Learn about sunflowers while hiking, listening to stories and playing games.
Guests are invited to wear something grey. The South Mall and the interior of Hamill Family Play Zoo will feature a variety of fun pachyderm-themed crafts and activities. Volunteers will be on hand with a variety of elephant artifacts, including tusks, a hide, and a replica of an elephant’s tooth. Guests can show their love and support of elephants by signing one of the elephant-shaped cards or take “elphies” in front of the zoo’s life-size elephant statue.
This annual tradition is a great way to celebrate the beautiful surroundings of Cantigny Park as hundreds of meteors shoot through the night sky above. The event features activities for the entire family including shows for children in the Adler’s portable planetarium dome, telescope viewing, hands-on educational activities and a lecture by an Adler astronomer.
Fans can interact with Shedd’s eleven shark species right here in the city. Activities planned include a behind-the-scenes Shark Feeding Tour, #SharksAtShedd Expert Twitter chat and Shedd researcher Dr. Kristine Stump’s Discovery Channel debut.
Learn about mammilian anatomy by dissecting a 7-9 inch rat. Plus witness a snake feeding after the dissection.
Relax under the summer night sky while waiting and watching for meteors. Listen to the stories of heroes such as Hercules and Perseus whose constellations can be seen. Come prepared to be outside for the evening and bring a lawn chair or blanket.
Outdoor butterfly garden where visitors can immerse
themselves with hundreds of live tropical butterfly species from
around the world. A field guide is
available to help visitors identify dozens of species in the
exhibition. Visitors can also observe butterflies hatching through
a window into the pupa emergence room.
Try out some goofy faces, learn a wacky walk or build an arsenal of original knock-knock jokes. Once your material is ready, it's time to hit the stage and showcase your best bits at the Children's Museum's own comedy club.
Exhibit features a child-sized laboratory where kids can explore how scientists impact health and wellness through hands-on, interactive machinery, processes and technology. A demonstration area of the exhibit will allow guest scientists and educators to perform fun and interactive scientific experiments appropriate for young children.