Post Fourth of July Family Friendly Activities

Post Fourth of July Family Friendly Activities


Looking for something to do once the fireworks are blown and the 4th of July is over? Many people may have the extra day off and need an activity to keep the kids busy.


Here are two fun things going on that spark some creativity.

LEGOLAND Discovery Center Birthday Bash
LEGOLAND Discovery Center Chicago’s life-sized minifigure mascot, Bertie, is turning five, and the Center is throwing a birthday party in his honor with plenty of games, prizes and cake. Other activities include a meet and greet with Bertie, birthday-themed creative building challenges, and a scavenger hunt.

Guests attending the event will also be able to enter for a chance to win a Red Brick Party Package ($325 value).

Bertie’s Birthday Bash! Friday, July 5th 10am- 7pm.

In honor of Bertie turning 5, admission for LEGO lovers 5-years-of-age will be $5. General admission is $20  Buy special rate tickets online.  LEGOLAND Discovery Center is located at the Streets of Woodfield, 601 N. Martingale Road, Schaumburg, IL.


The Museum of Science and Industry: "80 at 80"
Yet another celebration is taking place to honor the Museum of Science and Industry's 80th Anniversary. Their new exhbit "80 at 80" features eighty rarely displayed artifacts from the Museum's extensive collection. These artifacts were carefully selected by MSI curators.

Many of these items will ignite guests’ memories from past exhibits—like a gigantic Paul Bunyan statue and TAM, the Transparent Anatomical Mannikin—but many of these special items are going to be revealed for the first time!

See how modern-day GPS started with the 1909 Jones Live Map Meter, called the “phonograph of the road.” Check out the engine from a British Supermarine Spitfire plane, made famous during World War II. Not all artifacts on display are historic; some are cutting-edge innovations, including a Velodyne LiDAR sensor navigation system, which is used for 3D mobile data collection and will be demonstrated as part of the exhibition.

Selected with the Museum’s founder’s, Julius Rosenwald, mission in mind, each artifact aims to tell the continuing story of progress—and of science serving society. This exhibit is included in Museum Entry and will run through February 2, 2014.
The Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago is located at 5700 S. Lake Shore Drive.

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