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Upcoming Events in Sycamore Illinois


January

1 - 22 Snake Feeding - Guests can learn all about our live snakes while watching our staff feed them!
Every Sunday 1:00-1:15 pm

Address: Midwest Museum of Natural History 425 W State Street Sycamore, IL 60178 , Sycamore, Illinois
Ph: 815-895-9777 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: information@mmnh.org
Web: www.mmnh.org
Fee: Free with admission

24 Safari Sprouts - Spend a morning discovering nature at the Museum through games, crafts, stories, songs, and occasional live animal visits! Designed for ages 3-5 with an adult, but all ages are welcome.
No registration required
Every Thursday, 10:15-11:15 am

Address: Midwest Museum of Natural History 425 W State Street Sycamore, IL 60178 , Sycamore, Illinois
Ph: 815-895-9777 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: information@mmnh.org
Web: www.mmnh.org
Fee: Non-members: kids $5, adults $3, no extra admission fee Members: $2/child, adults free

February

28 Groundhog Gala - Enjoy a unique night out at the Midwest Museum of Natural History's Groundhog Gala fundraiser! Join us for food, a silent auction, and a cash bar. More information coming soon.
Thank you to our generous sponsors:

Yvonne Johnson; Mrs. John W. Ovitz; The Suter Company, Inc; Klein, Stoddard, Buck, & Lewis, LLC; Bill Nicklas; Terry & Sherrie Martin; Ronald G. Klein; Sycamore Integrated Health, Anonymous

Address: Midwest Museum of Natural History 425 W State Street Sycamore, IL 60178 , Sycamore, Illinois
Ph: 815-895-9777 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: information@mmnh.org
Web: www.mmnh.org
Fee: $35/single ticket, $60/two tickets

March

20 - 11 Safari Sprouts - Safari Sprouts

Every Wednesday, 10:15-11:15 am

$8/child (or purchase a 4-class card for $28), adults free
Members $6/child

No registration required

Spend a morning discovering nature at the Museum through games, crafts, stories, songs, and live animal visits! Designed for ages 3-5 with an adult, but all ages are welcome.

Address: Midwest Museum of Natural History 425 W State Street Sycamore, IL 60178 , Sycamore, Illinois
Ph: 815-895-9777 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: information@mmnh.org
Web: www.mmnh.org

April

6 Spring Babies Petting Zoo - Spring Babies Petting Zoo

Saturday, April 13 , 1-3:00 pm

$3/person (child or adult)/15-minute visit, PLUS Museum admission

Space is limited, payment due at time of registration: 815-895-9777

Stop by for a visit with some spring babies and be sure to bring your cameras! We'll be hosting baby chicks, bunnies, ducklings, goats, and lambs. Tickets to visit with the animals are $3 each, plus Museum admission and are sold in 15-minute increments (1-1:15, 1:15-1:30, etc.). This event sold out last year so reserve your spot today: 815-895-9777.

Address: Midwest Museum of Natural History 425 W State Street Sycamore, IL 60178 , Sycamore, Illinois
Ph: 815-895-9777 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: information@mmnh.org
Web: www.mmnh.org
Fee: $3/person (child or adult)/15-minute visit, PLUS Museum admission

18 Eye Dissection - We've got our eye on you! Learn about your sense of sight as we dissect cow eyes. This class is designed for children or adults, suggested for ages 8+ (under 12 must have an adult present). Please register by 4/16.
Thursday, April 25, 7-8:30 pm
Space is limited, payment due at time of registration: 815-895-9777

Address: Midwest Museum of Natural History 425 W State Street Sycamore, IL 60178 , Sycamore, Illinois
Ph: 815-895-9777 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: information@mmnh.org
Web: www.mmnh.org
Fee: Non-members: $15/dissector, adults $4 Members: $13/dissector, adults free

20 Training & Enrichment with LIVE Animals featuring Cosley Zoo - LIVE ANIMALS are coming to the Midwest Museum! Cosley Zoo will show guests how they train their animals, and keep them stimulated, including showcasing a trained chicken! This event is great for visitors of all ages, and will be a huge hit! Don't forget your cameras! Seating is limited to 30 guests/presentation; call 815-895-9777 to reserve your seats today!

