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Earth Day Celebration

McCormick Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum | Chicago, Ill.

FREE  

More than a dozen students from Young Women's Leadership Charter School lead  museum activities, from answering visitors' questions about the river's fascinating history to water quality testing demonstrations and other educational activities.

When: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Cost: Free

Global Warming: What's a kid to do?

Kidworks Touring Theatre Co. | Chicago, Ill.

FREE  

Celebrate Earth Day with Kidworks Touring Theatre's production "Global Warming! What's a Kid to Do?" as the actors portray TV newscasters uncovering the scoop on climate change. Children in the audience volunteer to portray endangered monkeys, penguins and fish in the Great Barrier Reef, as all are inspired to recycle and make a difference on this planet. Get tickets through Kidworks (773) 972-7112 or Prairie Trails Library, (708) 430-3688.

When: 7 p.m.
Cost: Free

Budding Spring

Pleasant Valley Conservation Area | Woodstock, Ill.

Take a hike to search for all buds, big and small, and the answers to questions. Dress for the weather.

When: 6:30-8 p.m.
Cost: $3, free resident

Earth Day Symposium

Glen Ellyn Park District | Glen Ellyn, Ill.

FREE  

Local environmental organizations explain their roles in greening the community and share ideas on how we can help.

When: 7-8:30 p.m.
Cost: Free; registration required

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

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.

Unboxed: Adventures in Cardboard

Chicago Children's Museum | Chicago, Ill.

See a toy so amazing, so unbelievable, it has the power to transform into anything you want it to be. Enter a world where imagination rules, and ordinary becomes extraordinary.

Cost: Free with 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

Abraham Lincoln: Self-Made in America

The Grayslake Heritage Center & Museum | Grayslake, Ill.

FREE  

The exhibition, created by the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, explores the history of our 16th President, from his boyhood to his last years in office. Includes various family-friendly events.

Cost: Free; donations appreciated

Welcome to the Universe

Adler Planetarium | Chicago, Ill.

Visitors become space adventurers and set off on a journey to discover the Universe in a way never done before. Travel a billion light-years and back, fly through space, orbit the Moon, zoom into a canyon on Mars, and soar through the cosmic web where a million galaxies shower down. The experience was created utilizing real telescopic data and the best scientific imagery.

Cost: $28 pass (includes admission); $22 kids 3-11
 







 
 
 
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