Tractors vs Space Rockets

08 May

What’s a boy to do when he has to choose between tractors and space rockets?

This is the dilemma that our hero had to face a couple weeks back when we visited Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry. This was one of Daddy’s favorite places to visit growing up, and he was happy to share it with Nyan. It’s a fantastic place with trains (model trains and real life trains), airplanes, a coal mine, a German U-boat, dozens of hands-on displays about physics and the weather and history and you name it.

Oh and there are also huge exhibits devoted to farming and to space exploration. Guess where we spent most of our time?

The farm exhibit had, among other things, several tractors that a young man could climb into and drive. Or he could just climb into the wheels:

But his favorite was definitely getting behind the wheel and pretending to plow up dirt. Or harvest corn. Or something.

There were also video displays showing all sorts of farming things, which pretty much transfixed the boy:


Finally we got away from the farm and found the space section. It included scale models of many many rocket ships, which pleased him to no end:


And there was a display where you had to “fuel up” a rocket ship by pushing a button, and then hit the launch button to send it to the sky:


Then it was off the gift shop. Somehow we managed to get out of there without buying a space helmet or toy space shuttle…

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We didn’t manage to visit the submarine, or the coal mine, or several of the trains, and lots and lots of other exhibits. We’ll definitely have to return some day.


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Posted by on May 8, 2014 in Photos, Video


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