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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

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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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Downers Grove Farmers Market

Downtown Downers Grove 933A Curtiss Street, Downers Grove

Sponsored by the Indian Boundary YMCA and Village of Downers Grove, the Downtown Downers Grove Market has offered the community everything from fresh food to crafts and live entertainment. With more than 100 vendors, there's something for everyone!   For information on more events like this, check out our roundup of Farmer’s Markets.

Free
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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 their surroundings and their inspirations. As you follow the story, you’ll discover that nature and poetry are all around if you take the time to...

Free

Mutt Strutt 5K and 1-Mile

Lilacia Park 150 S. Park Avenue, Lombard

The Lombard Park District presents its 17th annual 5k and 1-Mile race in conjunction with Lilac Time on Saturday, May 14 at 8:00am. Participate with or without your dog in either of these exciting events! Registration includes a dry fit race t-shirt, bib number and pancake breakfast ticket. 

$23 – $28
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Lisle Farmers Market

Downtown Lisle IL

This community treasure features fresh produce, plants, flowers, bakery items and more.   For information on more events like this, check out our roundup of Farmer’s Markets.      

Free
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Wheaton French Market

Downtown Wheaton South Main Street & West Liberty Drive, Wheaton

The Market will kick off its 2022 season in its temporary location while crews work to complete the new Downtown Streetscape pavilion on Liberty Drive. The temporary location will be on Liberty between Cross and Reber and on Reber between Liberty and Willow, in front of the old DuPage County Courthouse. Once the pavilion structure...

Free

Bike Rodeo

Warrenville City Hall 3s258 Manning Avenue, Warrenville

Test your riding skills on our Bike Rodeo Course. Everyone who rides the Bike Rodeo course receives a certificate and a photo taken with the Mayor. Receive a bike safety inspection. 

Free

Park Pride

Community Recreation Center (Addison) 120 E. Oak Street, Addison

Park Pride Day is a day for patrons and residents to show their hometown pride and help us by participating in the beautification and sprucing up of Addison parks.

Free
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Friends Used Book Sale

Glen Ellyn Public Library 400 Duane Street, Glen Ellyn

Purchase quality, gently-used books at discount prices from the Friends of the Library.

$10
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Nature Story Trail

Trailside Museum of Natural History 738 Thatcher Ave, River Forest

Follow a short trail and read a children’s nature story along the way. Afterward, stop by for an activity bag with a related craft and outdoor activities.

Free
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Field Museum Illinois Resident Free Day

Field Museum 1400 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago

Free Admission Days are the perfect opportunity to explore our general admission exhibitions with your family or a group of science-loving friends. Or, use these days to check out special ticketed exhibitions or a 3D movie with a discounted Discovery or All-Access Pass.   For information on more events like this, check out our roundup...

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Jump Like A Jedi

Vaughan Athletic Center 2121 W. Indian Trail, Aurora

Use the Force to reach great heights and join the rebellion for a morning of jumping! Participants will get to meet and interact with characters from Star Wars while they bounce and play in our inflatable jump house and obstacle course. All participants must be accompanied by a paying adult. Register early for a discounted...

$8

Go Fly a Kite

Bolingbrook Park District 201 Recreation Drive, Bolingbrook

Everyone gets a kite kit to personalize before it flies! If you already have your own, bring it and show it off! This program requires pre-registration, but you can come and go as you please during the allotted time for the event. We are going to try and get as many kites in the sky...

Free

Puzzle Palooza

Bartlett Community Center 700 S Bartlett Road, Bartlett

Teams of 2 or 4 race against each other to finish the same 500 piece puzzle. Award for 1st and 2nd place. Pizza bar social to follow the competition.

$35 – $40
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Spring Planting on the Farm

Kline Creek Farm 1N600 County Farm Road, West Chicago

Tour the farmhouse to see how families worked together to get spring planting done, and then watch (weather permitting) as the farmers work in fields and gardens planting the year’s crops. You might even get to help plant seeds in our kitchen garden. House tours begin at the top of the hour. Suggested admission donation...

Free

Family Concert with Little Miss Ann

Indian Prairie Public Library 401 Plainfield Road, Darien

For kids & families. Get your dancing shoes ready in this interactive concert that is sure to get you up on your feet as we celebrate Asian American/Pacific Islander Heritage Month! Ann Torralba is not only an award-winning Chicago kids musician with 5 family music albums, she is also a former Chicago Public School teacher,...

