New exhibit showcases 50 rare and unique objects from the Sterling Morton Library's collections. The artifacts include a collection of butterflies that is more than 100 years old, an Eskimo bone carving, original woodblocks, and metal sculptures. Explore a modern cabinet of curiosities, with drawers that pull out and doors that open to reveal objects and interactive games, share your vision of a library in 50 years, and take part in a library-wide scavenger hunt.Cost: Free with admission
Kids become bug detectives as they explore the exhibit of huge bug sculptures built using natural materials including trees, dried branches, roots and green saplings. On display will be an over-sized bee hive, lady bug, assassin bug, damsel fly, spider, daddy long legs, praying mantis, dragon fly, grasshopper and three ants. Kids receive a free bug detective guide, helping them uncover the truth about bugs. Plus, they can take part in daily events to learn more about bugs, plus an edible insects program for the whole family.Cost: Free with admission
The exhibit, organized by the Purdue Agriculture Exhibit Design Center, teaches children that mammals are carnivores, herbivores or omnivores and that there are different types of teeth and feeding habits for each. Among its features are animal skulls, including a tiny weasel and a polar bear. Kids can look at their own teeth in the Tooth Sleuth mirror to determine their eating category.When: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Features supersized animatronic dinosaurs, including
favorites like Stegosaurus and Triceratops, as well as obscure
dinosaur species with unusual characteristics, like feathers.
Shantungosaurus-the largest dinosaur to walk on two legs-stands at
more than 20 feet tall and 50 feet long in Roosevelt Fountain, and
a tented showcase highlights the most recent paleontological
findings that birds evolved from dinosaurs. In addition, guests
will learn how dinosaurs are relevant to today's world and how
changes in climate may have led to their extinction, plus about
prehistoric flowers and plants .
Try out some goofy faces, learn a wacky walk or build an arsenal of original knock-knock jokes. Once your material is ready, it's time to hit the stage and showcase your best bits at the Children's Museum's own comedy club.Cost:
Brand new exhibit is dedicated to the special animals in our lives. Kids can become their favorite animal, crawl in, out and around a child-sized pet home, and share stories about the pets in their life. Parents can learn the benefits of pets and pet play, and access resources for choosing appropriate family pets.Cost: Free with admission
Kids can learn about the four stages of butterfly development and explore how animals change and adapt through the metamorphosis process. Signage explains the egg and caterpillar stages of butterfly growth, and live specimens of pupa and adult butterflies demonstrate the final two stages of growth.Cost: Free with admission
Guests explore the science behind spinning toys, sports, transportation, space travel, entertainment and even the Universe itself. Includes The Human Centrifuge, Let it Roll race and laser light show.Cost: Free with admission
Features Antique and collectible dolls and toys from the 19th and 20th centuries, plus some modern and reproduction toys that are available for hands-on fun.When: 1:30-4:30 p.m.
See a full-size replica of NASA's Mars Curiosity rover. The rover, which landed safely on Mars, is a high-fidelity prototype and the only one of its kind to be publicly displayed.Cost: Free with admission