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Magic Tree House Space Mission

A mysterious “M” sends the intrepid Jack and Annie on a fun-filled journey to discover the secrets of the Sun, Moon, planets, space travel and more. This beautifully-produced show is great for Magic Tree House® book series fans of all ages and school audiences alike.

Layered Experience: Pairs well with Starry Starry Night (Class), Solar System Gallery (Tour), or Astronomy (Guided Exploration).

Available to Grades: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th

Program Type: Planetarium Shows   Subject: English & Language Arts, Earth & Space Science
Cost: $6.75 per student & chaperone

Starry Starry Night

Students study the stars and explore the theme of outer space as represented by artists and scientists from ancient times to present. Works by Vincent van Gogh, antique maps of constellations, and images from the Hubble Space telescope provide inspiration for students to create their own starry-night artwork.

Layered Experience: Pairs well with Magic Tree House Space Mission (Planetarium Show).

Available to Grades: 2nd, 3rd, 4th

Program Type: Classes   Subject: Art, Earth & Space Science
Cost: $6.75 per student & chaperone

Tessellations

This class introduces students to M. C. Escher, the artist who made tessellations popular. Students explore the geometrical transformation behind Escher’s designs while using their imagination and applying mathematical skills to create unique tessellations.

Available to Grades: 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th

Program Type: Classes   Subject: Art, Math
Cost: $6.75 per student & chaperone

Winter/Spring Exhibition - Finding Vivian Maier Guided Tour

What are the odds of a camera-toting babysitter becoming a famous photographer? Vivian Maier (1926-2009) worked as a nanny for about forty years on Chicago’s North Shore, taking candid shots of people while on field trips with her young charges. Children playing tag, ladies admiring shop windows, and men waiting for the bus are among the approximately 100,000 photographs by Maier, which were shot in black and white and later color film. Maier became an instant celebrity posthumously when an anonymous trunk of undeveloped film came up at auction in 2009. The purchaser later posted the images on the Internet, catching the attention of art critics world-wide. Students will discuss the difference between traditional photography and digital imagery, learn what makes a successful composition, and talk about the art tradition of street photography.

Layered Experience: Pairs well with Bright Light (Class) and Seeing! (Planetarium Show). 

Available to Grades: Pre-K, K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Program Type: Guided Tours   Subject: Art, Science as Inquiry, History & Social Studies
Cost: $1.50 per student & chaperone

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