Chicago attraction that sparks kids curiosity, Chicago Museum of Science and Industry

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Chicago attraction that sparks kids curiosity, Chicago Museum of Science and Industry

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When our family takes a vacation, road trip or just a day away from the regular ‘hood, the kids want to have fun. After all, a trip is meant to be fun. Boring is not in the vocabulary. When looking at Chicago attractions, there are many options that scream fun and excitement. The parent in me would like a little bit of learning too. A perfect compromise for a fun and educational outing is the Chicago attraction, Chicago Museum of Science and Industry.

The Chicago Museum of Science and Industry is a place where kids are encouraged to touch, explore and question the world around them. From taking flight in the aviation wing to understanding weather phenomenons to exploring a German submarine , this museum sparks a child’s curiosity.

U-505 Submarine at Chicago Museum of Science and Industry

U-505 Submarine at Chicago Museum of Science and Industry

One reason that our family visits this Chicago attraction time and again is because the kids enjoy the visit. While some exhibits are always on display, the kids find new facts, applications or nuisances from their school learning or experience. For example, my family enjoys the weather related area. During our first visit, my son was a helper during the vortex demonstration (it is the way the museum explains tornadoes). For months after the visit, he pointed out examples of vortexes and  read some books about weather. During our next visit, he proudly raised his hand to answer questions and give examples during the presentation (it earned him n I’m a scientist too sticker).

If your family is planning a visit to this Chicago attraction, I would plan at least 2/3 of a day, depending on the tolerance of your children. Prior to your visit, I would examine the museum’s website for special attractions, exhibits and other highlights. Discuss with your kids which exhibits are must see and plan your day.

For our family, we usually pick four must see exhibits, sometimes a limited engagement offering. If you have never visited, I would highly recommend the U-505 Submarine. It is the only German submarine in the United States. It always amazes us the size, both inside and out, of the submarine.  The kids enjoy all the exhibits in the area because they can imagine what it is like to be a sailor. From the cramped quarters to the workings of a telescope, the hands on experiences make them want to explore time and again.As a good end to the day, the kids enjoy watching one of the IMAX movies. While the movie is not included in the cost of admission, the kids remember many of the special features.

This Chicago attraction is open daily, except Thanksgiving and Christmas. During the summer, hours are 9:30 am till 5:30 pm. and after Labor Day, the museum closes at 4 pm. It is located at 5700 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60637.

General admission is $18 for an adult, $11 for children ages 3-11 and $17 for seniors. Special exhibits, IMAX movies and the U-505 submarine are at an additional charge.

The Chicago Museum of Science and Industry is part of the Chicago City Pass. If your or your family is visiting more than one Chicago attraction, the City pass is a great way to save on admission fees.

On your visit don’t miss the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry, a must see Chicago attraction.

 

written by Cristine

 

Topic:  Chicago Attraction

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