Smithsonian Magazine’s “Museum Day Live” is an annual event in which participating museums across the country open their doors to anyone presenting a Museum Day Live ticket for free.
Free Comic Book Day, when participating stores and libraries around North American give away comic books for free, will be observed on May 6, 2017. Libraries and comic book stores around the western suburbs will be participating.
Illinois residents will be able to visit the Field Museum in Chicago for free during the entire month of February 2017!
The Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago is offering free admission to all kids, ages 3 through 11, through February 29.
Willowbrook Wildlife Center is an education center and a wildlife rehabilitation center operated by the DuPage County Forest Preserve. The animals cared for there are native to DuPage County, or migrate to or through DuPage County. Once the animals recover, the center releases them back into the wild, if possible. Entrance to the center is free, although donations are encouraged. It has both indoor and outdoor components.
The Red Oak Nature Center, part of the Fox Valley Park District, has been around for more than 30 years, and it definitely reminded me of the kinds of places I’d visit on field trips as a kid. Rather than computers or touch screens you’ll find old-school interactive exhibits – like a wall puzzle of a flower’s parts, or a “Touch Table” featuring fur pelts, feathers, turtle shells, pine cones and fossils. It is open year-round, and it offers free admission.