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Made in Chicago

Chicago Children's Museum | Chicago, Ill.

FREE  

Feb. 5: Enjoy a mix of contemporary and unique dance presentations by local Chicago youth from Mayfair Academy. March 5: Join Hubbard Street Youth Ensemble & Hubbard Street Choreo Lab for an engaging dance experience all about getting you moving.

When: 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Cost: Free

Keep It Moving!

Chicago Children's Museum | Chicago, Ill.

FREE  

A variety of lively activities that are good for every "body."

When: 11:15 a.m.
Cost: Free with admission

Purim in Outer Space

Lubavitch Chabad of Skokie | Skokie, Ill.

Blast off with Lubavitch Chabad of Skokie for a celebration that is out of this world. With entertainment, activities, food and fun for all ages, including: Live animals, photo booth, moonbounce, lunar sand, space camp fun, interstellar crafts, galaxy rovers, delicious food, and even an adult “Space Station” (id required) . Everyone in costume receives a prize

When: 7:15 p.m.
Cost: $24, $14 kids

Eco-Explorers: Knee-High Naturalists

Naperville Park District | Naperville, Ill.

Develop your child’s natural curiosity about the world with these interactive nature programs. A different theme is featured each week with hands-on activities, hikes, stories and crafts. Dress for the weather. March 4: Maple Syrup Time; March 11: Time to Migrate; April 8: Egg-Venture.

When: 1-2:15 p.m.
Cost: $20, $13 resident

Duck, Duck, Goose

Lake View Nature Center | Oakbrook Terrace, Ill.

FREE  

This special exhibit features water birds including the duck, goose, merganser, grebe, heron and cormorant. View taxidermy bird mounts, play in a pretend pond, see how youmeasure up to a heron wingspan, learn about bird beaks and feet and more.

Cost: Free

Puppets! An Interactive Puppet Extravaganza

Art Institute of Chicago | Chicago, Ill.

An interactive installation for all ages celebrating the art of puppetry. Puppets! will include unique performances, puppet-making workshops, and the opportunity for visitors to visit the Ryan Education Center to interact and explore creativity through puppets. Inspiration for these fantastical and imaginative puppet creations are drawn from works in the Art Institute’s collection, including the drawing The Temptation of St. Anthony, the centerpiece of this winter’s special exhibition, Temptation: The Demons of James Ensor. Puppeteers of all ages can experiment with ways to develop stories and use sound effects and props in order to create playful, one-of-a-kind performances. In conjunction with Puppets!, the museum will present a series of film screenings including Jim Henson’s beloved movie The Dark Crystal in Fullerton Hall at 6 p.m. Jan. 15.

Cost: Free with museum admission

Move It!

Chicago Children's Museum | Chicago, Ill.

Kids work out their bodies and their brains in this new exhibit that provides an active play opportunity for kids. Kids can climb, crawl, jump, balance and bend when they build an ultimate playspace out of large, movable components, and scamper across the wavy net climber.

Cost: Free with museum admission

Build It!

Kohl Children's Museum | Glenview, Ill.

Exhibit puts an innovative spin on classic building blocks by letting children explore and interact with ten different varieties of blocks in a single space. Stations in the exhibit include Shadow Boxing: kids can build structures and cast shadows using directional lights; It’s all Looking Up!: kids can examine building on vertical and horizontal planes;
Build It, Test It, Shake It: kids can build and test the strength of their structures by using weights to see if they can withstand a downward force; Free for All: Several zones will be set up with surfaces at varied heights and props such as toy animals, people, fabric, cars, balls, faux plants and trees, where children can use their creativity while focusing on STEAM concepts.

Cost: Free with admission

By All Accounts: The Story of Elmhurst

Elmhurst Historical Museum | Elmhurst, Ill.

FREE  

Exhibit takes visitors on a journey of discovery that shows how Elmhurst has changed and grown over the past 165 years. The second floor gallery will be transformed into an innovative exhibit that tells the story of Elmhurst from its earliest days to the present. Visitors will enjoy displays that combine artifacts with the latest in museum technology. Includes a large-scale photograph of York Street in the 1920s that comes to life, an interactive table-top map that allows time travel through the city, kinetic-type graphics and touch screen displays, and a mini-theatre experience showcasing Elmhurst’s people and places.

Cost: Free

Rainforest Adventure

Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum | Chicago, Ill.

Visitors can climb a kapok tree, explore a gorilla’s nest, and meet virtual rainforest scientists. The exhibit will allow museum goers to explore tropical rainforests around the world, learn about the challenges these delicate ecosystems face, and find ways to help make a difference. Starting March 5, the museum will introduce five new species of live animals for guests to interact with to highlight the second-half of Rainforest Adventure’s extended run.

Cost: Free with admission
 










 
 
 
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