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Western Springs Touch-a-Truck

Western Springs Tower Green 914 Hillgrove Avenue, Western Springs

Roll up to the Tower Green and experience the thrill of sitting in big trucks! Children will be allowed to touch their favorite vehicles, get behind the wheel and meet the people who help build, protect and serve the community.    For information on more events like this, check out our roundup of Touch-A-Truck Events.

Free

Trees for Glen Ellyn

Lake Ellyn Park 645 Lenox Road, Glen Ellyn

Join the Park District’s forestry team to learn about an exciting new volunteer opportunity. Participate in planting and caring for trees in our parks. Learn the correct way to plant a tree and take an active role in growing Glen Ellyn’s tree canopy. Make a positive impact on the environment for generations to come. This...

Free

Public Works Open House

Mount Prospect Public Works 1700 W Central Road, Mount Prospect

This annual event features games, a facility tour, and displays that demonstrate how our water and sewer system, parkway trees, buildings, streets, can meet PW Paws, the Public Works Department mascot, and enjoy free refreshments and hot dogs, courtesy of the Mount Prospect Lions Club. 

Free

Public Works Open House

Bolingbrook Public Works 299 Canterbury Lane, Bolingbrook

Join us on Saturday, May 18th for the Village of Bolingbrook's Public Works Open House! Fun for ALL ages, come out to get a behind the scenes look at our Public Works Facility! Take a tour, see the equipment, meet the staff, and ask questions. Free hot dogs, activities & prizes, and plenty of photo...

Free

Noon Lions Club Free Vision Screening

Aurora Public Library - West Branch 233 S Constitution Drive, Aurora

Aurora Noon Lions Club provides free vision screening for children. Primarily aimed at 6 months to 6 years old although useful up to age 16. According to the American Public Health Association, about 10% of preschoolers have eye or vision problems. The screener is meant for early detection of the following eye disorders but not...

Free

Fishing Derby

Swan Pond Barrypoint Road and Fairbank Road, Riverside

There are two age groups for the derby: 5 - 8 & 9 -12 All children under 12 years of age must be accompanied by an adult. All age groups must cast, hook, and catch fish on their own. Parents may assist all age groups with baiting the hook and taking fish off the hook-if...

Free

Community Bike Ride

North School Park (Arlington Heights) N Evergreen Ave and E Eastman St, Arlington Heights

Join the Village of Arlington Heights Commissioners for a bike ride in Arlington Heights. Celebrate spring with crafts, games, rides live music and entertainment. This dual event is free fun for all ages.

Free
Event Series Family Yoga Storytime

Family Yoga Storytime

Park Ridge Public Library 20 S Prospect Avenue, Park Ridge

Gather your family and roll out your mat for a story and some stretches! We will do stretches and poses inspired by our picture book, while practicing breathing techniques and relaxation. Please bring yoga mats if you have them. A limited number of loaner mats will be available. Registration opens 3 weeks before the program....

Sensory-Friendly Storytime

Westmont Public Library 428 North Cass, Westmont

This inclusive storytime is especially welcoming for children with sensory processing challenges and for families who are looking for a more adaptive storytime experience. We’ll explore interactive stories, rhymes, and activities in a non- judgmental environment.

Free

Disability Pride Storytime

Fountaindale Public Library 300 W Briarcliff Rd, Bolingbrook

Celebrate Disability Pride with us in this special storytime, followed by a sensory playtime!

Free

Kindness Day

Fountaindale Public Library 300 W Briarcliff Rd, Bolingbrook

All events are drop-in and do not require registration. Letters of Kindness May 5–18 Spread the word: we’re writing kind letters! Drop by to write letters to people in our community and around the world to help spread and promote kindness! Kindness Day Kits Pick up a kit with crafts and gifts from Kindness Day...

Free

Bike Rodeo

Main Street Recreation Center (Glen Ellyn) 501 Hill Avenue, Glen Ellyn

Kids will learn about bicycle safety and rules of the road through fun drills and activities at multiple stations. Participants must bring their own bike and wear a fitted bike helmet.

Free

Touch-A-Truck

Heritage Park (Oakbrook Terrace) 1S325 Ardmore Avenue, Oakbrook Terrace

Come explore all the different kinds of trucks that are around your community at this free event! Kids are welcome to climb, honk and get up close.    For information on more events like this, check out our roundup of Touch-A-Truck Events.

Free
Event Series Play Day

Play Day

Sensory Garden Playground 2751 Navistar Dr, Lisle

Join us for all-inclusive play at the Sensory Garden Playground Play Days. Enjoy FREE special activities! Themes vary each month.

