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Little Explorers: All About Evergreens

Lake Katherine Nature Center and Botanic Gardens | Palos Heights, Ill.

Walk amongst the evergreens to learn first hand about their needles and cones. Program includes a 'piney' craft project.

When: 9:30 a.m. Thursday-Friday; 10:30 a.m. Saturday
Cost: $6

BYOBOX

Wonder Works | Oak Park, Ill.

Bring Your Own Box is a way to have children engage in open ended play that incorporates design, construction, imagination, engineering, experimentation and fun. Bring boxes and cardboard recyclables (clean please) and the museum provides tape, scissors and crayons.

When: 3-5 p.m.
Cost: Free with museum admission

Rock & Mineral Identification

Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art | Elmhurst, Ill.

Geologist Sara Johnson presents an introduction to rocks and minerals. Learn how to make a basic mineral test kit. Hands on identification procedures include observation skills and hardness tests. All materials are provided. Reservations required.

When: 10:30 a.m. Oct. 8 and Dec. 10; 1:30 p.m. Nov. 5
Cost: $5, $3 members

DaVinci Machines Exhibition

Water Tower Place | Chicago, Ill.

FREE  

Displays hand-crafted inventions built from Leonardo DaVinci's 500-year-old designs as well as digitally remastered Masterpieces for an up close and personal look at the greatest artistic genius of all time.

When: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. 6/7/2016-12/31/2016
Cost: Not for profit art exhibition. Suggested admittance $15.95 Adults; $13.95 Seniors; $11.95 Kids

Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light

Chicago, Ill.

This Chicago tradition began in 1942. The museum's 45-foot Grand Tree takes center stage in the Rotunda, surrounded by more than 50 smaller trees decorated by volunteers from Chicago's ethnic communities to represent their various cultures and holiday traditions. Stroll through the trees, enjoy falling "snow" and savor  performances on the stage. School choral groups perform during the week, and ethnic song and dance performances take place on the weekends. This year’s colorful theme will be inspired by one of world’s most iconic toys—LEGO, the focus of the Museum’s temporary exhibit, Brick by Brick.

 

 

When: 9:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. daily; extended hours on select days.
Cost: Free with admission

All Aglow

Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens | Rockford, Ill.

Come see sparkling holiday lights and beautiful floral displays inside the warm tropical conservatory. Outdoor grounds are also decorated for the season.

Cost: Free with conservatory admission

Zoom Room

Chicago Children's Museum | Chicago, Ill.

Send toy cars hurtling through race jumps, long runs, loops, dips, and super spirals within a colossal, multilevel race course. Crash sites, obstacle courses and tracks with different textured surfaces invite physical science exploration for the innately curious of every age. Zoom Room is a play-filled, physics laboratory for kids.

Cost: Free with museum admission

Dream with Da Vinci

DuPage Children's Museum | Naperville, Ill.

Visitors will learn the basics about Da Vinci and the Renaissance era; children will add their own ideas and voices to the exhibit. They can explore elements of flight and connect today’s technology to Da Vinci’s innovations; explore several machines and structures, from bridges to clock gears; try on the role of engineer; express themselves with different artistic mediums, from clay to crayons; and dress up in Renaissance clothing.

Cost: Free with museum admission

Animal Secrets

Kohl Children's Museum | Glenview, Ill.

Families learn where chipmunks sleep, how an eagle feeds its young and more, as they explore the hidden habitats and secret lives of forest animals. Children will discover nature from an animal's point of view in naturalistic environments, including a stream, woodland, meadow, and cave.

Cost: Free with museum admission

Fun Unplugged: Little Adults

DuPage County Historical Museum | Wheaton, Ill.

FREE  

Located in the room across from the Museum’s electric HO gauge model railroad, the exhibit displays popular and homemade toys that entertained children without electricity, from army figurines to tea sets, board games, dollhouses, erector sets, irons, stoves, cabins, and more.

Cost: Free
 










 
 
 
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