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Weekend Family Class: Pizza Party

Chicago Botanic Garden | Glencoe, Ill.

Pizza has lots of ingredients from the garden—tomatoes, wheat, herbs and vegetables. Learn how these plants grow and how they are used to make pizza. Participants will plant their own herb garden to take home.

When: 9:30-11 a.m. or 1-2:30 p.m. March 25 and April 2
Cost: $24

Spring Breakout Adventures

Forest Preserves of Cook County | Elgin, Ill.

FREE  

Offers the chance to practice archery, explore the bountiful wildlife and plant species as well as improve your navigation skills.

When: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Cost: Free

Super Hero Week

Wonder Works | Oak Park, Ill.

An action packed week full of games, superhero training, spectacular science, amazing art and more. Come dressed as a favorite hero or villain or craft your own identity in the art studio.

When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Cost: Free with museum admission

Spring into Science

Discovery Center Museum | Rockford, Ill.

Celebrate STEM by playing with numbers, exploring translucent colors, dabbling in reflection, and using refraction to make a rainbow viewer.  Plus, engage in fun art activities and enjoy live science demonstrations.

When: 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Cost: Free with museum admission

Spring Break Fossil Hunt

Midwest Museum of Natural History | Sycamore, Ill.

Explore the galleries and discover hidden fossils along the way. Find all the hidden fossils and get a prize.

When: 4-5 p.m.
Cost: $3

Impulse

Navy Pier | Chicago, Ill.

FREE  

An interactive work comprised of 15 largescale seesaws with special LED lighting and sound, activated through the motion of its users. When in use, the seesaws create a dynamic, ever-changing field of light and sound. Through repetition, rhythm and syncopation, the art work serves as a largescale urban instrument, intended to activate the surrounding public space and engage participants.

Cost: Free

Once Upon a Castle

Chicago Children's Museum | Chicago, Ill.

An original exhibit inviting young imaginations to create their own kingdom in a one-of-a-kind castle-themed play space. Kids hold the power to play in a castle complete with secret tunnels, a rope bridge, tower, dungeon, throne room, wizard's room, kitchen, feasting table, market and more, setting the stage for a fantastical experience where the only limit is one's imagination.

Cost: Free with museum admission

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
 










 
 
 
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