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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. Oct. 10, Nov. 7.

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

Nature Story Times

Trailside Museum of Natural History | River Forest, Ill.

Nature-inspired stories, crafts and activities for kids 3-5 with adult. Aug. 7 and 21, Sept. 4 and 18, Oct. 2 and 16, Nov. 6 and 20.

When: 10:30-11:15 a.m.
Cost: $1 per child

The Curse of the Blood Moon

Adler Planetarium | Chicago, Ill.

A Halloween fright show is a unique experience that combines live theater, 360° visualizations and hair-raising drama. Following the show, audiences can enjoy Halloween-themed activities, including a scream photo booth, flashlight museum tour and spooky experiments with slime. Seasonal treats, refreshments and alcoholic beverages available for purchase.

When: 6:30-9:30 p.m.
Cost: $10

Halloween Spooktacular

Pump It Up Chicago | Chicago, Ill.

Show off your costume at a Halloween extravaganza featuring games, crafts, pizza, treats and more.

When: 5:30-8 p.m.
Cost: $10

Stroller Strides Free Halloween Event

FIT4MOM Shorewood and Plainfield | Shorewood, Ill.

FREE  

A Halloween-themed workout for moms with a fun party and photos for little ones.

When: 4:30 p.m. Oct. 30; 9:30 a.m. Oct. 31
Cost: Free

Plant Hunters

Morton Arboretum | Lisle, Ill.

The new library exhibit highlights the crucial research that takes place at The Morton Arboretum and brings awareness to the work of other notable plant researchers throughout history. Artifacts rare photographs of turn-of-the-century China taken by renowned plant collector, Ernest Henry Wilson. Visitors can explore modern plant hunting by getting a close look at instruments used in the field and during scientific study. The exhibit also features interactive elements, challenging visitors to identify various plant species while they learn about the state of threatened trees and plants as well as the conservation efforts of scientists at The Morton Arboretum.

Cost: Free with admission

Lionel Train Adventure

Lincoln Park Zoo | Chicago, Ill.

The new electric-powered locomotive seats 28 children with a coal car, passenger cars and a caboose, courtesy of Lionel. The adventure begins at a red brick train station and embarks on an exciting trip through an evergreen forest. Next, the terrain changes as the train crosses over a quaint country bridge before continuing on through a craggy canyon. The train will pass through a lofty birch forest before returning to the red brick station.

Cost: $3

XOXO: An Exhibit About Love & Forgiveness

DuPage Children's Museum | Naperville, Ill.

An exhibit where families can come together in a place that fosters conversations and interactive experiences that bring love and forgiveness to the forefront of families’ minds. Visitors can illuminate a hidden message about love by Holding Hands; answer questions about love and forgiveness, and tie them to a wall for others to read at the Response Walls; write down loving thoughts and press them into Tokens of Love; work together to Balance on a seesaw or connect an infinite Story Puzzle; create Silhouettes using a unique set up of light boxes; build and explore a variety of facial expressions using Empathy Blocks; Release the Negative by drawing or writing down what makes them angry or sad and then cranking it through a paper shredder; speak into Tone Phones and watch how their voice affects shapes projected on a screen.Created by Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh with support from The Fetzer Institute.

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

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
 







 
 
 
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