Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Check Out a Museum Adventure Pass

Please remember that you can check out museum passes at the Oak Brook Public Library. These passes offer free museum entrance, or substantial discounts. Please go to our youth service desk to check out a pass today. Passes last one week from the date of checkout.



Museum Passes Available

(Taken from Museum Adventure Pass site 2/10/16)


Air Classic Inc. Museum of Aviation

Get up close and personal with an A-7E Corsair II Navy Attack Bomber, combat veteran from Desert Storm that flew from the deck of the USS John F. Kennedy. Be the pilot of a Huey helicopter of Viet Nam fame.
44W546 US Route 30
Sugar Grove IL, 60554-9886
Hours: We are now closed for the winter. We are scheduled to reopen 2 April 2016.
Admits one person (Senior, Adult or Child) free with one paid adult admission Saturday and Sunday only, plus 10% off in gift shop. One Pass per family/group.
Website

Bronzeville Children's Museum

First and only African American children's museum in the nation.
9301 South Stony Island Avenue
Chicago IL, 60617
Hours: Tuesday - Saturday: 10 am - 2 pm (Hourly guided interactive tours for children ages 3-9. Tour hours are 10, 11, 12, 1, and last tour is at 2:00 pm) CLOSED: Sunday and Monday for Special Events
Admits 2 (Buy one, get one free. Limit is two admissions per family)
Website

Brookfield Zoo (Chicago Zoological Society)

A world leader in animal care, conservation, and education, Brookfield Zoo is celebrating 75 years of fun this year!
First Ave. and 31st St.
Brookfield IL, 60513
Hours: Open Daily 10 to 5.
Admits 2 (Passes are valid for Brookfield Zoo only and does not include parking or admission to any internal exhibits or attractions, such as Dolphin Show, Butterflies!, Children's Zoo, Temporary exhibits, Motor Safari, etc.)
Website

Cantigny Park

In addition to vast formal gardens and picnic and camping grounds, Cantigny offers two history-rich museums: the Robert R. McCormick Museum and the Cantigny First Division Museum, fascinating for children and researchers alike.
1S151 Winfield Road
Wheaton IL, 60189
Hours: 10am - 5pm (May-October); 10am - 4pm (November-April) NOTE: WINTER HOURS. *CLOSED - ALL of January and Monday-Thursday in February. Also closed - November 27, 28, December 24, 25 and 31.
Admits 1 vehicle - Limited to one car per use.
Website

Chicago Botanic Garden

With its world-renowned plant collections and displays, it is one of the country's most visited public gardens and preeminent center for learning and scientific research.
1000 Lake Cook Road
Glencoe IL, 60022
Hours: 8 am - sunset, everyday. Extended hours early June - Labor Day 7 am to 9 pm. Christmas Eve - close at 3pm.
Admits 1 car at 50% off per pass
Website

Elgin History Museum

Housed in an 1856 landmark building and listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The museum brings to life Elgin's rich heritage.
360 Park Street
Elgin IL, 60120
Hours: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday: 12-4 p.m. (Now open year-round) CLOSED: Sunday, Monday and Tuesday
Admits 4
Website

Elgin Public Museum

Offers exhibits and educational programs with natural history and cultural themes for families, school groups, scouts, clubs, organizations, homeschoolers, and anyone who wants to have fun while learning!
225 Grand Boulevard
Elgin IL, 60120
Hours: CLOSED: ALL of January. Starting February- May 25th - Open Saturday & Sunday Noon - 4 pm. Summer Hours (May 26th thru Labor Day: Tuesday thru Sunday, 12 to 4pm. Fall, and Winter Hours: Saturday and Sunday, Noon to 4pm;
10% Discount on all museum store purchases
Website

Illinois Railway Museum

America’s largest railway museum, featuring many pieces of historic railway equipment on display, and regular operation on our demonstration railroad. Take a ride on one of our many restored trains and experience a museum in motion.
7000 Olson Rd (Mailing: PO Box 427)
Union IL, 60180
Hours: CLOSED: Museum is closed until April 2014. Weekend operations: 10:30 AM - 5:00 PM, grounds 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM Weekday operations: 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM, grounds 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM Blackout Dates - August 16 & 17, 23 & 24 - Saturdays & Sundays - Day Out With Thomas™
2 free passes with the purchase of 2, or 1 free pass with the purchase of 1
Website

