Thursday, July 31, 2008

Museum of Contemporary Art

Today we met Maddie's BFF Brendan and family for a trip to the Museum of Contemporary Art.

1.  Maddie and Max on the front steps of the MCA. 2.  Maddie and Brendan looking around.  3. Brendan, Max, Maddie pouting and Aiden with a Jeff Koons blue heart hanging in the background. 4. Maddie and Max with an Alexander Calder mobile.

So, taking the kids to a contemporary art museum was probably not the best idea ever.  The collection was too provocative for our little group.  We ended up wandering down Michigan Avenue to play at the Lego store afterwards. All in all, it was a fun adventure down town.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Exploring Elmhurst

On 7/30/08, we spent the day exploring Elmhurst.  Our first stop was the historic York Theatre where they  have a Wednesday Morning Movies Series for kids.  We saw the Pirate's Who Don't Do Anything.
Elmhurst has a very quaint downtown area with a lot of cute shops.

Our next stop was the Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art.  The Lizzadro Museum displays gemstone treasures created by ancient craftsmen as well as by contemporary artists. The building itself was designed to resemble a jewel box in a park setting.
I thought my  mom would like to see these bowls.

The museum features many dioramas, each one a small scene populated by gemstone creatures native to that environment. This polar bear diorama was Max's favorite.

Maddie was in heaven here.  She loved the famous Castle Lizzadro.

Of course no visit to a museum is complete without a stop at the gift shop!  

Since the museum is located in Wilder Park, the kids were able to play and swing outside for a while after we finished inside.  

We ended the day at Jim's Hamburger Heaven.  This local favorite is only open for a few months out of the year.  They are famous for their made-in-the-barrel root beer, and their signature burgers which are strangely similar to the McDonalds Big Mac.  We like their angelic hamburger mascot.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Pirate's Cove

We went to Pirate's Cove today. The kids had fun playing on all the rides. The Pirate's Plunge slide was a favorite. The Paddle Boats were a fun way to cool off. The show was really lame, but the kids didn't mind. 

Jumps and Jiggles

Jumps and Jiggles is a little play place in the Elk Grove Park District.  It is best for younger children, but Maddie still had fun there.  The best thing about this place is the unlimited rides on the historic carousel.  The carousel is 28-feet high and features 18 hand painted, jumping horses and an Oita Chariot.  The kids loved the design of the horses, and it was a fun way to kill time before Pirate's Cove (located right next door) opened.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Picnic on the Riverwalk

The kids and I had a great day on the Naperville Riverwalk.  The local library hosts "Picnic on the Riverwalk" which involves some singing, dancing, a puppet show and some stories.  We brought a blanket and a little picnic and had a lot of fun on this very hot day.

Max was sooo hot that he just couldn't keep his shirt on. 
He kept asking me if he looked cool and I kept saying, 
"No! Put your shirt on!"
He finally agreed to keep his shirt on when I bought them candy fans at Naper Nuts and Sweets.  The fans were worn out by the end of the day, but they were well worth it!

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Magic Show and Morton Arboretum

On 7/22 we went to a Magic Show at the Lisle Park District.  Afterwards, the kids had fun playing in the Children's Garden at the Morton Arboretum.

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Wheaton Ward Picnic

We met the ward at the Forest Preserve for a church picnic on 7/19/2008.  It was a pretty, drizzly day.  We met some nice families and the kids had fun playing with new friends.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Kohl Children's Museum with Rylie


Today we met Maddie's friend Rylie at the Kohl Children's Museum.  They had a lot of fun playing around.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Making Wind Kites

The kids had fun making wind kites at the Dupage Children's Museum.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Phillips Park Zoo (Friday Part 3)

To cap off our day, we went over to Phillips Park Zoo.  It is only about a mile from SciTech and the Aurora Fire Museum. They have great animals, by Max's standards.  (They have a Puma and a Bald Eagle. Max's favorite animal is a Puma and his new nickname is Eagle Eye.)  My favorite was the Otter.  Maddie liked the Reptile House with the alligators, crocodiles, big snakes and turtles.

The park here is really nice. The kids call it the Spiderman park because of all the rope webs.

This ends our triple event day. If you are wondering if we are exhausted, the answer is yes. Completely.

Aurora Regional Fire Museum (Friday Part 2)

Max is obsessed with fire fighting. When I heard about Aurora Regional Fire Museum, I knew he would get a kick out of it. It is really close to Scitech, so we just walked over from there.

We wished sure wished Grandpa were here with us. This museum is in an old firehouse. You can even see where the horse were stalled back when they pulled the steam fire engine. It is all arranged by time period, so there are many different types of fire trucks to see.

Scitech Hands On Museum (Friday Part 1)

Today we went out to Aurora to the SciTech Hands On Museum. Maddie is my little scientist, so she was thrilled with all the different activities.

The Outdoor Science Park was fun. Here you can see Maddie riding a bike on a tight rope, Max on the Magic Swing, and both kids on the Fulcrum Bench.

Sadly, the kids were eaten by a dinosaur.