Adventure Science Center

This summer, we have really been taking advantage of our membership to the St. Louis Science Center, and we haven’t even been to the Science Center since May! On Memorial Day, we used our reciprocal membership to get into the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago for free, and in June, we were able to obtain free admission to the Adventure Science Center in Nashville!

Our favorite exhibit was the first one we walked through…Body Quest. What’s not to love? You can walk into a brain, play a laser game to defeat germs, and explore the interior of ambulance:

But the children’s favorite part of that exhibit was learning about the digestive system. There was not a tooting slide or anything:

Moving on…Turkey loved getting to use a lever to lift an entire car!

And because we’re Markels, we all loved the space exhibit, as well.

I even found some more space propaganda:

And who doesn’t love a plasma ball?

There was also a giant tower to explore and climb:

Our Science Center in St. Louis is still our favorite science museum, but we’ve really enjoyed getting to visit other museums this summer!

The Museum of Science and Industry

When we were in Chicago last month, we visited the Museum of Science and Industry, which was always one of my favorite Chicago locations:

I had managed to forget how huge it is, however! We only had about five hours to spend there, which meant we went at breakneck speed to see and do a lot of things, even through we knew we’d never see everything. One of the first things we did was go through the mirror maze, which I found terrifying, because I was certain we were going to lose a child in there! It did look cool, though!

We slowed down long enough to watch the Tesla coil demonstration:

There was so much more to see. In addition to touring the special Lego exhibit, we also spent a good deal of time admiring Colleen Moore’s Fairy Castle,¬†and went on the U-505 tour.

All that was just the tip of the iceberg! We checked out some of the trains, (including a cool model train story depicting travel from Chicago to Seattle), saw the chicks (including one that had just hatched!), played with a plasma globe, took in as much space stuff as we could, watched how a robot assembly¬†line works, and even visited Yesterday’s Main Street. There is seriously so much there!

I was especially tickled to run across one of the “Cows on Parade” from the art installation that was popular in Chicago so many years ago!

It was a fun, busy day…I only hope that someday, we can go back, and see some of the things we missed!