Learn more about polar bears - and what can be done to help
them. The zoo offers twice-daily Arctic activities at 11:30 a.m.
and 1:00 p.m. Resident polar bear Anana will be in for some extra
treats, and staff and volunteers will be giving away free passes to
see To The Arctic 3Dat Navy Pier
Using the Association of Library Services to Children (ALSC)
guide, Every Child Ready to Read, explore the five main skills
children need to have before they reach kindergarten and how to
foster those skills at home. Materials are provided.
Feature the black bear and its adaptations for survival in the
forest. Crawl into the bear's den, compare your senses to that of
the black bear, feel his fur, come face to face with a black bear
mount and more.
Learn about Chicago's two World's Fairs though the
experiences of three Elmhurst residents during the 1893 and 1933-34
fairs and explore rare artifacts.
Exhibit includes numerous artifacts, photographs and other
documentary items that tell the story of Chicago's iconic candy
makers, including Snickers, Lemonheads, Butterfingers
and Cracker Jack.
Interactive learning centers include a barn slide, apple
orchard and chicken coop. Maggie, a life-sized
fiberglass milking cow sponsored by Golden Oaks Farm in Wauconda,
will be the focus of the new exhibit. Maggie is over five feet tall
and features a working udder that recirculates the water that
Geared toward children with special needs, especially kids
who may have a hard time sitting still or focusing in big groups.
Sensory Storytime is followed by a new playgroup with sensory
activity stations for kids and caregivers to explore together.
These free storytimes, best for ages 2 to 6, are offered on
Tuesdays at 4 p.m. at the Main Library, 834 Lake St. No advanced
registration is required. Sensory Storytimes include stories
and songs as well as large and small movement activities. A picture
schedule is used in the front of the room, and individual
schedules, fidget toys, and bean bag lap weights are available.
Caregivers are required to be in attendance. Sensory Storytimes are
20 to 30 minutes long, and the sensory activities will be open for
30 minutes after the storytime ends. For more information, email