All special programs are free with Museum admission on a first-come-first-served basis. No registration is necessary.

Art Adventures

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 daily in the Adventures in Art exhibit from 9 AM to noon and 1 to 3 PM.

Underwritten by:

Illinois Arts CouncilCDW

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Dog Safety

Join Rainbow Animal Assisted Therapy to learn safety tips for young children aimed at prevention of dog bites. Program takes places select Wednesdays at 10 AM.

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Garden Buddies (Seasonal Program)

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 plants. Master gardeners from University of Illinois Extension and other local horticultural institutions lead sessions.

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Science Sleuths

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 1:30 PM.

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Our mobile STEAM Cart provides hands-on experiences and activities designed to park curiosity and experimentation.

Activities take place from 1:30 – 2:30 PM on Tuesdays and Saturdays, as well as during members-only hours (8:30 – 9:30 AM) on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Participation is free unless otherwise noted.

Program will not take place Saturday, May 21.

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Story Time

Story Time takes place in our Sheridan’s Books & Crannies exhibit, and includes early elementary age appropriate stories (but all ages are welcome to attend!). Current story times are Thursdays at 1 PM and Fridays at 10 AM.

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Theatre Games

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 every Tuesday and select Wednesdays at 10:00 a.m.

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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 1:30 PM.

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