Rainy Day Fun in Chicago
With rainy weather in the forecast on Saturday, we decided to focus our fun indoors by visiting one of the many museum in Chicago. Today we decided on the Chicago Academy of Science's Nature Museum which is located in the Lincoln Park neighborhood.
We were able to splash our way through the RiverWorks exhibit which demonstrates theimportance of all rivers and waterways around us. We learned about flow of rivers, dams, water turbines, and canals. Ben had fun reversing the flow of the river and turning a river into a lake!
Up next, we played on the playground and worked on puzzles in the Extreme Green House area that explained ways to save energy and respect the environment.
We checked out some cool animals, including Ben’s favorite - the snakes before heading to the Butterfly Haven, which was my favorite!
As we walked through the 2,700 square-foot butterfly greenhouse, it was hard to picture that it was rainy and cold outside! It was fun to capture some photos of these flying beauties. The Butterfly Haven includes 1,000 butterflies with over 40 different species!
We finished up the Nature Museum with the weather and climate exhibit. The hit of this area was definitely the stage with green screen to play meteorologist! Check out that kid & his momma on the big screen!
We were hoping to explore the Lincoln Park Zoo, but the weather wasn’t cooperating with a pretty consistent drizzle (the kind that just soaks you without you even realizing it). We will have to save that attraction for our next visit to the Windy City.
The rest of the evening we spent with Ben - playing games, reading books, and eating pizza. I guess you could call it babysitting, but that makes it sound more like work than play and we definitely enjoyed our time with the lil’ guy (who is growing up WAY TOO FAST).
The best part of the evening might have been this super silly book that had both Ben and I laughing hysterically! So much for a bedtime book to put him to sleep, but the laughs and cuddles were worth the late night - however his Mom & Dad might disagree. Hey Grandma & Grandpa if you are reading this, Ben would love to find this book under the Christmas tree!