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Everyone is welcome to add events to the Kidlist calendar, given that they are drop-in and/or free special events (no ongoing classes or camps that require registration) and are local to the west and/or southwest suburbs of Chicago. Click on the blue “Submit an Event” button and fill out the form.
Let's find out what lives in the salty sea! You can sift shells from sand and touch colorful shells from around the world. Then stare into the tooth filled jaws of preserved sharks and collect fossil teeth from sharks that lived long ago. There will be lots of plastic and plush sharks and other sea life in the Great Outdoors, plus smaller plastic sea life at the play dough table. The Nature Collector's Swap Shop will be open, too, so…Find out more »
Let gravity do the work as you race toy cars down ramps. Then let spinning wheels propel toy cars in to loop-de-loops around a battery powered raceway. Take your turn as engineer for an O-scale model railway, and then assemble trains to run through our GeoTrax village. The play dough table will be set up as a construction site, with diggers, dump trucks, and plastic construction workers. You'll find more construction vehicles in our pebble filled pool and in the…Find out more »
Young children and their adults can learn about the natural world when they collect rocks, fossils, shells, bones, seeds, cones, or other objects produced by nature. At our Collecting Nature program, you can view, touch, sort, classify, learn about, and play with our nature collections from around the world. You can also jump start your own collection: Sift through the sandbox to find rocks and shells you can either keep or trade at the Nature's Collector's Swap Shop. At the…Find out more »
How do wild animals survive winter's cold? Meet live creatures that usually spend the winter in sheltered places, like deep in the soil or in rotten logs. Then help plastic and plush bugs, birds, mammals, and reptiles find safe places to spend the winter in the Great Outdoors exhibit. You can also touch real mammal furs, examine skulls and bones, and make bird and mammal tracks at the play dough table.Find out more »
Today we will use our senses of touch, hearing, and sight to discover what's inside a variety of natural and human made objects. Reach inside a box and let your sense of touch tell you what it holds. Shake a container to see if you can tell what's inside just by listening. You can look at X-rays of skeletons and try to put pretend organs back inside a plastic body. Then hatch plastic and play dough eggs to discover insects,…Find out more »
All events will be reviewed before publishing to the calendar. Event approval usually occurs on Wednesdays; if you need your event to be reviewed before then, please email Annie at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We do our best to provide comprehensive, accurate and useful information about events and activities. This information (such as times and locations) is gathered from press releases, websites, signs around town and word of mouth. However, details change and people make mistakes, so please confirm the details before you go. Kidlist is not responsible for any problems that occur while participating in activities listed on this site.