Go Ahead...It's Free!

Now that the weather is getting colder, it's time for me to again hide inside with the boys.  I know, I know...it's not even that cold outside yet, but I am already in 'lock down' mode. 

 

Cooper and Cole are thrilled to have the opportunity to play inside since all Summer, we are on the go.  We are never inside from May through September except basically to sleep.  But now that the temperatures are going below 50 degrees, it's time to play inside.  As I said, the boys are very happy with that...for now.

 

I know soon we will all get tired of being locked up in the house and we will have to get out.  So over the last few years, I have found many places that are our winter retreats, and the best thing is most of these places have FREE days. 

 

So if you are looking for some fun things to do over our lovely Chicago Winter, here are a few places to visit with your family.  Please note that these are the free days for 2010.  I have not been able to find the free days for 2011 yet, but they will be available soon. 

 

  • Chicago Children's Museum: Thursdays from 5pm to 8pm, admission is free and on the first Sunday of every month, there is free admission for children ages 15 and under.
  • Art Institute of Chicago:  On Tuesdays, admission is free.
  • Adler Planetarium:  The remaining free days in 2010 are November 16, 23, 30 and December 7, 14, 21.
  • Field Museum of Natural History:  The remaining free days in 2010 are November 16, 17, 30 and December 1, 7, 8, 13, 15, 16.
  • Museum of Science and Industry:  The remaining free day in 2010 is December 6.
  • Brookfield Zoo: The zoo offers free days on Tuesdays and Thursdays now through December 31, 2010.
  • Lincoln Park Zoo: This great zoo is free and open to the public 365 days per year.
  • Chicago Historical Society: On Mondays, admission is free.
  • Museum of Contemporary Art:  The first Tuesday of each month is free.
  • Barnes & Noble:  Check with your local retail store as they offer free story time classes. 
  • Borders:  Check with your local retail store as they offer free story time classes. 
  • Local Library:  Check with your local library as they offer free story times classes. 
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