The exhibit showcases the creative accomplishments and innovations of one of Chicago's native sons, Walt Disney, and the ongoing legacy of the company that bears his name. Features artifacts that have not been widely seen by the public, including drawings, props, costumes, artwork from classic Disney animation, theme park attractions, TV shows and live action films, plus items from contemporary Disney milestones. Hands-on, interactive stations bring Disney's technological breakthroughs in animation and motion pictures to life. Guests can try recording sound effects, explore Disney's revolutionary MultiPlane film camera and learn to draw some of their favorite Disney characters in the Animation Academy.
Includes hands-on elements that teach children about the
role of transportation in their lives. The exhibit includes an auto
repair shop, a train station with caboose, flight simulator and
airplane cockpit, wind tunnel, and bicycles on stands. The exhibit
will also help develop map-reading skills, teach the elements of
flight, and help children recognize street signs. In addition, a
G-scale model train will run above the children's department desk
all year. The exhibit also includes information on energy
efficient ways to travel.
A guided glimpse into the world of outdoor play will depend on
the day. Possibilities include snowman and snow fort building with
natural materials or garden scavenger hunt for natural objects.
Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from Dec. 1-Feb. 28.
A showcase of unusual and stunning orchids that gives
visitors the opportunity to learn about one of the largest, most
diverse and revered flowering plant families. Special activities
include a Garden Shop kiosk offering orchid items for purchase,
orchid vendors on the weekends, a free story time in the Lenhardt
Library on Mondays, and family weekend classes that
include making ice cream with the vanilla orchid seed and making a
With small solar lights to guide their way, hikers, skiers and
snowshoers traverse the Solar Lit Trails at Pleasant Valley,
Woodstock (half mile beginner loop) or Hickory Grove Highlands,
Cary (1 mile intermediate loop).
A skating rink near Bloomingdales opens Nov. 20 (weather
permitting). There will be special performances on
Sundays and Tuesdays, along with live DJs on Saturday
Join Professor McBumble and his group of rag tag actors as they
present three different fairy tales with an anti-bullying message.
Updated adaptions of Little Red Ridinghood, The Ugly Duckling &
Three Billy Goats Gruff are performed in this world premiere
musical. "It's not cool to be cruel!" "It's so lame to call people
names!" are just a few of the lesson taught in this important show.
Performances are from Oct. 2-May 2 at locations throughout Chicago
and the suburbs. Check website for venue dates and times.
Blue Man Group is a multi-sensory experience that fuses
innovative theatrical spectacle and powerful original music with
hilarious comedy to create a performance experience unlike any
other. One of the world's most popular theatrical productions,
today's Blue Man Group is a blend of signature material that has
been in the show since the opening, as well as newer passages that
examine the influence of technology on today's world with a funny
and perceptive look at contemporary communication vehicles.
The story follows 9-year-old Steven, a self-proclaimed spy
and president of the "Flint Future Detectives Club." As
Steven and his friends plot to save Flint from financial ruin, this
all-new musicalgrooves to a diverse new
set list of original songs, all played by a live band, and so
high-energy and entertaining that kids won't even know they're
being treated to a celebration of music through the decades,
including Motown, disco, rap, rock, soul, jazz and hip hop. Runs
from Jan. 18-March 2, 2014.
Classic tale runs from Jan. 29-April 11.