Summer is time for the family road trip! Follow Kids Activities Blog and Julie Blair and her family as they travel 8 states in 30 days for the ultimate road trip story ¦ Road Trip Across The Country With Kids   Confession: I love a good taxidermed animal.   Chicago Field Museum This will not win me popularity points with  my readers  outside Texas (or even some very close friends within its borders), yet I find  such statuary  nearly essential to our understanding of evolution. Without these creatures reconstructed  in museums, how could most of us get a really close look  at Earth’s biodiversity? Without it,  would we feel  compelled to  understand, value and  protect our wild animals? You can go to the zoo, sure. You can even fly in a Skyfari above  zoo enclosures  to watch  an ostrich tend her eggs. (See my previous post in Omaha.) But at Chicago’s Field Museum, you can actually touch an  ostrich egg and compare it to the size of your hand.  Then, you can  measure your height against the  very bird standing four inches from you while learning about its history and purpose. All thanks to high-quality taxidermy. So get over your squeamish self and haul the brood over to the museum, which houses more than 20 million (!!) artifacts outlining the history of Earth, its creatures and peoples. Today,  the museum’s glorious reach included a depiction of a village in Dakar, Senegal, during a Muslim holiday, 3-D movies on mummies, the Ice Age and chipmunks as well as  an extensive exhibit on soil called “Underground Adventure.” The later  encouraged participants to “shrink” themselves then travel into the planet’s crust to view  the inner workings of dirt–roots, bugs and all. Charlotte furthermore loved the  PlayLab which offered a pueblo where she “harvested” corn. (Nevermind that we had been to the real thing only weeks prior in New Mexico. This was a much bigger hit.) Elizabeth and William  enjoyed an exhibit on the mechanics of the body’s movement–both human and animal. A heat-seeking sensor showed  each kid’s  warmest regions–predictably Elizabeth’s head as it’s cloaked under five pounds of wavy, blonde hair. The coldest part of her body? Her hands. Despite  recharging  with  gourmet meals at the very hip  museum café,    we felt we had barely cracked the place after six full hours. We missed the mummies, the gems and–sigh!–the Ancient Americas. But at least I got in a good amount of taxidermy.   Road Trip With Kids

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