Admission is free on Saturdays, Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursday through the month of February. Admission to Hamill Family Play Zoo is also 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.