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Weekend Family Class: Pizza Party

Chicago Botanic Garden | Glencoe, Ill.

Pizza has lots of ingredients from the garden—tomatoes, wheat, herbs and vegetables. Learn how these plants grow and how they are used to make pizza. Participants will plant their own herb garden to take home.

When: 9:30-11 a.m. or 1-2:30 p.m. March 25 and April 2
Cost: $24

Wander Woods Workday

Heller Nature Center | Highland Park, Ill.


Give back to your local community by volunteering to remove invasive species and improve habitat for native plants and animals alike. Wear sturdy shoes and clothes that can get dirty.

When: 10 a.m.-noon
Cost: Free; registration required

Survival Skills

Heller Nature Center | Highland Park, Ill.

Start a survival fire, build a shelter in the woods and practice your archery skills with friends. Activities are subject to change.

When: 12:30-4 p.m.
Cost: $25

Create a Creature

Prairieview Education Center | Crystal Lake, Ill.

Learn how to draw real animals, then invent your own. Bring a pencil and sketchbook and get ready to use your imagination. Learn about real animal adaptations to their environments, then design different creatures that could survive in snow, sand or rainforest homes.

When: 1-3 p.m.
Cost: $15, $12 resident

Super Hero Week

Wonder Works | Oak Park, Ill.

An action packed week full of games, superhero training, spectacular science, amazing art and more. Come dressed as a favorite hero or villain or craft your own identity in the art studio.

When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Cost: Free with museum admission

School’s Day Out – Snack Science

Naper Settlement | Naperville, Ill.

Campers use household objects and ingredients to conduct edible experiments. Make marshmallow monsters.; build gummy bear molecules; and construct a lemon-powered battery.

When: 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Cost: $45 (includes snack and supplies)

Spring into Science

Discovery Center Museum | Rockford, Ill.

Celebrate STEM by playing with numbers, exploring translucent colors, dabbling in reflection, and using refraction to make a rainbow viewer.  Plus, engage in fun art activities and enjoy live science demonstrations.

When: 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Cost: Free with museum admission


Navy Pier | Chicago, Ill.


An interactive work comprised of 15 largescale seesaws with special LED lighting and sound, activated through the motion of its users. When in use, the seesaws create a dynamic, ever-changing field of light and sound. Through repetition, rhythm and syncopation, the art work serves as a largescale urban instrument, intended to activate the surrounding public space and engage participants.

Cost: Free

Once Upon a Castle

Chicago Children's Museum | Chicago, Ill.

An original exhibit inviting young imaginations to create their own kingdom in a one-of-a-kind castle-themed play space. Kids hold the power to play in a castle complete with secret tunnels, a rope bridge, tower, dungeon, throne room, wizard's room, kitchen, feasting table, market and more, setting the stage for a fantastical experience where the only limit is one's imagination.

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

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