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Memorial Day Remembered

Kline Creek Farm | West Chicago, Ill.

FREE  

Observe Memorial Day with a ceremony rooted in the history and traditions of the late 1800s, when the holiday was known as “Decoration Day.”

When: 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Cost: Free

"Bone" Appetit

Trailside Museum of Natural History | River Forest, Ill.

FREE  

Join feeding time as a naturalist gives Trailside Museum's resident outdoor animals their dinner.

When: 1-1:45 p.m.
Cost: Free

Memorial Day Play

Pump It Up Chicago | Chicago, Ill.

Spend the holiday welcoming summer with special hours. Reservations recommended.

When: 10 a.m.-noon and 12:15-2 p.m.
Cost: $12 kids

Ribbit! The Exhibit

The Morton Arboretum | Lisle, Ill.

The Exhibit showcases 23 whimsical, larger-than-life frog sculptures fashioned from copper. The copper sculptures are created by North Carolina artist J.A. Cobb. Each frog has his or her own name, story and personality.

Cost: Free with arboretum admission

Butterflies & Blooms

Chicago Botanic Garden | Glencoe, Ill.

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.

When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., weather permitting.
Cost: $6, $5 seniors, $4 kids 3-12. Discounts for members and combination tickets available.

Lego Exhibit

Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens | Rockford, Ill.

Come see Lego sculptures and colorful Lego bricks set among tropical plants. Get building for Lego contests and displays by area Lego clubs.

Cost: Free with conservatory admission

Festival of Flight

Brookfield Zoo | Brookfield, Ill.

Guests will fly high with excitement while watching birds demonstrate their natural flight abilities during this interactive experience. The 20-minute show features nearly 20 bird species.

Cost: Free with zoo 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

Toys: The Inside Story

Kohl Children's Museum | Glenview, Ill.

Peek inside some of the most popular toys ever made. Kids get to explore the linkages, cams, pulleys and circuits that make their favorite playthings tick, spin, buzz and jump. The exhibit consists of 14 different components that allow for a complete hands-on experience of exploration and experimentation. Each station provides visitors with interactive activities with some of the most beloved toys, such as Etch A Sketch, Operation, Dr. Duck, Hungry Hippo, Hokey Pokey Elmo and more.

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
 










 
 
 
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