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Fun at the Field Museum in Chicago, IL

Fun at the Field Museum in Chicago, IL

 

A few weeks ago, my boys and I got a chance to go to the Field Museum together.  It was just a mommy and son day out since my husband had a nearby appointment.  I hadn’t been to the museum in about 13 years but they had been there just the year before, so they decided to “teach” me all about everything we saw.  It was so much fun and so educational!

We only had a couple of hours to explore but we made the most of it.  I let the boys lead me through and pick which exhibits they wanted to see.  

 

Be Prepared

  • Check local event schedules and time your trip accordingly – holiday weekends, Cub game days, special events at the museum, and even rush hour and construction could majorly impact your travel time.
  • Plan to arrive early – the museum can easily keep you entertained all day, and if you are done early, there are plenty of fun sights nearby.
  • Plan ahead on your parking – the Field Museum has some tips for where to park on their website, click here for parking information.
  • Bring snacks/lunch – you are allowed to carry a backpack, so I recommend bringing snacks and lunch to save a bit of money, or to help be more prepared if you have food allergies.  There is an area on the lower level as well as a beautiful grass yard outside for a lunch break.  If you do not want to tote around food, there are two restaurants at the museum.  
  • Look for discounts – As stated on their website, “Families with valid EBT (Link) or WIC cards from any state are eligible for $3-per-person Basic admission for up to six people.”  You can also qualify for free or discounted visits if you are a member of another museum.  I am a member of a local children’s museum, the Discovery Center Museum, in Rockford, IL and qualified for free basic admission for my family at the Field Museum.  You can also visit the museum on “Free Admission Days” but be aware that it will be very busy.  

 

Inside the Museum

After checking in, the first exhibit we went to was Inside Ancient Egypt right there on the first level.  It was absolutely amazing!  First you walk into what looks like a (mini) pyramid.  After walking through, you will reach a staircase.  You can go down into the “pyramid” and view real ancient mummies!  They have 23 human mummies and over 30 animal mummies.  You can also learn about ancient Egyptian life and see real and reconstructed artifacts.  

Inside Ancient Egypt - at the Field Museum in Chicago

 

The Egyptian exhibit was so impressive and interesting that we had to go through it again before we left the museum.  It was definitely a favorite of ours!

 

Maximo the Titanosaur at Field Museum Chicago - #HelloMaximo

 

Next, we couldn’t help but go check out Maximo, the Titanosaur!  Modeled from fossil bones, Maximo stands over 28 feet tall! 

 

Meteors, gems, and minerals at the Field Museum in Chicago

 

We wandered through some more exhibits, took a few bathroom breaks (and snack breaks because that’s life with two growing boys!) and eventually came across the Metetorites, Minerals, and Gems exhibits.  We probably spent equal time in each as my boys oohed and awed about everything.  Now that both are becoming avid readers, they were able to read the descriptions and maintain interest as we walked through.  They read and learned about birthstones and found each one around the room of gems, and then looked to see which gems were their favorites.  

We checked out more exhibits but I was focused on my time with them so I didn’t really get a lot of photos.  I am actually patting myself on the back for that.  It felt great to just be there in the moment!  

 

Chicago Illinois (behind the Field Museum)

 

Since we only had a couple of hours to explore, we got through everything that was on their list, then went behind the Field Museum for a snack and quick view of the city and Lake Michigan before we had to leave.  The weather was absolutely gorgeous so we took a nice walk before leaving.  

We definitely look forward to another visit as there were several exhibits we didn’t have time to see.  Next time we will definitely set aside more time since it just wasn’t in the books for us that time.  The Field Museum has so much to offer and you will discover something new with every visit!  It is such an educational place for all ages.  

 

CozyPhones – cozy comfy headphones for kids and adults!

Paw Patrol Marshall CozyPhones Headphones for Kids

 

Just before Christmas, CozyPhones sent me a pair of Marshall and Chase Paw Patrol headphones to try out.  I was able to get them added to my 2018 gift guide, but I have been bogged down with multiple family health issues that I didn’t have time for a full review. I’m so excited to finally get around to telling you how much we like our CozyPhones!  

