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Nature Story Times

Trailside Museum of Natural History | River Forest, Ill.

Nature-inspired stories, crafts and activities for kids 3-5 with adult.

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

Made in Chicago

Chicago Children's Museum | Chicago, Ill.

FREE  

Enjoy original music by D-Nick and his band, The Microphone Misfitz, and learn some fun hip-hop dance forms.

When: 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Cost: Free

Become a Mad Scientist

The Book Stall at Chestnut Court | Winnetka, Ill.

FREE  

Jon Scieszka is celebrating the third book in his Frank Einstein series, Frank Einstein and the Brainturbo, by inviting kids to dress up as a Mad Scientist. Prizes will be awarded for the best costumes. Mr. Scieszka will be happy to pose for photos and sign copies of his work, and books will be available for purchase.

When: 4:30 p.m.
Cost: Free; registration required

Nature Connects: Art with Lego bricks by Sean Kenney

The Morton Arboretum | Lisle, Ill.

Marvel at 13 larger-than-life displays created from nearly half a million Lego bricks. Walk the Arboretum’s tree-lined grounds on the east side to find nature-themed sculptures crafted by Lego artist Sean Kenney, including a monarch butterfly boasting an eight-foot wingspan and an enormous hummingbird sipping nectar from a colorful trumpet flower.

 

When: 7 a.m.-sunset
Cost: Free with 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.

Festival of Flight

Brookfield Zoo | Brookfield, Ill.

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.

Cost: Free with zoo admission

Hamill Family Wild Encounters

Brookfield Zoo | Brookfield, Ill.

Features a variety of multisensory interpretive experiences such as narrative illustrations, art and sculptures, audiovisual media, and hands-on interactives, many facilitated by the zoo’s staff. Guests can meet the zoo’s animal ambassadors, including a prehensile-tailed porcupine, savannah and serval cats, a screaming hairy armadillo, tamandua (a small anteater), a two-toed sloth, a great horned owl and other birds of prey, and a variety of reptiles and amphibians. Plus, see Nigerian dwarf goats, llamas and alpacas, reindeer, red pandas, wallabies and emus in special habitats or visit one of the largest aviaries in North America.

Cost: $5, $3 kids 3-11 and seniors, free kids under 3

Boats

Chicago Children's Museum | Chicago, Ill.

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.

Cost: Free with museum admission

Chagall for Kids

Kohl Children's Museum | Glenview, Ill.

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.

Cost: Free with admission

Mammoths and Mastodons

Field Museum | Chicago, Ill.

Mammoths and Mastodons tells the story of the giant creatures that shared the world with early humans, providing a source of food and artistic inspiration. In addition to seeing real fossils and prehistoric artwork, families can practice tusk jousting and explore touchable replicas of mammoths, mastodons, and other Ice Age animals. New additions to the exhibition, including an eight-foot-tall African elephant tusk, weave together the stories of mammoths and mastodons with those of their modern-day cousins.

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