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Child observing butterfly in Judy Istock Butterfly Haven

Explore upcoming family and child-focused events, programs, and classes below. Register for all early childhood and family programs and classes by clicking the corresponding button. Space is limited. Where noted, registration is required for programs. Payment is due at the time of registration. For additional questions, please email programs@naturemuseum.org.

I Heart Birds   Tea with the Turtles    Bugapalooza    Supper with the Snakes    Full list of Children & Family Programs
  • 11:00 am-11:30 am August 17, Friday

    Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum 2430 N. Cannon Dr. Chicago, IL 60614

    Story Time

    Children & Family | Recurring Event: Daily

    Story Time

    Description

    Head to Hands-On Habitat to listen to a story picked for our littlest visitors, and then keep the fun going with games and activities.

    Cost: Free with admission

  • 11:30 am-11:45 am August 17, Friday

    Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum 2430 N. Cannon Dr. Chicago, IL 60614

    Amphibian Critter Connection

    Children & Family | Recurring Event: Daily

    Amphibian Critter Connection

    Description

    When you hear the word "amphibian," what do you think of? Frogs? Toads? Actually, amphibians are a pretty diverse family of critters who are just as different as they are alike. Join us to learn about their similarities and differences, and to meet some of our resident amphibians!

    Cost: Free with admission

  • 12:00 pm-12:15 pm August 17, Friday

    Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum 2430 N. Cannon Dr. Chicago, IL 60614

    Critter Connection

    Children & Family | Recurring Event: Daily

    Critter Connection

    Description

    Snakes, turtles, salamanders...more than 50 animal species reside in our lab. Get up close with one of our critters and learn about our animal friends that live at the Nature Museum.

    Cost: Free with admission

  • 2:00 pm-2:15 pm August 17, Friday

    Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum 2430 N. Cannon Dr. Chicago, IL 60614

    First Flight Butterfly Release

    Children & Family | Recurring Event: Every day

    First Flight Butterfly Release

    Description

    Join us every day at 2pm in the Judy Istock Butterfly Haven as we release newly emerged butterflies into the Haven for the first time! Watch as they take their first flight!

    Cost: Free with admission

  • 5:30 pm-8:00 pm August 17, Friday

    Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum 2430 N. Cannon Dr. Chicago, IL 60614

    Bugapalooza

    Children & Family

    Bugapalooza

    Description

    Backbones are overrated  meet all of our invertebrate friends at this annual celebration of bugs! Stop by the bug zoo to interact with live critters, both native and exotic species. Nerd out with our entomologist, and learn how to pin an insect specimen with our museum collections staff. Test your mettle by eating some delicious bug cooking, go on a guided bug walk around the Museum, and discover some of the many creepy, crawly, and very, very cool critters that live around us.

    All ages are welcome – this event is fun for adults, kids, and teens! Dinner is included in the ticket price.

    Thank you to The British International School of Chicago, Lincoln Park and Rose Pest Solutions for sponsoring the event.

    Registration Information

    Adults: 
    $20 for members
    $25 for non-members

    Children: 
    $10 for children ages 2-18
    Free for kids under 2

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