Free

Let’s Go Fly A Kite

Crabtree Nature Center 3 Stover Road, Barrington

Bring a kite over to Barrington Road Pond to celebrate Asian Pacific Islander American Heritage Month.

Free

Plant Craft in the Garden

Clarendon Hills Public Library 7 N. Prospect, Clarendon Hills

Join us for a drop-in family craft activity in the library's garden. Decorate your own flowerpot while The Friends of the Library will be holding their Annual Plant Sale at this time as well.

Free

Parks and Public Services Day

Mike Rylko Community Park 1000 N Buffalo Grove Road, Buffalo Grove

Join us as we combine Kids to Parks Day with the Village of Buffalo Grove's Public Works Open House! Bring the whole family to this free event to watch live demos, explore nature, touch-a-trucks and many fun activities.

Free

Kids to Parks Day Celebration

Fabbrini Park 1704 Glen Lake Road, Hoffman Estates

Celebrate National Kids to Parks Day with a FREE day of outdoor fun at Fabbrini Park! This nationwide day encourages kids and families to explore their local parks and enjoy public lands. Get ready for a day packed with activities, music, and play! Date & Time: Saturday, May 18, 2024 | Starting at 10:00 AM...

Free

Engineering and Public Works Open House

Schaumburg Public Works Department 714 S Plum Grove Road, Schaumburg

Residents and children are invited to a behind-the-scenes look at what skills, tools and equipment are required to maintain the village's infrastructure. The event will include touch-a-truck, equipment displays, informational booths, demonstrations, free giveaways, snacks and more. The event is free and open to all ages. Kona Ice will be available for purchase on-site.  ...

Free

LTCC Spring Auto Show

Lyons Township HS North Campus 100 South Brainard Avenue, La Grange

Type of Show: This is an All Vehicles Show Open To The General Public. EVERY PENNY WE RECEIVE will be going to support Lyons Township Car Care so we can continue these events in the future. Cost to enter a car is $15. All Types Of Vehicles Are Welcome... Hot Rods, Show Cars, Rat Rods,...

Free

Huge Spring Neighborhood Yard Sale

Stevenson Park (Oak Park) 49 Lake Street, Oak Park

Come out and find your treasurers or make some cash. The Park District will advertise the sale through electronic signage, flyers, and day of signage.

Cantigny Spring Fest

Cantigny Park 1S151 Winfield Road, Wheaton

Celebrate the season with Spring Fest at Cantigny! Enjoy the park with a visit to our beautiful gardens. Stop by McCormick House as we host our first-ever marketplace inside the historic home. This market features talented artisans showcasing their creations — a curated shopping experience with local vendors offering jewelry, pottery, art, and more! A...

$12

Lincoln Roscoe Spring Art and Craft Fair

Lincoln Square 4400 N. Lincoln Avenue, Chicago

This event, hosted by Special Service Area 27, is free and takes place on Lincoln Avenue between Roscoe and School Street. Returning to Chicago on Saturday this northside event features art for the home including fabulous paintings, sculptures, and fiber pieces, as well as décor, jewelry and more; all hand made by artists and artisans....

Free
Event Series Dudes and Donuts

Dudes and Donuts

Lemont Public Library 50 E Wend St, Lemont

Come for the donuts, stay for the conversation. Bring the kiddos for activities and coloring, have a donut, and chat with other dudes about whatever comes to mind.

Free

Greek Storytime with The Language Labs

Helen Plum Library 411 South Main Street, Lombard

Drop-in storytime for families with children of all ages. Learn about different cultures through books, music, and crafts with our friends from The Language Labs. No prior knowledge of the featured language is necessary.

Free
Event Series Budding Botanists

Budding Botanists

Garfield Park Conservatory 300 N Central Park Avenue, Chicago

Watch out as you explore the Conservatory – you may run into a Budding Botanists! on Saturdays and Sundays from 10:30am to 2:30pm, Nature Educators will provide activities for kids of all ages at our Budding Botanists station. These programs are drop in and no preregistration is required. You can stop by and interact with...

Free

Día de los Niños

95th Street Library 3015 Cedar Glade Dr, Naperville

¿Estás listo para divertirte? This all-ages program will feature a variety of fun activities for children centered around literacy, play, and celebration of the Latino culture and traditions. This program is brought to you through a partnership with Alliance of Latinos Motivating Action in the Suburbs (ALMAS).

