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National Geographic Presents: Earth Explorers

Museum of Science and Industry | Chicago, Ill.

Journey to the wildest places on the globe, the Polar Regions, Oceans, Rain Forests, Mountains and Caves and Savannas. Explore an arctic cabin and test your ability to stand living in an ice-covered world. Descend into the deep in a 3-D submersible and explore how life forms at varying depths, even coming face-to-face with a great white shark! Identify incredible insects from the Amazon while learning the benefits of biodiversity. Ascend into the thin air of the Himalayas. Soar in a hot air balloon over the Savanna, learning about the life of elephants and other mammals.

Cost: $9, $7 kids, plus admission

THINK

Museum of Science and Industry | Chicago, Ill.

Explore some of the major scientific and technical advances of the last 100 years. This exhibit engages guests through a unique combination of experiences, including a 40-foot gesture wall. A short film inspires guests to think about humankind’s quest to build a better world and how technological progress is made possible. Explore the use of predictive models to understand complex phenomena like tsunamis and hurricanes, and learn how we innovate and share information to drive human progress.

Cost: Free with admission

Family Fun Festival

Chicago, Ill.

FREE  

A summer long fun festival featuring interactive activities, arts and crafts and games for kids. Highlights include daily appearances by Wiggleworms instructors at 10 a.m., daily reading circle at 11 a.m. and Movement Music Mondays at 1 p.m.

Cost: Free

Indiana State Fair

Indianapolis, Ind.

A showcase of the Past, Present & Future of Hoosier Agriculture. Dow AgroSciences and the Indiana State Fair Commission are proud to dedicate the Great Indiana State Fair to the families who make it happen: The Year of the Farmer. Enjoy endless entertainment and educational experiences. Visit www.indianastatefair.com for schedule of events.

When: Gates open at 8 a.m. daily
Cost: $8 in advance, $12 at the gate; $5 parking

WTTW Kids Readers are Leaders Tour

WTTW Kids Readers are Leaders Tour |

FREE  

Event features movements and songs by the Miss Lori of Miss Lori’s CAMPUS and dialogic reading by WTTW’s tour manager, Mr. Brandon. Plus, interactive games that helps create excitement about reading. Following every 60 minute show, WTTW gives each child a bag comprised of special learning materials, resources for parents and caregivers, and a book. Check website for locations throughout the summer.

When: Check website for schedule.
Cost: Free

WTTW Kids Great Food Fan Van

FREE  

The WTTW Kids Great Food Fan Van educates parents and children about proper nutrition and delivers that message in a fun, interactive, two-hour performance that includes stretching, dancing, singing, healthy food sampling, and one-on-one nutritional guidance and education.  Each performance is lead by Miss Lori of Miss Lori’s CAMPUS and WTTW’s Mr. Brandon. Plus, an appearance and photo op with Arthur. Each event takes place within the "WTTW Kids Village" which has a stage area, sampling canopies, and a learning tent.

When: Check website for schedule.
Cost: Free

Shapes of Nature

The Morton Arboretum | Lisle, Ill.

Use shape viewers to search for triangle trees, heart shaped leaves, and square stems, and discover the kind of nature scene collage can you make using basic shapes.

When: 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Cost: Free with admission

Outdoor Art

The Morton Arboretum | Lisle, Ill.

Famous artists Monet, van Gogh and Georgia O'Keefe were all inspired by nature.  Look at pictures of famous nature art, and make your own water-lily masterpiece to take home.

When: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. daily
Cost: Free with admission

Grunsfeld Children’s Growing Garden Family Drop-in Activities

Chicago Botanic Garden | Glencoe, Ill.

Get close to nature and discover where food comes from with activities. Learn about plant parts, the life of a bee, different types of seeds, how to plant a rainbow garden, worm composting and more.

When: Noon-4 p.m. weekdays; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. weekends
Cost: Free, $20 parking

Dollar Drop-In Days

Wagner Farm & Heritage Center | Glenview, Ill.

Participate in crafts, demonstrations and farm-related activities. Activities change daily. Meet at the Heritage Center front desk. Free activities include: public milking demonstrations at 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays; costumed interpreters from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays through Sundays; and storytelling at 4 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays.

When: 10-11 a.m.
Cost: $1
 










 
 
 
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