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DaVinci Machines Exhibition

Water Tower Place | Chicago, Ill.

FREE  

Displays hand-crafted inventions built from Leonardo DaVinci's 500-year-old designs as well as digitally remastered Masterpieces for an up close and personal look at the greatest artistic genius of all time.

When: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. 6/7/2016-12/31/2016
Cost: Not for profit art exhibition. Suggested admittance $15.95 Adults; $13.95 Seniors; $11.95 Kids

Dream with Da Vinci

DuPage Children's Museum | Naperville, Ill.

Visitors will learn the basics about Da Vinci and the Renaissance era; children will add their own ideas and voices to the exhibit. They can explore elements of flight and connect today’s technology to Da Vinci’s innovations; explore several machines and structures, from bridges to clock gears; try on the role of engineer; express themselves with different artistic mediums, from clay to crayons; and dress up in Renaissance clothing.

Cost: Free with museum admission

Children’s China: Celebrating Culture, Character and Confucius

Kohl Children's Museum | Glenview, Ill.

This interactive exhibit explores what life is like for children in China. Kids will celebrate the annual holiday, National Teachers’ Day, while learning to write “thank you teacher” in Chinese characters on a touchscreen notepad. Kids will shop in a traditional Chinese neighborhood market and then prepare a healthy meal while working in a restaurant. In the home, visitors will learn how families celebrate the Chinese New Year and participate in a daily dragon parade led by a traditional dragon headdress. Computer interactives invite children to experience the art of paper cutting, discover their lunar calendar animal and play traditional musical instruments. A key focus of the exhibit will be Confucius, the inspirational teacher and moral leader still considered to be a hero to children in China today.

Cost: Free with museum admission

Fun Unplugged: Little Adults

DuPage County Historical Museum | Wheaton, Ill.

FREE  

Located in the room across from the Museum’s electric HO gauge model railroad, the exhibit displays popular and homemade toys that entertained children without electricity, from army figurines to tea sets, board games, dollhouses, erector sets, irons, stoves, cabins, and more.

Cost: Free

Brick by Brick

Museum of Science and Industry | Chicago, Ill.

Features a spectacular collection of more than a dozen giant Lego-built structures of engineering marvels, including a 60-foot long Golden Gate Bridge. Guests will learn how architects and engineers push the limits of design, materials and location to make the seemingly impossible, possible; witness how form follows function; learn how building beautifully uplifts us all; and explore Chicago’s impact as the birthplace of the skyscraper.

Cost: Requires a separate, timed-entry ticket.

Where the Wild Things Are: The Works of Maurice Sendak

Museum of Science and Industry | Chicago, Ill.

Explore original artworks by Sendak, including sketches, illustrations and works on paper. Presidents, illustrators, friends and celebrities also share their words about the renowned author—how he inspired them, influenced their careers and touched their lives.

Cost: Free with museum admission

Experience Rock N’ Roll

Northbrook Court | Northbrook, Ill.

This memorable interactive exhibit explores the history of rock and roll, uncovers the fundamental building blocks of music, demonstrates how instruments work, investigates how sounds are produced, reveals the science of sound recordings, and sheds light on careers in the music business.

Cost: $14.95, $9.95 kids

DaVinci Machines Exhibition

Water Tower Place | Chicago, Ill.

The exhibition displays hand-crafted inventions built from Leonardo DaVinci’s 500-year-old designs. The main features on display include the “bicycle,” “spring powered car,” “hang glider” and the “air screw” (a precursor to the helicopter) and the secrets behind Leonardo’s legendary robotic lion. Explanatory notes and illustrative panels with Leonardo’s drawings accompany each model. For more information, go to www.DiscoverDavinci.com.

When: 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
Cost: $18.95, $16.95 seniors, students and military, $14.95 kids 4-12, free kids under 4

Bucktown GardenFest

Bucktown Tree and Garden Walk | Chicago, Ill.

Festival features a garden walk, tree walk, trolley rides, live music at Club Lucky and petting zoo at Lottie's Pub. Churchill Park hosts a Children’s Area (10 a.m.-noon) with nature inspired activities sponsored by local businesses and schools.

When: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 6-7
Cost: $5 donation

Enchanted Railroad

The Morton Arboretum | Lisle, Ill.

Children and families can enjoy the intricate model railroad as it winds through a four-season display. Watch as more than 10 model trains run on a two-level, larger-than-life platform.

When: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday; 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Jan. 13-Feb. 19.
Cost: Free with admission
 
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