Whether or not your kids are headed back to school, fall
is still a great time to get them interested in science with a trip
to the Museum of Science and Industry. And in
September, your visit is free.
MSI is offering free general admission for Illinois
residents every weekday beginning Sept. 4 and continuing through
the end of the month. Proof of residency must be presented to gain
free admission, and does not include tickets for special
exhibits, which must be purchased
While you're there, we've rounded up a few of our
favorite exhibits to see for kids and grown-ups.
1. Projectile Motion, found on the balcony level of
Even the youngest NBA fans will enjoy this activity
explaining projectile motion with help from Chicago Bulls star
Derrick Rose. Set your parameters and launch
a tennis ball across the second floor into a net to learn
more about angles and velocity.
2. Mindball, found on the balcony level in You! The
Teach your little ones the power of a calm mind in
this two-player game where kids wear a headband and try to
"out-relax" their opponent to win. Kids will love that they used
their brainwaves to move a ball across a table and might even brag
about their science superpowers back at home.
3. The Baby Chick Hatchery, found on the main level
It is our belief that baby animals will never be
boring, especially when it means watching baby chicks take their
first steps. Not only are these chicks adorable, the exhibit offers
great teaching points for your own little ones.
1. Fire vs. Water, found on
the balcony level of Science Storms
Control two of nature's most powerful elements in
this exhibit that is fascinating no matter your age. Learn about
combustion and convection patterns by adjusting flame height and
temperature as well as a water mist.
2. Vertical Farm, found on the main level in Fast
After seeing Roosevelt University's vertical campus
sprout up in the Loop, it isn't hard to imagine Dickson
Despommier's Vertical Farm Project becoming a reality in Chicago.
The exhibit pairs a large scale model of the vertical farm concept
with an interactive game that helps to explain urban
3. 100 Things to Do, found on the balcony level in
You! The Experience
Our favorite part of this interactive list is that
inspiration isn't limited to age. We spotted "get my diploma" next
to "visit the Grand Canyon" and "make new friends", but the age of
the visitor who submitted them always a nice surprise.
For more information, visit msichicago.org.
Alaina is the digital content editor at Chicago Parent. She lives in Chicago.
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