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Embrace learning in two languages! If you'd like to teach your young child (or older child, teen or yourself!) Spanish, here's a great list of  Spanish/English bilingual books courtesy of @ChicagoParent.https://www.chicagoparent.com/learn/general-parenting/spanish-english-bilingual-picture-books-for-kids/
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Posted on October 16, 2020

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Embrace learning in two languages! If you'd like to teach your young child (or older child, teen or yourself!) Spanish, here's a great list of Spanish/English bilingual books courtesy of @ChicagoParent.


https://www.chicagoparent.com/learn/general-parenting/spanish-english-bilingual-picture-books-for-kids/

More Discovery Center Museum Posts

Spooky Science Days

Spooky Science Days

One night of Spooky Science isn’tenough! Dust off your favorite costumeand wear it on your visit to the museumOct. 29-31 for some not-so-scaryHalloween fun. Concoct some slime to take home, create a creature and play monster hide and seek. It willbe skele-tons of fun! Advance reservations required.

October 23, 2020

If you are looking for a fun, safe and not-too-scary Halloween celebration for youngsters, then look no further. Discovery Center Museum is hosting “Spooky Science Days” Thursday, October 29 – Saturday, October 31 from 10-Noon and 1-3:00 pm each day.Spooky Science invites families to come in costume and take part in some Halloween hijinks! Concoct gooey globs of slime, create a creature, play Monster Hide and Seek, and more. Have a bone-tickling good time in this event geared for mid-sized monsters and pint-sized poltergeists! Admission includes all activities and is $9 per person for the general public; free for members and children ages 1 and younger. Parking is free at 711 N. Main Street. Advance reservations required. Reserve tickets online at https://discoverycentermuseum.tamretail.net/SelectEvent... or call 815-963-6769. Face coverings are required for everyone ages 6 and older.This event is sponsored by Dr. Zak Pediatric Dentistry and Thermo Fisher Scientific and it is partially funded by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.

October 21, 2020

Homemade Halloween decorations are the best! Decorate a paper pumpkin in our Art Studio this week - Wednesday, Oct. 21 through Sunday, Oct. 25.

October 21, 2020

Happening today! How cool is this?https://www.facebook.com/DiscoveryCenterMuseum/posts/10157550695457539

October 20, 2020

Here's a fun and simple science experiment about static electricity for the kids! Running a comb through your hair on a dry day charges the comb with static electricity.HERE’S HOWComb your hair on a dry day. Hold the comb near a thin trickle of water from the faucet. The water should bend toward the comb.WHY?Running a comb through your hair creates friction that moves electrons from your hair to the comb, charging the comb with static electricity. The comb now has a negative charge. When you move the comb near the water, its negative charge pushes away some of the negative charge in the water, leaving the water with a positive charge. Positive and negative charges attract, so the water bends toward the comb.

October 20, 2020

Looking for safer ways to keep the trick-or-treating tradition alive? @ChicagoParent has rounded up some sweet and creative ideas that your kids will love. And don't forget Discovery Center's Spooky Science Days Oct. 29-31. We'll have lots of fun activities for the kiddos!https://www.chicagoparent.com/play/holiday-fun/trick-or-treating-alternatives/

October 19, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic has upended all students’ day-to-day routines, but has created particular disruption for students with special needs, sensory processing disorders, and kids who have experienced trauma who rely on the structure of school to stay grounded. Creating an at-home sensory space and sensory tools that resemble the supports students received in school can help kids during this transition, easing them out of a meltdown or giving them a much-needed break before one starts.https://www.edutopia.org/article/diy-ways-meet-childs-sensory-needs-home

October 15, 2020

Now through Oct. 18, visit our Art Studio and make Halloween art inspired by famous artists. Then share your spooky creation in the comments!

October 15, 2020

When volcanoes erupt, gases blast from the earth in fast-moving pyroclastic flows destroying everything in their path. But how do these destructive forces work? Scientists don’t have a full picture yet. But what if we could unravel this mystery by examining millennia-old cooled rocks and soils from these same eruptions?Kayla Iacovino—part science fiction sleuth, part mountaineer—is doing just that. By hiking mountainous terrain or meandering through a city built on a dormant volcanic crater, the volcanologist collects rock samples from across the world in order to better understand the forces that created them.https://www.sciencefriday.com/videos/breakthrough-the-volcano-trekker

October 14, 2020

Helpful tips!https://www.understood.org/en/school-learning/learning-at-home/homework-study-skills/school-refusal

October 12, 2020

Early risers at dawn on Friday and Saturday should look toward the eastern horizon to catch Venus and the constellation Leo’s brightest star, Regulus. Both will appear like brilliant stars side-by-side. On Friday night, look for the nearly full moon approaching brilliant Mars. The difference between the moon’s silvery hue and the ruddiness of Mars will be even more noticeable with proximity. In the next few weeks, Mars will be making its closest approach to Earth, so it will be the brightest and biggest we’ll be able to see in years.

October 9, 2020

Take it Apart Enrichment Class

Take it Apart Enrichment Class

Ever wonder what’s inside a computer, telephone or printer? Learn about the gears, pulleys and other simple machines that help make things work. Then grab a screwdriver and join us as we investigate the inner workings of toys and other tech! For ages 7 and older. Registration closes Monday, Oct. 27.

October 9, 2020

Chemical Conundrums

Chemical Conundrums

Learn about chemical reactions in this exciting course! See how heat can be released by a chemical reaction, create new compounds, run your own tests! Witness liquids, solids, and gases change form before your eyes! Utilize acids and bases to make a whole rainbow of colors. Work with proper safety equipment in a chemistry lab and learn to do experiments like a true scientist! Advance registration required. Registration closes Monday, Oct. 12.

October 9, 2020

Garden SoupCreativity and imagination? Cool water on a warm day? Playing in nature? Fun for toddlers and preschoolers? This activity checks all the boxes!SuppliesBig bowls or tubsKitchen utensils, such as (but not limited to; add whatever you’ve got!):SpoonsFunnelsMeasuring cupsTongsScissorsWater Access to a garden or lawnFill the big bowls or tubs with water. That’s the base of the “soup.” All the other ingredients for the soup can be found in the garden or yard, such as: grass, flowers, leaves, pinecones, twigs, rocks, even mud! Whatever your child finds can be added, and let them use the kitchen utensils to “cook” their soup. You might find that they’ll spend hours mixing, pouring, cutting, chopping, scooping, and transferring their soup from one bowl to another.

October 9, 2020

“Attach it Engineering Challenge” for preschoolers!The “Attach it Challenge” is a fun and creative way for kids to develop new engineering skills. The objective of the challenge is to attach two or more pieces of cardboard together without the use of glue, or tape. Tying – How many pieces of cardboard can you wrap string around to tie them together securely? Try using different sized pieces of cardboard and build up and out to see how many they can tie together.Stitching – Punch small holes along the edge of two or more pieces of cardboard and thread string through one hole on each piece of cardboard and stitch them together. This is also great practice for tying shoelaces! Slots – Cut a thin slot to the middle of two or more pieces of cardboard and slide them together. Try to create an ‘X’ shape, a ‘T’ shape, and eventually try to make a four sided box!Nailing – Use wooden golf tees to “nail” two pieced of cardboard together. You can even use a full cardboard box to nail pieces of cardboard to it too!Magnets – How many magnets does it take to hang a piece of cardboard on the fridge? Try cutting the cardboard into smaller sizes, and different shapes to see how that affects where to put the magnets and how many you need.

October 8, 2020