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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

Lunar Eclipse Viewing Event

Adler Planetarium | Chicago, Ill.

Join Adler astronomers and educators, who will be on hand to facilitate free eclipse observing. The evening will also include demonstrations that explore the science of eclipses and other lunar-themed activities.

When: Midnight-4 a.m.
Cost:

Meet Award-winning author Joan Bauer!

Skokie Public Library | Skokie, Ill.

FREE  

Joan Bauer, author of Almost Home and Close to Famous, discusses her work, answers questions, and autographs copies of her work. Her books will be available for purchase.

When: 7-8 p.m.
Cost: Free; registration requested

Kid's Class: Earth Month

Whole Foods Market Deerfield | Deerfield, Ill.

Celebrate Earth Month with a kid's class devoted to yummy earth-inspired treats. Get your hands dirty by making dirt cups with gummy animals and raisin ants and ladybugs on sticks.

When: 4:30-5 p.m.
Cost: $5 per child

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

Pet Vet

Kohl Children's Museum | Glenview, Ill.

Kids will be able to explore the pet vet office and learn a new respect for creatures as they nurse sick and injured animals back to health on the examining and operating tables; examine x-rays; get play animals clean; determine what diet is best and make a healthy meal; climb aboard a large format animal scale; help the lost pets find their correct homes and clamber through the pet obstacle course.

Cost: Free with admission
 







 
 
 
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