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  • October 06, 2018 2:35 PM | Linda Zanieski (Administrator)

    Registration is open for the Fall 2018 Super Saturday class session, scheduled for October 20th, October 27th, November 3rd, November 10th, & November 17, 2018. They over classes for all ages: Kindergarten to Adult. See their web site for details:

  • September 04, 2018 9:23 PM | Linda Zanieski (Administrator)

    Here is a nice summary from the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events August 23, 2018 email newsletter.


    Museum of Science and Industry

    Museum of Science and Industry

    Free Admission for Illinois residents

    September 4-6, 10-13, 17-20, 24-27, 9:30am-4pm

    Museum of Science and Industry, 5700 S. Lake Shore Dr.


    Visit the largest science museum in the Western Hemisphere during one of the Illinois Free Days (Museum Entry is free for all Illinois residents who show valid proof of residency!) Housed in the only remaining building from the 1893 World's Fair, Museum of Science and Industry is a Chicago must-see.  



    John G. Shedd Aquarium

    John G. Shedd Aquarium

    Illinois Resident Discount/Free General Admission Days

    Tuesday, September 4 - Sunday, September 30, 9am-6pm

    Shedd Aquarium, 1200 S. Lake Shore Dr.


    Illinois residents enjoy FREE admission to Shedd Aquarium on select free days throughout the year!

    Adler Planetarium

    Adler Planetarium

    Illinois Resident Discount Days 

    Sunday September 9-Sunday, September 16, 9:30am-4pm

    Museum Campus, 1300 S. Lake Shore Dr.


    Illinois residents can enjoy complimentary general admission

    on Illinois Resident Discount Days. A valid ID with an Illinois address is required for these special admission prices.

    Field Museum

    Field Museum

    Just for Illinois residents: Spend a day at the Museum-for free!

    Saturday, September 15, Friday, September 17 and Sunday, September 30 

    9am-5pm, with last admission at 4pm

    Field Museum, 1400 S. Lake Shore Dr.


    On Free Admission Days, Basic admission is free for Illinois residents with proof of residency.  

    Free Admission Days are the perfect opportunity to explore our general admission exhibitions with your family or a group of science-loving friends.


  • August 30, 2018 7:47 AM | Linda Zanieski (Administrator)

    2 Days of 2e virtual conference is for parents, educators, and clinicians, to help bring out the best and raise self-esteem in 2e learners (gifted with a learning difference). 12 renowned experts and innovators discuss topics from (Mis)identification, anxiety, and perfectionism, to underachievement and advocacy. Participants learn how to use research-based tools for their home, classroom or clinical office. 


    Individual - $99.00
    Group - $89.00/person (For Groups of 5+)

  • August 23, 2018 11:54 AM | Newenka DuMont (Administrator)
    We are so excited for our professional member, Codeverse, the first interactive classroom and platform designed to teach children ages 6 to 12 the crucial skill of coding, on the news of their expansion into both Naperville and Willmette! To learn more about Codeverse, see
  • August 22, 2018 7:43 PM | Linda Zanieski (Administrator)

    From the UIC Women in Engineering Programs web site (see complete details there):

    Girls who Code at UIC Club is a FREE year-round program for 9th-12th grade girls in the Chicagoland area who are interested in exploring computer science! Girls Who Code works to inspire, educate, and equip girls with computing skills to pursue 21st century opportunities.


    Every Saturday, starting on September 29, 2018 and concluding on April 27, 2019, from 10am-12pm (a schedule of meetings will be provided to participants at a later time).


    Students must be in 9th-12th grade (or returning participants) and commit to being at 80% (2 absences allowed) of our meetings to retain their admission.


    Absolutely not! Our club is open to beginners who do not have any coding or programming experience. In fact, our club consist of 3 different levels:

    Beginner level students will learn Scratch and Python.

    Intermediate level students will learn Java Script and Web Development.

    Advanced and Alumni students will work on the development of apps using their programming skills.

