Hickory Knolls Discovery Center offers a series of special events each year designed to educate and entertain. Each event is unique and different! Attend them all or pick and choose your favorites!
Advanced tickets are available for most events by visiting our online registration site and searching for the program name. Please note – you’ll only be able to find events with open registration. If you have questions about past or future events, contact the Discovery Center staff.
Read on for more information…
International Mud Day
Sunday, April 29, 2018 from 1-2:30pm
$5 per person
Free – Ages 2 & Under
Dig and play the muddy way! Get ready to squish, scoop and explore the outdoors while relishing in the joy of mud. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult, who can then choose whether or not to join in the muddy fun. Advance registration required. Hosted by Primrose Farm.
Friday, May 4, 2018 from 6-8pm
$15 – Resident
$23 – Non-Resident
Treat your beautiful little butterfly to a night of dancing, pizza and activities. Make this a Father’s Day event to remember as you rock the night away with a DJ and butterfly surprises! Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. One adult may accompany multiple children from the same household. Advance registration required.
Saturday, October 13, 2018 from 5:30-7pm
$8 – Advance Tickets
$10 – At The Door
Free – Ages 3 & Under
He lives. He Breathes. Can you find Bigfoot?? Spend an evening searching for this mysterious creature in the Hickory Knolls Natural Area. Lots more too, including a prairie maze, campfire, games and storytelling. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. One adult may accompany multiple children from the same household. Advance registration required.
Call us at 630-513-4399 for information on special group rates for scout and youth groups.
Woodland Santa’s Holiday Workshop
Sunday, December 1, 2018 from 10-11:30am
$5 – Resident
$8 – Non-Resident
Free – 2 & Under
Watch Santa arrive, pulled by his dashing huskies, then spend some time helping him get ready for his upcoming Big Day. Write a letter that Santa can take and read later, make an ornament and have your picture taken with the Big Guy himself! Breakfast snacks included. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Advance registration required.
Saturday, February 17, 2018 from 9-11:30am
Like frogs? Become a frog monitor! It’s easy. Take our short introductory course and then visit a specific wetland at least three times between March and June to identify frogs by their calls. Recordings of the various calls will be provided. Experts will run the training which includes visually identifying amphibians, listening techniques, and other pertinent information. This project is coordinated by the Chicago Wilderness Habitat Project. Contact Pam Otto for more information.
Flashlight Easter Egg Hunt
Friday, March 23, 2018 from 7pm-8pm
$5 – Resident
$8 – Non-Resident
Bring your flashlight and your sense of adventure as you head into the prairie to find what the Easter Bunny has left behind. Gather some treats and trade in your empty eggs for a roasting stick and marshmallow. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. One adult may accompany multiple children from the same household. Advance registration required.