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Register for all early childhood and family programs and classes by clicking the corresponding PayPal link. Space is limited. Where noted, registration is required for programs. Payment is due at the time of registration. For additional questions, please email familyprograms@naturemuseum.org.

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  • 8:30 am-9:30 am February 23, Thursday

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

    Museum Toddler Time

    Children & Family | Recurring Event: Thursdays in February

    Museum Toddler Time

    Description

    Looking for a fun kid-friendly outing? Steer your stroller to the Nature Museum every Thursday this month! Visitors with strollers will enjoy early admission at 8:30 am, complimentary coffee, and early-childhood-focused programming as part of Museum Toddler Time. With a new theme each week, young visitors will interact with favorite exhibits in new ways, and enjoy play and story time in our Hands-On Habitat

    Cost: Free with admission

    Don't forget, Illinois residents can enjoy free admission as part of our Suggested Donation Thursdays!

  • 11:00 am-2:00 pm February 23, Thursday

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

    Animal All-Stars: Meet Our New Rats

    Children & Family

    Animal All-Stars: Meet Our New Rats

    Description

    Say hello to our adorable new residents! The tiny rats are the newest addition to the Istock Family Look-In Lab, and we need your help to name them! Starting today, visitors will be able to see the rats in person, as well as stop by the Look-In Lab to cast their vote.

    Throughout the day we'll be featuring Critter Connections, live feedings and drop-by acitvities, all highlighting this special species.

    11 to 11:20 - CRITTER CONNECTION — Get hands-on with this week’s Animal All-Star!
    11 to 12 - SPECIMEN VIEWING — Check out specimens of our Animal All-Star from our Collections!
    11:30 to 12:30 - ALL-­STAR SKETCHING — Doodle away! Our Animal All-Star comes out at 12:00pm as a live model.
    1 to 1:20 - ALL­-STAR FEEDING — Find out what and how our Animal All-Star eats!
    1:30 to 1:50 - SPECIAL CRITTER CONNECTION — One of our biologists will bring out an All-Star not usually seen during Critter Connections!

    Cost: Free with admission

  • 1:00 pm-1:15 pm February 24, Friday

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

    Live Animal Feedings: Fish

    Children & Family | Recurring Event: Tuesdays

    Live Animal Feedings: Fish

    Description

    Stop by River Works to watch our animal experts feed our fish.

    Cost: Free with admission

  • 1:45 pm-2:30 pm March 2, Thursday

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

    Sing Along with Electric Neil

    Children & Family | Recurring Event: First Thursday of the month

    Sing Along with Electric Neil

    Description

    Electric Neil hosts a 45-minute sing-along that is high energy, educational, and most of all, a ton of musical fun. Little ones sing, clap and dance with their caregiver to up-tempo songs that focus on the natural world around them.

    Cost: Free with admission

  • 1:00 pm-1:15 pm March 3, Friday

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

    Live Animal Feedings: Fish

    Children & Family | Recurring Event: Tuesdays

    Live Animal Feedings: Fish

    Description

    Stop by River Works to watch our animal experts feed our fish.

    Cost: Free with admission

 
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