Kids eat like a bird, tasting pasta (worms), raisins (insects) and sunflower seed. Children will also examine bird feathers and nests. Plus, take a walk outside to look for birds and try a bird feeder project.
Enjoy favorite games with an added nature twist. Games may include nature-themed bags, tag, “What Time is it Mr. Fox?,” Tree Twister, Duck, Duck, Goose and more.
There will be lots of rocks, including big rocks to touch, smaller rocks to sort, and tiny rocks to sift from the art-room sandbox. Collect coal and iron ore hauled by our O-scale model railway, plus gravel used to support real railroad tracks (including gray limestone, red granite, and pick quartzite). The play-dough table will be set up as a quarry, where diggers and dump trucks excavate rocks and crystals and wooden trains haul them all away.
Exotic bird species will join guests for a fun-filled Valentine’s party. Feathered visitors will include a blue-headed macaw, a black palm cockatoo, a silvery-cheeked hornbill a golden conure and the special return of Ivy, an Ivory-billed aracari. Parents and children can meet the birds, discover more about their lives and habits, craft a birdy valentine, and then shake their tail feathers on our dance floor. Dinner is included.
The Monster Jam Triple Threat Series can only be seen in select cities and features the most extreme athletes of Monster Jam. Chicago-area fans will witness a fierce battle for the championship with each competitor using customized high-powered vehicles: Monster Jam Speedsters, Monster Jam ATVs and the famous Monster Jam trucks. Pit Parties (10:30 a.m.-noon Saturday and Sunday) give fans the opportunity to meet the Monster Jam athletes and get up close to the Monster Jam trucks.
Packed with action, intrigue, and the largest stage combat scene in Teen Bard history, Fury promises to deliver an exciting performance for Shakes aficionados and first-time viewers alike.
Learn the art of old fashioned candy making. Sweet Pete’s confectioners turn boiled sugar into hand pulled lollipops. Guests shape their own lollipops to take home.
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.
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.
This interactive exhibit explores what life is like for children in China. Kids will celebrate the annual holiday, National Teachers’ Day, while learning to write “thank you teacher” in Chinese characters on a touchscreen notepad. Kids will shop in a traditional Chinese neighborhood market and then prepare a healthy meal while working in a restaurant. In the home, visitors will learn how families celebrate the Chinese New Year and participate in a daily dragon parade led by a traditional dragon headdress. Computer interactives invite children to experience the art of paper cutting, discover their lunar calendar animal and play traditional musical instruments. A key focus of the exhibit will be Confucius, the inspirational teacher and moral leader still considered to be a hero to children in China today.