Nature Story Time

Trailside Museum of Natural History | River Forest, Ill.

Enjoy a nature-inspired story, followed by a craft and a snack. For children 3 - 6 w/adult. Jan. 2 and 16; Feb. Feb. 6 and 20.

When: 10:30-11:15 a.m.
Cost: $1/child

Winter Dinosaur Exhibit

Lake View Nature Center | Oakbrook Terrace, Ill.

FREE  

This special exhibit features the Apatosaurus, one of the largest land animals that ever existed.  View an Apatosaurus skull and leg bones, see how you measure up to an Apatosaurus leg and footprint, touch a fossilized dinosaur bone and coprolite and more.

When: Closed the first Monday of the month
Cost: Free

Forts

Chicago Children's Museum | Chicago, Ill.

Forts are the perfect place for pretend stakeout areas and secret society meetings. Use couch cushions, upside-down tables, doors, headboards-even stairs that go nowhere!-to create a cool and cozy space that's all your own.

Cost: Free with admission

Play with the Sea Life

Wonder Works | Oak Park, Ill.

The Wonder Works exhibits are populated with a wide variety of pretend sea life that can be part of your child's play. Search for the plastic fish or whales in the Great Outdoors, adopt a farm animal under the life-sized cow, build a zoo for the plastic mammals in Build It, or identify the plush birds in the orchard. New creatures are rotated in every month.

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

Storytelling: Inspiring Traditions for Generations

Mitchell Museum of the American Indian | Evanston, Ill.

Exhibit looks at the many ways Native Americans tell the history of their people through visual and oral traditions. It contains more than sixty artifacts from tribes throughout the United States and Canada, including an Ojibwe drum, Winnebego jingle dress and Navajo rug.

Cost: $5, $3 fseniors, students and kids; free museum members and Tribal members

Opening the Vaults: Wonders of the 1893 World's Fair

Field Museum | Chicago, Ill.

Travel back to 1893 and experience the excitement of the White City. Digital technology will bring the World's Fair to life. Visitors will see items that thrilled fairgoers 120 years ago including large taxidermied animals, fully articulated animal skeletons, and ancient fish from Wyoming's Green River fossil bed. Using an iPad application, visitors can explore many items from the World's Fair still hidden in the Museum's vaults and will also get an overview of the Museum's history and the personalities who helped shape this institution.

Cost: Included in Discovery and All Access passes

80 at 80

Museum of Science and Industry | Chicago, Ill.

Special exhibit showcases 80 rarely displayed artifacts from the museum's extensive collection in honor of the museum's 80th anniversary. These artifacts, carefully selected by MSI curators, will ignite guests' memories from past exhibits but many will be revealed for the first time.

Cost: Free with admission

Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives

Museum of Science and Industry | Chicago, Ill.

The exhibit showcases the creative accomplishments and innovations of one of Chicago's native sons, Walt Disney, and the ongoing legacy of the company that bears his name. Features artifacts that have not been widely seen by the public, including drawings, props, costumes, artwork from classic Disney animation, theme park attractions, TV shows and live action films, plus items from contemporary Disney milestones. Hands-on, interactive stations bring Disney's technological breakthroughs in animation and motion pictures to life. Guests can try recording sound effects, explore Disney's revolutionary MultiPlane film camera and learn to draw some of their favorite Disney characters in the Animation Academy.

Cost: $9, $7 kids 3-11, plus admission

The Places You’ll Go

Waukegan Public Library | Waukegan, Ill.

FREE  

Includes hands-on elements that teach children about the role of transportation in their lives. The exhibit includes an auto repair shop, a train station with caboose, flight simulator and airplane cockpit, wind tunnel, and bicycles on stands. The exhibit will also help develop map-reading skills, teach the elements of flight, and help children recognize street signs. In addition, a G-scale model train will run above the children's department desk all year. The exhibit also includes information on energy efficient ways to travel.

Cost: Free

Gnome Hunt

Morton Arboretum | Lisle, Ill.

Search for gnomes in the Children's Garden using your best "I Spy" skills. Checklist provided.

When: 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
Cost: Free with admission
 





 
 
 
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