Chicago Field Museum of Natural Science
New Year’s Day was spent at the Chicago Field Museum. It was a VERY busy day. The museum is very large and we purchased the big package with a 3-d movie and 3 special exhibitions so we felt like we had to see it all. We did see a lot. Josh enjoyed the hall of dinosaurs, with Kae’s favorite being Sue the T-Rex (although he didn’t want his picture taken with her). Ted’s favorites were the Extreme Mammals exhibition and the 3D movie Ice Age. I enjoyed the Hall of Gems which included an opalized plesiosaur vertebra—which Ted thought was very cool–and the mummies–which Ted was afraid of. Jensen just liked having the opportunity to get out and explore!
Josh, Ted, and Jensen with Sue–the world’s largest and most complete T Rex.
Maori Meeting House
Kaelen hamming it up with a carved pole supporting the Maori Meeting House in the “Traveling the Pacific” display
Making a Big Impression
The giant skeletons in the Hall of Dinosaurs made quite an impression, especially on Jensen, seen here sitting in the impression of an Apatosaurus footprint.
This was Jensen’s first opportunity to get out of the stroller and explore a public place. He LOVED it!
A Not Girly Birthstone
Ted thinks his birthstones–opal and rose quartz–for October are girly, but he was mighty impressed with this fossil of a plesiosaur vertebra formed from opal. Dinosaur bones are definitely NOT girly.
Willis (Sears) Tower
Here is a picture of the “Sears” Tower from a museum window. We Ted first saw the Tower and the Chicago skyline driving into the city Saturday (12/29) night he was so excited, “Look! I’ll bet that’s a REAL skyscraper! I’ve never seen a REAL skyscraper! Look Kae, a REAL skyscraper!”