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Curious Kids Nature Club

Lake View Nature Center | Oakbrook Terrace, Ill.

Kids make discoveries about the earth through art, play and exploration. Learn about awesome animals and their roles in nature. Dress for outdoor adventures and wear gym shoes. Meal and snack included. Sept. 12, Oct. 10.

When: 6-9:30 p.m.
Cost: $29, $24 resident

Nature Story Times

Trailside Museum of Natural History | River Forest, Ill.

Nature-inspired stories, crafts and activities for kids 3-5 with adult. Aug. 7 and 21, Sept. 4 and 18, Oct. 2 and 16, Nov. 6 and 20.

When: 10:30-11:15 a.m.
Cost: $1 per child

Reading is Delicious!

DuPage Children's Museum | Naperville, Ill.

Engage in activities that make some favorite children’s books about food come to life.

When: 9:30-10 a.m.
Cost: $20 pair, $14 member pair

Family Campfire Night

Cantigny Park | Wheaton, Ill.

Activities include a craft, s'more-making, campfire songs and a hike.

When: 5:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
Cost: $4; free parking

"Rosy" Stories at the Ice Cream Shop

West Chicago Public Library | West Chicago, Ill.

FREE  

Join West Chicago Public Library at Paleteria Rosy, the new ice cream shop at 208 Main Street, for a storytime filled with fun and treats.

When: 1-1:30 p.m.
Cost: Free

Lionel Train Adventure

Lincoln Park Zoo | Chicago, Ill.

The new electric-powered locomotive seats 28 children with a coal car, passenger cars and a caboose, courtesy of Lionel. The adventure begins at a red brick train station and embarks on an exciting trip through an evergreen forest. Next, the terrain changes as the train crosses over a quaint country bridge before continuing on through a craggy canyon. The train will pass through a lofty birch forest before returning to the red brick station.

Cost: $3

Don’t Miss the DCM School Bus!

DuPage Children's Museum | Naperville, Ill.

Don’t Miss the DCM School Bus! transforms DCM’s second floor into a bustling “back to school” scene, complete with a colorful classroom, recess playground, and a bright yellow school bus.

Cost: Free with admission

Science + You

Kohl Children's Museum | Glenview, Ill.

Exhibit features a child-sized laboratory where kids can explore how scientists impact health and wellness through hands-on, interactive machinery, processes and technology. A demonstration area of the exhibit will allow guest scientists and educators to perform fun and interactive scientific experiments appropriate for young children.

Cost: Free with admission

Funky Turns 40: Black Character Revolution Exhibition

DuSable Museum of African American History | Chicago, Ill.

Exhibit commemorates the 40th anniversaries of 1970's Saturday morning cartoons that featured positive black characters for the first time in television history. It was the first time that cartoons like Josie And The Pussy Cats, Kid Power and Star Trek featured strong, positive black female characters. It was also the first time that black people like Bill Cosby and Berry Gordy led the development of animated television programming featuring black characters.

Cost: Free with admission

The Machine Inside: Biomechanics

Field Museum | Chicago, Ill.

Exhibit explores animals and plants as machines built for survival, complete with pumps, pipes, insulation, motors, springs, and intelligence gathering devices. Using real specimens, life-like models, amazing video footage, and interactive displays, the exhibition investi­gates how cheetahs run so fast and fleas jump so far; how the bite force of an extinct fish made it a top predator; how a toucan stays cool in the jungle; how a Venus fly trap detects its next meal; and how many other organisms function as machines in order to survive, move, and discover. Presented in English and Spanish.

Cost: Included in Discovery and All-Access passes
 







 
 
 
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