Kids of all ages will love the musical retelling of two
fun and beautiful French tales. Toys come to life and a cardboard
solider falls for a doll in "The Toy Box," Claude Debussy's playful
love story. And a classic children's book, The Story of Babar, is
colorfully depicted with Francis Poulenc's interpretation of the
lovable elephant's adventures. Solo piano with English
Terror reigns at the eerie Theater on the Lake as visitors
confront evil clowns, a spinning vortex and creepy mausoleum filled
with deadly ghouls.
Join Tom, a nerve-wracked schoolteacher nervous about his first
day of teaching. As he tries to relax by watching TV, various
characters representing facets of his personality emerge from the
set and show him how to win his students over with imagination and
music, through such beloved Schoolhouse Rock songs as Just A Bill,
Inter-planet Janet, and Conjunction Junction.
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.
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 .
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.
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.
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.
Exhibition features a variety of building materials for kids and
families to play with ideas, explore materials and tinker with
Special exhibit showcases 80 rarely displayed artifacts from the
museum's extensive collection in honor of the museum's 80th
anniversary. These artifacts, carefully selected by MSI curators,
will ignite guests' memories from past exhibits but many will be
revealed for the first time.