5 best places to make a mess without having to clean it up


Museum of Science and Industry

Not that you need an excuse to visit the Museum of Science and Industry. With hands-on exhibits galore, live shows, an IMAX theater and science experiments, MSI is a source of endless entertainment.

But, if you are looking for a great place for kids to play and possibly get wet, the Idea Factory is where it's at. I decided to brave the museum by myself with five kids-two of my own and three friends.

We were determined to make a mess and we succeeded at The Idea Factory. After slipping into rain jackets, the kids scattered in different directions-shooting water from cannons, splashing their hands in a water trough, throwing balls down a waterfall and triggering a geyser to spout. Thanks to the raincoats, the kids left the space relatively dry.

  • 5700 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago
  • msichicago.org



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