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Animal Inside Out

Museum of Science and Industry | Chicago, Ill.

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.

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Food: The Nature of Eating

Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum | Chicago, Ill.

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.

Cost: Free with admission

Start With A Sketch Exhibition

Geneva History Center | Geneva, Ill.

Exhibition highlighting the culture of illustration through the talented cartoonists, illustrators and voice actors connected to the Geneva community. Features well-known artists such as Daws Butler, the voice of Yogi Bear and many Hanna Barbera characters, along with Chester Gould, creator of the Dick Tracy comic strip.

Cost: Donations accepted

Oink, Baa, Moo: Farm Fun

Waukegan Public Library | Waukegan, Ill.

FREE  

Interactive learning centers include a barn slide, apple orchard and chicken coop. Maggie, a life-sized fiberglass milking cow sponsored by Golden Oaks Farm in Wauconda, will be the focus of the new exhibit. Maggie is over five feet tall and features a working udder that recirculates the water that children "milk."

Cost: Free

Fantastic Fish

Morton Arboretum | Lisle, Ill.

Discover what fish live at The Morton Arboretum and paint with water colors.

When: 1-4 p.m. weekdays
Cost: Free with admission

Toad-dally Tadpoles

Morton Arboretum | Lisle, Ill.

Look at pictures, get fun facts and make a toad-ally cool tadpole to take home.

When: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. weekends
Cost: Free with admission

Lambing Days

Enjoy Pioneer Farm | Hampshire, Ill.

Hold baby lambs, goats, chicks, piglet and calf, and  watch the sheep being sheared. Cameras are welcome.

When: 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Cost: $5, $11 maximum per family

Superheroes Unite!

Chicago Children's Museum | Chicago, Ill.

Make your own cape; pledge your real (or make believe) powers; design, build and test customized flying machines; create a super sidekick in the Kraft Artabounds Studio; and complete the museum's series of exhibit-based challenges to acquire and wield your many super powers.

Cost: Free with admission

Celebrate Spring with Flowers

Wonder Works | Oak Park, Ill.

All season, Wonder Works allows children to decorate and plant their own 6" flowerpots. This special opportunity supports the Wonder Works Organic Garden.

When: 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Cost: $5 per flowerpot (plus general admission)

Goldilocks and the Three Bears

Beverly Arts Center | Chicago, Ill.

The show based on the classic tale runs from April 16-Aug. 16.

When: 10:30 a.m. weekdays; 1 p.m. Saturday May 18 and July 20.
Cost: $12
 







 
 
 
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