Brookfield Zoo colors the planet green
Kids can exhibit their artistry by helping create a sidewalk mural during a Party for the Planet on Earth Day, Sunday, April 22, at Brookfield Zoo, First Avenue near 31st Street. Grownups, too, can use chalk to illustrate how they plan to embrace a greener lifestyle.
The day will be filled with activities about preserving the planet, from zoo chats about how our actions impact animals to a discussion on saving orangutans from the danger of deforestation.
Planting activities will occur throughout the zoo, you can tour a Clean Air Club Bus and Chicago Kite will conduct professional kite demonstrations. The band Green 13 will “recycle” music.
Families can help the planet before entering the zoo by dropping off old electronics items in the north parking lot.
Except for activities in the Children’s Zoo and Hamill Family Play Zoo, the event is included with the regular admission charge.
For details, call (708) 688-8000 or visit czs.org.
Another green scene
It’s easy to be “green” is the lesson of posters created by Elmhurst kids and Elmhurst College students for Eco Elmhurst Family Day from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, April 15, at the Elmhurst Historical Museum, 120 E. Park Ave. In addition, children can make a hummingbird feeder at this free event.
For details, call (630) 833-1457 or visit elmhursthistory.org.
Has spring sprung?
Animals building homes and baby animals are signs of the season that children, ages 3 to 5 (with an adult), will learn to recognize during Let’s Explore Spring from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 17, or Saturday, April 21, at the Morton Arboretum, Interstate 88 and Illinois 53, Lisle. They also will hear a spring story and do a craft project. Cost is $25 per child, $18 for arboretum members. Registration is required.
For details, call (630) 719-2468 or visit mortonarb.org/education.
Reach new heights
The first 50 kids to register for 50 Kites for 50 Years: Let’s Go Fly a Kite will receive a free kite to fly at the Oak Brook Park District’s 50th anniversary celebration, 11:30 a.m. Saturday, April 21, in the soccer field at Central Park, 1500 Forest Gate Road.
For details, call (630) 990-4233 or visit obparks.org.
Some assembly required
Kids will be inspired to be creative during Wacky Crafty Wednesday at 11 a.m. April 18 at the Oak Brook Barnes and Noble, 297 Oakbrook Center. They’ll hear Builder Goose by Boni Ashburn and Kelly DiPucchio’s Crafty Chloe, and then do a craft project.
For details, call (630) 684-0586 or visit barnesandnoble.com.