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Nature Play Days - Fall Series

Lincoln Marsh Natural Area | Wheaton, Ill.

Encounter nature through free-play. Self-guided stations will explore a new theme each session. Check website for each program's location. Sept. 14, Oct. 12, Nov. 9, Dec. 14.

When: 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Cost: $9, $7 resident

Chicago Toy and Game Fair

Navy Pier | Chicago, Ill.

Play with toys and games from all around the world and meet their inventors, stage events, characters, Radio Disney, Top Trump Tournament, KenKen Tournament, Star Wars Breakfast, mascots and more. New in 2012, toy and game fashion show on Nov. 14.

When: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday
Cost: $10, $5 kids, free kids under 3 and Scouts in uniform

Making a Train

DuPage Children's Museum | Naperville, Ill.

Use shapes and colors to make two- and three-dimensional trains with wheels that move. Listen to train songs and hear a great story about trains.

When: 9:30-10:15 a.m.
Cost: $21 pair, $15 member pair

Butter Churning Program

Des Plaines History Center | Des Plaines, Ill.

Make butter the old fashioned way - by hand churning. Participants will be able to sample their hard work during the program. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

When: 3:45-5 p.m.
Cost: $4, $2 members

Nature Strollers

Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum | Chicago, Ill.

Bring your stroller along and explore the exhibits in the museum. Then kids get  hands-on experience as they explore and discover nature during a 20-minute playgroup.

When: 9-9:45 a.m.
Cost: $10 adult/child, $5 each additional child, $5 member adult/child

500 Clown Frankenstein

Viaduct Theatre | Chicago, Ill.

Just as Victor Frankenstein created his monster from parts of many different people, this new iteration of "500 Clown Frankenstein" is constructed by a cast of rotating performers. Five clowns reconfigure into three different casts, each charged with the same task: "make monster."

When: 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; 3 p.m. Sunday
Cost: $15-$25

Silo Exhibit

Wagner Farm & Heritage Center | Glenview, Ill.

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.

Cost: Free with admission

Unboxed: Adventures in Cardboard

Chicago Children's Museum | Chicago, Ill.

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.

Cost: Free with admission

How People Make Things

DuPage Children's Museum | Naperville, Ill.

A new traveling exhibit created by Children's Museum of Pittsburgh that links familiar childhood objects to a process of manufacturing that combines people, ideas and technology. Inspired by the factory tour segments from Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, the exhibit offers hands-on activities using real factory tools and machines to create objects including crayons, a baseball bat and a matchbox car, just to name a few.

Cost: Free with admission

TRAINS – All Aboard Art!

DuPage Children's Museum | Naperville, Ill.

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.

 

Cost: Free with admission
 







 
 
 
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