Lake County Discovery Museum

Offers the fun of a big city museum, close to home with its permanent and temporary exhibits including an 11-foot Mastodon and the world's largest collection of picture postcards.
27277 N. Forest Preserve Road
Wauconda IL, 60084
Hours: Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.; Sunday, 1 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Open daily except for: Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year's Day.
Admits 2 (passes are valid for general admission only. Not valid for use during public programs and special events where special admission rates apply)
Website

Legoland Discovery Center

Your passport to a LEGO® world of color, creativity and fun. Attractions include; Miniland, Jungle Expedition, Kingdom Quest Laser Ride, Merlin’s Apprentice Ride, LEGO Factory Tour, 4D Cinema, LEGO City Construction Site, Model Builder Workshop, Build and Test area and more! All attractions are included in general admission price. Recommended visit time: 1.5 – 3 hours.
601 N Martingale Rd #130
Schaumburg IL, 60173
Hours: Saturday and Sunday: 10am – 7pm (last ticket sold at 5pm) Mon – Fri 12pm – 7pm (last ticket sold at 5pm)
Admits one person (Senior, Adult or Child) free with one paid admission at the door. Individual Door Price Ticket: $18.00. Children 2 and under are free. Adults MUST be accompanied by a child of suitable age...the Center is geared toward families with children 3-10 years old.
Website

Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art

People of all ages enjoy this exceptional museum dedicated to sharing with others the beauty of gemstones and promoting the study of earth science. The museum houses a large collection of Chinese jade and other hard-stone carvings. Other displays include animal dioramas, mineral specimens, gemstones and geologic phenomena. Browse through the unique gift shop. Free parking is available.
220 Cottage Hill Avenue
Elmhurst IL, 60126
Hours: Tuesday - Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Sunday 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Closed Mondays and Major Holidays
1/2 off admission passes for General Museum Admission Only -Discount not available on Fridays.
Website

Mitchell Museum of the American Indian

The Mitchell Museum of the American Indian is one of only a handful of museums across the country that focuses exclusively on the art, history, and culture of Native American and First Nation peoples from throughout the United States and Canada. It promotes public understanding of cultural diversity through first voice perspectives.
3001 Central Street
Evanston IL, 60201
Hours: T, W, F, Sat. 10 AM to 5 PM; Th. 10 AM to 8 PM; Sun. Noon to 4 PM; Closed Mondays
Admits 2 free for regular museum admission
Website

Naper Settlement

Naper Settlement is a nationally accredited outdoor museum located in downtown Naperville, Illinois. The museum maintains 30 historic buildings on a 12 acre site with over 50,000 objects. Museum staff and volunteers interpret life from the 19th century to today, while wearing period-correct costumes.
523 South Webster Street
Naperville IL, 60540
Hours: Winter Hours (Nov-Mar) Tuesday-Fri 10am to 4 pm - Closed Sat, Sun, Mon. Spring, Summer, Fall Hours (Apr-Oct) Tues-Sat 10am to 4pm; Sun 1pm to 4pm - Closed Mon.
1. Buy One Ticket: Get 1 Free; Maximum of Two (2) free tickets per coupon. Free ticket(s) will be lowest value item(s). 2. Valid for General Admission only – April 1 – October 31, 2015 3. Not Valid for special events, or events sponsored on the museum grounds by others with an entry fee.
Website

Oriental Institute Museum

Presents informative and engaging exhibits and programs on ancient Egypt, Nubia, Israel, Iraq, Iran and Turkey. Come to the museum store, the Suq's holiday sale, December 1 - 9! Nonmembers receive 15% off and members receive 20% off entire store.
1155 E. 58th Street
Chicago IL, 60637
Hours: Tuesday, Thursday - Sunday: 10 AM - 5 PM; Wednesday: 10 AM - 8:00 PM CLOSED: Mondays, July 4, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day.
One free Kid's i-Pod tour of the Egyptian Gallery per pass. General admission is free (donation suggested).
Website

Pleasant Home Foundation

Pleasant Home is a landmark prairie style house museum, designed in 1897 by George W. Maher. The home is one of the earliest and most distinguished examples of prairie school architecture. Pleasant Home is the only Maher building open to the public as a museum.
217 Home Avenue
Oak Park IL, 60302
Hours: Tours Thursday through Sunday 12:30pm, 1:30pm and 2:30pm or by appointment. CLOSED: Major Holidays
Buy 1, Get 1 free Tour Admission
Website

