Nature Story Time

Trailside Museum of Natural History | River Forest, Ill.

Nature-inspired stories, crafts and activities for kids 3-5 with adult.

When: 10:30-11:15 a.m.
Cost: $1 per child

Trick or Treat

360 CHICAGO | Chicago, Ill.

Kids are invited to explore the Observatory and collect goodies around every corner.

When: 4:30 p.m.
Cost: Free with admission

Green Halloween

Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum | Chicago, Ill.

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.

When: 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Cost: Free with admission

Halloween Boonanza

Schaumburg Park District | Schaumburg, Ill.

Activities include hay rides, crafts, carnival games, moonwalk, entertainment, prizes, candy and trick or treating. Or dare to go through the haunted house. Pre-registration deadline is Oct. 30.

When: 6-9 p.m.
Cost: $12, $10 pre-registration; free parents and kids 1 and under

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

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

Build It! Make It!

Discovery Center Museum | Rockford, Ill.

Exhibition features a variety of building materials for kids and families to play with ideas, explore materials and tinker with tools.

Cost:

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
 





 
 
 
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