It is a treat taking my daughter out on her first excursions in
the city. At just about 8 months old, she already adores heading
out with mom, dad and brother on buggy adventures. We recently
visited the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
with baby in tow, and her smiles and laughter let us all know that
she enjoyed herself. Namely, in the butterfly room, where
butterflies big and small fluttered around, sometimes even landing
upon us. She was also fascinated by the turtles. My son, age 9, was
intrigued by snake feeding time, whereupon two snakes dipped into a
bowl of goldfish for a luscious buffet. Also, I've learned that one
is never too old nor too young for the water play area. I
would say though, that this museum is perfect for the early
We also had a chance to check out the museum's latest exhibit,
Sanctuary: Flight of the Majestic
Monarch. Did you know that monarch butterflies embark
on a an annual 2,500 mile journey from Canada to Michoacan, Mexico,
stopping in our city on the way? We learned much about the
toughness and resiliance of these delicately winged creatures, as
well as about their struggle with increasing deforestation.
The museum has some wonderful programs this summer, including a
new partnership with American Girl. Of note:
Family Art with Hector Duarte (Fridays May 28, June 4,
18, 25, July 2, 9, 16 & Saturday July 10) Join
acclaimed muralist Hector Duarte as you create your own work of art
inspired by the Museum's special exhibition Sanctuary: Flight of
the Majestic Monarch. Free with Museum admission.
May 28 & June 11, 4:15 p.m. at the Museum, 7:30 p.m.
at the American Girl Cafe Discover the wonders of
nature-just like Lanie, our 2010 Girl of the Year! Your day starts
with a visit to the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, where you and
your girl will see a spectacular private butterfly release and
learn how to spot birds in the wild. Then, come to American Girl
Place for a delicious meal in the Cafe. Transportation to and from
the museum provided by Chicago Gray Line. Sponsored by The Westin
Michigan Avenue Chicago. Cost: $40, reservations required. Call
877-247-5223 to register.
And this weekend!
Tea with the Turtles (Sunday, May 23, Noon to 3
p.m.) Join us for an afternoon of tea with the turtles!
Learn all about the different turtles at the Museum through fun and
games, get up-close with the different turtle species and watch
them enjoy a meal. This event is sponsored by Argo Tea.
Amy Bizzarri is a mom of two living in Logan Square. She also blogs at tiramisumom.com.
See more of Amy's stories here.
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