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

Spring Into Fun Pajama Party!

Sod Room | Chicago, Ill.

Come for yummy pizza, open play and a short film to wrap up the night. Pajamas and pillows highly recommended. Advanced tickets required. Visit www.sodroom.com/events for details and tickets.

When: 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Cost: $15 one kid, $25 two kids, $35 three kids

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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Scenes from the Stone Age

Field Museum | Chicago, Ill.

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 the museum.

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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

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

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
 





 
 
 
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