Events for Families

February

Dozin' with the Dinos

Families and groups with children ages 6-12: grab your sleeping bags for an overnight stay at the Museum! You’ll explore the Museum by flashlight and see science in action, dissect owl pellets, learn to illustrate specimens, and play instruments from around the world. Groups are welcome, including scouts, schools, churches, community groups, and others. For more information, including merchandise, a sample schedule and FAQs, please see the Overnight Packet.

Return of the Warriors: Scientist Spotlight

These events take place at the Chinese American Museum, 238 W. 23rd Street, Chicago and are free and open to the public. Join us from February 9-25 for Return of the Warriors, an exhibition spotlighting the collections of The Field Museum and Chinese American Museum. Return of the Warriors features two terracotta warrior replicas, gifted to the Chinese American Museum from The Field Museum. See them alongside real objects from the history of China and the natural world!  

March

Dozin' with the Dinos

Families and groups with children ages 6-12: grab your sleeping bags for an overnight stay at the Museum! You’ll explore the Museum by flashlight and see science in action, dissect owl pellets, learn to illustrate specimens, and play instruments from around the world. Groups are welcome, including scouts, schools, churches, community groups, and others. For more information, including merchandise, a sample schedule and FAQs, please see the Overnight Packet.

Chicago, Collected: Opening Night

Chicago, Collected is free and open to the public from March 4–31. All events take place at Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W 111th St, Chicago, IL 60655. Discover fossils, plants, and other specimens from The Field Museum’s collections on display at the Beverly Arts Center. Chicago, Collected, is a collaborative exhibit and program series connecting the city of Chicago to its natural history. On select dates, come by for special events featuring Field Museum scientists, who will present their research, answer questions, and show off objects from our collections.

Dozin' with the Dinos

Families and groups with children ages 6-12: grab your sleeping bags for an overnight stay at the Museum! You’ll explore the Museum by flashlight and see science in action, dissect owl pellets, learn to illustrate specimens, and play instruments from around the world. Groups are welcome, including scouts, schools, churches, community groups, and others. For more information, including merchandise, a sample schedule and FAQs, please see the Overnight Packet.

Chicago, Collected: Ice Age

Chicago, Collected is free and open to the public from March 4–31. All events take place at Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W 111th St, Chicago, IL 60655. Discover fossils, plants, and other specimens from The Field Museum’s collections on display at the Beverly Arts Center. Chicago, Collected, is a collaborative exhibit and program series connecting the city of Chicago to its natural history. On select dates, come by for special events featuring Field Museum scientists, who will present their research, answer questions, and show off objects from our collections.

Sensory Saturday

Free with advance registration. The Crown Family PlayLab at The Field Museum is hosting Sensory Saturdays, a sensory-friendly morning of hands-on exploration and discovery. We understand that some children may have specific sensory processing needs in order to have a great museum experience. So, we are opening the doors of the Crown Family PlayLab one hour early, from 9-10am, to meet the needs of those families. Registration will be capped at 40 guests so that families can enjoy a crowd-free space.

Dozin' with the Dinos

Families and groups with children ages 6-12: grab your sleeping bags for an overnight stay at the Museum! You’ll explore the Museum by flashlight and see science in action, dissect owl pellets, learn to illustrate specimens, and play instruments from around the world. Groups are welcome, including scouts, schools, churches, community groups, and others. For more information, including merchandise, a sample schedule and FAQs, please see the Overnight Packet.

April

Dozin' with the Dinos

Families and groups with children ages 6-12: grab your sleeping bags for an overnight stay at the Museum! You’ll explore the Museum by flashlight and see science in action, dissect owl pellets, learn to illustrate specimens, and play instruments from around the world. Groups are welcome, including scouts, schools, churches, community groups, and others. For more information, including merchandise, a sample schedule and FAQs, please see the Overnight Packet.

May

Dozin' with the Dinos

Families and groups with children ages 6-12: grab your sleeping bags for an overnight stay at the Museum! You’ll explore the Museum by flashlight and see science in action, dissect owl pellets, learn to illustrate specimens, and play instruments from around the world. Groups are welcome, including scouts, schools, churches, community groups, and others. For more information, including merchandise, a sample schedule and FAQs, please see the Overnight Packet.

