Last Saturday, we packed up the stroller and took a little trip to the Field Museum in downtown Chicago. It’s been a while since we’ve been there — not since before Lillian was born — and now that she’s walking we thought it would be fun to revisit this place. Here’s a fancy shot of Sue the T-Rex that I posted on Instagram the day we were there:
Lillian was toddling around everywhere, and she actually seemed to kind of enjoy looking at some of the displays (for two seconds, at least, before getting distracted by something else!) Here she is looking at a glass case with some fishes:
The above display was in a long carpeted hallway with not much foot traffic due to being on the lower level, and I think Lillian would have been content to just toddle up and down that hallway all day long, even if there were no displays in it at all. (Based on my own hazy memories of childhood, big expansive carpeted places are the awesomest thing ever when you’re little.)
She actually seemed pretty interested in the exhibits involving animals though. The Field Museum has a lot of taxidermy birds and animals in various realistic poses, and Lillian would get excited and point at them as we went by. Here’s a shot of Joe lifting her up to let her get a better look at the groundhog display:
Other displays were already at just the right hight for a toddler. Here she is saying hi to a coyote:
Another thing that seemed pretty toddler-friendly was the hall of birds. In addition to a huge variety of birds on display with all kinds of bird-related information, they also had these buttons at about knee height that when you press them, a recording of the bird’s call would play.
Lillian could easily reach them from the stroller (since by then she had probably toddled the equivalent of several blocks and needed a break), and she seemed to really enjoy pressing these buttons and hearing the bird sounds.
And while we were at the museum, we wanted to get a photo of all three of us with Sue the T-Rex, just to continue the little tradition Joe and I started way back when we were dating (you can see the first two installments here). This is the first one where Lillian makes an appearance, though unfortunately Sue’s head got mostly chopped off:
Anyway, that’s the story of our trip to the Field Museum as told in pictures!
What about you guys — anyone gone to any interesting museums lately? Are there any museum attractions you’ve seen that seem particularly interesting or well suited to toddlers?