Most headphones are too big for kids; they slide around, fall off, or just are plain uncomfortable.  CozyPhones sit snug on your head and are comfortable, so you can almost forget you even have them on! 

My kids were so excited to have their favorite characters that they immediately put them on and had to test them out.  Since the headphones do require a cord, they are easy to use.  Simply plug in and enjoy.  There is no need to mess around with complicating Bluetooth buttons to set them up.  The cord is actually pretty durable too which is a major plus around kids.  However if Bluetooth is more convenient for you, you can purchase a Wireless Bluetooth Adapter separately.  

My kids use headphones most while working on their Acellus homeschool work.  Wearing their favorite characters definitely made them a little more excited to get started, which definitely makes my day easier!  There is no more fidgeting with and being distracted by their headphones as these stay comfortably on their ears without needing much adjustment.  I was glad to learn that there is a volume limit as well!  

Who wants a pair of CozyPhones for yourself now, after hearing of how comfortable they are?  There are Lycra active-style headphones as well as sleep headphones with a cool mesh lining for adults.  I am so excited and definitely looking into getting a pair for myself.  

And good news – all CozyPhones are washable by removing the cord and speakers to wash the headband.  

What pair excites you most?  Honestly this pair of Unicorn kid’s CozyPhones is absolutely adorable and I wish they had it in adult size ;)  

Valentines Day Ideas for Homeschoolers

 

Valentine's Day Ideas for Homeschoolers

 

Being a homeschool family doesn’t mean you have to miss out on the fun that comes with Valentine’s Day for kids.  It means mom and dad might have to be a little more creative, but that’s what homeschooling is all about!  There are so many fun Valentine’s themed crafts and activities to choose from that you won’t have time to be bored! 

One great idea is to get together with friends and have your own “class party.”  Get crafty and make your own valentines – check out these adorable Pom-Pom Love Bug Valentines from 5 Minutes for Mom!  If you don’t have other kids to participate, perhaps you could exchange Valentines with family members instead.  Set up a mail exchange so your child can send out Valentines and receive them as well.  This cute Heart Balloon card is simple and fun and grandparents would definitely love it!   

Another fun idea is to find ways to build your meals and snacks around the theme of Valentine’s day.  Start with heart shaped pancakes for breakfast and cover them with red berries or strawberry syrup.  For lunch, you could make heart shaped sandwiches.  Don’t forget desert – Embracing Homemaking has a fun idea for Valentine’s Day fruit kabobs that the whole family will love!   

Don’t forget about some more educational activities as well. Preschool and kindergarten students can practice writing Valentine’s themed words. Those a little more advanced, may want try this Valentine’s Day Word Scramble activity

For a science lesson, check out some of these fun Valentine’s themed science experiments!  You should already have some of the items on hand or be able to pick them up for pretty cheap.  

 

Here are a few more fun ideas:

Heart Suncatcher Activity

DIY Conversation Heart Bath Bombs

Valentine’s Day Photo Frames

“You light up my world” Wooden Mason Jar Craft 

 

Valentine’s Themed Snacks:

Conversation Heart Cookies

Pink Marble Cupcakes

Strawberry Flavored White Chocolate Hearts

Valentine’s Chex Mix

 

Valentine's Day ideas for homeschoolers

2018 Holiday Gift Guide

2018 Holiday Gift Guide

 

2018 has been a wonderful year and there is no better way to show your loved ones how much you care than to get them gifts they will truly love!  Here are a few of my favorite suggestions, separated by category for our 2018 Holiday Gift Guide: 

 

Top Gift Ideas for Kids

Top Gift Ideas for the Homeschool Family

Top Gift Ideas for Busy Moms

Top Gift Ideas for the Crafters & Artists

Top Tech & Gadget Gift Ideas 

Gift Ideas for Your Young Paw Patrol Fan

also head over and check out my friend Ashley’s Gift Guide for Book Lovers

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