For Families

Weekend Family Class: Homemade Ice Cream

Get an up-close look at one of the world’s tiniest seeds from the vanilla orchid, make a batch of ice cream, and pot up a plant that can flavor ice cream.

Sunday, February 16, or Saturday, March 1
9:30 – 11 a.m. or 1 – 2:30 p.m.

Get an up-close look at one of the world’s tiniest seeds from the vanilla orchid, make a batch of ice cream, and pot up a plant that can flavor ice cream.

 

Repeats every 13 days until Sat Mar 01 2014 .
Sun, 02/16/2014 - 09:30 to 11:00
Sat, 03/01/2014 - 09:30 to 11:00
2014 - 13:00
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Weekend Family Class: Hot Chocolate

Examine the cacao tree, learn how bitter beans make delicious desserts, mix up an ancient Aztec chocolate, and take home chocolate mint and chocolate pepper plants.

Saturdays, January 18 or February 1
9:30 – 11 a.m. or 1 – 2:30 p.m.

Uncover the story of chilies and chocolates—products that come from South American plants! Examine parts of the cacao tree, learn how bitter beans make delicious desserts, and mix up several different kinds of historic chocolate drinks, even an ancient Aztec version. Take home a chocolate mint and a chocolate pepper plant to concoct your own creations.

Repeats every 2 weeks until Sat Feb 01 2014 .
Sat, 01/18/2014 - 09:30 to 11:00
Sat, 02/01/2014 - 09:30 to 11:00
2014 - 13:00
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Weekend Family Class: Gumballs & Superballs

Find out how people use parts of rainforest trees to make chewing gum and rubber. Create your own bouncing ball and flavorful gum to take home.

Saturday, March 29, or Sunday, April 6
9:30 – 11 a.m. or 1 – 2:30 p.m.

Find out how people use parts of rainforest trees to make chewing gum and rubber. Create your own bouncing ball and flavorful gum to take home.

Repeats every 8 days until Sun Apr 06 2014 .
Sat, 03/29/2014 - 09:30 to 11:00
Sun, 04/06/2014 - 09:30 to 11:00
2014 - 13:00
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Weekend Family Class: Joyful Gingerbread

Explore all the different plants and plant parts needed to make gingerbread. Take home a future ginger plant, decorate cookies, and mix up a batch of gingerbread.

Saturdays, December 7, or December 21
9:30 – 11 a.m. or 1 – 2:30 p.m.

Plants help make delicious holiday treats—like gingerbread! Explore all the different plants and plant parts needed to make gingerbread. Take home a future ginger plant, decorate cookies, and mix up a batch of gingerbread to bake at home.

Repeats every 2 weeks until Sat Dec 21 2013 .
Sat, 12/07/2013 - 09:30 to 11:00
Sat, 12/21/2013 - 09:30 to 11:00
2013 - 13:00
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Hanukkah Concert

The Klezmer kickoff to the holiday season that’s fast becoming a family tradition: music by the Maxwell Street Klezmer Band (includes a visit to Wonderland Express).

Sunday, December 1
11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Alsdorf Auditorium

Buy tickets

Advance: member/nonmember: $15/$17
Day-of: member/nonmember: $18/$20
Children 2 and under are free.
Standard parking fees apply.

Ticket price includes concert and access to Wonderland Express. The Maxwell Street Klezmer Band will perform two one-hour concerts in Alsdorf Auditorium.

Sun, 12/01/2013 - 11:00 to 12:00
2013 - 13:00

Breakfast with Santa

This event is sold out.

THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT
Saturday, December 14
8:30 a.m.
,  9:30 a.m., and 10:30 a.m.
Sunday, December 15
8:30 a.m., 9:30 a.m., and 10:30 a.m.

Adult: member/nonmember: $30/$35
Child (3-12 yrs): member/nonmember: $22/$27
Children 2 and under are free.

Repeats every day until Sun Dec 15 2013 .
Sat, 12/14/2013 - 08:30
Sun, 12/15/2013 - 08:30
2013 - 09:30
2013 - 10:30

Wonderland Express

Exhibition of miniature trains winds over bridges, under trestles, and through mini-replicas of Chicago's favorite landmarks.

November 29, 2013 through January 5, 2014
Daily, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Click here for more info.

Repeats every day until Sun Jan 05 2014 except Wed Dec 25 2013.
Fri, 11/29/2013 - 10:00 to 18:00
Sat, 11/30/2013 - 10:00 to 18:00
Sun, 12/01/2013 - 10:00 to 18:00
Mon, 12/02/2013 - 10:00 to 18:00
Tue, 12/03/2013 - 10:00 to 18:00
Wed, 12/04/2013 - 10:00 to 18:00
Thu, 12/05/2013 - 10:00 to 18:00
Fri, 12/06/2013 - 10:00 to 18:00
Sat, 12/07/2013 - 10:00 to 18:00
Sun, 12/08/2013 - 10:00 to 18:00
Mon, 12/09/2013 - 10:00 to 18:00
Tue, 12/10/2013 - 10:00 to 18:00
Wed, 12/11/2013 - 10:00 to 18:00
Thu, 12/12/2013 - 10:00 to 18:00
Fri, 12/13/2013 - 10:00 to 18:00
Sat, 12/14/2013 - 10:00 to 18:00
Sun, 12/15/2013 - 10:00 to 18:00
Mon, 12/16/2013 - 10:00 to 18:00
Tue, 12/17/2013 - 10:00 to 18:00
Wed, 12/18/2013 - 10:00 to 18:00
Thu, 12/19/2013 - 10:00 to 18:00
Fri, 12/20/2013 - 10:00 to 18:00
Sat, 12/21/2013 - 10:00 to 18:00
Sun, 12/22/2013 - 10:00 to 18:00
Mon, 12/23/2013 - 10:00 to 18:00
Tue, 12/24/2013 - 10:00 to 18:00
Thu, 12/26/2013 - 10:00 to 18:00
Fri, 12/27/2013 - 10:00 to 18:00
Sat, 12/28/2013 - 10:00 to 18:00
Sun, 12/29/2013 - 10:00 to 18:00
Mon, 12/30/2013 - 10:00 to 18:00
Tue, 12/31/2013 - 10:00 to 18:00
Wed, 01/01/2014 - 10:00 to 18:00
Thu, 01/02/2014 - 10:00 to 18:00
Fri, 01/03/2014 - 10:00 to 18:00
Sat, 01/04/2014 - 10:00 to 18:00
Sun, 01/05/2014 - 10:00 to 18:00

Trains, Tricks & Treats

Enjoy a Frightfully Good Time in the Model Railroad Garden!

Saturday, October 18 and Sunday, October 19
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Adults: $6
Seniors: $5
Children (3–12 yrs): $4
Children (2 and under): Free
Members save $1

Families are invited to come in costume and trick-or-treat throughout the Model Railroad Garden to celebrate Halloween and the end of the railroad's season at Trains, Tricks & Treats.

Repeats every day until Sun Oct 19 2014 .
Sat, 10/18/2014 - 10:00 to 17:00
Sun, 10/19/2014 - 10:00 to 17:00

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