Free Museums on Saturday


The Notebaert Nature Museum is free this Saturday if you print and present this admission card. Kids LOVE the butterfly enclosure there and it's probably the highest-profile Illinois museum participating in Smithsonian Magazine's free museum day. Others include the Swedish American Museum, which has that fun kids' immigration activity thing, and the Aurora Fire Museum.

Too bad we are booked solid Saturday what with the Parenthesis consignment sale and then a free "tea" for kids and their dolls at the Oak Park Women's Exchange. Which by the way is supposed to be a great place to get inexpensive outfits for kids' dolls, if you're like me and the kids' grandparents have so generously given them an outrageously expensive doll for which there are so many outrageously expensive outfits on display at a certain outrageously huge store on Michigan Ave.

No matter -- I just found out that our Oak Park Public Library now has a Museum Adventure Pass program, similar to the museum passes Chicago Public Libraries has been providing for years. Using that we don't have to wait for a free day -- we could go free anytime the pass is available to the Morton Arboretum, the Kohl Children's Museum, the Brookfield Zoo or even get a parking pass to the Chicago Botanic Garden. OK the list is not as extensive as the Chicago program's but there is plenty there to keep us busy.

Lots of other suburban libraries are participating in this including Oak Forest, Aurora, Berwyn, Evanston, Forest Park and more.

Photo by kevcole, used via Creative Commons license.



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