Sensory Saturday

Free with advance registration. The Crown Family PlayLab at The Field Museum is hosting Sensory Saturdays, a sensory-friendly morning of hands-on exploration and discovery. We understand that some children may have specific sensory processing needs in order to have a great museum experience. So, we are opening the doors of the Crown Family PlayLab one hour early, from 9-10am, to meet the needs of those families. Registration will be capped at 40 guests so that families can enjoy a crowd-free space.

June

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Dino Camp: Session 1

Calling all preschoolers and caregivers! Join us for a unique two day summer camp exploring the world of dinosaurs. Dino Camp is an early childhood camp, designed expressly for young explorers ages 3-4 with their caregivers. During the two days of discovery we will learn how to spot a dinosaur, see SUE’s skull, dig for dino bones and much more. The program takes place from 9:00am - 11:30am.  *All campers must be between the ages of 3-4 and attend with an adult caregiver. 

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Dino Camp: Session 2

Calling all preschoolers and caregivers! Join us for a unique two day summer camp exploring the world of dinosaurs. Dino Camp is an early childhood camp, designed expressly for young explorers ages 3-4 with their caregivers. During the two days of discovery we will learn how to spot a dinosaur, see SUE’s skull, dig for dino bones and much more. The program takes place from 9:00am - 11:30am.  *All campers must be between the ages of 3-4 and attend with an adult caregiver. 

Free Admission Day

On Free Admission Days, basic admission is free for Illinois residents with valid proof of residency.* See ticketed exhibitions and 3D films at a special price: choose a Discovery Pass and see one special exhibition or 3D film, or see it all with an All-Access Pass! Those who qualify for state food assistance can visit at a discounted rate any day with the Museums for All initiative.  2018 Free Admission Days:

Free Admission Day

On Free Admission Days, basic admission is free for Illinois residents with valid proof of residency.* See ticketed exhibitions and 3D films at a special price: choose a Discovery Pass and see one special exhibition or 3D film, or see it all with an All-Access Pass! Those who qualify for state food assistance can visit at a discounted rate any day with the Museums for All initiative.  2018 Free Admission Days:

Free Admission Day

On Free Admission Days, basic admission is free for Illinois residents with valid proof of residency.* See ticketed exhibitions and 3D films at a special price: choose a Discovery Pass and see one special exhibition or 3D film, or see it all with an All-Access Pass! Those who qualify for state food assistance can visit at a discounted rate any day with the Museums for All initiative.  2018 Free Admission Days:

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Dino Camp: Session 3

Calling all preschoolers and caregivers! Join us for a unique two day summer camp exploring the world of dinosaurs. Dino Camp is an early childhood camp, designed expressly for young explorers ages 3-4 with their caregivers. During the two days of discovery we will learn how to spot a dinosaur, see SUE’s skull, dig for dino bones and much more. The program takes place from 9:00am - 11:30am.  *All campers must be between the ages of 3-4 and attend with an adult caregiver. 

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Dino Camp: Session 4

Calling all preschoolers and caregivers! Join us for a unique two day summer camp exploring the world of dinosaurs. Dino Camp is an early childhood camp, designed expressly for young explorers ages 3-4 with their caregivers. During the two days of discovery we will learn how to spot a dinosaur, see SUE’s skull, dig for dino bones and much more. The program takes place from 9:00am - 11:30am.  *All campers must be between the ages of 3-4 and attend with an adult caregiver. 

August

Sensory Saturday

Free with advance registration. The Crown Family PlayLab at The Field Museum is hosting Sensory Saturdays, a sensory-friendly morning of hands-on exploration and discovery. We understand that some children may have specific sensory processing needs in order to have a great museum experience. So, we are opening the doors of the Crown Family PlayLab one hour early, from 9-10am, to meet the needs of those families. Registration will be capped at 40 guests so that families can enjoy a crowd-free space.