If you were to create the name of a place where I would want to go, it would never involve the words "Science" and/or "Industry". On the contrary, it would probably have words like, "Leisure" and/or "Napping". So when Seth bought the Groupon for a membership to the Museum of Science and Industry I was a little less than enthused. I figured it would be one of those things that was good for the kids, and that I would do out of obligation for the education of my offspring. Lo and behold, it's the best museum I've been to in Chicago! They have a captured German U-Boat from W.W.II which is super cool (the story of how it changed the war is really fascinating). They have science experiments where they blow stuff up, a hands-on water area, A tornado, and lots of trains--just to name a few. And as a huge bonus, you can park in the parking garage and walk right into the museum without ever having to go outside--which is really nice in the winter where you generally have to get all bundled up just to walk a block and then have to figure out what to do with all the coats/hats/gloves etc. once you get inside
Sorry about the formatting on these last few pictures. I'm still getting used to blogger vs. iweb, and I have no clue how to make that look normal. Clearly I need to talk to the resident tech guy. Anyway...those last two pictures are of Oliver laying on the floor throwing an epic tantrum, and of train engineers standing in front of the first train ever to go over 100 mph.
Following our museum adventure we took the kids to a train-themed restaurant called "All Aboard". You sit at the counter and a little train delivers your food. Thomas the tank engine adorns the walls and there is train paraphernalia (I just had to look up how that was spelled. Did you know there was an "r" in that word?!) everywhere. Oliver freaked out every time a train came down the track. He would stand up and yell, "choo-choo!" until it had come and gone. And in the hour we were there that never got less cute or less funny.
So in summary and in conclusion: Go to the Museum of Science and Industry. Or as it should be named, "Museum of random stuff that is funner than taking a nap".