The evening begins indoors for a discussion on the benefits of fire to ecosystems and how the Conservation District goes about the business of burning. Then go outdoors to see a prescribed prairie and savanna burn at night.When: 7-9 p.m.
Self-guided stations explore a new theme each session. Sing, fiddle, jiggle and journey into the wild. Kids must be accompanied by an adult.When: 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Learn about Puck Fair and take a picture with Shamus, the "goat king" of Ireland. Play Irish skittles, make a Grogoch (a helpful Irish fairy) and meet some real live Irish Wolfhounds. Plus live Irish music and dancing.When: 5-8 p.m. April 11; 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. April 12-13
Make molds out of various materials, add embellishments, shapes and stripes and create numerous colorful candles out of melted paraffin.When: 5-6 p.m.
Guests enjoy a variety of
activities, including a movie in the historic Gold Theatre. A light
breakfast is served Saturday morning.
Immerse yourself in the underwater world with special experiences, games and hands-on activities before falling to sleep in the watery world of Shedd.When: 6:30 p.m.-9 a.m.; 6:30-10 p.m. (evening only)
The popular comic strip heroine takes center stage as little orphan Annie charms everyone's hearts.When: 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 2 p.m on Sundays
Design artistic cupcakes with icing, pastry bags, food coloring and other tools. All materials included.When: 7-8:30 p.m.
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
Features supersized animatronic dinosaurs, including
favorites like Stegosaurus and Triceratops, as well as obscure
dinosaur species with unusual characteristics, like feathers.
Shantungosaurus-the largest dinosaur to walk on two legs-stands at
more than 20 feet tall and 50 feet long in Roosevelt Fountain, and
a tented showcase highlights the most recent paleontological
findings that birds evolved from dinosaurs. In addition, guests
will learn how dinosaurs are relevant to today's world and how
changes in climate may have led to their extinction, plus about
prehistoric flowers and plants .