Keeping kids learning during the summer can be a challenge, but the Adler Planetarium has developed a new 100 Days of Wonder program to help parents explore and enjoy science with their children. The program runs in conjunction with Adler's new show "Cosmic Wonder" and encourages families to wonder, observe and discover through various science programming.
The program includes solar observing through Chicago 's largest public telescope, talking with an astronomer, family activities in Planet Explorers, and weekly astro challenges through Facebook and Twitter. Special family-friendly daily activities will be available at the museum through activity carts manned by Adler staff and volunteers. These 10-minute hands-on experiences will be located through the museum's exhibits.
On Aug. 12, Adler moves its activities to Cantigny in Wheaton to watch the Perseid meteor shower. The event features activities for the whole family, including shows for children in the Adler's portable planetarium dome, telescope viewing and stargazing, hands-on educational activities and a lecture by an Adler astronomer. Tickets go on sale in July for this event.
If you're on a budget this summer, take advantage of Adler's free Illinois resident days June 4, 5, 6, 10, 11 and 12. The 100 Days of Wonder Program runs from May16-Aug. 23. For more information, visit adlerplanetarium.org/news/100-days-of-wonder-celebrates-summer-and-science.
Liz DeCarlo is the senior editor at Chicago Parent.
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