Kids, teens and family.
Play and Learn: 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 15, Community Connections Center, 1711 W. Algonquin Road, Mount Prospect. Parents and their 2- through 5-year-old children are invited to enjoy arts, crafts, exercise, stories and music. To register, call (847) 506-4930.
Teen Center Open: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Vogelei Park, 650 W. Higgins Road, Hoffman Estates. The Teen Center is open every Tuesday evening offering children ages 9-18 a safe place to hang out. Enjoy the pool table, Ping-Pong, computers and video games. Admission is free. Operated in partnership with the Village of Hoffman Estates. For information, visit www.heparks.org/teen-center-2.
Teen Book Club: 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 15, Palatine Public Library, 700 N. North Court, Palatine. Discuss the book "Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe," by Benjamin Alire Saenz. This book follows two boys, Aristotle and Dante, their friendship, and their struggles with racial and ethnic identity, sexuality and family relationships. For students in grades seven-12. To sign up, call (847) 358-5881, ext. 132, or visit www.palatinelibrary.org.
Crafternoon -- Watercoloring: 5:30-7 p.m. Wednesday, May 16, Community Connections Center, 1711 W. Algonquin Road, Mount Prospect. For teens and adults. Learn the basics of how to paint with watercolors and take home your own work of art. The Mount Prospect Library will provide all supplies, no prior experience necessary. Register at www.mppl.org or (847) 590-4090.
Small Serendipity: 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 16, River Trail Nature Center, 3120 Milwaukee Ave., Northbrook. Nature stories, crafts and activities. For ages 3-6 with an adult. Free. For information, visit fpdcc.com/events.
Celebrate Polish Children's Day: 6:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 17. Mount Prospect Public Library, 10 S. Emerson St., Mount Prospect. Celebrate Polish Children's Day with music, a craft, and a program in Polish and English. Guest performer will be accordionist and singer Mazurka Wojciechowska, a leading expert on Polish folk music. There will be songs that tell stories and a singalong. The program is best suited for children ages 3-7 and their families, but all are welcome. Register at www.mppl.org or (847) 253-5675.
Children's STEM Program; 'Build It!': 2-4 p.m. Saturday, May 19, Palatine Public Library, 700 N. North Court, Palatine. Let your imagination run wild with the library's building sets. Try Q-Ba-Maze, Tinkertoy vehicles, Magformers, or Learning Resources Gears. For kids ages 4-7 with a parent/caregiver. For information, call (847) 358-5881, ext. 132, or visit www.palatinelibrary.org.
Des Plaines Spring Fun Fair: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, May 19, Mountain View Adventure Center, 510 E. Algonquin Road, Des Plaines. The 11th annual Spring Fun Fair is a family-friendly festival of fun that brings together the community organizations of Des Plaines. Includes Touch a Truck, Pooch, Pet and Pedal Parade and more. Free. Visit www.dpparks.org/event/spring-fun-fair.
Bike Palatine Safety Rodeo: 8:30-11 a.m. Saturday, May 19, Palatine Policy Department Grounds, 595 N. Hicks Road, Palatine. Children learn how to check their bikes, fit their helmets, and maneuver around obstacles. For information, visit www.facebook.com/events/761699604039675 or BikePalatine.com.
Engineering & Public Works Open House: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, May 19, Engineering & Public Works, 714 S. Plum Grove Road, Schaumburg. The Village of Schaumburg invites the public to attend its Engineering & Public Works Open House event, which is free and open to all ages. Event includes Touch-A-Truck, equipment displays, informational booths, demonstrations, free giveaways, snacks and more. The Village of Schaumburg is partnering with the Schaumburg Township Food Pantry and is asking those attending the open house to bring nonperishable items that can be donated to benefit the community. For information, call (847) 895-4500 or visit bit.ly/2p58iYP.