Did you know that Chicago was named for a wild onion? Or that
the only president born in Illinois was Ronald Reagan? Or that the
Ferris Wheel, processed cheese, the game of softball, the fly
swatter, and the automatic dishwasher were all invented by
Illinoisans? Learn these stories and more from Stan Banash's book
"Roadside History of Illinois."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
The Wonder Works exhibits are populated with a wide variety of
pretend sea life that can be part of your child's play. Search for
the plastic fish or whales in the Great Outdoors, adopt a farm
animal under the life-sized cow, build a zoo for the plastic
mammals in Build It, or identify the plush birds in the orchard.
New creatures are rotated in every month.
Exhibit highlights the evolution, biology and misconceptions of
Megalodon, an enormous prehistoric shark that once cruised all the
world's oceans. The exhibit conveys current research findings of
Florida Museum paleontologists, and showcases both fossil and
modern shark specimens and full-scale models from several
Travel back to 1893 and experience the excitement of the White
City. Digital technology will bring the World's Fair to life.
Visitors will see items that thrilled fairgoers 120 years ago
including large taxidermied animals, fully articulated animal
skeletons, and ancient fish from Wyoming's Green River fossil bed.
Using an iPad application, visitors can explore many items from the
World's Fair still hidden in the Museum's vaults and will also get
an overview of the Museum's history and the personalities who
helped shape this institution.