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More than worth the 20-mile trip from downtown for young animal fanatics, this suburban museum gives its visitors an in-depth look into the ways of wild animals with interactive exhibits and an “Extreme Screen” theater. Among the permanent displays are Cub's Corner, aimed squarely at kids 5 and under, and the outdoor Wildlife Walk, as well as Globeology, a state-of-the-art exhibit spanning 10,000 square feet of murals, animatronics, and replica ecosystems from alpine tundra to the rainforest. Allow 1 or 2 hours.