Annual Evanston Garden Fair

Evanston Garden Fair | Evanston, Ill.


You'll find carefully selected veggies, annuals, perennials and hanging baskets at great prices, and you can seek advice from local Master Gardeners and browse area arts vendors. Proceeds benefit the continued beautification of Evanston. Call (847) 448-8256 for more information.

When: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Cost: Free

Goin’ Buggy

Morton Arboretum | Lisle, Ill.

Celebrate the arrival of David Rogers' Big Bugs with a bug-o-palooza. Take part in buggy games, beneficial bug releases and an insect petting zoo.

When: 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Cost: Free with admission

Bird Day

Crabtree Nature Center | Barrington, Ill.


Experts help you spot them on our nature trails or see if you survive the Migration Obstacle Course. Kid's crafts, activities and live bird presentations.

When: Noon-4 p.m.
Cost: Free

Moms That Lay Eggs Campfire

Emily Oaks Nature Center | Skokie, Ill.

Spend an evening around a flickering campfire while celebrating Mother's Day by learning about local animals that lay eggs, and discover the variety of eggs laid in the water, soil and high above the ground. Campfire snacks are provided. Registration is requested. Kids must be accompanied by a registered adult.

When: 7-8 p.m.
Cost: $4

Garlic Mustard Busters

Trailside Museum of Natural History | River Forest, Ill.


Assist Trailside in restoring wildflower and wildlife habitat by pulling the invasive weed Garlic Mustard. Refreshments and gloves provided. Call (708) 366-6530 to register.

When: 10-11:30 a.m.
Cost: Free

Chicago Kidney Action Day

Millennium Park | Chicago, Ill.


Event features free kidney health screenings, healthy food samples, interactive fitness demos, local entertainment and children's activities.

When: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Cost: Free

Tree Climbing Competition

Cantigny Park | Wheaton, Ill.


Spectators are welcome at this professional competition conducted by the Illinois Arborist Association.

When: 10 a.m.
Cost: Free, $5 parking

Mother’s Day Card Craft at American Girl Place

American Girl Place | Chicago, Ill.


Girls can make Mother's Day extra-special by decorating a pretty card and matching envelope, then adding a special message to Mom on the inside.

When: 3-5 p.m.
Cost: Free

My Kingdom for an Orchestra

Pick-Staiger Concert Hall | Evanston, Ill.

Brass, woodwind, percussion and string musicians of the Northwestern University Chamber Orchestra present a variety of musical styles.

When: 10:30 a.m.
Cost: $6, $4 kids

Facets Families Second Saturdays: Mother's Day Edition

Facets Multi-Media | Chicago, Ill.

Celebrate mothers, grandmothers, and the nurturers inside all of us through animated and live-action short films from Denmark, England, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, South Africa, Sweden, Turkey, and the U.S.

When: 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Cost: $9, $6 kids

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