Chicago Children’s Museum

One of the other things we did with The Canadians this visit was take the kids to the Chicago Children’s Museum at Navy Pier.  A few months ago, I purchased a Groupon that gave me 10 passes for $40. This is a deal because it normally costs $10 per person to get in the museum. Saving all that dough allowed us to park at Navy Pier for $20/week day – UGH!

Mom, Zoe and I met The Canadians there when the museum opened.  Zoe hasn’t seen her buddies since Christmas, so she was plenty excited. She was also itching to give Kenzie back her toys that have been hanging out in the back of my car since December. 🙂  It was really important to Zoe that they toys got back where they belonged.

I hadn’t been to the Children’s Museum before and I was really impressed. There is a lot of hands on stuff for the kids to do. We were there for about 3 hours or so and we only saw about half of the exhibits.  The kids were a getting a little shell shocked.  This is definitely a membership I’ll consider getting.  If you live in Chicago, it might be a better deal because you wouldn’t have to pay for parking, you could take the CTA or possibly a taxi.

Here are the rugrats! Aby, Zak, Kenzie and Zoe.

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3 Kids and a Horse

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I love Zak’s expression here, he was obviously highly amused by the horse made of “stuff”. I think it was the hair dyer that put him over the edge.

There was a fireman exhibit, with a fire truck and hoses.  The kids played here for quite a bit.  We tried to get Zoe and Kenzie to pose for a few pictures, but after one or two, Kenzie had had enough.

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There was this two story climbing net that took you to the upper levels.  The kids had to climb all the way.  Aby and Zak flew up there, and Rob helped Kenzie.  That kid is like a monkey!

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Here’s Zoe scooting across the netting.

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Next up was the Block Party exhibit.  There was a stage and instruments set up for a band, all sorts of grilling stations as well as a make your own pizza spot.  They had a cool brick oven that the kids could slide their pizzas on.  We almost had a pizza-catastrophe when a boy put his pizza on top of some other pizzas, but luckily Zoe handled the situation by telling the boy “You have to share the oven, that means, wait your turn!”

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Apparently my niece doesn’t have the pizza topping issues that I do 🙂

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Our next stop was at the sculpting station.  Here kids are supposed to make a sculpture of their face using lumpy clay things.  It was hard.

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According to Zoe, her face resembles a jack-o-lantern.

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We moved onto the large games section and we bowled for a bit.  Look at that form!

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Soon, Zoe was buzzing around like a bee pollinating all the plants.

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After that, she and GeGe got into a Parks vehicle to water some plants.  Crazy driver!

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We finally met back up with our Canadian friends and soon they were all digging for dinosaur bones. This was a very cool exhibit.  They had large bones covered in rubber mulch and the kids were given paleontology tools to uncover them.

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Zak and Zoe inside the T-Rex mouth!

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Good alternative use for rolling pins.

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Rob and Kenzie!

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At this exhibit, you had to create your own flying machine and then see how long it stayed in the air.  The one with the red dot is mine. I went with the propeller theory and it managed to stay in the air for a good amount of time.

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Finally I have a picture with Kenzie 🙂  This kid is too cute for words.

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She’s quite fearless for two and a half.

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Big sister Aby is scooping up fish.

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During lunch, Aby turned to Zoe and said, “Get your passport, so you can come and visit me in Canada.”

Kids = hilarious.

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My lunch item of choice was the Atlanta Dog – chili, mustard and coleslaw – hold the ketchup and raw onions.  (I love ketchup, but it doesn’t belong anywhere near a hot dog.  Ever.)

We ended our day with a ride on the Navy Pier ferris wheel.  It was a hot, humid day, but with a beautiful sky.

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I can’t get over how big both these girls look.

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My new favorite picture of Zoe and Gege, with the Rob photo bomb in the background.

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Dueling photographers

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Wrapping up our day Rob and Zoe hug it out.

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Finally, Rob likes to pretend that pink princess bag belongs to one of his children, but he’s around it a lot.  He once took it on a trip (without children) to York, England where it made quite the impression on the desk clerk.

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The older kids had one last treat, a ride on the carousal.

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I will be taking Zoe back to the Children’s Museum at Navy Pier.  There are a lot of things we didn’t see, but we had a terrific time seeing the exhibits we did squeeze in.

Thanks so much to our friends for spending the day with us!

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3 Responses to Chicago Children’s Museum

  1. gege says:

    Christine you did a great job of sharing the fun day we had. Nothing makes more evident the passage of time than watching a child grow…and these children bring new meaning to “time is flying by”……

  2. Ummmm ketchup does too belong on a hot dog.

    We still haven’t been out to that museum with the kids, I keep meaning to.

  3. Caroline says:

    HAHAHAA! … I laughed so hard at the memory of the studdering hotel clerk that I chocked on my ice cream (old fashioned cherry cheese cake)!! Seriously! 🙂

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