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Fur, Feathers and Winter Coats

Lake Katherine Nature Center and Botanic Gardens | Palos Heights, Ill.

Compare the wonders of fur and feathers to an old winter coat to see how animals keep themselves warm in the winter.

When: 9:30 a.m. Jan. 19-20; 10:30 a.m. Jan. 21
Cost: $6

Nature and Science at Wonder Works: Rocks for Play and Learning

Wonder Works | Oak Park, Ill.

There will be lots of rocks, including big rocks to touch, smaller rocks to sort, and tiny rocks to sift from the art-room sandbox. Collect coal and iron ore hauled by our O-scale model railway, plus gravel used to support real railroad tracks (including gray limestone, red granite, and pick quartzite). The play-dough table will be set up as a quarry, where diggers and dump trucks excavate rocks and crystals and wooden trains haul them all away.

When: 10 a.m.-noon
Cost: Free with museum admission

Seussical

Naperville Park District | Naperville, Ill.

Join the Cat in the Hat as he follows the adventures of Horton the Elephant, who despite all odds saves the Whos, protects the egg, and restores unity to the Jungle of Nool. A kaleidoscope of Dr. Seuss characters come to life to tell the story of loyalty, acceptance and friendship. Tickets are on sale at the Naperville Park District at www.napervilleparks.org and at the Administration Building, 320 W. Jackson Ave., and at the new 95th Street Center, located at 2244 W. 95th St.

Cost: Call for cost

Musical Petting Zoo

Music Institute of Chicago | Evanston, Ill.

FREE  

Children can try a wide range of instruments at a musical petting zoo as well as enjoy music games and refreshments while parents learn about the Music Institute from faculty and staff. Jan. 8: Evanston East Campus, 1490 Chicago Ave.; Jan. 21: Highland Park Library, 494 Laurel Ave.; Jan 22: Winnetka Campus, 300 Green Bay Road.

When: 2-4 p.m. Jan. 8, 21 and 22
Cost: Free

DaVinci Machines Exhibition

Water Tower Place | Chicago, Ill.

FREE  

Displays hand-crafted inventions built from Leonardo DaVinci's 500-year-old designs as well as digitally remastered Masterpieces for an up close and personal look at the greatest artistic genius of all time.

When: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. 6/7/2016-12/31/2016
Cost: Not for profit art exhibition. Suggested admittance $15.95 Adults; $13.95 Seniors; $11.95 Kids

Dream with Da Vinci

DuPage Children's Museum | Naperville, Ill.

Visitors will learn the basics about Da Vinci and the Renaissance era; children will add their own ideas and voices to the exhibit. They can explore elements of flight and connect today’s technology to Da Vinci’s innovations; explore several machines and structures, from bridges to clock gears; try on the role of engineer; express themselves with different artistic mediums, from clay to crayons; and dress up in Renaissance clothing.

Cost: Free with museum admission

Children’s China: Celebrating Culture, Character and Confucius

Kohl Children's Museum | Glenview, Ill.

This interactive exhibit explores what life is like for children in China. Kids will celebrate the annual holiday, National Teachers’ Day, while learning to write “thank you teacher” in Chinese characters on a touchscreen notepad. Kids will shop in a traditional Chinese neighborhood market and then prepare a healthy meal while working in a restaurant. In the home, visitors will learn how families celebrate the Chinese New Year and participate in a daily dragon parade led by a traditional dragon headdress. Computer interactives invite children to experience the art of paper cutting, discover their lunar calendar animal and play traditional musical instruments. A key focus of the exhibit will be Confucius, the inspirational teacher and moral leader still considered to be a hero to children in China today.

Cost: Free with museum admission

Fun Unplugged: Little Adults

DuPage County Historical Museum | Wheaton, Ill.

FREE  

Located in the room across from the Museum’s electric HO gauge model railroad, the exhibit displays popular and homemade toys that entertained children without electricity, from army figurines to tea sets, board games, dollhouses, erector sets, irons, stoves, cabins, and more.

Cost: Free

Brick by Brick

Museum of Science and Industry | Chicago, Ill.

Features a spectacular collection of more than a dozen giant Lego-built structures of engineering marvels, including a 60-foot long Golden Gate Bridge. Guests will learn how architects and engineers push the limits of design, materials and location to make the seemingly impossible, possible; witness how form follows function; learn how building beautifully uplifts us all; and explore Chicago’s impact as the birthplace of the skyscraper.

Cost: Requires a separate, timed-entry ticket.

Where the Wild Things Are: The Works of Maurice Sendak

Museum of Science and Industry | Chicago, Ill.

Explore original artworks by Sendak, including sketches, illustrations and works on paper. Presidents, illustrators, friends and celebrities also share their words about the renowned author—how he inspired them, influenced their careers and touched their lives.

Cost: Free with museum admission
 
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