Fall Fest, Washed Ashore & Music Class!

Last weekend Zelda and I had every intention of getting out and hitting up Expo Chicago, but we were both too beat from the week! Instead we had a much needed lazy weekend with a few trips to the park (and a few cake pop excursions!). We’ll be there next year, but this weekend I’m determined to get us out of the house! I’m thinking about taking a walk over to the Chicago History Museum or signing up for the Mask Making class at the Art Institute if we’re feeling ambitious! What are your weekend plans?

Fall Fest, Washed Ashore and more kid friendly activities in Chicago.

Photo Credit: Nate Mathai, Lincoln Park Zoo, Shedd Aquarium, Student Travel Planning Guide, Field Museum and Art Institute

Kohl Children’s Museum: If you live in the suburbs or need a break from the city, this museum in Glenview is a fun choice. They have a ton of exhibits for babes, no matter what their interest. Check their hours before you go! It’s $12 for everyone over one year old. Kids younger than that are free! 

Fall Fest at Lincoln Park Zoo: Mark your calendars, it’s almost time for fall fest at the zoo! It begins on September 29th and runs every weekend through October 29th, so plan accordingly. I like to wait a few weeks before attending to allow the crowds to slow down a little, but if your crew loves opening weekend then go for it!

Washed Ashore at the Shedd: On Saturday the 23rd, this new exhibit aimed at showing how much trash is in our oceans opens at the aquarium. To show the magnitude the issue, they have constructed massive replicas of your favorite sea friends using discarded pieces of garbage. A general admission ticket gets you access to see this and so much more! 

Chicago History Museum: Want to show your babe just how awesome our great city is? Spend a rainy day at the History Museum. They recently added some Cubs memorabilia (following their World Series win), so if you make a trip just for that I won’t tell! Get details on admission and buy tickets online here

Tween Saturday at the Field Museum: As the name suggests, this day is ideal for the slightly older set who fancy themselves as scientists or explorers. This Saturday (the 23rd) beginning at 10am, they are focusing on fish and the packed day concludes at 3pm. Get details on sign up here

Mask Making at the Art Institute: Tomorrow at 2pm head to the Art Institute to make some masks! It’s $8 if you’re not a member, and grown-ups need to purchase admission to the museum as well. Make an afternoon out of it if you haven’t been in awhile! A few quick notes, this is for the younger set and you need to register beforehand. Get details on how to do so here

New York City

Z and I are missing the Big Apple so much! Did you know that Chicago based Monica & Andy has a shop there too?! If you haven’t been you must, we will be heading there on our next trip. 

Kid-friendly activities in New York City.

Photo Credit: Fine art America, Stephania Stanley Photography and NYC Go

Music with Jenny King at Monica & Andy: On Tuesday the 26th, head to Monica & Andy’s New York location for some fun music! It starts at 10am and costs $35. Make sure you sign up ahead of time here

American Museum of Natural History: After you finish music class, go over to this museum — it is right down the block! There are a bunch of cool exhibits and they have a planetarium too. Get details on admission here!

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