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Campout for Kids

Emily Oaks Nature Center | Skokie, Ill.

Pitch tents, explore the Nature Center at night, roast marshmallows over a campfire, and play games in the morning. Friday evening snacks and breakfast on Sunday morning will be provided.

When: 6:30 p.m.-10 a.m.
Cost: $35, $28 resident

Workshop & Touch-a-Truck Event

DuPage Children's Museum | Naperville, Ill.

Waste Management of Illinois will provide demonstrations of its “Trash to Gas” display, which simulates how gas is extracted from a landfill. The display provides a visible learning experience related to science and math taught in the classroom. Waste Management will also outline a series of lessons that can be taught using the “Trash to Gas” display. Families will have the opportunity to see, touch, and learn more about Waste Management’s CNG (compressed natural gas) vehicles.

When: 9 a.m.-noon
Cost: Free with admission

Peter Pan

Paramount Arts Centre and Theatre | Aurora, Ill.

The classic story of Wendy, John and Michael who meet Peter Pan in their nursery. Intrigued by tales of a place filled with pirates, mermaids, fairies and the Lost Boys, they set off for Never Land in the adventure of a lifetime. For grades 1-5. Runtime 60 minutes.

When: 9:30 a.m. and Noon
Cost: $8.50

Science Night

American Science & Surplus | Chicago, Ill.


Explore the far reaches of outer and inner space through professional quality telescopes and microscopes, hands-on and hair-raising experiments with electricity, chemistry experiments to create slimes and polymers and more.

When: 6-10 p.m.
Cost: Free

Tree House Tales

The Morton Arboretum | Lisle, Ill.

Enter a tree house village filled with adventure and imagination. Play, make believe, and become part of the trees' ever-changing tale. The exhibition is comprised of six fun-filled, educational tree houses, aimed at kids 2-10.

When: 7 a.m.-sunset
Cost: Free with admission

Circus Zirkus

Chicago Children's Museum | Chicago, Ill.

Children can immerse themselves in backstage preparation, perform routines in center ring or manage the behind-the-scenes action of lights and sound. Plus, try making a circus balance toy or dress up like a clown.

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

Opening the Vaults: Wonders of the 1893 World's Fair

The Field Museum | Chicago, Ill.

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.

Cost: Included in Discovery and All Access passes
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