Chicago Area park and zoo
2200 N. Cannon DriveChicago
Randall Oaks Barnyard Zoo
1180 N. Randall Road
West Dundee, Ill. 60118
Cost: $3.25, $2.75 forDundeeTownship residents, free kids 1 and under
Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily May 7-Oct. 8; weekends only Oct. 13-Nov. 25.
Visit, pet and feed the farm animals, while also seeing emus, lynx, hawks, owls and a variety of reptiles. Pony rides are available for an additional charge. Bring a picnic lunch and plan to spend the day.
Garfield Park Conservatory is one ofChicago’s hidden treasures – beautiful, historical and packed with free activities for the budding horticulturalist (or bored kiddie). Kids love the Elizabeth Morse Children’s Garden, with free drop-in activities all summer long.