Free
Event Series Cicada Program

Cicada Program

Wonder Works Children's Museum 6445 West North Avenue, Oak Park

Wonder Works is gearing up to be both a quiet place to escape the cicadas and a place to learn about our noisy visitors. On Thursdays and Saturdays in May our cicada story times will help children better understand all of the cicadas coming to Chicago in the next few weeks. We are sensitive to...

Included in general admission

Flying 4 Kids Statewide Kite Fly

Soehrman Park Willow Springs Rd and 71st Street, LaGrange

PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED by May 10th. Pleasant Dale Park District is coordinating with the Illinois Association of Park Districts in the annual Flying 4 Kids Statewide Kite Fly. This is a FREE event; however, registration is required and you will have an option to purchase a kite kit to decorate and fly. The children will get...

Free

Super Saturday: Super Stolie presents Repeat After Me

Indian Trails Public Library - Main Branch 355 Schoenbeck Road, Wheeling

All ages. Enjoy a bilingual musical adventure filled with songs, fun and games. Echo, mime and dance your way to joy. This unforgettable and educational experience will leave you smiling. Limit: 120. Free tickets distributed 30 minutes before the program.

Free

Sidewalk Art Contest

Gregg House Museum 117 South Linden Avenue, Westmont

Express Your Self!  Let’s color splash the sidewalk in front of the Gregg House Museum into a dazzling mosaic of design.  We’ll provide the chalk; you bring your ideas and drawing skills!  No previous art experience required. All abilities and ages welcome. Whether you come to view the art or draw, you will experience awesome,...

Free

Pollinator Day

Franklin Park Public Library 10311 Grand Avenue, Franklin Park

Via the Village Website- The Village of Franklin Park will host its first annual Pollinator Day on Saturday, May 18, from 11 AM until 1:30 PM at the Gazebo on 9501 Belmont. Bring the family and learn how to help pollinators thrive in your garden and enjoy honey samples and informational displays about bees, butterflies,...

Free

City of Northlake Open House

Northlake City Hall 55 E North Avenue, Northlake

Come join the city of Northlake Police Department, Public Works Department, & Northlake Fire Protection District for a Day of Family Fun! In the event of inclement weather, the backup date is May 25th.

Free

Swing Into Spring

North School Park (Arlington Heights) N Evergreen Ave and E Eastman St, Arlington Heights

The Village's Special Events Commission invites residents and neighbors to attend the Swing into Spring event, on Saturday, May 18th, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. at North School Park. Swing Into Spring Activities to Enjoy: Swing Ride Bubbles Inflatable games Temporary tattoo table The Bookmobile from the Arlington Heights Memorial Library Food for purchase from...

Free

Nature Block Party

Eggers Grove Forest Preserve E 112th St & S Ave E, Chicago

Join us for a day of celebration and exploration as we honor the incredible diversity of life at Eggers Grove.

Free

Alice in Wonderland Scavenger Hunt

Downtown La Grange La Grange

Clues will be hidden at over 25 different stores and restaurants in downtown La Grange! A map listing all of the participating businesses will guide you through the town. As you follow the clues, you’ll discover little treats, such as a Mad Hatter tea party where Alice herself will be hosting her own tea party...

$45

What’s Blooming on Harrison

Downtown Oak Park 1010 Lake Street, Oak Park

What’s Blooming on Harrison will be held on Saturday, May 18, 2024 in the Oak Park Arts District RAIN OR SHINE. This year’s street festival will include an artisan fair with 100+ vendors, a music stage with a full lineup of bands, food trucks, beer garden, a children’s carnival and more. The event will be...

Free

Swing Into Summer

Navy Pier 600 E Grand Ave, Chicago

Summer is just around the corner, with a handful of popular outdoor sports perfect for families to enjoy together! From Pickleball to Wiffle Ball, Baseball, Softball, and Golf, there’s something for everyone. Get ready to experience the excitement of these swinging sports as the Pier transforms into a hub of fun and activity for all...

Free

Spring Road Pet Parade

Wild Meadows Trace Park Intersection of York Street and South Street, Elmhurst

Pet Adoption Organizations Onsite. Monetary Donation Drive for Local Animal Shelters. Concessions Available. Awards for Pet Contests, Vendors, Food, Crafts.

Free

Health and Wellness Fair

Stratford Crossing 142 S Gary Avenue, Bloomingdale

The Bloomingdale Park District is joining this year's Bloomingdale Chamber of Commerce Health & Wellness Fair: A Celebration of Mind & Body. THe fair will be a fun and engaging event that will empower attendees to take charge of their health and well-being. Family-friendly activities including yoga demos are all part of the scheduled activities....

