Enjoy stories, crafts, muddy games and play in this squishy, squashy, sensory-based program. It is recommended children wear shoes and clothes that can get dirty. An adult must accompany each child
Enjoy stories, crafts, muddy games and play in this squishy, squashy, sensory-based program. It is recommended children wear shoes and clothes that can get dirty. An adult must accompany each child.
Experience the majesty of music and movement intertwined with mindfulness with this hands-on muli-disciplinary experience guided by Ms Carol Swann. Children develop and improve their music ability, motor coordination and social skills through music, creative play and storytelling.
Enjoy a firefighting story reading and fun snack at the firehouse.
Outdoor butterfly garden where visitors can immerse themselves with hundreds of live tropical butterfly species from around the world. A field guide is available to help visitors identify dozens of species in the exhibition. Visitors can also observe butterflies hatching through a window into the pupa emergence room.
Fly high with excitement while you watch trained birds soar, swoop, and dive as they demonstrate their natural flight abilities. Vultures, hawks, parrots, a hadada ibis, and a variety of other bird species will demonstrate natural behaviors as they fly overhead and interact with the audience and the host of the show. Guests will see a trumpeter hornbill catching objects, African white-necked ravens collecting cash for conservation, and more. Three shows are offered daily.
This interactive installation celebrates the art of puppetry by allowing visitors of all ages to explore the movements of shadow, hand, and finger puppets. Using imaginary figures or creatures and characters inspired by artworks in the Art Institute’s collection, novice puppeteers can experiment with ways to create puppets, develop stories, and use sound effects and props in order to create playful, one-of-a-kind performances.
Kids immerse themselves in a nautical experience of their own invention, complete with docks and an assortment of boats. Toddlers to tweens will be inspired to create their own lake-faring scenarios, like steering the ship, kayaking, hoisting a sail, or dropping a fishing line to catch ‘the big one.’ The exhibit includes a dock with a bait and tackle shop, a kayak, sailboat and two-level work boat with a wheelchair-accessible lower cabin (complete with bunk and a kitchen prep area) offering countless opportunities for kids to envision themselves as a cook, rescuer, biologist or whichever role they choose.
Showcases 14 multi-sensory exploration stations, each incorporating a high-quality reproduction of one of Marc Chagall's works. Interactive components offer hands-on activities and an audio description of each work specifically geared to children.
Features objects extraordinary and unfamiliar that have emerged from the Museum’s protected vaults to tell their tales and shine a light on their mysterious pasts. Whether they are artistic works, key evidence from crime scenes, or everyday objects, one thing all the items have in common is that they serve as touchstones of Chicago’s rich history.