Children's Museum in Oak Lawn

Learners will use their imaginations as they explore this museum’s fun exhibits. They’ll be challenged to build their own kite, connect it to a pulley, and see how far it can travel while they observe scientific concepts like force and motion at work. They can also experiment at the Water Adventure and Air Maze. They can learn, play, and pretend at exhibits like the Tree House, the Build It! construction workshop, and the Explore Art Studio. The museum can reserve a field trip for your group, which includes 2 hours to explore exhibits and the Multi-Purpose Room for lunch (additional fee).
 
Contact Info 
Address: 5100 Museum Drive, Oak Lawn, IL 60453. Cook County. Tel: 708-423-6709. Email: jessica@cmoaklawn.org. Website: www.cmoaklawn.org. Hrs: Tues.-Sat. 9:30AM-5PM, Sun. 10AM-5PM.
 
Trip Info 
Grade Level: PreK-6th. Activity Type: Day Trips, Self-Guided Tours, Guided Tours, Self-Guided Activities. Recomm. Length of Visit: 2 hours. Cost: Fee.

Museums Fun Facts

Museums are collections - of artifacts, paintings, etc. Talk about what types of collections campers have at home – be they stamps, baseball cards, or other items.

Use this comparison to frame some activities: talk about how museum collections came to be. Who collected and gathered the items on display? Compare this to how campers gathered their own collections at home. Also talk about (both with campers and museum staff) how the exhibits at the museum are arranged – such as the lighting and temperature for a certain exhibit.

Have campers set up a “Trip Museum” back at camp, consisting of items they’ve obtained on field trips; think of it as a group show and tell, where everyone participates and contributes to the collection.