Category: Field Museum

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 »

The Field Museum presents Extreme Mammals (or meet the Indricotherium)

The Field Museum presents Extreme Mammals (or meet the Indricotherium)
What are the three typical characteristics of mammals? If you said having hair, possessing three middle ear bones, and being warm-blooded, then you can go to the front of the line because you've got a head start on many of us. If you got hair and being warm-blooded but totally flubbed the three middle ear bones component, then I've got a really interesting learning experience to recommend to you. Side note: Three middle ear bones? I totally did not know this. You too? Yes? Anybody? Last Wednesday, my three year-old Colin and I had a chance to check out the brand new Extreme Mammals exhibit at the Field Museum. This is really unusual and interesting exhibit (trust me when I tell you that you've never heard of many of the animals featured here)...

Giants of the Deep: The new Whale Exhibit Opens at the Field Museum

Even little kids know that whales are really, really big. But it is hard to truly comprehend just how big the giants of the deep really are — which is why the Field Museum’s new whale exhibit will thrill kids and adults alike. Before you even enter the exhibit, be sure to look up at... Read more »

Wee Windy City Presents The Chicago Kid Holiday Gift Guide

Tuck your little Chicagoans in at night with this sweet bedtime story (available at Bullfrogs & Butterflies).
Have you gotten started on your holiday shopping list yet? During this hectic time of year, I try not to get caught up in the buying frenzy. I want to spend my money on cool stuff, not just stuff stuff. You know what I mean, right? To that end, I thought that I would create... Read more »

Does your kid love Dinosuar Train too?

If you have a Dinosaur Train fan at your house, I’ve got a little secret that I want to let you in on. Seriously, this information might just make you a hero (at least in the eyes of your dino-obsessed kid). On Saturday, May 29th the Field Museum is hosting a Dinosaur Train Play Event... Read more »

A Review of The Very Hungry Caterpillar & Other Eric Carle Favorites

Last Saturday, I took my nearly four-year-old son and not-quite six-year-old daughter to see The Very Hungry Caterpillar & Other Eric Carle Favorites performed by the Mermaid Theater Company of Nova Scotia and presented by the Chicago Children’s Theatre at the Field Museum. The 50-minute show includes 3 of Eric Carle’s familiar children’s stories: Little... Read more »

Tips for taking kids to see the Mammoths and Mastodons Exhibit at the Field Museum

Have you heard about the new baby in town? She is a 40,000 year-old baby mammoth named Lyuba (pronounced Lee-OO-bah) and trust me when I tell you that she is a must-see. The Field Museum’s exhibit Mammoths and Mastodons: Titans of the Ice Age opened just over a week ago and is the first exhibit... 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 »