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Live Demonstration in the Science Storm Exhibit

Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry has been on my family’s must visit list for quite sometime.  We recently made a trip to visit one of my best-friends in Libertyville, which is in the suburbs of Chicago.  My son and I had a great time joining her family at what I now consider is one of the country’s top science museums.

The museum was a little overwhelming because there are so many exhibits.  Multiple trips can be made with the family and there will always be something new to see.  I suggest checking out the website before, so you can figure out what exhibits each member of your family would enjoy seeing.  Go to the “visit the museum” tab and click on plan your visit.  Here you can sort by first timer or returning guest, favorite subjects and interest and finally by age range.  Don’t forget to check out what is playing at the Omnimax Theater and the Live Science Experiences.

Why does a tornado spin?

The day we went, the kids spent a lot of time in the “Science Storm” exhibit.  This exhibit revealed things like why tornado’s spin, lightning strikes and waves break.  This exhibit introduced the kids to physics and chemistry and they didn’t even know it since they were having so much fun.

Newton's Prism

“You! The Experience” exhibit was also a favorite.  This large exhibit fascinated the kids with interactive stations that revolved around movement, appetite and how our mind and heart work.  This was a fabulous way to teach the kids what makes them who they are.

Food Tally Exhibit

Hamster Wheel in the "Your Movement" Exhibit

Other fun exhibits were “The Great Train Story”, where more than 30 model railroad trains ran from Chicago to Seattle.

The Great Train Story

The kids also had fun in the “Farm Tech” exhibit where they enjoyed climbing on the Deere and Co. Tractor.  In the “Transportation Gallery” there were many hands-on activities and the kids were able to board a United Airlines Boeing 727.

Aboard the 727

The Transportation Gallery

This museum is a great place to allow your kids to entertain their curiosities and answer many of those “WHY” questions that they often ask.   I love that it is interactive and there is such a variety of topics to learn about.  If you are headed to Chicago with your kids, make this museum a priority.  It will be on our list again the next time we are in the “Windy City”.  I can’t wait to check out the U-505 Submarine and the “Earth Revealed” exhibit.  I better give my friend a call and make reservations for her guest room because another trip to the Museum of Science and Industry is in our future travel plans.

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On a Saturday in the early autumn my son and I headed out for another day trip.  Thomas Edison’s National Historic Park was our destination in West Orange, New Jersey.  We started our seven dollar tour in the complex by visiting the large three-story main building that housed the research library, machine shops, areas for experiments, and Edison’s office.  Our five dollar audio tour gave us interesting facts and park rangers did different demonstrations like teaching us about the phonograph.  We learned the first recording was “Mary Had A Little Lamb”.

After checking out the main building we toured the chemistry lab which is left like Edison just left the building.  We actually saw one of his alkaline storage batteries.  Before leaving the campus, we checked out the “Black Maria”, the world’s first movie studio.  We couldn’t believe the first films came out of  New Jersey and not New York or Hollywood.

Chemistry Lab


Once we finished taking in everything at the West Orange Complex we drove a short distance down Main Street to Glenmont, the home of the Edison’s.  Edison had bought the home in 1886 as a wedding present for his wife Mina.    Our tour guide was knowledgable and shared many stories like the guest that they entertained.  Some of the famous visitors including Helen Keller, Orville Wright and Henry Ford.

Typical of our many historical family field trips, we left learning more than expected.  Edison was truly an inspiration for innovation.

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