The Children's Museum of Immigrant History
The Children's Museum of Immigrant History was founded in 1982. One of the most popular exhibits among the Museum's younger visitors, the Children's Museum is a cultural and educational resource for children, families and schools. The mission of the Children's Museum is to offer children and their families an environment where they can learn about both medieval Lithuanian history and 19th century Lithuanian rural life. The Museum features special events, hands-on exhibits, and educational programs. Children can explore how Lithuanians and other immigrants influenced America's past and present. Visitors travel back to simpler times and places via the "Passport to Lithuania" exhibit.
Children can try their hand at running a miniature farm, kneading bread dough, and using hand-crafted tools and kitchen utensils. They can see common objects, such as eggs and straw, transformed into beautiful folk art.
On a visit to the Balzekas Museum, Lithuanian opera star Violeta Urmana photographs the interior of the Lithuanian farmhouse replica - a Museum attraction that's popular with children of all ages! Ms. Urmana was in Chicago in 2010 to perform Tosca at the Lyric Opera. The Museum Review editor Karilė Vaitkutė (left) escorted Ms. Urmana on her tour of the Museum.
MEDIEVAL HISTORY COMES TO LIFE
By crossing a drawbridge, children enter "Castle Quest" and begin a search for fun and adventure in the Middle Ages.
Discover the color and pageantry of the medieval world as you travel through the castle confines. Design your own coat-of-arms and put together the plates of the four-foot Armor Jigsaw Puzzle. Within the armory, bits and pieces of medieval culture still exist in today's world.