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Museum of Science and Industry offers Illinois residents free admission weekdays in January

Museum of Science and Industry offers Illinois residents free admission weekdays in January
I wanted to share some info that you might find helpful (assuming that we are able to dig out from the snow drifts and sub zero temps later this week of course). Starting January 6, 2014, general admission to the Museum of Science and Industry is free for all Illinois residents on weekdays. Run in... 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 »

Life in Space? Exhibit at MSI features a model of the Curiosity Rover set to land on Mars on Monday

Life in Space? Exhibit at MSI features a model of the Curiosity Rover set to land on Mars on Monday
The Museum of Science and Industry (MSI) is always a fun spot for an outing. But on top of all of the usual interesting stuff like the trains, farm exhibit and Idea Factory, the MSI is also featuring a temporary exhibit called Life in Space? through September 30, 2012. This exhibit features a full-scale, NASA_owned model of the Curiosity Rover. Named "Dusty," the model is a life-sized, six-wheeled robotic explorer modeled after the real Curiosity Rover, a 7 foot-tall robot scientist on wheels scheduled to land on Mars on this Monday at 12:31 a.m. CDT. The MSI is one of only two institutions in the world selected by NASA to host a full-scale model of the rover during the landing. The Curiosity has a daunting task:  many previous attempts at landing similar rovers on The Red Planet have been unsuccessful. If the Curiosity makes a successful landing, it has an even more daunting task ahead: this robotic scout is on a mission to discover whether Mars ever harbored life...
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Museum of Science and Industry celebrates National Robotics Week

Museum of Science and Industry celebrates National Robotics Week
Robots have been a big topic at our house lately. We made our simple "robot" craft for Chicago Parent magazine a couple of months ago. And my kids recently watched Star Wars for the first time - so now they are liberally using the word "droid." If your kiddos are into robots, I wanted to tell you about an opportunity to learn more about robots. In celebration of National Robotics Week (April 7-15), MSI will host a “Robot Revolution Block Party” displaying more than a dozen robots from around the world in the Museum’s Rotunda. Some of the robots on display throughout the week include...

Good times at the Museum of Science and Industry's Idea Factory

This morning, we headed over to the Museum of Science and Industry to spend some time in the Idea Factory. This is a great spot for little ones. It is like a mini version of the Chicago Children’s Museum (plus you have all of the other great MSI attractions when your little museum-goers are ready... Read more »

Upcoming free museum days

Are you totally broke after the holidays? Me too. But the show must go on. Kids still need to be entertained and parents need an occasional escape from the confines of home — particularly in the winter. This is the time of year when free museum days are a lifesaver. Here is a list of... Read more »
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Chicago-area Halloween happenings

Let me begin by saying that I do not have it in me to create a comprehensive list of all of the Halloween events taking place in and around Chicago during the next week or so. In my estimation, there are at least a billion different options — from costume parades to scarecrow building to... Read more »

Five Family Activities for Fall

Ahh . . . fall in Chicago. Not as good as summer in Chicago, but still pretty darn good. And there is so much good stuff to do — indoors and out. Here are my 5 picks for the activities and events your family won’t want to miss this season. 1. Get your pumpkin from... Read more »