Over the summer, the kids and I had the opportunity to join my husband on a business trip to Chicago. In addition to visiting the Shedd Aquarium, we spent a day at the Museum of Science and Industry. At first, Emma was not excited about going to the museum. I actually chose to visit MSI, because I was pretty sure Isaac would enjoy it. Emma ended up having a blast once we got there.
Not only is this a great place to take a homeschool field trip, but it’s a great family-friendly place to spend a day in Chicago. There is something for everyone no matter your age. We only had general admission tickets so we did not go to any of the special exhibits. However, I did purchase tickets for my kids to ride the flight simulator.
The Museum of Science and Industry is full of hands-on exhibits such as:
- The German U-Boat from WWII ~ The kids and I enjoyed seeing this giant boat. We walked around it. The kids tried out the periscope. Isaac hunkered down in one of the beds in the bunk area.
- The Wind Tunnel which simulates a tornado with winds up to 80 mph. Em said it was awesome, but it was crazy!
- The Giant Hamster Wheel in the “You! The Experience” section was fun. It was fun for me to watch the kids run on the wheel.
- When we were there, there was a brand-new baby chick that had recently hatched. Emma, our resident animal-lover, oohed and aahed over it. Because we live in the suburbs, it may be the only freshly-hatched chick she ever sees.
These were just a few of our favorite exhibits. The children’s museum area looked fun, but my kids are too old. 🙁 If you are planning a trip to Chicago, the Museum of Science and Industry is a must-see attraction. We highly recommend it!