St. Charles Heritage Museum

Exhibits highlight early settlers, agriculture, industry, education, the Richard's Riot, millionaires and tourism in the Roaring Twenties.
215 E. Main Street
St. Charles IL, 60174
Hours: Tuesday - Saturday 10am - 4pm CLOSED: Sundays (Sept-May), Mondays and Major Holidays
15% discount on visitors entire gift shop purchase with some exclusions.
Website

The Children's Museum in Oak Lawn

5100 Museum Drive
Oak Lawn IL, 60453
Hours: Tues - Sat: 9:30am to 5:00pm Sunday: 12:00pm to 5:00pm Evenings: 2nd and 4th Friday until 8:00pm CLOSED: Mondays, Major Holidays and September 8-12, 2014 for cleaning and maintenance
Pay for one adult and the child gets in free. If additional people are with you, each of them pay the regular admission price. Limit 1
Website

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Lego League

There's Still Time to Sign Up for Lego League!

Lego League meets this Thursday, February 11th at 6:30pm. 

Everyone ages 4 & up is welcome to attend. 

We just received over 2000 more Lego's including a variety of Lego people, bricks, odds and ends for building, and a Minecraft Crafting Box! Register today! 









Sunday, January 24, 2016

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Not To Tempt You, But...

Here are some of our winter reading prizes.

Also, please send help. I am addicted to the squishy brain prize.





California Pizza Kitchen gave us some free kids meals. Oberweis in Elmhurst gave free ice cream!


Oh, and this year we have marble sets that include instructions on how to play the game.

There are loads of other prizes, too. This is just all I can handle right now because the squishy brains are taking up 97.2% of my attention. 

Maybe later I can post more, 

MD

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Winter Reading

Our Blizzard is Brewing! 


We have already had a great start to winter reading! Don't forget to sign up to read and earn fantastic prizes! 


Wednesday, January 13, 2016

DIY: Make Your Own Soap (With Creature Inside!)

Here is what we used:

Supplies 
1. Glycerin blocks (unscented)
2. Microwave safe measuring cups
3. Skin-safe coloring
4. Skin-safe scents (in droppers)
5. Plastic mold trays
6. Vaseline 
7. Alcohol (in spray bottle)
8. Small plastic toys (to fit in mold)
9. Patience
10. More Patience

How to make your own soap.

1. Cut Glycerin Blocks into Cubes: Glycerin comes in large blocks. You want to cut your blocks into small pieces, like cheese cubes. We had 18 participants, and used two large blocks of glycerin. (Each block at 2 lbs each.)

2. Grease Plastic Mold: Take the plastic mold you will pour your liquidized glycerin in, and coat the inside of the mold with a thin layer of Vaseline. This will prevent the hot glycerin from clinging to the walls of the plastic mold. 

3. Melt Glycerin in Microwave: Melt glycerin in microwave safe measuring cups. Melting time will depend on the amount of glycerin blocks/microwave wattage. Your best bet for effectively melting the blocks (without overheating) is setting the microwave for a minute, and watching the blocks crumple, and melt. Once the blocks are liquidized, wait a few seconds. Then press STOP. 

Do not allow the glycerin to boil. 

4. Choose Scent, Color. and Animal for Soap: While the glycerin heats, students should choose a scent, color, and small plastic toy to go inside their soap bar.

5. Pour Glycerin into Soap Mold: Pour liquid glycerin into mold. Work quickly to incorporate about ten drops of the skin-safe scent, and 2-4 drops of skin-safe color. Stir in mold.



6. Place plastic toy in soap: Wait until film develops on the top of soap. Spray the plastic toy that will go inside the soap with alcohol, to eliminate air bubbles that can form around it. When a firm but thin film develops, use a plastic knife to push film aside, and insert toy into soap, and under the film. 

7. Finishing Touches: Spray top of soap (lightly) with alcohol to eliminate air bubbles. Alcohol can also be sprayed between multiple colors of glycerin, for a layered soap.

8. Drying: Allow glycerin to dry, and do leave mold to rest for several hours. The hardening process can be sped up by refrigeration.

MD

Note: 1. The best way to know how much glycerin to melt is to get a measurement of how much liquid your soap molds can hold. Pour water to fill your soap mold,, and then transfer that water to a measuring cup. This will give you an idea of how many glycerin cubes you must melt. 
2. Liquid glycerin solidifies quickly. Work fast!