3 must-dos before summer ends

The summer season will end soon and there are a few activities to fit in before fall arrives. Here are three family activities that are a perfect way to wrap up the summer.


The traveling Mammoths and Mastodons exhibit, which debuted at the Field Museum in 2010, is back! Introducing guests to the enormous species that inhabited Earth during the Ice Age, the exhibit includes an excavation site, hands-on exploration and the awe-inspiring gigantic skeletons of the now-extinct animals. The exhibit heads out on the road again Sept. 13.


Embrace bugs at Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum at its new Bugs: Outside the Box exhibit that features a virtual army of giant bugs, or in The Secrets of Bees where kids can dress like honey bees and “fly” to the garden of 5-foot-tall flowers, gather pollen, then “fly” into the giant bee hive to start the hive work of the day. Of course, don’t miss a stop in the Judy Istock Butterfly Haven.


The Maggie Daley Park took a bit longer to be completed than expected, but wow, was it worth the wait. A climbing wall, an elaborate bridge, a lighthouse slide and a play garden make it perhaps the finest park for kids in the city. And while we enjoyed it as is this summer, we look forward to the skating ribbon, which opens in late November.

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