Multimedia displays and digital interactives show audiences how
galaxies, stars, planets were created as the Universe grew. A
projection showcases the enormity of regions farther than our Solar
System, taking spectators billions of light-years from Earth to the
edge of the cosmos, while touch screen technology allows them to
investigate the diverse and beautiful objects of deep space.
Exhibit examines the ancestry and evolution of numerous
species, ranging from huge to tiny, from speedy to sloth-like, and
displays animals with oversized claws, fangs, snouts, and
horns. Highlights include taxidermy specimens,
an entire skeleton of a giant hoofed plant-eater,
a life-size model of the largest land mammal that ever
lived, one of the oldest fossilized bats ever found,
and an impressive diorama featuring the swamps and forests of an
island in the Arctic. Runs May 26, 2012-Jan. 6, 2013.
Learn and connect to the history of the
Marathon race, inspired by the Battle of
Marathon (490 BC),
from the first Marathon race in the
1896 Athens Olympics to today. Includes section
on The Chicago Marathon. Children are invited to participate in a
Race for Pheidippides scavenger hunt to redeem a prize. Exhibit
coloring pages also available.
Create your own creepy costume, decorate a mini-pumpkin and
explore our Spooky Backyard. Includes special crafts and Monster
Mash Dance Party (Friday-Sunday) and face painting daily.
Board a Safari Hay Ride outfitted with 20 Zombie Slaying
paintball guns, mounted turret style. Once aboard, you will be
ferried to the grounds via a tractor tow, where the Zombies will
attack from all sides
The park will be decorated with pumpkins and colorful
autumn décor. Specialty menus feature caramel apples, chili and
other sweet treats. In addition to rides, animals and
attractions, kids can enjoy a variety of activities, such as a walk
through the kid's haunted house, trick-or-treating (2-3 p.m. Oct.
27 and 28) and a costume contest (1:30-3 p.m. Oct. 27). At
night, Nightmare From North Street Haunted House and
Terrify Trails are open for those 12 and up.
Explore the Arboretum's nine miles of scenic roads by bicycle.
Bring your own or rent regular bicycles, tandems, electric bikes,
burley strollers, wagons and more.
See gardens, woodlands, wetlands and prairies in a tram tour.
60-minute and 30-minute tours explain the rich Arboretum history,
and describe the trees and plants you'll see. There's also an
opportunity to see lovely wildlife in a native habitat.
Throughout October, visitors enjoy spooky sights and sounds,
plus special events during Twilight Witching Hours (4-7 p.m.
Thursday-Saturday October 6-29). Spooky trees, raving ravens and
creepy crawlies will take up residence in the garden, joining the
thousands of miniature plants, dozens of handmade bridges, and of
course, an assemblage G-gauge steam trains.
Drop in anytime between 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the
conservatory's Elizabeth Morse Genius Children's Garden to
plant an imaginary garden, build a tropical habitat, help
water the plants, or read a book under the tropical canopy. Runs
through entire 2012.