“Chitlin Caller” May and June Edition – Museums for Kids

Ready for some summer fun? The “Chiltin Caller” May and June Edition is the best source for everything kids in Chicago’s museums! The top 10 exhibit openings, events, and just stuff for two months.

1. Chicago Children’s Museum

Artabounds Craft Studio 

Most weekdays and weekends 1:00 pm, 2:00 pm, and 3:00 pm

Cost: Free with admission. Adults and children $14 per person.

Three art projects will be featured during the months of May and June.

Memory Maps – Your child will create a memory of a time with family on paper using decorative scraps of paper, fabric, and drawing tools.

Finger Puppets – Create your own sidekick with fabric and drawing tools along with other accouterments.

My Family Portraits – Use supplies to add in Mom, Dad, Brother, Sister, and your pets for a fun family portrait of your own!

Captain’s Class

Every day times vary

Cost: Free with admission. Adults and children $14 per person.

Get ready to row a boat from Point A to Point B all while fashioning yourself a life jacket. Will you make it across the rough seas? Stop in and learn how to! All that is needed is your imagination.


Every day times vary

Cost: Free with admission. Adults and children $14 per person.

It’s an upside down periscope and use it to peer into other worlds or under the sea!

To see the full-list of activities at the Chicago Children’s Museum click here.

2. Shedd Aquarium

Amphibians Exhibit

Opens May 16th!

Cost: $21.95 to $26.95 for Children and $30.95 to $35.95 for Adults

Slimy, spotted, various sizes, and sticky. That is definitely not a Bacon Maple Doughnut we are describing, it’s the 40 different kinds of frogs, toads, salamanders and any other creepy crawly amphibian! Watch out Amphibians will soon take over the Shedd and all it’s inhabitants. All those frogs and toads are from six different continents. They can’t live on Antarctica of course! It’s coming……

3. Museum of Science and Industry

Robot Revolution

Opening May 21st – museum hours

Cost: $27 – $36

Perhaps robots are more like humans than we realize. Find out in these five areas of study: Cooperation, Smarts, Skills, Locomotion, and Build-a-bot all with hands-on activities for both children and adults.  Meet Baxter, a robot to work along side us humans, PARO, a furry seal pup robot to help the elderly and autistic children.

4. Museum of Contemporary Art 

Family Day Tinker

May 9th 11:00 am to 3:00 pm

Like using found objects such as milk jugs, cardboard, tools, and glue? You’ll love this event. What can you reimagine and turn trash into art. Join artists Lindsey Barlag, Jenna Deidel, Corinne Mucha, Sara Black and Raewyn Martyn, and Dave Ford.

5. Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

Butterfly Release

Everyday at 2:00 pm

Cost: Free with admission. $6-$9 per person

Hear of the rumble of those wings beating again the net to be released into the “wild” of the Butterfly Haven. It’s always an assortment of flashing colors. Want some luck, Freeze; for if a butterfly lands on you it’s meant to be!

6. The Field Museum

Art and Science Spotlight at the Crown Family Play Lab

June 20th 11:00 am to 2:00 pm

Cost: Free with admission.

Everybody loves our grey animal friends the African Elephant and the Asian Elephant, but how different are they from their ancestors the Mammoth and Mastodon? Find out at the Crown Family Play Lab. Each month the lab brings art projects, musicians, and scientists together to ponder life’s questions through the eyes of young children. Will you be ready to use your trunk and tusks?

7. Naper Settlement

Settlement Sundays

Beginning June 21st from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm Ice Cream Social 2:00 to 2:30 pm

Cost: Free with admission $8 to $12 per person limit of 250 guests

Make a do-it-yourself sundae with all the fixins! Ice cream is served 2 to 2:30 pm every Sunday. Walk the grounds of the museum and enjoy free hands-on activities and tours of the buildings.

8. The Grove

Letterboxing Workshop

June 14th 9:30 am to 11:30 am

Cost: $9 to $11.25 To register click here.

Receive your own notebook, but you may want to bring your own stamp. It’s a treasure hunt with a bit of an adventure mixed in with a hike. The Grove staff will teach the ins and outs of the craft!

To find out more about Chicago Letterboxes click here.

9. The Adler Planetarium

After School Teen Hangouts

Every Wednesday 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Cost: Free

Play with some high teach gear including tablets and the Alder’s own 3-D Printers at the Doane Observatory. It is Free and Open to all Chicago High School Students. You will even receive a Ventra card to get to the observatory! Finish homework, hack into the school’s computer network, and make some new friends. All in a day’s work!

10. The Chicago History Museum

Second Saturdays 

May 10th 10:00 am to 3:00 pm

Cost: Free with admission. Children 12 and younger Free. Adults $14

Celebrate our city’s history with some make and take crafts as well as hands-on activities!

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