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Hawks and Their Habitats

Prairieview Education Center | Crystal Lake, Ill.

Learn about hawks and the places they live. An outdoor hike in search of resident and migratory hawks is followed by an indoor presentation including a live raptor.

When: 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Cost: $5, $2 resident

Toddler Takeover

Chicago Children's Museum | Chicago, Ill.

Featured programs include Hammertime!, Kids Create: Paint, Clean Meets Messy and Carwash. Plus, Naptime Graduates programs includes Dinoscape and Art a Go-Go.

Cost: Free with museum admission

Music, Movement, and Mindfulness with Ms. Carol

Wonder Works | Oak Park, Ill.

Experience the majesty of music and movement intertwined with mindfulness with this hands-on multi-disciplinary experience guided by Ms. Carol Swann. Children develop and improve their music ability, motor coordination and social skills through music, creative play and storytelling.

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

DaVinci Machines Exhibition

Water Tower Place | Chicago, Ill.


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

Taffy Class

Sweet Pete's Candy | Lake Forest, Ill.

An old fashioned taffy pull for all ages. Watch as Sweet Pete's Confectioners pull a sugar mixture into taffy. Each guest will pull, cut and wrap taffy.

When: 4-5 p.m. Wednesdays
Cost: $15

Wings of Wonder: The Lorikeet Exhibit

Nicholas Conservatory & Gardens | Rockford, Ill.

Visitors will be “face to beak” with the small- to medium-sized parrots known for their playful personalities, vibrant coloration, and their ability to mimic words and sounds.

When: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Cost: Free with conservatory admission

Zoom Room

Chicago Children's Museum | Chicago, Ill.

Send toy cars hurtling through race jumps, long runs, loops, dips, and super spirals within a colossal, multilevel race course. Crash sites, obstacle courses and tracks with different textured surfaces invite physical science exploration for the innately curious of every age. Zoom Room is a play-filled, physics laboratory for kids.

Cost: Free with museum admission

Animal Secrets

Kohl Children's Museum | Glenview, Ill.

Families learn where chipmunks sleep, how an eagle feeds its young and more, as they explore the hidden habitats and secret lives of forest animals. Children will discover nature from an animal's point of view in naturalistic environments, including a stream, woodland, meadow, and cave.

Cost: Free with museum admission

Alexander Hamilton: The Man Who Made Modern America

Naper Settlement | Naperville, Ill.

Features reproductions from the Gilder Lehrman Collection. The exhibition examines Hamilton’s important role in the Revolutionary War and Early Republic periods. Follow Hamilton’s an astonishing rise in five short years from an orphaned, 15-year-old West Indies immigrant to George Washington’s war time aide. Never one to back away from a fight, political or otherwise, Hamilton fought his final duel at the age of 47 with Vice President Aaron Burr. Once the duel was over, Hamilton was found dead and Burr was wanted for murder. More than any other founder, Hamilton was a complex and controversial figure and a true visionary.

Cost: Free with museum admission

What Is a Planet?

Adler Planetarium | Chicago, Ill.

Visitors will discover that new approaches and perspectives in science can change how we define worlds near and far. Witness how astronomers and the media reacted to Pluto's demotion in 2006; learn the current definition of a planet and hear what Adler astronomers think of this current definition; voice your opinion about Pluto alongside skeptics and space enthusiasts through an interactive voting poll in real-time; explore artifacts from the Adler collections that illustrate the ever-evolving definition of a planet.

Cost: Free with museum admission
Chicago Parent Playdate Spring 2016

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