Best Bets: Dino Safari -- A Drive Thru Adventure roars into Aurora

  • Dino Safari -- A Drive Thru Adventure tours to the Fox Valley Mall in Aurora from Friday, May 7, through Sunday, May 23.

    Dino Safari -- A Drive Thru Adventure tours to the Fox Valley Mall in Aurora from Friday, May 7, through Sunday, May 23. Courtesy of Dino Safari

  • Dino Safari -- A Drive Thru Adventure tours to the Fox Valley Mall in Aurora from Friday, May 7, through Sunday, May 23.

    Dino Safari -- A Drive Thru Adventure tours to the Fox Valley Mall in Aurora from Friday, May 7, through Sunday, May 23. Courtesy of Dino Safari

  • Santa's Village Azoosment Park in East Dundee reopens for the season on Saturday, May 8.

    Santa's Village Azoosment Park in East Dundee reopens for the season on Saturday, May 8. Courtesy of Santa's Village Azoosment Park

 
 
Posted5/5/2021 6:00 AM

Drive-by roars

Kids can appreciate the scale of prehistoric creatures with the Dino Safari -- A Drive Thru Adventure. The socially distanced attraction begins a brief tour this weekend at Fox Valley Mall, 195 Fox Valley Center Drive, Aurora. $49.95 per vehicle (includes activity book for kids). dinosafari.com. Noon to 9 p.m. opening day Friday, May 7; noon to 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday; 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday; through Sunday, May 23

 

Crafty art

Find a handmade or one-of-a-kind gift for mom at the Mother's Day Craft Fair this weekend at Gurnee Mills, 6170 W. Grand Ave., Gurnee. Free. (847) 263-7500 or simon.com/mall/gurnee-mills. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday through Sunday, May 7-9

"Sailor in the Sun" is one of the works featured in the traveling exhibit "Yannis Tsarouchis: Dancing in Real Life" at Wrightwood 659 in Chicago.
"Sailor in the Sun" is one of the works featured in the traveling exhibit "Yannis Tsarouchis: Dancing in Real Life" at Wrightwood 659 in Chicago.
Hellenic master

Take in the paintings and drawings of one of Greece's most celebrated 20th-century artists with "Yannis Tsarouchis: Dancing in Real Life." The exhibit starts this weekend at Wrightwood 659, 659 W. Wrightwood Ave., Chicago. $15. wrightwood659.org. Noon to 7:30 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday; through July 31

Funny Leon

Comedian Justin Leon returns to perform a series of standup shows this weekend at Zanies at Parkway Bank Park, 5437 Park Place, Rosemont. $30. (847) 813-0484 or rosemont.zanies.com. 8 p.m. Thursday, May 6; 7:30 and 9:15 p.m. Friday, May 7; and 7 and 9:15 p.m. Saturday, May 8

The Model Railroad Garden reopens at the Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe on Saturday, May 7.
The Model Railroad Garden reopens at the Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe on Saturday, May 7. - Courtesy of Chicago Botanic Garden
On track

See flora blended with miniature trains when The Model Railroad Garden reopens to enchant kids and parents alike starting Saturday at the Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake-Cook Road, Glencoe. Free admission, but parking is $25-$30. (847) 835-6801 or chicagobotanic.org. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily from Saturday, May 8, to Sunday, Oct. 10

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The Super Cyclone coaster is one of the rides at Santa's Village Azoosment Park in East Dundee. The 2021 season begins Saturday, May 8.
The Super Cyclone coaster is one of the rides at Santa's Village Azoosment Park in East Dundee. The 2021 season begins Saturday, May 8. - Courtesy of Santa's Village Azoosment Park
Christmas in May

Santa's Village Azoosment Park reopens for the 2021 season this weekend. Families can ride the rides, visit a petting zoo, play carnival games and more at 601 Dundee Ave., East Dundee. $27.99; $56.99 ultimate experience package; $21.99 seniors. (847) 426-6751 or santasvillagedundee.com. Noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday through May 23; various hours through Sunday, Oct. 31

Amusement foods

Savor the fun of theme park snacks and more at the Taste of Six Flags Food Festival during select weekends in May. It's at Six Flags Great America, 1 Great America Parkway, Gurnee. $39.99-$79.99 weekend admission; $29.99 12-credit food and beverage punch card. (847) 249-1776 or sixflags.com/greatamerica. Noon to 8 p.m. Saturday, May 8, 15 and 22, and noon to 7 p.m. Sunday, May 9, 16 and 23

Historic Theatre Tours have resumed at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University in Chicago.
  Historic Theatre Tours have resumed at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University in Chicago. - Scott C. Morgan | Staff Photographer
Theatrical grandeur

Historic Theatre Tours have resumed at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University in Chicago. Marvel at the ornate 19th-century work of architects Dankmar Adler and Louis Sullivan at 50 E. Ida B. Wells Drive, Chicago. $15; $250 private tour of at least six people. (312) 341-2310 or auditoriumtheatre.org. 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. on select dates through Sunday, Aug. 22

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