Family Day: Wonderland

Family Day: Wonderland
11 am–3 pm

Snails and elephants and meerkats, oh my! Colorful animals of all kinds invade Newfields this summer as part of the Summer Wonderland: Spectacular Creatures exhibition. On this Family Day, get up close and personal with these “spectacular creatures” during a moving theater performance for all ages, create your own costume using recycled materials, and search for more animal friends in The Garden. Space for the performances is first come, first served, so be sure to be there early—maybe right after seeing Alice in Wonderland at 10 am for Cereal Cinema.


Schedule of Activities

Wonderfully Fanciful Hat-Making / Lilly Drive (*Pulliam Family Great Hall, Level 2)
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Make a fantastical hat inspired by the wonderful shapes you see inside and out. Check out the exhibit Bes-Ben: The Mad Hatter of Chicago for more ideas.  

Lilly House of Cards / Lilly Drive (*Pulliam Family Great Hall, Level 2)
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Try your hand at building card structures fit for a queen and king. 

Lawn-O-Games / Lilly Lawn
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Some of the games have been SUPER-sized like the Spectacular Creatures around the Garden. 

Family Yoga / Lilly Lawn (*Angel of the Resurrection, Level 2)
11:45 AM, 12:45 PM, 1:45 PM
Breathe, stretch and balance with certified yoga instructor, Erin Morgan
(15 minutes, all ages welcome) 

Alice and the Spectacular Creatures / Performances begin near the Four Seasons Garden
noon, 1:00 PM, 2:00 PM, 4 PM - Sign up ahead of performance / 50 person max.

Join the most iconic characters from Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland across The Garden of Newfields on an adventure your family will never forget! Alice and the White Rabbit need your help to figure out what happened to the citizens of Wonderland under the rule of the Queen of Hearts! Travel through The Garden, explore the Summer Wonderland: Spectacular Creatures exhibition, and end on the lawn of the Lilly House, all while searching for clues and solving rhymes. Will you help solve the mystery?!

(30 minutes, all ages welcome) 

Bes-Ben: The Mad Hatter of Chicago Tour / Welcome Center, Level 2
noon - 12:30 PM

Summer Wonderland: Spectacular Creatures Gallery Tour / Welcome Center, Level 2
12:30 PM - 1:00 PM

Art Basics Hold It! Cart / Pulliam Family Great Hall, Level 2
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Permanent Collection Public Tour: Portraits, Mirror of the Soul / Welcome Center, Level 2

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Ask Me! Docents / Galleries

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Asian Hold It! Cart / Asian Galleries, Level 3 
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Special Exhibition Public Tour: Collecting Contemporaries / Welcome Center, Level 2

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM


Lilly House Public Tour / Lilly House, Lower Level

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

June 2
The Garden
Included with admission
Free for members

Image Credit: Cracking Art (founded 1993), Installation view of “Cracking Art Xintiandi,” 2016, recyclable plastic, various dimensions. Image courtesy of Cracking Art.