Posts in category "Peggy Notebaert Natuer Museum"

Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum debuts new Nature's Struggle Exhibit

Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum debuts new Nature's Struggle Exhibit
The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum is a favorite family destination of ours. I especially appreciate their rotating hands-on, educational exhibits that give visitors a chance to delve deeper into a range of topics. I always walk away feeling like I learned a ton of new information. Their newest exhibit is no exception. At a time... Read more »

101 Things to do with your Chicago Kid

  I am reposting this entry from March 1, 2010 because I came across it in my archives and it really is a pretty darn good list if I do say so myself. I’ve got to really focus if I want to get to all of these things before my kids head off to college.... Read more »

Food: The Nature of Eating Opens at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

The Chicago skyline made from cereal boxes. Love this.
For all of the non-stop eating that goes on in our country, we don’t devote too much time thinking about what is behind what we put in our mouths every day. Food: The Nature of Eating is a new exhibit at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum that invites you to think about the journey that... Read more »
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Fall in love with nature (and each other) at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Musuem's Family Valentine's Day Dance

Fall in love with nature (and each other) at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Musuem's Family Valentine's Day Dance
I've never been a big Valentine's Day person and my husband and I never really focused too much on this (totally made up, commercial, cheesy) holiday much before we had kids. But ironically, now that we have little ones, the day has become a bigger deal for us. Valentine's Day is mostly fun for kids really, isn't it? At least at our house, that is how we celebrate it. We make our own Valentine's for school parties. I've been known to make heart-shaped pancakes for a special Valentine's Day breakfast. I'll even admit to buying heart-shaped ice cube trays at Target yesterday (damn that dollar aisle). When the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum reached out to me about their new Family Valentine's Day Dance, I loved the idea. Get dressed up and celebrate Valentine's Day together at one of our favorite spots in the city? What's not to like...

Free winter activities for Chicago moms and their babes: My tips from the Bump Club and Beyond Brunch

Free winter activities for Chicago moms and their babes: My tips from the Bump Club and Beyond Brunch
Yesterday morning I was fortunate to be part of a Bump Club and Beyond panel of “city moms” talking to a packed room of new mamas and their little ones about surviving a Chicago winter with a babe in tow. I was in good company, joining Samantha Lande from Eater Chicago,  Tabitha Green from Defining... Read more »

Meet the Backyard Monsters (now invading the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum)

Meet the Backyard Monsters (now invading the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum)
Did you know that over one billion insects populate the planet? Talk about the good, the bad and the ugly. The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum just welcomed a new exhibit call Backyard Monsters that celebrates these little (and not-so-little) buggers. The exhibit features larger than life robotic creatures and nine species of live insects. the objective of Backyard Monsters is to inspire visitors to look at insects in a whole new way. Backyard Monsters offers the opportunity to...
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Free city fun for new moms and their babes

Free city fun for new moms and their babes
This morning I was part of a Bump Club and Beyond panel of "city moms" talking to a packed room of new mamas and their little ones about bringing up baby in Chicago. I was in good company, joining Kelly Aiglon and Lindsay Gladstone of Daily Candy Kids, Samantha Lande from Eater Chicago, Cindy McCarthy of On the Go Chicago, Rebecca Little of Pinwheel and my bestie and business partner Sara Fisher of Self-Made Mom fame.  We talked about everything from family-friendly restaurants to navigating the CTA with a stroller and the best places to buy high-end kid's resale. I spoke a little bit about finding activities that meet my two pieces of criteria. First, I love a free, quality activity when I can find it (if you read Wee Windy City, you already know this about me). In addition, I also love an outing where both mommy and the kids get something out of it. With those two things in mind, I recommended the following urban activities and destinations...

Ewww! What's Eating You opens at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

Ewww! What's Eating You opens at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
Ewww! is right. This newly opened exhibit at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum explores some pretty yucky stuff. Prepare yourself to confront parasites such as lice, ticks and tapeworms. This exhibit gives visitors the chance to get up close and personal with all of the creatures that make us squirm, from blood-sucking mosquitoes and ticks... Read more »

Celebrate the summer solstice (for free) with the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

I absolutely love the summer solstice. What’s not to like about this lovely day? It is the longest day of the year and the weather is usually glorious. Plus, it is the official start of summer. I always wish that there were more fun ways to commemorate this fantastic occasion. So I was delighted to... Read more »
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Calling all Preggos: The Best of Bump Club and Beyond is this weekend!

Have you ever wondered which baby gear you really need to buy and what you can skip? Do you have questions about how to create healthy sleep habits in your new babe? Are you worried about finding the right childcare situation for your little one? Could you use some fashion advice on your maternity style?... Read more »