Museum of Science and Industry
Cost: Ticket packages begin at $18 for kids and go up to $36 for adults. Museum Entry is $11 for kids, $17 for seniors and $18 for adults. City of Chicago residents receive a discount on packages and Museum Entry. Parking $20.
Hours: 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. daily. Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas day. Extended hours, until 5:30 p.m., are offered on select dates; check msichicago.org for full schedule.
Answer your kids' questions about how the world works through the museum's interactive exhibits. Step aboard real planes, trains and submarines, take a peek inside the human body, be engulfed by a 40-foot indoor tornado, watch real baby chicks hatch or explore a working coal mine. Visit new exhibits including YOU! The Experience. The Idea Factory is designed for the 10 and under crowd and has hands-on activities, including water tables and building blocks. During the holiday season, check out Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Lights (through Jan. 5, 2014) as well as Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives (through May 4, 2014). Food is available in the museum, or pack your own lunch. Parking is available in the museum's underground garage for an additional fee.