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Curious Kids Nature Club

Lake View Nature Center | Oakbrook Terrace, Ill.

Kids make discoveries about the earth through art, play and exploration. Learn about awesome animals and their roles in nature. Dress for outdoor adventures and wear gym shoes. Meal and snack included. Sept. 12, Oct. 10.

When: 6-9:30 p.m.
Cost: $29, $24 resident

Nature Nuts

Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum | Chicago, Ill.

Every class at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum has a different nature theme; examples include butterflies, apples, pumpkins and snow. Little nature-lovers can sing, take hikes, visit the Judy Istock Butterfly Haven and more. Kids learn and discover through coloring, puzzles, sensory and water tables. Parents or caregivers participate in each class with their child. Themes: Sept. 3 – Butterflies; Sept. 17 – Apples; Oct. 1 – Bats; Oct. 15 – Pumpkins; Nov. 5 – Fall Leaves; Nov. 19 – Turkeys; Dec. 3 – Animal Tracks; Dec. 17 – Snow.

When: 10-11 a.m.
Cost: $15 pair; $10 member pair

Firefighter Dayna and Molly the Fire Safety Dog

Aurora Regional Fire Museum | Aurora, Ill.


Firefighter Dayna reads her children's fire safety book, Sparkles the Fire Safety Dog, and shares a presentation. Children can sing along as they learn about the sound and importance of smoke alarms, having an escape map and how often to practice home exit drills, and watch as Molly demonstrates crawling low under the smoke.
After the program, meet Firefighter Dayna, pet Molly the Fire Safety Dog, meet Aurora's Firefighters and tour the Aurora Regional Fire Museum's interactive exhibits. Kids receive a Molly
the Fire Safety Dog trading card to take home.

When: 6:30 p.m.
Cost: Free; RSVP requested

Don’t Miss the DCM School Bus!

DuPage Children's Museum | Naperville, Ill.

Don’t Miss the DCM School Bus! transforms DCM’s second floor into a bustling “back to school” scene, complete with a colorful classroom, recess playground, and a bright yellow school bus.

Cost: Free with admission

Science + You

Kohl Children's Museum | Glenview, Ill.

Exhibit features a child-sized laboratory where kids can explore how scientists impact health and wellness through hands-on, interactive machinery, processes and technology. A demonstration area of the exhibit will allow guest scientists and educators to perform fun and interactive scientific experiments appropriate for young children.

Cost: Free with admission

Funky Turns 40: Black Character Revolution Exhibition

DuSable Museum of African American History | Chicago, Ill.

Exhibit commemorates the 40th anniversaries of 1970's Saturday morning cartoons that featured positive black characters for the first time in television history. It was the first time that cartoons like Josie And The Pussy Cats, Kid Power and Star Trek featured strong, positive black female characters. It was also the first time that black people like Bill Cosby and Berry Gordy led the development of animated television programming featuring black characters.

Cost: Free with admission

The Machine Inside: Biomechanics

Field Museum | Chicago, Ill.

Exhibit explores animals and plants as machines built for survival, complete with pumps, pipes, insulation, motors, springs, and intelligence gathering devices. Using real specimens, life-like models, amazing video footage, and interactive displays, the exhibition investi­gates how cheetahs run so fast and fleas jump so far; how the bite force of an extinct fish made it a top predator; how a toucan stays cool in the jungle; how a Venus fly trap detects its next meal; and how many other organisms function as machines in order to survive, move, and discover. Presented in English and Spanish.

Cost: Included in Discovery and All-Access 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.


The Greek Monsters

National Hellenic Museum | Chicago , Ill.

The oversized, colorful creatures are engaging for children and adults alike and tell classic mythological tales in a modern way. The exhibition brings the book to life through sculpture, paintings, audiovisual artwork, and interactive displays. Also introduces children to mythological creatures and teaches them important lessons about racism, discrimination and other moral challenges.

Cost: Free with admission

Hats Off to Dr. Seuss!

Water Tower Place | Chicago, Ill.


In celebration of the 75th anniversary of Dr. Seuss’s second book, The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins, Dr. Seuss’s never-before-seen hat collection will be exhibited. Also features Dr. Seuss’s little-known Secret Art Collection, a series of Estate authorized works adapted from Ted Geisel’s original drawings, paintings, and sculpture, which will also be available for acquisition.

Cost: Free

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