Top February Programs for Kids!

December tricked Chicagoans into thinking we were safe for the rest of winter. Oh wait, that’s right the blizzard has arrived. Once you dig yourself out of the snow what better way than to warm up at one of Chicago’s finest museums with the kids!

Chicago Museum Blog’s Top Picks!

Chicago Children’s Museum:

Use your imagination to create shadow puppets at the Children’s Museum and perhaps become the next great Chicagoan puppeteer!

Begins February 2nd and cost is free with museum admission.

Light, Shadow & Play 1, 2 & 3pm Hide/Show

Make your own shadow puppet and go on an adventure! Play with light, shadow, markers, papers, punches and more.

  • Other Dates
  • Tuesday, February 03: 1, 2 & 3pm
  • Thursday, February 05: 1, 2, 3 & 4pm, 5:30 & 6:30pm
  • Friday, February 06: 1, 2 & 3pm
  • Saturday, February 07: 1, 2 & 3pm
  • Sunday, February 08: 1, 2 & 3pm

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Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum:

Take a tour through the Rainforest at the Nature Museum and visit Iggy the Macaw! This month on Saturdays and Sundays in February from 11 am to 1 pm learn about the relationships between rainforest animals and plants through art projects, science experiments, and other fun activities.

Here’s Iggy!


Coming next week:

notebaertI Nature: Family Valentine’s Day Dance; Feb 7

Although this holiday is typically reserved for adults, guests of all ages can dress-to-impress and celebrate the season of love at this third annual family event! Join the Museum on Feb. 7 for a unique, memorable early-evening family night out for dinner, dancing, crafts and all things nature. Guests will enjoy exclusive after-hours access to Museum attractions, like the Judy Istock Butterfly Haven, as well as face painting and interacting with the Museum’s live animals. One of the many fun craft activities available include Valentine’s Day pins and bracelets from repurposed materials. A kid-friendly buffet dinner and accompanying “mocktails” will be served as party games and music are played by DJs Toast & Jam.

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Oriental Institute:

Saturday February 21st from 1 to 3 pm

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Families take part in an interactive presentation about archaeology and then excavate artifact replicas in our simulated archaeological site. Parents and kids dig and discover together in this excavation. We then go on a tour of the galleries using our knowledge of archaeology to understand people from the past. Activities include decoding our 17-foot tall statue of King Tut, exploring the boasts of an ancient Mesopotamian king, and analyzing mummies.
You must register for this event.
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Cost is One child age 5-12 plus one adult: $10 members; $14 non-members Additional registrant: $5 members; $7 non-members
Saturday February 28th from 1 to 3 pm
Secret of the Mummies
Our plushy interactive mummy, Djeserhotep, will get families exploring the method and meaning behind Egyptian mummification. Help us pull out organs, wrap her up, and more through our docent-led mummy presentations.

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Cost is free and included in admission.

Chicago History Museum:

Saturday, February 14, 10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.

Every second Saturday of the month, drop by the Museum to experience history in unexpected ways. Take your family on a museum adventure, learn with your senses, and discover what makes Chicago unique.

Each month, we highlight a different activity cart where families can learn together. Our trained volunteers, the Fun Timers, will get you started exploring the city and its stories.

Cost: Included with Museum admission. Kids 12 and under always receive free Museum admission!

Adler Planetarium:


February is sold out but March is still open!

Spend an Evening Underneath the Stars

Don’t miss your chance to spend a night at the museum!  Please note that Astro-Overnights are limited to children ages 6-10 (entering 1st grade through 4th grade) with their families, scout group, or other special group. All children attending the evening-only portion or the full Overnight MUST be accompanied by an adult.

  • Check out our hands-on activities
  • See two amazing sky shows
  • Telescope Observing
  • Enjoy a light snack
  • Savor a continental breakfast

Want to enjoy the evening, but can’t spend the night? No worries. There is an evening only option available on select dates. Enjoy the same program, but sleep in your own bed.

Sample Schedule in pdf form.

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Overnight rate:
$60 per person/$55 per member or groups with 15+ people

Evening rate:
$27.50 per person/$25 per member or groups with 15+ people

After School Wednesdays!

Join the Adler’s youth programs team after school every Wednesday at the Adler from 4-7 pm! Hang out and learn some new skills in science, engineering, and digital media. We have wifi, laptops, tablets, and other equipment available for you to work on projects or homework, explore some exciting tools, or just meet some new friends!

Teen Hangouts are FREE and OPEN to all Chicago high school students, and if you attend you will receive CTA Ventra cards to help you get to the Adler. The more you attend and participate, the more chances you’ll get to win great prizes in our raffles!

Follow the path just south of the South Box Office to get to the Doane Observatory and bring your School ID.

Museum of Contemporary Art:

Saturday February 14th from 11 am to 3 pm.

Family Day

Art isn’t always a solo undertaking. Share, collaborate, and exchange at this Family Day, inspired by the exhibition BMO Harris Bank Chicago Works: Sarah and Joseph Belknap. With guest artists Spudnik Press and Adventure Sandwich.

Cost: Included in admission.

Art Institute:

The Artist’s Studio every Saturday and Sunday 11 am to 3 pm. Make crafts with family members included in admission.

Mini Master’s Program:

Every Saturday and Sunday 2 pm to 3 pm

Listen to a story, explore the galleries with a teaching artist, and work together with other families in our studio to create a special place where you can play.

Cost:$10 member adult and child, $12 nonmember adult and child, $5 each additional person

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