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Toddler Takeover

Chicago Children's Museum | Chicago, Ill.

Featured programs include Hammertime!, Kids Create: Paint, Clean Meets Messy and Carwash. Plus, Naptime Graduates programs includes Dinoscape and Art a Go-Go.

Cost: Free with museum admission

Ensemble Espanol Spanish Dance Theater - Flamenco Passion

Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University | Chicago, Ill.

Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater makes their debut in the “Made in Chicago” Dance Series, with the presentation of Dame Libby Komaiko's Bolero. The company will also present Mil Clavos, a piece representing traditional Spanish dance in a modern context and Iroko, created for the company by Angel Rojas and Carlos Rodriguez.

When: 7:30 p.m.
Cost: $29-$68

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

Wings of Wonder: The Lorikeet Exhibit

Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens | Rockford, Ill.

Visitors will be “face to beak” with the small- to medium-sized parrots known for their playful personalities, vibrant coloration, and their ability to mimic words and sounds.

When: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Cost: Free with conservatory admission

Zoom Room

Chicago Children's Museum | Chicago, Ill.

Send toy cars hurtling through race jumps, long runs, loops, dips, and super spirals within a colossal, multilevel race course. Crash sites, obstacle courses and tracks with different textured surfaces invite physical science exploration for the innately curious of every age. Zoom Room is a play-filled, physics laboratory for kids.

Cost: Free with museum admission

Animal Secrets

Kohl Children's Museum | Glenview, Ill.

Families learn where chipmunks sleep, how an eagle feeds its young and more, as they explore the hidden habitats and secret lives of forest animals. Children will discover nature from an animal's point of view in naturalistic environments, including a stream, woodland, meadow, and cave.

Cost: Free with museum admission

Alexander Hamilton: The Man Who Made Modern America

Naper Settlement | Naperville, Ill.

Features reproductions from the Gilder Lehrman Collection. The exhibition examines Hamilton’s important role in the Revolutionary War and Early Republic periods. Follow Hamilton’s an astonishing rise in five short years from an orphaned, 15-year-old West Indies immigrant to George Washington’s war time aide. Never one to back away from a fight, political or otherwise, Hamilton fought his final duel at the age of 47 with Vice President Aaron Burr. Once the duel was over, Hamilton was found dead and Burr was wanted for murder. More than any other founder, Hamilton was a complex and controversial figure and a true visionary.

Cost: Free with museum admission

What Is a Planet?

Adler Planetarium | Chicago, Ill.

Visitors will discover that new approaches and perspectives in science can change how we define worlds near and far. Witness how astronomers and the media reacted to Pluto's demotion in 2006; learn the current definition of a planet and hear what Adler astronomers think of this current definition; voice your opinion about Pluto alongside skeptics and space enthusiasts through an interactive voting poll in real-time; explore artifacts from the Adler collections that illustrate the ever-evolving definition of a planet.

Cost: Free with museum admission

China’s First Emperor and His Terracotta Warriors

The Field Museum | Chicago, Ill.

Explore the life of the ruler who vanquished his rivals, unified China’s many states, constructed the first Great Wall, built roads, and standardized China’s script, currency, weights, and measures. See priceless treasures from one of the world’s greatest archaeological discoveries, including the fierce terracotta warriors.

Cost: Included with All-Access and Discovery passes

Stingray Touch

John G. Shedd Aquarium | Chicago, Ill.

Shedd staff members guide guests through the 15-minute touch experience, while providing interesting facts about stingrays, including information about how choosing sustainable seafood protects stingrays in global waters. The outdoor exhibit also allows visitors to see the cownose stingrays through various angles.

Cost: $5 add-on
 
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