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Fabulous Frogs

Glacial Park Conservation Area | Ringwood, Ill.

Learn about frogs and toads with a colorful slide show, then take a hike to hear Glacial Park's amphibian chorus sing. Dress for the weather and be prepared for 1.5 mile hike.

When: 7-9 p.m.
Cost: $5, free resident

Cosmic Wonder Opening Day

Adler Planetarium | Chicago, Ill.

celebrate the opening of Cosmic Wonder and enjoy free solar telescope observing (weather permitting), tours of the Doane Observatory, enter to win a Celestron Travel Scope 50 and more.

Cost: Free with admission

Preschool Fun Fair

Schaumburg Park District | Schaumburg, Ill.

Kids enjoy games, train and pony rides, a petting zoo and face painting. Picnic food is available for an additional cost.

When: 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Cost: $11, $9 pre-registration

Tales and Treasures

Morton Arboretum | Lisle, Ill.

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

David Rogers’ Big Bugs

Morton Arboretum | Lisle, Ill.

Kids become bug detectives as they explore the exhibit of huge bug sculptures built using natural materials including trees, dried branches, roots and green saplings. On display will be an over-sized bee hive, lady bug, assassin bug, damsel fly, spider, daddy long legs, praying mantis, dragon fly, grasshopper and three ants. Kids receive a free bug detective guide, helping them uncover the truth about bugs. Plus, they can take part in daily events to learn more about bugs, plus an edible insects program for the whole family.

Cost: Free with admission

Dinosaurs Alive!

Brookfield Zoo | Brookfield, Ill.

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 .

Cost: $5, $3 kids 3-11, free kids 2 and under, plus zoo admission.

Tinkering Lab

Chicago Children's Museum | Chicago, Ill.

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.

Cost: Free with admission

NASA’s Mars Curiosity Rover

Adler Planetarium | Chicago, Ill.

See a full-size replica of NASA's Mars Curiosity rover. The rover, which landed safely on Mars, is a high-fidelity prototype and the only one of its kind to be publicly displayed.

Cost: Free with admission

Cosmic Wonder

Adler Planetarium | Chicago, Ill.

The world's most technologically advanced dome theater transforms into a virtual observatory. The night sky reveals the mysteries of our Universe in the most immersive space environment ever created. Witness the beauty of the Crab Nebula as it descends, zoom into Orion the Hunter and become bathed in a hotbed of active star formation, zero in on a small patch of the night sky as you are surrounded by the Hubble Extreme Deep Field image containing more than 5,500 galaxies.

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Creatures of Light

Field Museum | Chicago, Ill.

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.

Cost: Free with admission
 







 
 
 
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