A special extra exhibit which encompasses the classic Dickens
tale A Christmas Carol. Stroll through a mid-1800s street
to learn how Dickens influenced the look and feel of the holiday
season, and view a private collection of vintage cards and
Visitors become space adventurers and set off on a journey to
discover the Universe in a way never done before. Travel a billion
light-years and back, fly through space, orbit the Moon, zoom into
a canyon on Mars, and soar through the cosmic web where a million
galaxies shower down. The experience was created utilizing real
telescopic data and the best scientific imagery.
Exhibit examines the ancestry and evolution of numerous
species, ranging from huge to tiny, from speedy to sloth-like, and
displays animals with oversized claws, fangs, snouts, and
horns. Highlights include taxidermy specimens,
an entire skeleton of a giant hoofed plant-eater,
a life-size model of the largest land mammal that ever
lived, one of the oldest fossilized bats ever found,
and an impressive diorama featuring the swamps and forests of an
island in the Arctic. Runs May 26, 2012-Jan. 6, 2013.
personal history and
his role as
the sole inspiration and
artistic talent behind
Peanuts and its
unique cast of
characters. Through original
Peanuts ephemera, guests see
and evolved. Schulz's
Santa Rosa, Calif. studio,
the first time,
allows for a
deeper look into
his work and life.
families have a
own Schultz-like creativity
with activities like making
Exhibit challenges guests to communicate, move and live
like bugs at interactive stations. Live insects are featured
throughout the exhibition, plus larger-than-life robotic creatures
allow visitors to observe the often overlooked beauty and
complexity of the insect world.
Learn and connect to the history of the
Marathon race, inspired by the Battle of
Marathon (490 BC),
from the first Marathon race in the
1896 Athens Olympics to today. Includes section
on The Chicago Marathon. Children are invited to participate in a
Race for Pheidippides scavenger hunt to redeem a prize. Exhibit
coloring pages also available.
Snowflake "Learn to Skate" Clinics are an introduction to Rink
Side's learn to skate classes. They are open to any child ages
2-11, there will be 30 minutes of instruction and 15 minutes of
free time. There is a public session following the clinic and
everyone can stay to skate! (Regular admission fees apply.)
Sessions are held Dec. 26-29, 31, Jan. 2-5.
Exhibit includes numerous artifacts, photographs and other
documentary items that tell the story of Chicago's iconic candy
makers, including Snickers, Lemonheads, Butterfingers
and Cracker Jack.
Interactive learning centers include a barn slide, apple
orchard and chicken coop. Maggie, a life-sized
fiberglass milking cow sponsored by Golden Oaks Farm in Wauconda,
will be the focus of the new exhibit. Maggie is over five feet tall
and features a working udder that recirculates the water that
See model trains loop around a holiday-themed track. Santa has
his own car. Closed Christmas Eve and Christmas.