On Monday, our whole family went "out on the town"! We had a wonderful day. We gathered at the Museum of Science and Industry, and started out on our adventure. We were a large group (7 adults & 2 kids) so we did not stay together the whole time... there were too many interests, and too much to look at.
Opa wanted to look at the tractors. He drove tractors on the farm when he was in high school, and he still has a great interest in them. Here he is explaining things to P.
P was very interested in driving as well. Here he is "driving" the combine.
After the tractors, we went to look at the transportation area. Here are P & C posing with the engineer;
P was so interested in everything he kept forgetting to keep close to at least one of the adults in the group. I walked behind him as he followed one of the trains on the train layout all the way around (from Chicago to Seattle and back!). He finally started checking to make sure someone was with him when he took off... but it took some convincing.
The plane was the next place we went, then a live demonstration of fire, flashes, and explosions... fun! and then we went on to the Weather exhibit. I was a little disappointed in that area... the hype lead me to expect quite a bit more. P did get to launch a hot air balloon! See it go?!
Then it was lunch time. We ate in the cafeteria, and it was very good food.
After lunch it was on to the Space exhibit, and the Omnimax show "Tornado Alley." We were hoping to see the Smart House exhibit, especially DD1, who is in design, but we decided to put that off to another day, when she and I can go together.
After that we all went to the submarine exhibit, but I will talk more about that next time, I am still waiting on some pictures.
My parents (Oma & Opa) and I were wandering by ourselves for a little while. Here is my dad playing with his shadow. When you held your arms out, the colored shadows would interact with your shadow. If you held your arms up making a cup shape, the colors would fill it up, and overflow over the edges. I have no idea how they did that!
This gentleman had a selection of artifacts from the collection (of over 10,000 items) and was asking people to guess what they were, and explaining them. He had a candle mold, a ruffle iron, an oil lantern, a broom clamp, and a grinder on top of the table, and then he pulled this item out. I knew what it was immediately: a sewing machine!
The kids and I didn't really want to leave, but the museum was closing and several members of the group were getting a little hungry. We departed for supper, and went to Merkat a la Planxa on Michigan Avenue. You would think we are sophisticated or something! It is a tapas and small plate restaurant, and was hard to change your expectations of ordering an entree and a bunch of extras. Here almost everything was extras, but very interesting! The kids got chicken fingers, and they loved it, and we ended up enjoying it a lot as well. We had some pork belly, and a dish of olives to share, and some French bread with fresh tomatoes and onion and garlic on it, and some pureed celeriac root, and chorizo, and prosciutto, and then we ordered a serving of paella. The menu said it served 4, but all of us enjoyed it. My folks were a little disappointed. They were expecting a traditional paella with saffron and seafood. This had a tomato base, with chicken and chorizo, but no seafood. It was good, but not what they were expecting.
When we left we walked through the lobby of the Blackstone Hotel. It was very beautiful and elegant! Oma & Opa waited there while we walked to pick up the car.
C & P were still going strong, but DD2 looks a little done, don't you think? C did fall asleep in the car on the way home.
We didn't get a picture of the whole group, but I do have a couple more pictures to share once we get them scanned into the computer.
It was so much fun! Plus, I got a membership to the museum (worth it for everything it already covered) and we can go back for free for the rest of the year! I want to see the chemistry loft, and the kids want to see the anatomy section, and I want to show C the chicks hatching, and there is a whole room for C & P to play in that we didn't even look at, and there was no time to look at the fairy castle...