As the mom of three outer space-obsessed sons, I am grateful for
the Adler Planetarium, which is a down-to-earth destination for an
extra-terrestrial family outing.
Unlike my memories of Adler in the early 1980s, today's Adler is
a bright, fun-filled museum where we've spent many happy hours
exploring various interactive exhibits. This year, Adler introduced
two new reasons all ages can enjoy the visit.
An immersive space show narrated by Whoopi Goldberg, Journey to
the Stars takes audience members on a trip through space and time.
We experience the life and death of stars, tour familiar space
formations and even witness celestial explosions.
My sons loved the theater's reclining chairs and giant domed
screen. My youngest especially appreciated the feeling that he was
flying through space as stars seemed to rush past us. The movie is
crammed full of the latest scientific research, presented in
language accessible to non-scientists. I don't think my kids
understood everything they heard, but they liked the "action"
Journey to the Stars is presented at the Adler 11:30 a.m., 1 and
3:15 p.m. Monday-Friday and 11:45 a.m., 1:15, 2:45 and 4:20 p.m.
After the movie, it was definitely time to play, so we headed
upstairs to the designed-just-for-kids Planet Explorers exhibit.
Here my kids could dress up like astronauts, perform virtual
takeoffs and dockings, and search for crystals and signs of life on
Although designed specifically for kids 9 and under, my husband
and I were able to get in on the action, manipulating
remote-controlled rovers and accompanying our kids on pitch-black
space walks. We were also content to sit back and relax while our
sons climbed, assembled and explored.
Planet Explorers is free with museum admission.
The Galaxy Package includes the Journey to the Stars show,
general admission and an audio tour: $19 (adults), $17 (adult
Chicago residents), $15 (children), $14 (child Chicago residents),
$17 (seniors), $15 (senior Chicago
residents). Children age 3 and under admitted free.
Alena Murguia lives in Berwyn, Illinois along with her husband and three growing sons.
See more of Alena's stories here.
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