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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 starting April 6 for fun, family-friendly programs and events.

  • green iguanas

    Dragon Discovery

    Every Day

    Learn more about the stars of Dragons Alive! in this up-close encounter guided by the Nature Museum team!

    Cost: Free with admission

  • two-toed sloth

    Sloth Show with Wildlife Discovery Center

    Tuesday, April 7

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

    Cost: $7; free for children under 3

    Register Now

  • Little Miss Ann

    Little Miss Ann

    Wednesday, April 8

    Wear your dancing shoes and come sing along with Little Miss Ann! Fun for the whole family, Little Miss Ann will have everyone tapping their toes.

    Cost: $7; free for children under 3

    Register Now

  • snake puppet

    Jabberwocky Puppet Show

    Thursday, April 9
    11am & 1pm

    Dinosaurs, dragonflies, and snakes--oh my! Jabberwocky Marionettes presents their Cosmic Puppet Show, a wild adventure that’s out of this world.

    Cost: $5; free for children under 3

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    Illinois residents can enjoy free general museum admission during Suggested Donation Thursday.

  • owl

    Wings and Talons: Live Raptor Show

    Friday, April 10

    What do hawks and owls have in common? They’re both birds of prey! Join us and our friends from Wings and Talons for a live raptor show featuring impressive birds of prey.

    Cost: $5; free for children under 3

    Register Now

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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