When: March 1, 2014 - March 31, 2014
Where: Chicago Children's
700 E. Grand Ave. at Navy Pier, Chicago
Cost: Free with admission
A trip to Chicago Children's Museum is always a
great time. Right now the museum is really knocking it out of the
park with an embarrassment of riches. On top of their FORTS exhibit
and the ZOOM ROOM exhibit (which was just extended by two weeks due
to popular demand) they have opened up AIR FAIR, their latest
AIR FAIR is set up carnival style with different stations
for the kids to visit and explore the wonders of wind power. I
brought my 4 ½-year-old daughter and her friend to the museum on
Friday to check it out. They absolutely loved it.
AIR FAIR is on the second floor in the main exhibit hall.
The anchor of the exhibit is Make it Fly, where visitors are
invited to build their own flying contraptions out of cups, tape
and crepe paper. The kids are then encouraged to test them out in
vertical wind tunnels. The museum staff was great about interacting
with the kids and asking them to hypothesize about what sends the
contraptions up, what happened to their specific model and what
would happen if they changed certain elements of their
Other areas of the exhibit include:
Hit the Target: Kids will love launching
foam rockets through targets way up high. How much force do you
need to use to get them through the targets? You'll find
The Wall of Fans: Here kids can explore
what massive volumes of air can do in the wall of fans. My daughter
loved playing with the scarves and parachutes and seeing what
happened as she moved closer and further away from the great blasts
Air Cannons: What's more fun than
stacking up cups and containers into tall towers and then using air
canons to knock'em down. This station encourages kids to
investigate how much force is needed to knock them over. Does a
taller tower make it easier or harder to blow it down? How much
wind power is required to make a pinwheel spin?
Art & Air: One of the best kept
secrets about the museum is the art studio downstairs, off the gift
shop. This is one of our favorite areas to frequent. Every month,
the museum offers different hands-on creative activities lead by
trained art educators and visiting artists. This month if you drop
in, you'll test your abilities to paint a picture without any tools
(hint: yes, you can create art with air).
AIR FAIR is definitely worth a visit before it's gone like
the wind at the end of the month. The exhibit will only take about
30-40 minutes to get through, so plan to extend your stay at the
museum by checking out the water exploration room, climbing the
massive two-story rope climbing course and the FORTS
Program times and dates can vary (especially the studio)
so be sure to check their website to plan your visit.
Chrissy Jones is a local Chicago mom blogger with three children (12,7 & 4). Her blog Beyondthepark.com showcases the best special events, activities, restaurants and products for Chicago families.
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