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Summer Inside Out: Giant Grasshopper Dissection

Midwest Museum of Natural History | Sycamore, Ill.

Learn about insects and their relatives while dissecting a Lubber Grasshopper. Plus, meet some live creepy crawlies. Registration required: (815) 895-9777.

When: 7-8 p.m.
Cost: $15, $13 members; sign up for multiple classes and get $2 off

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

“Be A Tooth Sleuth”

Oak Park Conservatory | Oak Park, Ill.

FREE  

The exhibit, organized by the Purdue Agriculture Exhibit Design Center, teaches children that mammals are carnivores, herbivores or omnivores and that there are different types of teeth and feeding habits for each. Among its features are animal skulls, including a tiny weasel and a polar bear. Kids can look at their own teeth in the Tooth Sleuth mirror to determine their eating category.

When: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Cost: Free; $2 donation appreciated

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.

The Art of the Bicycle

Museum of Science and Industry | Chicago, Ill.

See some of the Museum's most fascinating historic bicycles, juxtaposed with the coolest, fastest and most high-tech bikes currently on the market. Learn about the latest trends, cutting-edge materials, and technologies used by elite athletes, urban riders and bike enthusiasts and see science's role in the design process.

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

Grand Grasshoppers

Morton Arboretum | Lisle, Ill.

Explore these little but loud creatures and find out why they're so noisy.

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

Splendid Spiders

Morton Arboretum | Lisle, Ill.

Find out where spiders live and how they help our gardens, plus check out spider specimens.

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

At Your Pace Art Studio

Wonder Works | Oak Park, Ill.

Wonder Works allows children to spend as much, or as little, time creating art as they need; gently guided by our artist in residence. We provide a plethora of both recycled and new materials, ideas for projects (or children can create by their own design) and hours of opportunity to explore their creative side.

When: 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Thursday-Friday
Cost: Free with admission
 







 
 
 
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