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.
Immerse yourself in the underwater world with special
experiences, games and hands-on activities before falling to sleep
in the watery world of Shedd.
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.
Children and families can innovate and
interact directly with the real, three-dimensional world
around them. Visitors design, build, test
and retest with real tools and materials.
Visitors become space adventurers and set off on a journey to
discover the Universe in a way never done before. Travel a billion
light-years and back, fly through space, orbit the Moon, zoom into
a canyon on Mars, and soar through the cosmic web where a million
galaxies shower down. The experience was created utilizing real
telescopic data and the best scientific imagery.
Scenes from the Stone Age: The Cave Paintings of
Lascaux transports visitors to the Lascaux cave in France,
where they'll discover prehistoric cave paintings. Walk through a
full-sized replica of the cave, meet a lifelike stone-age family
and play with interactive displays explaining the life of people
who may have inhabited the cave.
Tickets are included in both Discovery and All-Access passes to
Delve into the mysterious world of bioluminescence, from the
glowworms dangling from the ceiling of New Zealand's famous Waitomo
Caves, to the deep-sea fishes that illuminate the perpetually dark
depths of the oceans. Discover the variety of ways in which light
is used to attract a mate, lure unsuspecting prey, or defend
against a predator, and see how scientists study this amazing
ability to glow.
The exhibition showcases more than 100 animal specimens
that have been preserved through the process of
Plastination. From goats to giraffes and octopuses to
ostriches, guests will see the inner workings of some of the
world's most impressive animals and better understand the evolution
of animals and the natural world.
A new exhibit that explores how food connects us to the
natural world and to each other. Sights, smells and tastes
benchmark the story of food as it journeys into our stomachs and
imagination. Includes hands-on interactives, family
activities and active public programs.
If you're looking for an alternative to skating at
Millennium Park this winter, look up. Way up-94 stories, to be
exact. Touted as the World's Highest Ice Skating Rink, the 94th
floor of the John Hancock Center gives ice skaters a bird's-eye
view of the city and the lake.
At 20 feet by 45 feet, the rink is probably too small to
be your solo destination of the day, but paired with a trip to see
the view from the Hancock, it's a nice way for kids to burn off
energy while parents enjoy the great view. And because it's
synthetic ice, skaters stay warm and don't get wet.
The rink is scheduled to be open for skating from 9
a.m.-11 p.m. through April 18. A 25-minute skate session costs $6
(in addition to the cost to get into the Hancock Observatory). You
can bring your own skates or rent some there for a