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Touch a Truck Family Festival

when: May 5, 2013 at 11:00 am to 2:00 pm

where: Fields Chrysler Jeep Dodge, 700 W. Frontage Rd., Northfield, IL

cost: $30 per family up to 6, or $45 per family up to 9

ages: All ages

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Who needs Hot Wheels when you can hop in a semi? Climb aboard tons of super-sized vehicles in a safe, protected environment. The whole family can also enjoy food, raffles, train rides, music and more at this event put together by Kohl Children’s Museum.

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Hogwash: An Improvised Tall Tale

when: every Saturday at 10:30 a.m. to noon

where: North Center, Bug House Theatre, 2054 W. Irving Park Rd., Chicago, IL

cost: Donations accepted

ages: 3-12

the scoop:

Hogwash is an improvised children’s show full of music, art, laughs and audience participation. At the… read more
Boy Playing Miniature Golf

Traveling Mini Golf Offers Fun All Summer Long

when: Jul 21, 2014 - Aug 3 at 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

where: Lakeview , Lake View High School, 4015 N. Ashland Ave., Chicago, Il

cost: $8/person; $5 for second round; $15 play-all-day pass

ages: All ages

the scoop:

Mini golf is awesome, but it usually involves driving out of the city to a… read more
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Little Marvels Kids Day and Open House

when: Jul 26 at 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

where: Lakeview, Little Marvels Early Childhood School, 3045 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL

cost: Free

ages: All

the scoop:

Tour the new facility and find out about the exciting preschool programs offered for children… read more

Soar in a Hot Air Balloon & Descend in a Submarine

when: Mar 20, 2014 - Sep 1 at 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

where: Hyde Park, Museum of Science and Industry, 5700 S. Lake Shore Dr., Chicago, Il

cost: Not included in general museum entry; must buy a Museum Explorer package ($18-$27)

ages: All ages

the scoop:

Plunge into the world’s eco-zones — Polar Regions, Oceans, Rain Forests, Mountains and Caves and… read more
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Wicker Park Festival

when: Jul 26 - Jul 27 at 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

where: Bucktown/Wicker Park, North Avenue at Milwakee, Chicago, IL

cost: Donation

ages: All Ages

the scoop:

This is the festival you’ve been waiting for all year! After surviving the savage Chicago… read more

Discover the Inner Workings of Plants & Animals

when: Mar 12, 2014 - Jan 4 at Open daily, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (last admission at 4 p.m.)

where: Museum Campus, The Field Museum, 1400 S. Lake Shore Dr., Chicago, Il

cost: $13-$31 for museum passes

ages: All ages

the scoop:

How do living things move, thrive and discover? Find out the exhibit “The Machine Inside: Biomechanics.”… read more

Big Fun with Monster Trucks & Rock ‘n’ Roll

when: Jul 17, 2014 - Jul 26 at 1 p.m. to midnight

where: 317 Dexter St., Ionia, Mi

cost: $14/person per day before July 16 (online offer only); $22 afterward

ages: All ages

the scoop:

The Ionia Free Fair has a little bit of everything — circus acts, a wild animal… read more
SAM Family Festival

Cool Tunes and Great Eats at Jeff Fest

when: Jul 25, 2014 - Jul 27 at Fri., 6-11 p.m.; Sat., noon-11 p.m.; Sun., noon-10 p.m.

where: Jefferson Park, Jefferson Memorial Park, 4822 N. Long Ave., Chicago, Il

cost: $5 before 5 p.m.; $7 after 5 p.m.; $15 for all three days; free for children under 12

ages: All ages

the scoop:

With all of the awesome music and the works from juried artists, Jeff Fest is pretty… read more

Come for the Turkey Leg, Stay for the Jousting

when: Jul 5, 2014 - Sep 1

where: 12550 120th Ave., Kenosha, Wi

cost: $23.95 adult; $11.50 child 5-12; free for children 4 & younger; $125 for a season pass

ages: All ages

the scoop:

Calling all lords and ladies: If you love to party like it’s 1499, this is… read more

Rodeos & More at the DuPage County Fair

when: Jul 23, 2014 - Jul 27 at 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.

where: 2015 Manchester Rd. , Wheaton, Il

cost: $10/adults; $4/children (3-12) ; free for children under 3

ages: All ages

the scoop:

The DuPage County Fair might be turning 60 this year, but it’s only getting better… read more

Travel to the Year 2096

when: May 16, 2014 - Dec 31 at showtimes daily; check website for details

where: Museum Campus, Adler Planetarium, 1300 S. Lake Shore Dr., Chicago, Il

cost: Included in the Adler’s All Access Pass, available for purchase on-site: $29.95 for adults, $27.95 for seniors/students with ID & $24.95 for children (ages 3-11)

ages: All ages

the scoop:

The year is 2096 and space tourism is available to everyone. Including you! Blast off… read more

Party and Pass the Pierogis

when: Jul 25, 2014 - Jul 27 at Fri. & Sat., 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

where: Downtown Whiting on 119th Street, Whiting, In

cost: free

ages: All ages

the scoop:

There will be an International Polka Parade, and fun entertainment for the kids, but Pierogi… read more
Do Big Top Stunts: Circus Zirkus

