Before going to the nature museum we visited the Lincoln Park Conservatory and Botanical garden. At the Lincoln Park Conservatory we found tropical palms and ancient ferns and many other exotic plants from all around the world. I love flowers and nature, and this place is beautiful, it took my breath away. I highly recommend you to visit. It is also very educative as all the trees have tags for the little ones to read its name and where it came from.
The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum has many exhibitions to entertain our children; one this was the Mysteries of the Marsh, which showed the animals that live in wetlands. I was really pleased to see this exhibition because a few weeks ago we studied about frogs and toads. Hence, it was important to see it as my son could relate them to the ones he studied on the books.
The butterfly haven is amazing :)!! The butterflies are beautiful and well taken care. It has close to more than 75 species of exotic butterflies and stunning bird species from the Southern hemisphere in a 2,700 square-foot greenhouse filled with pools of water, flowers, tropical trees and 1,000 butterflies, including those never-before-seen in our region.
Apart from the butterflies, we also saw cockroaches and spiders at the museum.
My son also had the opportunity to read and analyze a board which illustrated the butterfly family, as well as their life cycle. There were many butterflies on the chrysalis stage, some of them were coming out and a few were out already taking their time to feel strong enough to fly.
It was a very fun, educational and productive day, I recommend it to all parents and teachers to visit the museum. It is a great experience indeed.
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