First Presentation: 10:45-11:30. Second Presentation: 11:45-12:30

Address: Midwest Museum of Natural History 425 W State Street Sycamore, IL 60178 , Sycamore, Illinois
Ph: 815-895-9777 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: information@mmnh.org
Web: www.mmnh.org
Fee: Members: $3, non-members: $3 plus admission

May

25 Family Trivia Night - Show off your family's nature knowledge at this game show-style trivia night just for families! Snacks and drinks will be provided.
Families will answer trivia questions about animals, plants, and more to win prizes. Recommended for ages 7+. Trivia questions will be age-appropriate for each family. Space is limited to 8 families; register today: 815-895-9777
Thursday, May 2, 7-8:30 pm

Address: Midwest Museum of Natural History 425 W State Street Sycamore, IL 60178 , Sycamore, Illinois
Ph: 815-895-9777 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: information@mmnh.org
Web: www.mmnh.org
Fee: $15/family (up to 6 people, additional people $4 each)

30 - 20 Snake Feeding - Guests can watch staff feed our live snakes!
Every Tuesday, May 14-August 27, 1-1:15 pm

Address: Midwest Museum of Natural History 425 W State Street Sycamore, IL 60178 , Sycamore, Illinois
Ph: 815-895-9777 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: information@mmnh.org
Web: www.mmnh.org
Fee: Free with admission.

5 Mother's Day - Free admission for mothers and grandmothers today!

Address: Midwest Museum of Natural History 425 W State Street Sycamore, IL 60178 , Sycamore, Illinois
Ph: 815-895-9777 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: information@mmnh.org
Web: www.mmnh.org
Fee: Adult $6, Child $5 Free for mothers and grandmothers today

June

31 - 23 Storytime - Join us in the Discovery Den children's area every Friday through the summer for storytime!
Every Friday, June-August, 11:00 am

Free with Museum admission

Address: Midwest Museum of Natural History 425 W State Street Sycamore, IL 60178 , Sycamore, Illinois
Ph: 815-895-9777 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: information@mmnh.org
Web: www.mmnh.org
Fee: Free with Museum admission (Adults $6, kids $5)

15 Rockin’ for the Reptiles - Join us for an afternoon of rockin’ family fun! Enjoy games, live music, food, face painting, crafts, moon bounce, and of course... lots of live reptiles. Music by Garage Orchestra, the Fishback Boys, and Buffalo Jump. Fee covers all activities; additional fees apply for food and souvenirs.
Event is held in the parking lot at the corner of Elm St. and Somonauk St. in Sycamore (rain location is in Museum)

Address: Midwest Museum of Natural History 425 W State Street Sycamore, IL 60178 , Sycamore, Illinois
Ph: 815-895-9777 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: information@mmnh.org
Web: www.mmnh.org
Fee: $5/person (ages 2 and up), tickets sold at the door

22 Science Saturday: Do-it-Yourself! - What do all these have in common: lava lamps, invisible ink, slime, and duck calls? You can make them! Discover how during this hands-on science workshop. Great for ages 8-14 but all are welcome (under 12 yrs must be accompanied by an adult).
Space is limited, call to register: 815-895-9777

Address: Midwest Museum of Natural History 425 W State Street Sycamore, IL 60178 , Sycamore, Illinois
Ph: 815-895-9777 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: information@mmnh.org
Web: www.mmnh.org
Fee: Non-members: Free with Museum admission, Members: $3

July

13 Science Saturday: Microscopes - Explore the unseen! Learn to use microscopes and create your own slides. You'll examine fur from a polar bear, the mane of a lion, skin from a python, and even your own spit! Great for ages 8-14 but all are welcome (under 12 yrs must be accompanied by an adult).
Space is limited, call to register: 815-895-9777

