The Morton Arboretum (www.mortonarb.org) has become a favorite activity spot for our family. Rarely a week goes by that we don’t make at least one visit. If you are in the Chicagoland area it is definitely worth a visit, and don’t be surprised if afterwards you sign up for a membership like our family did.
Right now the arboretum is exhibiting – David Rodgers’ Big Bugs. 12 larger-than-life Insects/Arachnids are on display throughout the grounds. We visited a week ago and saw a couple of them and decided to come back and find them all.
We checked-in at the main building where the kids each got their own “Official Bug Detective Guide” and we were off. The guide tells you each of the Big Bugs that you are looking for, and at each site you have to solve a riddle. You also learn a fact or two about the bug(s) depicted in the sculptures. For example did you know that the “Daddy Long-Legs” is not poisonous, and it is not a spider… Neither did we. We also learned that ladybugs only live 4-7 weeks…. and I thought my kids were growing up fast!
To find them all we went on a 1 hour, 1.5 mile hike/walk. The sculptures are amazing and it was a great way to get kids/families out and into nature. As a bonus we learned a little entomology as well. If you can’t make it out to the arboretum here is a playlist on their YouTube Channel that shows the installation of the sculptures: Big Bugs at the Morton Arboretum.
Last but not least here are the pictures from our latest Dadventure: