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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

Chocolate Bar Your Way Class

Sweet Pete's Candy | Lake Forest, Ill.

Learn the art of tempering chocolate with a hands-on demonstration. Choose from many decadent candy toppings to create three custom chocolate bars.

When: 6-7 p.m. Mondays
Cost: $18

Ribbit! The Exhibit

The Morton Arboretum | Lisle, Ill.

The Exhibit showcases 23 whimsical, larger-than-life frog sculptures fashioned from copper. The copper sculptures are created by North Carolina artist J.A. Cobb. Each frog has his or her own name, story and personality.

Cost: Free with arboretum admission

Butterflies & Blooms

Chicago Botanic Garden | Glencoe, Ill.

Outdoor butterfly garden where visitors can immerse themselves with hundreds of live tropical butterfly species from around the world. A field guide is available to help visitors identify dozens of species in the exhibition. Visitors can also observe butterflies hatching through a window into the pupa emergence room.

When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., weather permitting.
Cost: $6, $5 seniors, $4 kids 3-12. Discounts for members and combination tickets available.

Festival of Flight

Brookfield Zoo | Brookfield, Ill.

Guests will fly high with excitement while watching birds demonstrate their natural flight abilities during this interactive experience. The 20-minute show features nearly 20 bird species.

Cost: Free with zoo 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

Toys: The Inside Story

Kohl Children's Museum | Glenview, Ill.

Peek inside some of the most popular toys ever made. Kids get to explore the linkages, cams, pulleys and circuits that make their favorite playthings tick, spin, buzz and jump. The exhibit consists of 14 different components that allow for a complete hands-on experience of exploration and experimentation. Each station provides visitors with interactive activities with some of the most beloved toys, such as Etch A Sketch, Operation, Dr. Duck, Hungry Hippo, Hokey Pokey Elmo and more.

Cost: Free with museum admission

But Wait, There's More!

Elmhurst History Museum | Elmhurst, Ill.

FREE  

Any Baby Boomer of the 1960s or ‘70s remembers America's most famous TV pitchman: Chicagoan Ron Popeil. Popeil was a tireless innovator, clever inventor, and irrepressible pitchman who entered American homes with an endless array of gadgets and kitchen helpers, all designed to save time and money for consumers. Learn the Popeil story through “the art of the pitch” video interactive, step into the booth to make-your-own TV commercial to post on social media, and explore many of Popeil’s most popular gadgets at hands-on displays.

Cost: Free

What Is a Planet?

Adler Planetarium | Chicago, Ill.

Visitors will discover that new approaches and perspectives in science can change how we define worlds near and far. Witness how astronomers and the media reacted to Pluto's demotion in 2006; learn the current definition of a planet and hear what Adler astronomers think of this current definition; voice your opinion about Pluto alongside skeptics and space enthusiasts through an interactive voting poll in real-time; explore artifacts from the Adler collections that illustrate the ever-evolving definition of a planet.

Cost: Free with museum admission

Planet Nine

Adler Planetarium | Chicago, Ill.

Adler’s newest sky show explores the largest of Pluto’s neighbors in the Kuiper belt and invites visitors to join in the search for a new ninth planet. Follow Mike Brown and his team at CalTech as they uncover dwarf worlds like the remarkably bright Eris; Haumea, an egg-shaped object rotating incredibly fast; and Sedna, whose orbit takes it deep into the far reaches of the Solar System. Is there a new planet beyond these distant objects? Plus, tag along on Mike Brown’s first night searching for the ninth planet at the Subaru Telescope in Hawaii.

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