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Last Weekend for Seuss Exhibit


If you wanted to take a trip this weekend, there are worst places than Chicago, where it's the last weekend for the Dr. Seuss & The Art of Invention exhibit at the Museum of Science and Industry.

Dr. Seuss, born Theodore Seuss Geisel, is beloved to children across the world for his whimsical and moral creatures such as Horton the Elephant, who insisted to all his faithless friends on the existence of the Whos, a race of tiny creatures only he could hear with his giant ears, and the Lorax, who continues today to speak for the trees.

At some point we all grow up and learn things about our childhood icons that surprise us, and Dr. Seuss is no exception. Some parts of the exhibit, such as his racy (nude) caricatures drawn as political cartoons or for friends, are definitely not for children, but this material is presented at adult eye level.

For children, there is an entire room of familiar and rare paintings, brass statues that can be touched, and an experiment station where children can build their own scenes with elements from Seuss's books.

If you plan to visit the museum, you can expect to spend a whole day and not visit every exhibit, which means there will be plenty more for another time. Some places of note: the Science Storms room, where you can watch a tornado, or create a sandstorm, the Flight Simulators (for the not so weak of stomach), or Colleen Moore's Fairy Castle, an elaborately decorated miniature house where you can imagine all kinds of adventures. There is plenty to see and do for kids of all ages.

The museum is open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. CST, and open every day except Christmas. For more information, including admission price and directions, check out the museum's website.