We are big fans of the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. This outing is easy to pull off because the Museum is relatively close to our house, parking is ample (and sometimes free) and everybody in the family gets something out of the experience. We try to plan our visits for Thursdays when admission is free, but I would definitely recommend investing in a Museum Membership if you are planning to visit more that twice in one year.
The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum has tons of great programming for kids and adults in addition to the wide selection of both permanent and temporary exhibitions. Here are some of my picks for the coming weeks:
- Seeds on the Move: Tour the nature trails and explore how different types of seeds move through the landscape. Thursdays and Saturdays in August at 11:00 a.m. Appropriate for all ages.
- Butterfly Haven Yoga: All of the yogis out there can take their practice into the beautiful Judy Istock Butterfly Haven. Classes are for adults only and the cost if $15. Classes take place on Saturday mornings at 8:45. Upcoming dates include: September 8, 15, 22 and 29.
- Family Bird Watching: On Saturday, September 15 from 11:00 a.m.until 12:30 p.m., families can learn to observe the behavior of birds. Participants will be instructed on how to identify the basic shapes of birds and where to find bird habitats. Everyone will receive a guide of local bird watching spots. Cost if $10 for members and $15 for non-members.
- The ever-popular Mr. Singer: On the first Thursday of every month at 1:45, Mr. Singer will be at the museum singing to his adoring fans. This event (as well as museum admission on Thursdays) is totally free.
- Mandarin Story Time. On August 30 at 11:00 a.m., children and their caregivers can learn Mandarin vocabulary through songs, movement and laughter. Children will read traditional tales together and do fun hands-on activities. This experience also includes an animal encounter. The class is free but pre-registration is required.
For details on all of these programs (and many more), visit http://www.naturemuseum.org/.