A native plant sale and a backyard ecology fair for the whole
family, including birdhouse building, free wildflower seedlings,
games and activities in the Kid's Garden, and a puppet show.
Kids can get up close and personal with 25 full-sized vehicles,
includingfire engines, dump trucks, semis and tractors.
The festivities will also include food, sweet treats, music, face
painting and rides on the Great Chicago Kiddie Express, a
Families can follow their hearts at the Tin Man’s Friendship Club by making friendship pins, test their brains in the Scarecrow’s Workshop with arts and crafts, and show their courage by performing on the Lion’s “Mane” stage. They will also hang out in cozy “Candy County” and hear the story that inspired the film, Dorothy of Oz, written by celebrated children’s author Roger Stanton Baum. Kids will virtually follow the yellow brick road in the “Legends of Oz World” iPad gaming stations, and Dorothy and her friends will be there for pictures, prizes and fun. Guests are encouraged to bring a new book to be donated to Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago.
Meet 4-Time Olympic Gold Medalist Swimmer Lenny Krayzelburg and get autographs and photos. Children can receive a free swim evaluation and two free swim lessons when they register for the Lenny Krayzelburg Swim Academy ("LKSA") swim program.
Parents and children will have the chance to participate
in three short demo lessons and an international sing-along. Each
child will receive a passport, which will be stamped at each
language or music lesson attended, and there will be opportunity
for tuition discounts and door prizes.
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
Stroll or bike along the path and read the story of
"Bear Wants More" by Karma
This magical musical story is filled with adventure, imagination, friendship, family in a multicultural world and ultimate triumph defying the class prejudices. Performances run 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. April 26; 2 p.m. April 27, May 3 and May 4.