Nature-inspired stories, crafts and activities for kids 3-5 with
Kids are invited to explore the Observatory and collect
goodies around every corner.
Start your Halloween off by making an eek-o-friendly mask out of
cereal boxes and learn about some of our favorite Halloween
critters: bats, rats, snakes and owls. Kids can choose to make a
butterfly, bird, owl or fox mask to take home.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.