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Children & Family Programs

  • Kids on Rug in North Gallery
  • Kids graduating Polish through Nature class
  • Critter Connection

Register for all Early Childhood program classes by clicking the corresponding PayPal link. Registration forms are also available to submit via mail or fax. For all programs, space is limited and registration is required. Payment is due at the time of registration.  For additional questions, please email familyprograms@naturemuseum.org or call 773-755-5145.

Full list of Children & Family Programs
  • 10:00 am-11:00 am
    February 27, Friday

    Spanish Through Nature: Parents and Tots (Ages 1-4)

    Children & Family | Recurring Event:

    Description

    Presented in partnership with Instituto Cervantes.
    Children ages 1-4 will learn Spanish vocabulary during an experiential, interactive class through songs, movement and laughter! Children will read a thematic book together and then do fun hands-on crafts and sing songs relating to the day's theme.

    Cost: $20/single class.

    You are welcome to bring children that are under six months to an older sibling's class at no additional fee. Attending siblings six months or older should be registered for the class. Registration required.

    Registration Information

    Single Class


    If you have to cancel, you must email familyprograms@naturemuseum.org to cancel registration for early childhood and family programs, and adultprograms@naturemuseum.org to cancel registration for adult programs.

    Cancellations must be made at least two weeks prior to the program to receive a refund, or to transfer to another date of the same program. No refunds or transfers will be available less than two weeks prior to a program’s start date. The Nature Museum reserves the right to cancel programs at any time.

    Registration Closed
  • 11:00 am-1:00 pm
    February 28, Saturday

    Discovery Day

    Children & Family

    Description

    Have you ever seen something in nature that you just couldn’t identify? On Saturday, February 28, we'll be sharing our experts with you during our very first Discovery Day! Our entomologists, paleontologists, and urban ecologists will help identify your discoveries. Whether your specimen is a feather, fossil, shell, rock, plant, photograph, or observation you can join our experts at the Museum from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. to learn more about it! As a bonus, visitors who bring a specimen to identify on Discovery Day will receive free admission.

    Don't have a piece to bring in? Don't worry! You'll still be able to speak with our experts, ask questions, and learn about some of the Museum’s own discoveries by examining some specimens from our own collection up close.

    Join our experts in the Nature Museum’s Wilderness Walk to discover more about your natural treasures, or maybe even stump our scientists!

    Please note, our experts will not be giving appraisals during Discovery Day. 

  • 1:45 pm-2:30 pm
    March 5, Thursday

    Mr. Singer's Sing Along Fun!

    Children & Family

    Description

    Mr. Singer's 45-minute sing-a-long 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. Have fun, discover and sing!
    Cost: Free with museum admission.

  • 10:00 am-11:00 am
    March 6, Friday

    Spanish Through Nature: Parents and Tots (Ages 1-4) Session 2

    Children & Family | Recurring Event:

    Description

    Presented in partnership with Instituto Cervantes.
    Children ages 1-4 will learn Spanish vocabulary during an experiential, interactive class through songs, movement and laughter! Children will read a thematic book together and then do fun hands-on crafts and sing songs relating to the day's theme.

    Cost: 7-week sessions: $100/member caregiver and child/series; $140/non-member caregiver and child/series; $20/single class.


    You are welcome to bring children that are under six months to an older sibling's class at no additional fee. Attending siblings six months or older should be registered for the class. Registration required.
    There will be no class on April 10

    Registration Information

    Single Class

    Series


    If you have to cancel, you must email familyprograms@naturemuseum.org to cancel registration for early childhood and family programs, and adultprograms@naturemuseum.org to cancel registration for adult programs.

    Cancellations must be made at least two weeks prior to the program to receive a refund, or to transfer to another date of the same program. No refunds or transfers will be available less than two weeks prior to a program’s start date. The Nature Museum reserves the right to cancel programs at any time.

  • 9:30 am-11:30 am
    March 7, Saturday

    25th Annual IBMN Workshop

    Children & Family

    Description

    Guest speakers will be Mike Jeffords and Susan Post from the Illinois Nature History Survey. They are both authors of the newest edition of the Field Guide to Butterflies of Illinois. Butterfly monitors attending will have the opportunity to purchase and/or have their copies of the field guide signed. For more information please contact alawrance@naturemuseum.org.
    Cost:Free with museum admission.

 

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