Monday, August 29, 2011

A Penny for a Spool of Thread: Chicago Children's Museum

After we spent a rainy morning on Lake Michigan, we got to stretch our sea legs at the Chicago Children's Museum (also located on Navy Pier).  If you are a member of any of the participating Association of Children's Museums (including Port Discovery in Balto and Philly's Please Touch Museum -- we alternate membership to these two), you get reciprocal membership to the Chicago Museum.  If not, it's $12 per person (adult or child) and the first Sunday of every month is free (for those 15 and under).  Thursday evenings (5 - 8 pm) are also free for everyone.  Even so, we think it's probably worth it to pony up the cash because it was AWESOME and we could have easily spent much more time here.

Kane loved the Chicago Fire Department Exhibit and the Skyline exhibits.  I was OBSESSED with Michael's Museum and I could have spent hours playing with this small "toy" made from what we think was a drawer/rack for spools of thread.  Mom and Aunt Carrie and working on a prototype because Cousin Jack loved it, too.  We're really into honing our fine motor skillz at the moment.  We never even got to check out WaterWays.  Had we had any bad weather on our vacaye, we definitely would have gone back. But we just didn't want to go indoors!

Word to the wise -- there appeared to be nowhere to really eat inside of the Museum (either a restaurant or lunch room).  There are many many places to eat elsewhere in Navy Pier, however.  Can you guess where we ate?  America's Dog, baby.  Because you can never eat too many Chicago hot dogs.  Well, maybe you can.  We haven't seen mom whipping up any dogs since we've been back in D.C.

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