Do Big Top Stunts: Circus Zirkus

when: May 16, 2014 - Jul 31

where: Navy Pier , Chicago Children’s Museum, 700 E. Grand Ave., Chicago, Il

cost: Included in museum general admission ($14/children; $14/children; free for children under 1)

ages: All ages

the scoop:

Welcome ladies, gentlemen and children of all ages to the greatest little show on earth!… read more
Break out your lei and head over to Ed Debevic’s for the fifth annual Ed’s Fest and help celebrate their 30th anniversary. Guests are invited to a day of Luau-themed, fun-filled activities for the whole family. Enjoy delicious fest fare including Love Me Tenders chicken tenders; hot dogs and hamburgers hot off the grill and hot pretzels with cheese sauce. Adults are invited to sip on ice-cold brews and admire the line up of classic cars while listening to live music courtesy of the onsite deejay. The kids are welcome to partake in shenanigans in the bounce house, play a game of corn hole, let the face painter transform them into their favorite character, attempt to win a hula hoop contest for the chance to win great prize, and more! Charity events include a dunk tank and an ice cream eating competition. Ed’s Fest is free to attend; food and beverage not included. Capacity is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Toss On Your Lie and Grab a Great Burger

when: Jul 26 at 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

where: River North, Ed Debevic's, 640 N. Wells, Chicago, Il

cost: free

ages: All ages

the scoop:

Summer never seems quite complete without a Luau-themed fest. Your prayers have been answered with… read more

Be Dazzled by Daredevils at Cirque Shanghai: Warriors

when: May 21, 2014 - Sep 1 at showtimes vary; check website for details

where: Navy Pier, Navy Pier Skyline Stage, 600 E. Grand Ave., Chicago, Il

cost: $19.50-$39.50 for adults; $15.50 for children ages 3-10

ages: All ages

the scoop:

Get ready for oohs and aahs. This show will impress daredevils of all ages with thrilling… read more

Play, Boogie & Paint on Lincoln Avenue

when: Jul 26 - Jul 27 at noon-10 p.m.; Kid's Carnival noon-6 p.m.

where: Lincoln Park, 2400 N Lincoln Ave., Chicago, Il

cost: suggested donation $8

ages: All ages

the scoop:

You will get much more than just a taste at the Taste of Lincoln Avenue. This… read more

Touch a Stingray

when: May 23, 2014 - Sep 1 at 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

where: Museum Campus, Shedd Aquarium, 1200 S. Lake Shore Dr., Chicago, Il

cost: Add-on $5/non-members; $3/members; included in the Total Experience Pass (adult/$39.95 per adult; child ages 3-11/$30.95); free for children 0-2

ages: All ages

the scoop:

Are they soft, fluffy or rough? You’ll find out what a stingray feels like during a… read more
Eco-Finger Paint

Get Creative and Build a Robot in Wicker Park

when: Jul 26 - Jul 27 at noon to 6 p.m.

where: Wicker Park, 1600 N Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, Il

cost: free with suggested donation of $5

ages: All ages

the scoop:

There are quite a few fests throughout the summer, but this Wicker Park Fest’s Kids… read more

The Exhibit That Brings Extinction to Light

when: Mar 22, 2014 - Dec 31 at Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat. & Sun., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

where: Lincoln Park, Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, 2430 N. Cannon Dr., Chicago, Il

cost: $9/adults; $6/children 3-12; free for children under 3

ages: All ages

the scoop:

Introduce the kids to the concept of species loss at Nature’s Struggle: Survival & Extinction. The… read more
Start Developing Your Child’s Love of Music This Summer

Dance the Night Away with Fun Activities

when: Jul 26 at Jul. 25, Aug. 22 & 23, 5-10 p.m.; Jul. 26 3-10 p.m.

where: Naper Settlement, 523 South Webster St., Naperville, Il

cost: $15/adults & seniors; $10/children (ages 4-12); free for children under 4 & members

ages: All ages

the scoop:

During Naper Nights, the family will love to get funky together throughout the summer. With… read more

Howdy, Partner! The Wild West Is Back

when: May 24, 2014 - Aug 23 at 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

where: Donley's Wild West Town, 8512 S. Union Rd., Union, Il

cost: $16/person; children under 2 are free

ages: All ages

the scoop:

Ride, shoot, and take a trip back in time at Donley’s Wild West Town. This cowboy… read more

Learn About Friendship with Charlotte’s Web

when: Jul 11, 2014 - Aug 17 at 10 a.m. on select days; check website for details

where: Streeterville, Broadway Playhouse, 175 E. Chestnut St., Chicago, Il

cost: Varies (Check site for more details)

ages: All ages

the scoop:

The mismatched duo, pig Wilbur and spider Charlotte, and the rest of their farm friends… read more
Overhead View of Audience

Discover the Magic of Broadway with “Godspell”

when: Jul 26 at Varies (see site for more details)

where: The Marriott Theatre , 10 Marriott Dr., Lincolnshire , Il

cost: $45-$48/person (see website for more details)

ages: 10 & up

the scoop:

Get ready to be throughly amazed by some of the best tunes in Broadway history. Godspell is… read more

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