Friday, November 30, 2012

Chicago Trip: Day 4 - Children's Museum & Navy Pier

The Navy Pier was probably one of my favorite days.  There were all kinds of things to look at and do at the Navy Pier.  Lots of shopping, places to eat, a children's museum, rides, and a beautiful view.

We started off by checking out a few shops and walking around.  We grabbed an Auntie Anne's pretzel because I got a free one for my birthday week! 

We walked all around and then took a ride on the Merry Go Round.  Caleb loved it and every time we came around to Nick, he would wave excitedly and say, "Hi Daddy, hi Daddy, hi Daddy...".  It was pretty cute.  The operator was kind enough to let us and the other child who was on the ride go around a few extra times since no one else was around.

We finished our loop of Navy Pier and walked to Pizzeria Uno for lunch.  We had heard this was another favorite of the Chicago-style deep dish pizza and it was pretty tasty.  I would have to say my favorite was definitely Giordano's, but I sure wouldn't turn down another slice of Pizzeria Uno.  :)

We did a little shopping/window looking down Michigan Avenue while Caleb napped in the stroller.  We walked up and down it all, even stopped in the Hershey's store - yum!  (didn't buy anything though).  We also made a stop at the Disney store.  I can see how parents want to buy all kinds of stuff for their kiddos.  We did get a small Buzz and Woody from Toy Story which is Caleb's absolute favorite movie series (and Mommy's too).  :)  He loved playing with Buzz & Woody.  It was kind of our first glimpse of him playing pretend and it was so cute to watch.

Then we headed back to the Navy Pier for the Children's Museum.  This was definitely one of the highlights for us.  On Thursdays, they have family day and from 5-8 pm, families get in free!  We just happened to make it work that we were there on a Thursday.  We waited outside with Buzz & Woody for a little bit before 5:00.  

Caleb had an absolute ball.  There was finally a place he could run free in with little to no restraints.  He loved it!  And we loved watching him.  His favorite area was the water room.  They even had cute little raincoats for the kids so they wouldn't get their clothes all wet.  Awesome.  This is also the place that he started counting to 10 all on his own!  They had an area that was a treehouse, a fire station, a water room, an insect area (not actual insects, but you could dress up as one), music room, inside of a playhouse, etc.  It was really cool.

Digging for dinosaur bones.

Found one!

After the museum, we headed to Bubba Gump Shrimp for dinner.  We weren't terribly hungry, so we just split an appetizer.

We headed back to the hotel on the L and were totally wiped out by the time we got there.  It was an awesome day.


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