Learn about insects and their relatives while dissecting a
Lubber Grasshopper. Plus, meet some live creepy crawlies.
Registration required: (815) 895-9777.
When something mysterious falls from the sky right onto Chicken
Little's head, he's convinced that the sky must be falling and
rushes to warn the King. This fun, musical version of the classic
tale is designed for the whole family.
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.
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.
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 .
Brand new exhibit is dedicated to the special animals in our
lives. Kids can become their favorite animal, crawl in, out and
around a child-sized pet home, and share stories about the pets in
their life. Parents can learn the benefits of pets and pet play,
and access resources for choosing appropriate family pets.
Kids can learn about the four stages of butterfly development
and explore how animals change and adapt through the metamorphosis
process. Signage explains the egg and caterpillar stages of
butterfly growth, and live specimens of pupa and adult butterflies
demonstrate the final two stages of growth.
Guests explore the science behind spinning toys, sports,
transportation, space travel, entertainment and even the Universe
itself. Includes The Human Centrifuge, Let it Roll race and laser
Features Antique and collectible dolls and toys from the 19th
and 20th centuries, plus some modern and reproduction toys that are
available for hands-on fun.
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