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Week of the Young Child

Emily Oaks Nature Center | Skokie, Ill.

FREE  

Emily Oaks Nature Center is offering a free trail pack to families with kids 2-5. Come use the grounds to explore shapes, colors and textures of nature, and receive program ideas to continue your explorations at home.

When: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Cost: Free

Exploring Creativity Connections

DuPage Children's Museum | Naperville, Ill.

An interactive class of fun and exploration right inside the Creativity Connections Neighborhood. Caregiver and tot will engage in learning and play that introduce creativity in our world.

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

Spring Break Activities

Mitchell Museum of the American Indian | Evanston, Ill.

The Mitchell Museum provides everything students will need to make simple versions of traditional Native American artifacts including paper moccasins, canoes, Plains shields and more. Each craft includes background information about the importance of the artifact to Native American ways of life. Visitors can view similar artifacts in the exhibits which cover a variety of themes including clothing and regalia, traditional transportation, use of natural resources, and the impact of the tourist trade.
Cost: Free with admission

Discovery Days

Pleasant Valley Conservation Area | Woodstock, Ill.

Enjoy an hour of fun including a game, craft, snack and educational activities all based around the special theme of the day. Dress for the weather.

When: 10-11 a.m.
Cost: $3, free resident

Brunch with the Bunny

Dunham Park | Chicago, Ill.

May feature treats, prizes, face painting, arts and crafts plus photo opportunities with the bunny.

When: 10 a.m.-noon
Cost: $10

The Art of Dr. Seuss

Water Tower Place | Chicago, Ill.

FREE  
The Art of Dr. Seuss has installed sculptures of everyone from the wacky Cat in the Hat to the steadfast Horton and persistent Sam I Am. For children and nostalgic adults, there is a scavenger hunt involving the bronze sculptures, which also include the Grinch, Yertle the Turtle and the Lorax. A photo hunt clue accompanies each sculpture, and guests are invited to share photos on Instagram (@drseussgallerychicago #DRSEUSSART) to win prizes. Runs through May 5.

When: Daily
Cost: Free

Forts

Chicago Children's Museum | Chicago, Ill.

Forts are the perfect place for pretend stakeout areas and secret society meetings. Use couch cushions, upside-down tables, doors, headboards-even stairs that go nowhere!-to create a cool and cozy space that's all your own.

Cost: Free with admission

Bubbles

Chicago Children's Museum | Chicago, Ill.

Explore the magic that happens when soap, water, and air combine. Use wild wands to makebubbles big and small. Catch, dance with and even step inside giant bubbles.

Cost: Free with admission

Eggs to Chicks

Kohl Children's Museum | Glenview, Ill.

The exhibit features the rare Black Java and White Java strains of chicken, which were an endangered species less than a decade ago. Includes a special child-height egg incubator, hatchery unit and a pen for newborn chicks. Runs from March 18-June 16.

When: Open during regular museum hours
Cost: Free with museum admission

Japan and Nature: Spirits of the Seasons

Kohl Children's Museum | Glenview, Ill.

A multi-media, interactive, exhibit that allows children to discover how nature is reflected and celebrated in the lives of Japanese children through special seasonal environments and traditional Japanese activities. The exhibit focuses on the regions of Lake Biwa, Sapporo, Kyoto and Fukuoka, offering an in-depth exploration of each region through video, audio and visual media, as well as authentic props and hands-on interactive activities.

Cost: Free with admission
 







 
 
 
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