"The Machine Inside: Biomechanics"
Through Jan. 4, 2015, at the Field Museum, 1400 S. Lake Shore Drive (312-665-7400, fieldmuseum.org)
The gist: Discover the biological secrets of everything from cheetahs to ants to Venus flytraps.
Go if you ever wondered how a giraffe manages to pump blood all the way up that loooong neck.
Kids will love watching a robot try to walk like a human.
Surprise! Turns out that the creature with the most super-powered olfactory sense is the luna moth, whose antennae help it smell mates up to 7 miles away.
"Eggs to Chicks"
Through June 16 at Kohl Children's Museum, 2100 Patriot Blvd., Glenview (847-832-6600, kohlchildrensmuseum.org)
The gist: The circle of life begins before your eyes.
Go if you need reassurance that spring really is on its way.
Kids will love all the fluffy babies. And their incubations are timed, ensuring new chicks will emerge from their shells every week.
Surprise! The exhibit includes the rare Black Java and White Java chicks among the yellow ones, providing a lesson about endangered species.
Through April 20 at Chicago Children's Museum at Navy Pier, 700 E. Grand Ave. (312-527-1000, chicagochildrensmuseum.org)
The gist: Kids get to build things with common household items.
Go if you want to let your junior architects experiment without rearranging your home furniture.
Kids will love the free rein they have to move doors, cabinets and headboards to create a multitiered, ever-changing playground.
Surprise! Your house probably doesn't have a staircase leading to nowhere — but here, your kids' fort can.