All special programs are free with Museum admission on a first-come-first-served basis. No registration is necessary.
Art Adventures are guided art activities that children and their caregivers can create together and either take home or replicate in the home.
These activities take place Tue – Sun in the Adventures in Art exhibit from 9 AM to noon (11:30 on Saturdays) and 1 to 3 PM . (Beginning Sept 2022, this program will end at 12 PM on Sundays.)
Taking place every Friday from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. in Habitat Park from mid-spring to mid-autumn, weather permitting, this program lets children learn about seeds, weeds, worms, fruits and vegetables, and the joys of digging in the dirt and growing and harvesting plants. Master gardeners from University of Illinois Extension and other local horticultural institutions lead sessions.
Science Sleuths lets children become little scientists as they study evidence, make predictions, and test their hypotheses with the guidance of a Museum educator or local professional. Programming occurs select Wednesdays and Fridays at 2 PM through August and select Tuesdays and Thursdays at 2 PM beginning in September.
Our mobile STEAM cart provides hands-on experiences and activities designed to spark curiosity and experimentation.
STEAM Explorers activities take place in August from 1:30 – 2:30 PM on Tuesdays, as well as from 9 – 9:30 AM on Tuesdays and Thursdays during members-only hours. Beginning in September, STEAM Explorers will switch to Wednesdays from 1:30 – 2:30 PM. (Tuesday and Thursday members-only hours remain the same.)
It’s time to let your inner actor out with Theatre Games. Through a variety of creative dramatic exercises, we will explore gross and fine motor skills, problem solving, listening and speaking skills, following directions, and building confidence. Theatre games takes place Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m.
The Museum’s Tinkering program encourages children to do what they do best – let their curiosity take over! Explore the world of engineering by building machines and creating processes, and then explore what happens when you make changes or do things differently.
Programming occurs select Wednesdays and Fridays at 2 PM through August and select Tuesdays and Thursdays at 2 PM beginning in September.