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Wild about Candy

Morton Arboretum | Lisle, Ill.

Find out which of your favorite sugary treats grow on trees and other plants then play some fun candy garden games.

When: 9:30-11 a.m. Oct. 1, 9 and 10
Cost: $25 kids, $18 member kids

UniverSoul Circus

Union Park | Chicago, Ill.

One-of-a-kind show features a cast of performers hand-selected from around the world. The cross-cultural spectacle incorporates pop and hip-hop music for a modern take on the traditional circus act. Performances include Caribbean dancers; Irina Markova's comedy dogs; contortionists; and teeterboard acrobatics. Visit http://www.universoulcircus.com for information.

When: Check website for schedule
Cost: $16-$35

Bedtime Math

West Chicago Public Library | West Chicago, Ill.

FREE  

Come in your PJ's for  hands-on math challenges including creating mystery clocks and building a zoo animal zip line. Each participant receives a goody bag filled with math manipulatives and activities to keep the math party going at home.

When: 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Cost: Free

Drop-In Dual Language, Polish

Des Plaines Public Library | Des Plaines, Ill.

FREE  

Explore easy vocabulary and early literacy skills in a dual language environment. Sing a song in English and Polish and read along with some favorite stories in both languages.

When: 5:30-6 p.m.
Cost: Free

Screening of "Girl Rising"

Morgan Park Academy | Chicago ,

FREE  

Morgan Park Academy is bringing a global movement to educate girls and change the world home to Chicago with an International Day of the Girl screening of Girl Rising, a groundbreaking feature film that spotlights the stories of nine unforgettable girls born into unforgiving circumstances.

When: 6 p.m.
Cost: Free

Tales and Treasures

Morton Arboretum | Lisle, Ill.

New exhibit showcases 50 rare and unique objects from the Sterling Morton Library's collections. The artifacts include a collection of butterflies that is more than 100 years old, an Eskimo bone carving, original woodblocks, and metal sculptures. Explore a modern cabinet of curiosities, with drawers that pull out and doors that open to reveal objects and interactive games, share your vision of a library in 50 years, and take part in a library-wide scavenger hunt.

Cost: Free with admission

Dinosaurs Alive!

Brookfield Zoo | Brookfield, Ill.

Features supersized animatronic dinosaurs, including favorites like Stegosaurus and Triceratops, as well as obscure dinosaur species with unusual characteristics, like feathers. Shantungosaurus-the largest dinosaur to walk on two legs-stands at more than 20 feet tall and 50 feet long in Roosevelt Fountain, and a tented showcase highlights the most recent paleontological findings that birds evolved from dinosaurs. In addition, guests will learn how dinosaurs are relevant to today's world and how changes in climate may have led to their extinction, plus about prehistoric flowers and plants .

Cost: $5, $3 kids 3-11, free kids 2 and under, plus zoo admission.

Ready, Pet, Go!

Chicago Children's Museum | Chicago, Ill.

Brand new exhibit is dedicated to the special animals in our lives. Kids can become their favorite animal, crawl in, out and around a child-sized pet home, and share stories about the pets in their life. Parents can learn the benefits of pets and pet play, and access resources for choosing appropriate family pets.

Cost: Free with admission

Storyland: A Trip Through Childhood Favorites

Kohl Children's Museum | Glenview, Ill.

The exhibit transforms seven beloved and award-winning picture books - "The Tale of Peter Rabbit," "The Snowy Day," "Where's Spot?" "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie," "Chicka Chicka Boom Boom," "Abuela," and "Tuesday" - into three-dimensional, bilingual play and learning environments.

Cost: Free with admission

Sheridan’s Books and Crannies

Kohl Children's Museum | Glenview, Ill.

A new permanent exhibit, reinventing the museum's current "Play Library" exhibit as a pretend bookstore. Features a reading loft, various reading nooks, and a changing array of children's books and periodicals. Also includes a variety of activities to promote literacy.

Cost: Free with admission
 







 
 
 
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