We took a trip to Chicago's Science & Industry Museum a while ago...back when it was boot and sweater weather. I thought it would probably be exhausting with the three girls, but it actually went pretty smoothly and was an all-around enjoyable (and educational!) day.
Also, have you heard about the ASTC Passport Program? We bought a year-long membership at our tiny science museum in town and because they're part of the Association of Science-Technology Centers that also included admission to a whole big list of other museums around the country, Science & Industry included. Considering how expensive some of those museums are it was a really great deal. Might be worth checking to see if you have a participating museum in your area.
I loved the boat hall. There were models of a bunch of famous boats throughout history, some of which Poppy had learned about during the school year so it was a cool way to help her visualize it all.
The chick hatchery was a big hit too. With Fife, especially.
There were bonus hands-on stations set up around the museum and Poppy was able to make herself a skeleton out of q-tips. So simple but really effective.
The tornado! Such a cool display. They did an experiment where the kids stood inside it pretending to be skyscrapers to see if tornados can form in a city like Chicago. Turns out they can.
This was the wild maze of mirrors. We all bumped into a few walls in here and I was pretty sure I was going to lose someone.
I want one of these cute Faraday hybrid bikes with bamboo fenders. I looked them up and they are indeed available, for a mere $3,500.
And this part of the museum was just bizarre. Our bodies are so crazy intricate!
So fun spending the day watching the girls' eyes light up and minds go to work.