start Cruise Nights at Babes! Every Wednesday at 5pm (weather permitting). Its a FREE, Family, Fun Event for all to enjoy. Bring your classic cars, hot rods, etc. They have been couped up all winter and want to be seen!!!   For information on more events like this, check...

Free
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Crafty Afternoons

Maywood Public Library 121 S 5th Avenue, Maywood

Join us for our crafting program for kids! Advanced registration required*. Limit: 15

Free

Sensory Friendly Play Session

Children's Museum of Oak Lawn 5100 Museum Drive, Oak Lawn

This two hour low sensory play session is for families with children who would benefit from a more relaxed atmosphere at the museum. Join us Tuesday, April 19th from 5:00...

$7

Preschool Open House

Butterfield Park Recreation Building 385 E. Van Buren Avenue, Elmhurst

Learn more about the Park District's Sunbeams & Rainbows Preschool program during our Open Houses coming up on Wednesday, May 11, 5-7 p.m. at Butterfield Park Recreation Building and Crestview...

Author Visit – Lucy Knisley

Anderson's Bookshop (Naperville) 123 W. Jefferson Avenue, Naperville

Join Anderson’s bookshop for an in-person event with bestselling author Lucy Knisley to celebrate the release of her new graphic novel, Apple Crush, the second book in the Peapod Farms...

Free

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