Address: Midwest Museum of Natural History 425 W State Street Sycamore, IL 60178 , Sycamore, Illinois
Ph: 815-895-9777 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: information@mmnh.org
Web: www.mmnh.org
Fee: Non-members: Free with Museum admission, Members: $3

September

27 - 22 Snake Feeding - Guests can learn all about our live snakes while watching our staff feed them!
Every Sunday September 1 through October 20, 1-1:15 pm
Free with admission

Address: Midwest Museum of Natural History 425 W State Street Sycamore, IL 60178 , Sycamore, Illinois
Ph: 815-895-9777 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: information@mmnh.org
Web: www.mmnh.org
Fee: Free with Museum admission (Adults $6, kids $5)

14 Tie Dye Family Art Class - Learn the histroy of tie-dye and create your own masterpiece! Bring along a piece of clothing to tie-dye in addition to the MMNH shirt we will provide.

Class will last about an hour and a half. $15 for members, $20 for non members.

Address: 425 W. State Street , Sycamore, Illinois
Ph: 8158959777 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: information@mmnh.org
Web: www.mmnh.org
Fee: $20 for nonmembers

17 Paul Barding's "In the Steps of Darwin" - Join us for this incredible presentation on the birds and wildlife of the Galapagos Islands! Paul Barding, a biologist and zoologist, began birding and documenting the Galapagos Islands, where Charles Darwin studied, in 2000. This presentation will showcase photographic documentation and a presentation of the wildlife that Barding encountered on his voyages in Darwin's footsteps.
This presentation will last approximately 45 minutes - 1 hour.

Address: 425 W. State Street, Sycamore, IL 60178 , Sycamore, Illinois
Ph: 8158959777 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: information@mmnh.org
Web: www.mmnh.org
Fee: Free- Donation of your choice

19 Oil Spill Simulation - Students will learn how we cleaned up after the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, and observe how these clean-up techniques work in the natural environment. Each student will get hands-on and be an active participant! This class was planned by National Geographic and will be conducted by the Midwest Museum of Natural History. This class will last approximately an hour and a half.

$10 for nonmembers, $5 for members.

Please register in advance. 815-895-9777

Address: 425 W. State Street , Sycamore, Illinois
Ph: 8158959777 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: information@mmnh.org
Web: www.mmnh.org

November

31 - 12 Safari Sprouts - Spend a morning discovering nature at the Museum through games, crafts, stories, songs, and live animal visits! Designed for ages 3-5 with an adult, but all ages are welcome.
Every Wednesday, 10:15-11:15 am
Call 815-895-9777 to register (walk-ins welcome too).

Address: Midwest Museum of Natural History 425 W State Street Sycamore, IL 60178 , Sycamore, Illinois
Ph: 815-895-9777 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: information@mmnh.org
Web: www.mmnh.org
Fee: Non-members: kids $5, adults $3, no extra admission fee Members: $2/child, adults free

December

25 Festival of Trees - The Museum is a wonderful place to visit with family and friends in December. Check out everything we have going on!
• Tree Contest: The museum will be decorated for Christmas, featuring over 20 trees decorated by local groups and businesses. Vote for your favorite tree by making a donation. Trees will be on display through Christmas. Click here for info on decorating a tree!
• Live Animal Presentations: Tuesdays 11-11:30 am, presentations are free with Museum admission
• Wish Tree: Want to donate a pumpkin for Hercules the tortoise? Strawberries for the Bearded Dragon? How about a heater for our snakes? A tree in the Museum lobby will be decorated with paper ornaments representing gifts for our live animals. Your donation will help us make their holiday wishes come true.

Entire month of December, during regular museum hours.

Address: Midwest Museum of Natural History 425 W State Street Sycamore, IL 60178 , Sycamore, Illinois
Ph: 815-895-9777 (Always call and confirm events)
Email: information@mmnh.org
Web: www.mmnh.org
Fee: Free with Museum admission

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