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Spring Break Programming


Looking for spring break programs for the whole family? We've got you covered!

Have a spring break staycation at the Nature Museum! Join us all week for fun, family-friendly programs and events.

  • Mississippi mud turtle

    Muddy Monday

    Monday, April 15
    10am to 2pm

    From mud turtles to snapping turtles, worms to beetles–come meet our animals that dig in the dirt!

    Cost: Free with admission

  • two-toed sloth

    Tree-top Tuesday

    Tuesday, April 16

    Join us as our friends at Wildlife Discovery Center bring out a very special guest: a two-toed sloth!

    Cost: $3; free for children under 3

    Pre-register Now

  • butterflies

    Winged Wednesday

    Wednesday, April 17
    10am to 2pm

    Butterflies, birds, and bees, oh my! We’ll have activities all day about everything that flies.

    Cost: Free with admission

  • poison dart frog puppets

    Nature Play Thursday

    Thursday, April 18
    11am & 1pm

    Stop by for a stunning nature-themed puppet show from our friends at Jabberwocky Marionettes. From dragonflies to dinosaurs, from snakes to dart frogs, this show will amaze and entertain the entire family.

    Illinois residents can enjoy free admission during Suggested Donation Thursday.

    Cost: $5; free for children under 3

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  • frog in exhibit

    Frog Friday

    Friday, April 19
    10am to 2pm

    Who uses their eyeballs to help them eat, has skin that can breathe, and a sticky tongue? Frogs! Kick off the weekend with our amphibious friends.

    Cost: Free with admission

  • close-up of owl

    Soarin' Saturday

    Saturday, April 20
    11am & 1pm

    What do hawks and owls have in common? They’re all birds of prey! Join us as our friends at Stillman Nature Center present a live raptor show.

    Cost: $3; free for children under 3

    Pre-register Now

  • Striped eggs

    Egg-cellent Sunday

    Sunday, April 21
    10am to 2pm

    It’s an egg-stravanganza! Small, large, speckled and striped–we’ll have bird eggs from around the world!

    Cost: Free with admission

  • visitors with museum scientist

    Earth Day

    Monday, April 22
    10am to 2pm

    Start your seedlings with Gotham Greens as they run Earth Day activities throughout the day.

    Cost: Free with admission

Don't forget to check out our daily programming, too!

  • Children in Hands-on Habitat

    Story Time

    Every day 
    11am to 11:30am

    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

  • Children with box turtle

    Critter Connection

    Every day
    12pm to 12:15pm

    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

  • Blanding's turtle

    Live Animal Feeding

    Every day
    1pm to 1:15pm

    Join us in Mysteries of the Marsh as our animal care staff and volunteers feed some of your favorite Nature Museum critters.

    Cost: Free with admission

  • Rice Paper butterfly

    First Flight Butterfly Release

    Every day
    2pm to 2:15pm

    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


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