Following Harold's adventures, create artwork with a purple
crayon while sailing a boat on water and designing a personal
Visitors can walk inside the two-story silo and turn the crank
of a silage machine, watching "corn plants" delivered to the top of
the silo. Plus, learn about the history of silos and silage, build
miniature silos with building blocks simulating wood, brick and
metal and much more.
See a toy so amazing, so unbelievable, it has the power to
transform into anything you want it to be. Enter a world where
imagination rules, and ordinary becomes extraordinary.
Kids enter artist Gino Severini's interpretation of trains by
role-playing engineer, passenger or conductor in a child-size train
and look for objects in an eight-foot wide "hidden pictures" mural
of artist Don Stewart's "Steam Train." Plus, enjoy specially
designed wooden train tables and a huge new interactive crane.
The exhibit features the illustrations of W. W. Denslow, a
Chicago resident whose famous illustrations helped to inspire the
design of the classic 1939 MGM film starring Judy Garland. The
bright and colorful exhibit provides a variety of learning
opportunities and hands-on activities within a three-dimensional
representation of Denslow's distinctive illustrations.
Take a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the world of magic and
its historic roots in Chicago. Features a multimedia object theater
experience, artifact display and live performances. Discover the
tricks of the trade and witness Chicago's magical past reappear
before your very eyes.
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.
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.
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.