Free

Rock and Mineral Identification

Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art 1220 Kensington Road, Oak Brook

Geologist Sara Kurth teaches the techniques for rock and mineral identification. All materials are included for identification of 9 specimens in individual kits. After the class, tour the Museum and complete a scavenger hunt. Completes the earth science badges for Cub and Boy Scouts.

$15

Pet Blessing Ceremony

Christ Covenant Church 350 N. Addison Road, Villa Park

Calling all pups, cats, birds, frogs, hedgehogs, gerbils....you get the idea! You and your favorite furballs are invited to our Blessing of the Animals event to be held in our spacious parking lot. Reverend Dr. Kenneth Johnson will have a special word of blessing for each animal friend in attendance, and we are excited to...

Free

PAWSitively Awesome: See What a Service Dog Can Do

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

Join our speaker from the United Spinal Association of Illinois as she demonstrates how her service dog Java Beans acts as a special helper. For ages PreK and up with...

Free

Family Day: Together

Museum of Contemporary Art 220 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago

**Use code FAMILYDAY when reserving your tickets to ensure free admission to the MCA.** Join us for opening day of the exhibition "Nick Cave: Forothermore." Families enjoy free admission and...

Free

Spring Road Pet Parade

Silverado Grill (parking lot) 447 Spring Rd, Elmhurst

Pet Adoption Organizations Onsite. Monetary Donation Drive for Local Animal Shelters. Concessions Available. Free Fun Activities: Pet Portraits, Pet Trick Competition, Face Painting, Pet Tattoos & More!! Click on the graphic or the link below to sign your pet up for a day of fun!

Free
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Origami Open House

Garfield Park Conservatory 300 N Central Park Avenue, Chicago

Origami is a fascinating, fun-filled creative activity for children as well as adults. With a minimum of folds and creases, you can transform a flat sheet of paper into a three-dimensional form like a swan, a boat, a flower or even a hat. So, if you’re interested in creating animals, dinosaurs, flowers, decorative boxes and...

Free
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Second Saturday Family Program

Cantigny Park 1S151 Winfield Road, Wheaton

For those who aren’t ready to attend in-person programs yet, we’ve created kid-friendly packets of crafts and activities related to Cantigny and the McCormick family. Supplies will be given away on a first-come, first-served basis. On the Second Saturday of each month, March through November, McCormick House staff presents a drop-in family program. No registration...

Free

The Big Bash: 75th Anniversary Celebration

McCollum Park 6801 Main Street, Downers Grove

Join Downers Grove Park District for an event of epic proportions at The Big Bash: 75th Anniversary Celebration! Party the day away with free activities for the whole family at McCollum Park. Listen to live music, enjoy tasty eats from local food trucks and sip some wine and beer. Visit the kids areas including inflatables,...

Free

Kayak the Salt Creek River Trail

Bemis Woods Wolf Rd & 31st St, Westchester

Join us as we paddle over 8 miles of the Salt Creek River Trail from Bemis Woods to Plank Road Meadow. Instruction, sanitized equipment, kayaks and shuttle provided.

Free

Spring Fun Fest

Parkway Bank Park 5501 Park Place, Rosemont

Families are invited to visit Parkway Bank Park Saturday, May 14 for a fun-filled day of outdoor festivities at “Spring Fun Fest.” A variety of free activities will be offered from 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. Free Activities Include: • Balloon sculpting • Bounce houses • Face painting • Petting zoo • Live entertainment by...

Free

Rockin’ Jewelry for Kids

Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art 1220 Kensington Road, Oak Brook

Children can make their own gemstone jewelry with the Rockin’ Jewelry for kids. Learn to make a necklace, a keychain, and a pin. All materials included in individual kits. After the class, tour the Museum and complete a scavenger hunt. Completes the Jewelry Badge for Girl Scouts.

$15

Carnival of Animals and The Firebird

Athenaeum Theatre 2936 North Southport Avenue, Chicago

A&A BALLET, one of the fastest-growing performing arts and educational organizations in Chicago, under the artistic direction of Alexei Kremnev and Anna Reznik, presents a new Family Dance Series at the Athenaeum Theater.  The company will debut their take on the internationally acclaimed “Carnival of the Animals” and a world premiere of “The Firebird,” featuring...

$25 – $55

Kindness Day Story Time

Barnes & Noble (Bolingbrook Promenade) 631 E. Boughton Road Suite 100, Bolingbrook

Join us Saturday May 14th at 5pm to celebrate Kindness Day Bolingbrook for a special storytime event. Kindness Ambassadors and Ambassadors from Spanish Ladder will be sharing and reading stories...

Free

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