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Free Parenting Workshop

Wonder Works | Oak Park, Ill.

FREE  

Learn the ABCs of toilet training for positive ideas to encourage toilet learning for young children. Free childcare available as children play in the museum. RSVP by calling Leah at 708-848-2227 or Lvergotine@parenthesis-info.org.

When: 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Cost: Free

Civic Chamber Music Series

Chicago Symphony Orchestra | Chicago, Ill.

FREE  

A series of innovative public performances, educational performances at public schools and participation in the 2015 Chicago Youth in Music Festival. National Museum of Mexican Art: 2 p.m. March 15, April 17, May 17, June 7; Indian Boundary Park: 3 p.m. March 29, April 26, May 24; North Park Village Nature Center: 11 a.m. March 28, April 25, May 23; Davis Square Park: 3 p.m. Feb. 7, March 7, April 11; Zhou B Art Center: 7 p.m. Nov. 21, March 20, April 17, May 15.

When: Check website
Cost: Free

The Mariachi Divas

Ravinia Festival | Highland Park, Ill.

Part of the Kraft Kids Concert series. Park opens at 11 a.m.

When: 1 p.m.
Cost: $10 lawn, $5 park

Puppets! An Interactive Puppet Extravaganza

Art Institute of Chicago | Chicago, Ill.

An interactive installation for all ages celebrating the art of puppetry. Puppets! will include unique performances, puppet-making workshops, and the opportunity for visitors to visit the Ryan Education Center to interact and explore creativity through puppets. Inspiration for these fantastical and imaginative puppet creations are drawn from works in the Art Institute’s collection, including the drawing The Temptation of St. Anthony, the centerpiece of this winter’s special exhibition, Temptation: The Demons of James Ensor. Puppeteers of all ages can experiment with ways to develop stories and use sound effects and props in order to create playful, one-of-a-kind performances. In conjunction with Puppets!, the museum will present a series of film screenings including Jim Henson’s beloved movie The Dark Crystal in Fullerton Hall at 6 p.m. Jan. 15.

Cost: Free with museum admission

Build It!

Kohl Children's Museum | Glenview, Ill.

Exhibit puts an innovative spin on classic building blocks by letting children explore and interact with ten different varieties of blocks in a single space. Stations in the exhibit include Shadow Boxing: kids can build structures and cast shadows using directional lights; It’s all Looking Up!: kids can examine building on vertical and horizontal planes;
Build It, Test It, Shake It: kids can build and test the strength of their structures by using weights to see if they can withstand a downward force; Free for All: Several zones will be set up with surfaces at varied heights and props such as toy animals, people, fabric, cars, balls, faux plants and trees, where children can use their creativity while focusing on STEAM concepts.

Cost: Free with admission

The Secret Lives of Objects

Chicago History Museum | Chicago, Ill.

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.

Cost: Free with museum admission

By All Accounts: The Story of Elmhurst

Elmhurst Historical Museum | Elmhurst, Ill.

FREE  

Exhibit takes visitors on a journey of discovery that shows how Elmhurst has changed and grown over the past 165 years. The second floor gallery will be transformed into an innovative exhibit that tells the story of Elmhurst from its earliest days to the present. Visitors will enjoy displays that combine artifacts with the latest in museum technology. Includes a large-scale photograph of York Street in the 1920s that comes to life, an interactive table-top map that allows time travel through the city, kinetic-type graphics and touch screen displays, and a mini-theatre experience showcasing Elmhurst’s people and places.

Cost: Free

Mission Moon

Adler Planetarium | Chicago, Ill.

Follow the legendary career of Captain James A. Lovell, Jr.—an astronaut immortalized on film as the Commander of Apollo 13—from his childhood through his quest for the Moon. Alongside Lovell, we will share the stories of Lovell’s family, NASA’s Mission Control, and others from around the world who made the quest to land a man on the Moon possible.

Cost: Free with museum admission

Materials Science

Museum of Science and Industry | Chicago, Ill.

Learn the science behind familiar materials, like plastics and metals, explore where materials science is headed next and discover how breakthroughs in materials science have shaped our world. For the first time at MSI, an Atomic Probe Field Ion Microscope will be on display. This tool allowed scientists to image materials at an atomic level and opened up a whole new world of understanding and innovation.

Cost: Free with museum admission

Rainforest Adventure

Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum | Chicago, Ill.

Visitors can climb a kapok tree, explore a gorilla’s nest, and meet virtual rainforest scientists. The exhibit will allow museum goers to explore tropical rainforests around the world, learn about the challenges these delicate ecosystems face, and find ways to help make a difference. Starting March 5, the museum will introduce five new species of live animals for guests to interact with to highlight the second-half of Rainforest Adventure’s extended run.

Cost: Free with admission
 










 
 
 
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