Why? (Hee, I'm still asking myself that)
King Tutankhamun was there.
Now, back when Hubby and I were growing up, we would go on school field trips to the Field Museum in Chicago (and the Shedd Aquarium, the Museum of Science and Industry, and the Robert Crown Health Center). I don't really remember a lot about the trips down to the Field Museum, other than we got out of school for a day, and there was always that huge Brontosaurus bone sculpture right when you walked in.
This time around, however, our trip was all for King Tut (the other stuff was just bonus). It was a really cool exhibit. Unfortunately, we weren't allowed to take pictures in there. I didn't realize King Tut was only 9 years old when he became King. His reign lasted for 10 years. He died when he was just 19 years old.
We had only three headsets for the audio tour, so Punkin and I shared with the two littles. Since a lot of the exhibit was waist high for adults, the littles couldn't see a lot of it. They got a little antsy, but they did ok.
Some of the other things we saw at the museum included exhibits on China, Asia, Africa, Evolution, precious metals, undersea life, and, of course, Dinosaurs.
We walked around and around and around for about three hours. They really enjoyed the dinosaurs. The littles even got to stand in a dinosaur footprint, and also use a machine that imitated what a particular dinosaur might have sounded like.
The littles were getting tired, you could see it on their faces and in their body language (laying down on the floor is usually a good indicator for fatigue). That's when we told them we were going to see one more thing, and then we could sit down. There were some vague moans from the clowns before the next exhibit came into view. Hell, even I got excited about it. After walking for three hours, lugging a backpack and chasing after the littles, I wanted to sit down, too.
And there, before us, stood the bestest exhibit. It was completely interactive and you could sit and talk and not disturb the other people. It was a McDonald's Restaurant. Right there in the Museum. I guess it's been a few years since I've been there. I surely don't remember THAT from when I was a kid.
After that, it was time to pile back into the Circus-mobile and head back home. Since we had left early, we still had half the day to do whatever we wanted. About 20 minutes into the return trip home, three out of five of us were asleep. The kids' naps were far shorter than mine, though.
Here are some pictures we took that day:
It was a good thing we did - all of us going down to the Field Museum. It won't be the last time, that's for sure. I just hope that McDonald's exhibit is still there.