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Origami in the Garden

The Morton Arboretum | Lisle, Ill.

Visitors will be awed by 25 displays of metal sculptures based on the traditional Japanese art of paper folding as they walk paths through the Arboretum’s spectacular landscape. Created by Santa Fe-based artists Kevin and Jennifer Box, the exhibit features installations, gallery works, and the Boxes' own compositions, as well as collaborative works with some of the world’s top origami artists.

When: 7 a.m.-sunset
Cost: Free with arboretum admission

Dinos & Dragons

Brookfield Zoo | Brookfield, Ill.

Dinos & Dragons will feature 17 animatronic creatures, including the Stegosaurus, Apatosaurus, Tyrannosaurus rex, and Chinese dragon. Along the winding outdoor path, guests can explore the origins of myths and legends through culture, literature, and paleontology that is illustrated on signage. Inside a tented area, zoogoers can get up-close views of live reptiles, including a 6-foot-long Komodo dragon, seen for the first time at Brookfield Zoo. The temporary exhibit will also have hands-on activities, as well as a dinosaur dissection lab, dino dig boxes, and an excavation site.

Cost: $5, $3 kids 3-11

Forts

Chicago Children's Museum | Chicago, Ill.

Visitors are invited to imagine, construct, and play within their own special places as everyday materials take on new shapes and purposes to become a fort builder's paradise. Forts inspires both constructive planning and imaginative play. As children negotiate, problem solve, and take turns, they develop interpersonal practices.

Cost: Free with museum admission

Community Roots: Agriculture in Naperville

Naper Settlement | Naperville, Ill.

The exhibit allows visitors to see the progression of land use, learn why early settlers chose the livestock they did, how the community supported agriculture and the impact technology had on farming and the changing landscape and population. The Gregory family, who owned a 400-acre farm which is now the Westfield Fox Valley Shopping Center, is among many Naperville farm families represented in the exhibition. On view is Larry Gregory’s 4-H electricity projects from 1947 and 1948, where he laid out future plans for wiring farm houses after World War II.

Cost: Free with museum admission

Chasing Eclipses

Adler Planetarium | Chicago, Ill.

Exhibit immerses you in the spine-tingling, goosebump-inducing experience of a solar eclipse. You’ll find inspiration in eclipse chasers from history, discover the cosmic scale of being in the shadow of the Moon, and prepare to chase down the great solar eclipse on August 21.

Cost: Free with museum admission.

Specimens: Unlocking the Secrets of Life

The Field Museum | Chicago, Ill.

Visitors to the exhibition can see some of the most amazing objects in The Field’s collections, including a giant clamshell (that they can touch), a nearly six-foot-long sawfish snout, and a drawer full of now-extinct butterflies with silvery-blue wings. They can also try their hand at sorting seashells into different species and walk into a reconstructed map-lined office of a long-time Museum curator. An interactive touchscreen encourages visitors to explore ancient insects—millions of years old—trapped in amber.

Cost: Included in Discovery and All-Access passes

Robot Revolution

Museum of Science and Industry | Chicago, Ill.

Robot Revolution explores how robots, created by human ingenuity, change how we play, live and work together. The exhibit comes to life with a collection of cutting-edge robots secured from some of the most innovative global robotics companies and universities. Guests have extraordinary opportunities to interact with robots that have rarely been shown to the public before. New robots include a life-sized humanoid robot that greets guests at the entrance of the exhibit, the Cube Solver, who dazzles guests with its lightning-fast ability to solve a Rubik’s cube, a hexapod robot with six snakelike legs that navigates rough terrain and Adept Lynx, a self-navigating industrial robot used in shipping factories.

Cost: $12, $9 kids

Extreme Ice

Museum of Science and Industry | Chicago, Ill.

Through stunning photographic documentation and time-lapse videography of glaciers, Extreme Ice provides guests an emotionally visual representation of climate change. Artifacts on display include equipment and a customized camera that the photographer used on their expeditions. Guests will also learn about the technological advances James and his team created to capture such compelling footage. Other items on display include protective insulated clothing, helmets and climbing equipment. Guests can also touch and see a real 7-foot-tall ice wall, interact with maps showcasing the potential impact of coastal flooding around the world, see how rising temperatures will affect Chicago, explore the work of other ice scientists throughout the world and understand the part they can play in mitigating the effects of climate change.

Cost: Free with museum admission

Turn Back the Clock

Museum of Science and Industry | Chicago, Ill.

Exhibit explores the urgency of nuclear weapons and climate change with one of the most provocative symbols of the 20th century, the Doomsday Clock. Guests will interact with a digital representation of the Clock through time, learn how the atomic age extended into pop culture and walk through a visual, historic timeline of the nuclear age.

Cost: Free with museum admission

Our House: Rethinking Home in a Changing Climate

Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum | Chicago, Ill.

Families can build, play, and discover how scientists are rethinking home to face the challenges of climate change. Packed with fun, interactive experiences, Our House takes visitors through four climate change challenges and showcases creative solutions that reduce our environmental impact and support natural habitats for plants and animals. Guests will be inspired to take action as a family to minimize climate change, positively impacting the environment in their own unique way.

Cost: Free with museum admission
 










 
 
 
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