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Opening the Vaults: Wonders of the 1893 World's Fair

Field Museum | Chicago, Ill.

Travel back to 1893 and experience the excitement of the White City. Digital technology will bring the World's Fair to life. Visitors will see items that thrilled fairgoers 120 years ago including large taxidermied animals, fully articulated animal skeletons, and ancient fish from Wyoming's Green River fossil bed. Using an iPad application, visitors can explore many items from the World's Fair still hidden in the Museum's vaults and will also get an overview of the Museum's history and the personalities who helped shape this institution.

Cost: Included in Discovery and All Access passes

80 at 80

Museum of Science and Industry | Chicago, Ill.

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.

Cost: Free with admission

Future Energy Chicago

Museum of Science and Industry | Chicago, Ill.

Guests get a fresh and dynamic look at our energy choices and steps we can take to create a more sustainable and environmentally friendly energy future. Activities include: Ride a bike and convert mechanical energy into electrical energy; crank a hand generator and activate an array of "plasma trees"; feel the difference in energy demand among a range of light bulbs. The keystone is the Future Energy Chicago simulation, where guests compete in teams, and rotate through five games in which players design an energy efficient future car and house, improve tomorrow's neighborhood, and reinvent Chicago's transportation and power generation systems.


Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives

Museum of Science and Industry | Chicago, Ill.

The exhibit showcases the creative accomplishments and innovations of one of Chicago's native sons, Walt Disney, and the ongoing legacy of the company that bears his name. Features artifacts that have not been widely seen by the public, including drawings, props, costumes, artwork from classic Disney animation, theme park attractions, TV shows and live action films, plus items from contemporary Disney milestones. Hands-on, interactive stations bring Disney's technological breakthroughs in animation and motion pictures to life. Guests can try recording sound effects, explore Disney's revolutionary MultiPlane film camera and learn to draw some of their favorite Disney characters in the Animation Academy.

Cost: $9, $7 kids 3-11, plus admission

Start With A Sketch Exhibition

Geneva History Center | Geneva, Ill.

Exhibition highlighting the culture of illustration through the talented cartoonists, illustrators and voice actors connected to the Geneva community. Features well-known artists such as Daws Butler, the voice of Yogi Bear and many Hanna Barbera characters, along with Chester Gould, creator of the Dick Tracy comic strip.

Cost: Donations accepted

Spooky Science

Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum | Chicago, Ill.

Nature Museum biologists demonstrate the science behind why things slime, creep and disappear. During this drop-by activity, kids get to conduct experiments to make things glow, slime, float or even disappear.

Cost: Free with admission

Beneficial Bats

The Morton Arboretum | Lisle, Ill.

Make a bat finger puppet and discover how bats are beneficial.

When: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays
Cost: Free with admission


Kohl Children's Museum | Glenview, Ill.

Temporary exhibit in Habitat Park that consists of 18 child-height stands placed throughout the park, each displaying two pages of "Leaves" by David Ezra Stein.

Cost: Free with admission

Interactive Music Show

Wonder Works | Oak Park, Ill.

Get up and dance to live music with a children's concert every week. Children can dance, play instruments or just listen and sing along to classic and new children's songs.

When: 11:15-11:45 Mondays and Thursdays
Cost: Free with admission

Spooky Space

Adler Planetarium | Chicago, Ill.

Family activities include trick-or-treating, a special Atwood Sphere Spooky Space tour and a Slimy Science family workshop filled with gooey alien experiments.On  weekends, guests can stop by Planet Explorers for a chance to hear eerie tales about the Moon in the Stories Under the Stars program

When: 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Cost: Free with admission

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