I really, really like the DuPage Children's Museum in Naperville and so do the kids. It's not as big as the Chicago Children's Museum, yet it still seems that every time we go there, there is something new we haven't explored yet. Of course there are the favorites we always make time for like Jared's drums.
There's an awesome section with PCV pipes and holes in walls and floor. I was really surprised the kids played there for about 40 minutes. I guess having Daddy there to build with made the difference.
We'd never been in the woodworking section before, so it was a new treat for the kids. I think Alexa enjoyed it even more than Jared. When they are five, they can go to the workshops at Home Depot for parents and children. I've always thought they'd like doing that with Steve, but we'll see when it comes time. I'm definitely not wanting to rush it. I really don't want them to turn 4!
One reason I love taking the kids to children's museum is watching what types of things they are drawn to. After seeing how fascinated they were with this wooden ball run, I know what I'm going to put on their wish list for their birthday.
We went upstairs to the room where they set up rotating exhibits. Here they played a variety of games: pretend car, where they could actually change the hubcabs, dress-up (of course), blocks, Color-forms (another great birthday idea), Legos, and reading with Daddy. Every time we come with the kids, it gets a little more relaxing for Steve and me. We actually have pockets of time where the kids are engrossed with something and we can talk for a few minutes. Yeah!