    HOW TO JOIN?  

    To join, you must apply to be part of the Club! The application to our 2018-19 program can be found at:

    Deadline Extended: September 10, 2018 (or until full)


    University of Illinois at Chicago

    Engineering Research Facility Building

    842 West Taylor Street Street

    Chicago, IL 60607

  • August 14, 2018 9:53 AM | Linda Zanieski (Administrator)

    Sharing an email received from Fermilab . . .

    Fermilab Science Adventures — September – December 2018



    The Fall Science Adventures classes are open for registration on our website. 


    Register for many favorite classes, such as: 

    September 15, 2018 – Junior Prairie Rangers Stewardship class for grades 4–6

    September 29, 2018 – Lego Engineering for grades 6–8

    October 13, 2018 – What Makes You So Special? for grades 3–5

    October 20, 2018 – Spiders, Spinners of Silk for grades K–2

    October 27, 2018 – Magnetic Magic for grades 1–4

    November 3, 2018 – Code Cracking, Cryptograms and Other Mysteries for grades 3–5

    November 10, 2018 – Flight and Fashion for grades 4–8

    November 17, 2018 – Playing with Your Food for grades 1–3

    December 1, 2018 – Lego Engineering Juniors for grades 3–5

    December 1, 2018 – Earth Engineers for grades 6–8

    December 8, 2018 – CSI: Careful Scientific Investigations for grades 3–5


    Links to Upcoming Public Events: 

    Get to Know the Lederman Science Center

    Explore Fermilab science from a kid's point of view! Bring your family for a guided tour of Lederman Science Center exhibits on the first Saturday of each month from 10:00 AM to noon. No registration is required.


    Fermilab Science Adventures is also a Facebook Group.

    If you are a Facebook member, go to the top search box and search for “Fermilab Science Adventures” and click "Ask to Join Group" on the top right. As a member, you can read and post questions and comments to the other members of this group. You can also have online chats with other members of the group.


    Spread the word to your friends. To be added to our e-mail notification list, contact


    Contact Program Staff

    Spencer Pasero, Education and Public Outreach Manager,

    Susan Dahl,

  • June 08, 2018 1:01 PM | Newenka DuMont (Administrator)

    I happened upon Debbie Reber and one day as I searched the internet for resources to help me as I parent my 3 asynchronous learners or what Debbie refers to as “differently wired” children.  I was so happy to find podcasts that I could listen to as I went through my day, in the car, while doing laundry and while cooking dinner.  Debbie and her guests keep me company as I puzzle through my day.  I find her website and her podcasts “doable” -  its kind of like having a friend who gets it.  

  • June 07, 2018 1:33 PM | Linda Zanieski (Administrator)



    1:00 – 3:00 PM OR 6:00 – 8:00 PM 


    Using only their engineering minds, recyclables and duct tape, participants will attempt to create the tallest, longest, or most stylish structure. Ages 5-10 welcome. Materials will be provided. Bring your child to one of our free summer adventures, and experience learning the Vanguard way. Check our website for future events.


    PH: (224) 213-0087 



  • June 05, 2018 8:55 AM | Newenka DuMont (Administrator)

    This is the theme of this month's Hoagies' Blog Hop: Things I Wish I Knew Back Then.  

    Are there things you wish you had known that you would be willing to share with those a little behind you in the parenting lifecycle?  Join us on our members only Facebook page and learn and share with your peers!  

  • May 02, 2018 7:18 PM | Linda Zanieski (Administrator)

    Want to take a free public tour of Fermilab, but can't make it out to the lab for our regular Wednesday tours at 10 a.m.? Well, you're in luck. Last year the lab piloted a Summer Sunday tour program, and it was so successful that we're bringing it back this year. Every third Sunday this summer - May 20, June 17, July 15, Aug. 19 - from 1-3 p.m., you can join a free tour and learn more about what Fermilab does. Registration is required and you will need a photo ID to enter the site. 

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