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Ribbit! The Exhibit

The Morton Arboretum | Lisle, Ill.

The Exhibit showcases 23 whimsical, larger-than-life frog sculptures fashioned from copper. The copper sculptures are created by North Carolina artist J.A. Cobb. Each frog has his or her own name, story and personality.

Cost: Free with arboretum admission

Butterflies & Blooms

Chicago Botanic Garden | Glencoe, Ill.

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.

When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., weather permitting.
Cost: $6, $5 seniors, $4 kids 3-12. Discounts for members and combination tickets available.

Lego Exhibit

Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens | Rockford, Ill.

Come see Lego sculptures and colorful Lego bricks set among tropical plants. Get building for Lego contests and displays by area Lego clubs.

Cost: Free with conservatory admission

Festival of Flight

Brookfield Zoo | Brookfield, Ill.

Guests will fly high with excitement while watching birds demonstrate their natural flight abilities during this interactive experience. The 20-minute show features nearly 20 bird species.

Cost: Free with zoo admission

Zoom Room

Chicago Children's Museum | Chicago, Ill.

Send toy cars hurtling through race jumps, long runs, loops, dips, and super spirals within a colossal, multilevel race course. Crash sites, obstacle courses and tracks with different textured surfaces invite physical science exploration for the innately curious of every age. Zoom Room is a play-filled, physics laboratory for kids.

Cost: Free with museum admission

Toys: The Inside Story

Kohl Children's Museum | Glenview, Ill.

Peek inside some of the most popular toys ever made. Kids get to explore the linkages, cams, pulleys and circuits that make their favorite playthings tick, spin, buzz and jump. The exhibit consists of 14 different components that allow for a complete hands-on experience of exploration and experimentation. Each station provides visitors with interactive activities with some of the most beloved toys, such as Etch A Sketch, Operation, Dr. Duck, Hungry Hippo, Hokey Pokey Elmo and more.

Cost: Free with museum admission

What Is a Planet?

Adler Planetarium | Chicago, Ill.

Visitors will discover that new approaches and perspectives in science can change how we define worlds near and far. Witness how astronomers and the media reacted to Pluto's demotion in 2006; learn the current definition of a planet and hear what Adler astronomers think of this current definition; voice your opinion about Pluto alongside skeptics and space enthusiasts through an interactive voting poll in real-time; explore artifacts from the Adler collections that illustrate the ever-evolving definition of a planet.

Cost: Free with museum admission

Planet Nine

Adler Planetarium | Chicago, Ill.

Adler’s newest sky show explores the largest of Pluto’s neighbors in the Kuiper belt and invites visitors to join in the search for a new ninth planet. Follow Mike Brown and his team at CalTech as they uncover dwarf worlds like the remarkably bright Eris; Haumea, an egg-shaped object rotating incredibly fast; and Sedna, whose orbit takes it deep into the far reaches of the Solar System. Is there a new planet beyond these distant objects? Plus, tag along on Mike Brown’s first night searching for the ninth planet at the Subaru Telescope in Hawaii.

Cost: Check website

The S.S. Discovery

Discovery Center Museum | Rockford, Ill.

Kids can strap on life jackets, board the wooden ship and take part in a variety of activities. Children can navigate the ship, peer through a telescope and binoculars to spot dolphins jumping, and peek through the portholes to spy sea life and dry land. Once they “dock” at their tropical destination, they can search for seashells at the beach, relax under the shade of a palm tree and enjoy a tropical adventure before returning to port.

Cost: Free with museum admission

China’s First Emperor and His Terracotta Warriors

The Field Museum | Chicago, Ill.

Explore the life of the ruler who vanquished his rivals, unified China’s many states, constructed the first Great Wall, built roads, and standardized China’s script, currency, weights, and measures. See priceless treasures from one of the world’s greatest archaeological discoveries, including the fierce terracotta warriors.

Cost: Included with All-Access and Discovery passes
 










 
 
 
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