Get up close and personal with a mummy, discover painted coffins and a Book of the Dead, try on an outfit from King Tut's closet, and go on a treasure hunt in our Egyptian Gallery. See if you can find out what a mummified ancient Egyptian priestess actually looked like when she was alive 3,000 years ago. Recommended for children ages 4 and up, accompanied...
Can you imagine a world without writing? Learn how writing began, how it changed over time, and how it changed the world forever through this hands-on program. Kids ages 9–12 help us “evolve” a writing script, while kids ages 5–8 take part in an interactive tale that describes how the alphabet was created and how it evolved. Try your hand...
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Join us for a curriculum and classroom designed especially for the preschool and kindergarten age child as we introduce and elaborate on color, shape, the alphabet, numbers and dabble with all kinds of art materials. Our program helps children prepare for preschool and kindergarten through creative exploration of stories, art and play. A mixed media...
Stop by Wonder Works and join Master Gardner's from the University Illinois Extension for a discussion about the anatomy of plants and produce! Children will also have the chance to make related arts and crafts after this exciting workshop. This workshop is Covered by General Admission.
Summer is the best time to see lots and lots of bugs! You can meet some live bugs and worms that have been living in weedy fields, soil, and under water. You also can see and touch preserved bugs, plus egg cases, cocoons, and other shelters made by bugs. Expect the Great Outdoors and play dough table to be overrun with pretend bugs.
What better way to enjoy those lazy days of summer than making art with friends? We will celebrate the joys of summer funny making art about our favorite summer pastimes in a variety of media. We'll paint, use clay, and even try a photo method that needs the sun's rays to work!
Find out how those amazing Egyptian murals were made by helping us to create one from paper using the techniques and “rules” that make ancient Egyptian art so recognizable.
King Tut wasn’t the only boy king? Find out the real story of what makes King Tutankhamun famous, find his artifacts in our gallery, and decipher the hieroglyphs on his 17-foot-tall statue.
Find out how spring begins for wild animals. Early birds are flying north in March, some early frogs may sing, and the first spring butterflies may fly if it’s warm enough. We’ll meet some animals that wake up as the soil warms, including baby worms and pill bugs. We’ll also have live tadpoles and frogs and worms on hand, plus both living and...
Learn that art doesn’t have to be just paintings on the walls! By creating mixed media drawings, paintings and sculptures kids will learn that you can use just about anything to create a master piece. The kids will also be introduced to some new artists that use these concepts to create their own artwork. Note: Children must be 4 years old before...
Our favorite 40-ton bull has done it again! Lamassu wants to read a book with all of his friends! Come to the Oriental Institute with your 4-9-year-olds to hear a reading of a famous Dr. Seuss and try your hand at writing like an ancient Egyptian, Mesopotamian, and Anatolian!
Did you know that the life of a person is written on his or her bones? Explore how this knowledge helps archaeologists learn about the lives of ancient people and get a kid’s crash course in bioarchaeology.
In this class we will use robotics to bring science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) to life! This curriculum supports robotics students, with emphasis on programming. Each of the projects begins with a robotics research prototype in which students are guided step-by-step through the building and programming of a new robot behavior....
Create your own cool potions recipes. Mischievous or marvelous? It’s up to you. Note: Writing materials included but feel free to bring your own notebook.
Write your own fantasy spells. Perform them if you like. Beware, magic is in the air. Note: Writing materials included but feel free to bring your own notebook.