Category: Nature

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 »

Nature's Architects opens at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

They’ve done it again over at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. Opening today, the Nature’s Architects exhibit highlights what the Museum does best: education for all ages mixed with fun, hands-on activities. Based on our sneak preview yesterday, I think that this exhibit is going to be the talk of the town this spring and... Read more »

Wee Windy City Winter Survival Guide: Polar Adventure Days

I’ve always wanted to try snow shoeing — and on January 22nd, I am going to get my chance (hopefully), thanks to the Chicago Park District. This winter, the Chicago Park District presents their sixth annual Polar Adventure Days. This is a fabulous winter program for Chicago families. The remaining dates for this year are... Read more »

Exploring Trees Inside and Out at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

The new exhibit Exploring Trees Inside and Out is an excellent example of what the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum does best — interactive educational opportunities for kids of all ages. Exploring Trees Inside and Out is making the final stop on its three-year tour across America at the Nature Museum and I had a chance... Read more »

New at the Nature Museum: Nature's LunchBox

Next time you take the kiddos to the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, you should definitely pack your lunches and take advantage of the new permanent exhibit called Nature’s LunchBox, sponsored by Dominick’s. This formerly bland and boring lunchroom space is now a vibrant, interactive learning space. Nature’s LunchBox illustrates the life cycle of food —... Read more »

Summer Scheduling Series: Millennium Park

At the Crown Fountain in Millennium Park. First up in the Wee Windy City Summer Scheduling Series: Millennium Park. I figured that we should start with the obvious (and free) stuff. Millennium Park is the place to be during the summer in Chicago. You could visit this hot bed of free activities every week this... Read more »

Sanctuary: Flight of the Majestic Monarch opens at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

Most Chicago families already know that the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum is a wonderful resource. And you probably also know that the Butterfly Haven is one of the most serene, beautiful spots in the city. But I wanted to tell you about a new butterfly exhibit at the Nature Museum. Sanctuary: Flight of the Majectic... Read more »

Naturally Inspired: Family Day at the Smart Museum of Art

Children making art in the Smart Museum of Art’s outdoor sculpture garden. So you think you’ve taken your kids to all of the best museums in Chicago? I bet you haven’t. Have you been to the Smart Museum of Art yet? The Smart Museum of Art is located on the University of Chicago campus in... Read more »

Mark your calendar for Polar Adventure Days

The Chicago Park District offers outdoor, FREE, family fun all year round — yes, even in the dead of winter. Saturday, December 12th is the first Polar Adventure Day of the season. Bundle up (seriously — snow pants, scarves, the whole deal) and head out to Northerly Island for family-oriented activities, demonstrations, and crafts. And... Read more »

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 »