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Week of the Young Child

Emily Oaks Nature Center | Skokie, Ill.


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

Twilight Trailblazers

Emily Oaks Nature Center | Skokie, Ill.

Travel the trails with a naturalist to discover sights and sounds of the evening, and end by a campfire. Light snacks will be provided.

When: 7-8:30 p.m.
Cost: $10, $8 resident

Family Fun Friday Night: Family Science Night

DuPage Children's Museum | Naperville, Ill.

Enjoy science activities with the whole family throughout the museum.

When: 6-8 p.m.
Cost: Free with admission or membership

Family Night at the Chicago History Museum

Chicago History Museum | Chicago, Ill.

Inspired by the museum's newest exhibition Railroaders, hear tales of the rails and discover adventure on the tracks. Listen to live folk music, play train bingo, create a railroad lantern, and more. Plus a family photobooth and trackless train rides.

When: 6-9 p.m.
Cost: $10, $5 kids and members

Venomous Science Night

Elgin Public Museum | Elgin, Ill.

Learn about spiders, insects, reptiles and plants that deserve our respect. Different stations will be set up around the museum for kids and their parents to conduct experiments, experience demonstrations and partake in discussions.

When: 6-8 p.m.
Cost: $2

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

Isabelle's Celebration

American Girl Place | Chicago, Ill.

Celebrate the arrival of Isabelle, the newest Girl of the Year. Girls learn about Isabelle, make a fun craft, and enjoy a delicious meal. Includes an American Girl book to take home. Call for reservations. April 11, May 3.

When: 5:30-6:30 p.m. April 11; 7:30-8:30 p.m. May 3
Cost: $30

The Art of Dr. Seuss

Water Tower Place | Chicago, Ill.

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


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


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

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