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Curious Kids Nature Club

Lake View Nature Center | Oakbrook Terrace, Ill.

Kids make discoveries about the earth through art, play and exploration. Learn about awesome animals and their roles in nature. Dress for outdoor adventures and wear gym shoes. Meal and snack included. Sept. 12, Oct. 10.

When: 6-9:30 p.m.
Cost: $29, $24 resident

Build a Train

DuPage Children's Museum | Naperville, Ill.

Engage in experiences that focus on trains and draw on math, science, and engineering concepts.

When: 4-5 p.m.
Cost: $23 pair, $17 member pair

S.M.A.R.T. Series: Explore, Create, Learn in the S.M.A.R.T. Café

DuPage Children's Museum | Naperville, Ill.

Start the day with books and activities that focus on healthy foods and lifestyles through art, math, science, and literacy explorations. Sessions start with a book followed by open-ended projects for all ages.

When: 9:45-10:30 a.m. Tuesdays
Cost: Free tickets required

Declare Your Support for the Crayons!

The Book Stall at Chestnut Court | Winnetka, Ill.


A special storytime featuring the disgruntled crayons from the book The Day the Drayons Quit, by Drew Daywalt. Several Crayons will be on hand in person to share their tales of on-the-job woes, and encourage kids to be creative. And expect some coloring activities.

When: 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Cost: Free

Don’t Miss the DCM School Bus!

DuPage Children's Museum | Naperville, Ill.

Don’t Miss the DCM School Bus! transforms DCM’s second floor into a bustling “back to school” scene, complete with a colorful classroom, recess playground, and a bright yellow school bus.

Cost: Free with admission

Science + You

Kohl Children's Museum | Glenview, Ill.

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.

Cost: Free with admission

Funky Turns 40: Black Character Revolution Exhibition

DuSable Museum of African American History | Chicago, Ill.

Exhibit commemorates the 40th anniversaries of 1970's Saturday morning cartoons that featured positive black characters for the first time in television history. It was the first time that cartoons like Josie And The Pussy Cats, Kid Power and Star Trek featured strong, positive black female characters. It was also the first time that black people like Bill Cosby and Berry Gordy led the development of animated television programming featuring black characters.

Cost: Free with admission

The Machine Inside: Biomechanics

Field Museum | Chicago, Ill.

Exhibit explores animals and plants as machines built for survival, complete with pumps, pipes, insulation, motors, springs, and intelligence gathering devices. Using real specimens, life-like models, amazing video footage, and interactive displays, the exhibition investi­gates how cheetahs run so fast and fleas jump so far; how the bite force of an extinct fish made it a top predator; how a toucan stays cool in the jungle; how a Venus fly trap detects its next meal; and how many other organisms function as machines in order to survive, move, and discover. Presented in English and Spanish.

Cost: Included in Discovery and All-Access passes

Stingray Touch

John G. Shedd Aquarium | Chicago, Ill.

Shedd staff members guide guests through the 15-minute touch experience, while providing interesting facts about stingrays, including information about how choosing sustainable seafood protects stingrays in global waters. The outdoor exhibit also allows visitors to see the cownose stingrays through various angles.


The Greek Monsters

National Hellenic Museum | Chicago , Ill.

The oversized, colorful creatures are engaging for children and adults alike and tell classic mythological tales in a modern way. The exhibition brings the book to life through sculpture, paintings, audiovisual artwork, and interactive displays. Also introduces children to mythological creatures and teaches them important lessons about racism, discrimination and other moral challenges.

Cost: Free with admission

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