Friday, June 30, 2017

Ohio to Michigan to Minneapolis to Illinois and Home: Part 3

Hello, again, Chicago!  We stayed at a hotel near Chicago’s Midway Airport.  It had a pool and nice rooms… and it was close to Giordano’s Pizza.  Very deep dish, Chicago-style pizza.  Which we had for supper.  After swimming. 

We debated forever about what to do.  The girls liked the Shedd Aquarium when they were little, and there was a beluga whale and dolphin show that we didn’t get to see last time.  Jeremy was rooting for the natural history museum because he had yet to be there.  Then there was the Museum of Science and Industry.  We chose the Museum of Science and Industry… or as the hotel receptionist said, “the fun museum.” 

And it was fun.  It was also a bit overwhelming at first because of all the buttons and dials and screens you could push.  But pushing buttons teaches you nothing, so we were trying to slow the girls to actually see what happened when they pushed the button or turned the dial.  We found our rhythm and were there til the building closed down.

We toured this big engine before entering the actual museum.

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Then, we played in the light box mixing colors.  The girls picked the colors for their pictures.

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We ventured into the mirror maze.  This would have been much more difficult had there not been so many fingerprints on the mirrors; this fact did prevent us from running head-on into mirrors though!

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We learned about math, proportions, the Golden Ratio, and more in the patterns room.  The girls did a computer thing that told how proportional they were.  We also confirmed that, according to that, Madison is still an inch taller than Ellie!

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We headed to the farm, and it felt like home.  The girls rode the fake cow and took a turn on a tractor that was a fraction of the size of what my uncle Gary has in Oklahoma.  They still loved it.

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Their highlight of the day was probably a place called the Idea Factory.  It was very hands-on for kids.  They liked the “crane” they could use to pick up magnetized blocks and move them.  I liked the bicycled you peddled to make water in a tube rise and then something else happened…. I don’t remember what that was as I was just excited I made it to the top – my legs were shaking and I was out of breath; good workout! 

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Probably my favorite was on the way to the circus area.  It was called the Shadow Garden.  You stand in front of a screen and your shadow controls, catches, and maneuvers colored “balls” that fall down the screen.  I seriously could have stood there for hours.  Note Jeremy’s LeBron James pose

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Ellie liked putting her clown face.

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We ventured through the solar system on our way to walk the length of a German U-Boat.  It was huge!  (so was the solar system) 

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It was a great day.  We left there and headed just out of town, so we would be ready to hit the road the next day.  We ate super at “the land of giant helpings” (named so by me), a restaurant called, The Wheel.  It was good, but GIANT portions!  We ended the night with a swim in the pool. 

The next day took us back home.  It is always good to travel, and it is always good to get home again.

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