Free
Event Series Lego Club

Lego Club

Various Locations IL

Come in to build cool LEGO creations. LEGOs are provided. Ages 6 - 11. No registration required.

Free
Event Series Movie Afternoon

Movie Afternoon

Schiller Park Public Library 4200 Old River Road, Schiller Park

Join the library and enjoy a newer released movie. B.Y.O.S. -Bring your own snacks! Times posted and movie ratings may vary. All ages. No registration required.

Free

Spring Clean Flea Market

Maryknoll Park (Glen Ellyn) 845 Pershing Avenue, Glen Ellyn

Shop the sale at our new Spring Clean Flea Market! Discover quality items from community members who are selling, bartering, or trading their gently used goods. Admission is free for shoppers, so come and explore the variety of items available.

Free

Teaching Garden Planting Day

Barrington Area Library 505 N Northwest Highway, Barrington

Work side by side with Master Gardeners to learn basic gardening skills, and help us plant our garden! Gloves and tools provided. Registration suggested.

Free

Paws at the Library

Poplar Creek Public Library 1405 S. Park Avenue, Streamwood

Who doesn’t love dogs! Come meet and play with therapy dogs and pet the stress of final exams and the school year away. Drinks and treats are to be served. All are welcome!

Free
Event Series Train Saturdays

Train Saturdays

DuPage County Historical Museum 102 E Wesley St, Wheaton

The HO Gauge Model Train is operated by the DuPage Society of Model Engineers on the third and fifth Saturday of each month. The model features a detailed layout that covers 2,000 feet of track and highlights some of DuPage County’s railroads and landmarks in a landscape that blends fact and fantasy.

Free

Spring Tea Party

Berwyn Public Library 2701 S. Harlem Ave., Berwyn

Recommended for ages 3+. Registration is required. Don your best outfit and bring your grownup to enjoy a special afternoon tea party at your library! Mayores de 3 años. Es necesario registrarse. ¡Vistate con tu mejor atuendo y traiga a su adulto para disfrutar de una fiesta especial de té en su biblioteca!

Free

Bluesmobile Cruise Nights

Downtown Mount Prospect Northwest Highway and Main Street, Mount Prospect

Come view the coolest classic cars around. The Mount Prospect Lions Club is sponsoring Bluesmobile Cruse Nights every Saturday. Each week, there will be a new theme. Admission is free.   For information on more events like this, check out our roundup of Classic Car Shows.

Free
Event Series Spring Ice Show

Spring Ice Show

Franklin Park Ice Arena 9711 Waveland Avenue, Franklin Park

A community event for all ages!  If you haven't seen one of our annual shows, you've been missing out! Each year, the Ice Arena presents a "near professional" production for your enjoyment. The costumes are colorful, the music is energetic and the lighting effects are vibrant. Best of all is watching our Skating School students...

$10
Event Series Summer Concert Series

Summer Concert Series

Downtown Wheaton South Main Street & West Liberty Drive, Wheaton

Live music is the best part of summer – enjoy 40+ live music events coming summer 2024! The Downtown Wheaton Summer Music Series brings the sounds of summer to the heart of Wheaton from May through September. Rotating between outdoor dining destinations, this series gives diners the opportunity to enjoy live music while trying all...

Free
Event Series Downtown Lisle Car Shows

Downtown Lisle Car Shows

Downtown Lisle IL

2024 Downtown Lisle Car Show Dates: May 18 June 15 July 20 August 17 September 21 6:00 - 9:00 PM These fun and family-friendly events are the perfect way to enjoy warm, summer nights. During events, Main Street, Burlington Avenue and a portion of the Commuter Parking Lots are transformed into a block party where...

Free
Event Series Movies in the Park

Movies in the Park

Various Locations IL

Bring your blanket, lawn chair, friends and family for these special outdoor movies! Refreshments will be available to purchase. Movies will begin after dusk. May 18 - Space Jam at White Pines **$10 cart fee** June 8 - Trolls Band Together at Arbor Park July 20 - Charlotte's Web at Fischer Farm August 3 -...

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Event Series Spring Series: Of Joy

Spring Series: Of Joy

Harris Theater for Music and Dance 205 E Randolph Street, Chicago

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago (HSDC) announced program selections for Spring Series: Of Joy, the final installment of Season 46, Abundance. The engagement will include four unique works, once again showcasing the company’s adaptability and deep appreciation for the universal language of dance. A Company Premiere by Johan Inger and several critically acclaimed reprises will constitute...

$15 – $110

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